In September 2010, several community partners will collaborate to offer a series of events as part of Bloomington’s “Haiti Awareness Month.” The awareness month designation is made possible by an official proclamation from the City of Bloomington’s Mayor Mark Kruzan.
Events will range from fundraisers to celebrations of Haitian culture to discussions of the needs in Haiti both before and after January’s significant earthquake.
Several area partners are also supporting Haiti Awareness Month with special orders and displays. Titles focusing on Haiti, or published by Haitian and Haitian American authors, will be featured at these local outlets: Barnes and Noble, Book Corner, Borders, Boxcar Books, Caveat Emptor, Howard’s Bookstore, the Monroe County Public Library, and TD’s CDs and LPs.
Confirmed awareness month events will be listed below. Please check back frequently for the most current information!
Haiti Benefit Concert featuring Steel Panache, Curtis Cantwell Jackson, and Blue Sky Back
Friday, September 3, from 7-9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
Presented by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington
2120 N. Fee Lane
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students/children. (Tickets may be purchased at the door)
All ticket proceeds go to support Partners in Health-Haiti and the Unitarian Universalist Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund.
Full event information at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109327232456043.
*Bloomington Mayor’s office to present official proclamation at the concert, designating September 2010 as Haiti Awareness Month!*
“Language and Education in the Reconstruction of Haiti”
A public talk by Albert Valdman, Rudy Professor Emeritus and Director of the IU Creole Institute
Wednesday, September 8 at 3pm
IMU State Room East
More information coming soon: http://www.indiana.edu/~clacs/
Screening of “The Road to Fondwa” and Q+A with co-director Justin Brandon
Tuesday, September 14, 7:30-9pm
at Boxcar Books, 408 E 6th St
View the film trailer at http://fondwa.org/about/
RSVP and FMI: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113079255416353
KAFE KREYOL / CREOLE CAFE (Creole conversation hour)
Friday, September 17, 11:30 am-1 pm
at Rachael’s Cafe, 300 E 3rd St See map
Open to anyone interested in learning or speaking Haitian Creole. We also share information about upcoming events and updates from Haiti.
Emeline Michel and her band perform Haitian roots music at the 17th annual Lotus World Music & Arts Festival
Friday, September 17 and Saturday, September 18, from 8:45-10pm
Tickets available online: http://lotusfest.org/ticket-info)
“Like other Haitian artists of her generation, Michel marries social and political content to the distinctive, danceable Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Haitian traditional music, including the Haitian original compas, the troubador-style twoubadou, and the Afro-Haitian festival style of music known as rara. “Everybody knows that Haiti is in trouble,” she says. As a Haitian living abroad, Michel uses her music “to show a side of Haitian culture that is positive.”
More information at http://lotusfest.org/emeline-michel and http://www.emeline-michel.com/
“A chat about Haitian music and culture” with Emeline Michel
Monday, September 20, 4-5pm
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 1125 E. Atwater
Please note: This conversation will be conducted mostly in Haitian Creole.
“An Evening with Emeline Michel”
Tuesday, September 21, 7:30-9pm
in the Formal Lounge of the Foster International Learning-Living Center (Foster-Shea ground floor lounge), 1000 N. Fee Lane
Join us as this dynamic Haitian vocalist, songwriter, and dancer will discuss her life and career.
“Reforestation as Restoration:
An Examination of the Link between Environmental and Economic Restoration in Post-Earthquake Haiti”
a public presentation on sustainable reforestation and the impacts of the 2010 earthquake on the environment in Haiti
by Lizzie Cooke, Co-founder of Imagine Haitian (www.ImagineHaitian.org)
Friday, September 24, from 7-9:00 pm (Donations accepted)
at Boxcar Books, 408 E 6th St
Proceeds from the sale of Haitian arts and crafts will support Imagine Haitian’s reforestation efforts in Haiti.
Refreshments will be served.
RSVP and FMI: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159551054055750
Haiti at the Fiesta del Otoño Fall Cultural Festival
Saturday, September 25, 10am-12pm
at the Farmer’s Market, City Hall Plaza and atrium
Take a trip through Latin America – right here in Bloomington! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, dance, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, & more. Sponsors: City of Bloomington Community & Family Resources Department, Monroe County Public Library & Positive Link
(Haiti focus tbd, details coming soon!)
Healing circle for Haiti
Monday, September 27, 7-8:30pm (doors at 6:30pm)
at the Spiritual Life Center, 412 S Walnut St (Donations accepted)
Open to all healers and anyone interested in alternative healing modalities. We will share Reiki and meditation techniques to send healing energy to the people, animals, and natural environment of Haiti.
Some seating will be provided (mostly on the floor), but feel free to bring your favorite cushion or meditation chair. You may also bring altar items that represent Haiti to help focus the energy.
Intentions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org to be printed and placed on the altar.
FMI and RSVP: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=154583621231160
*This event is also part of Bloomington’s Peace Week*
“A Night of Haitian Poetry”
Saturday, October 2, 7:30-9pm
at the Pour House, 314 E Kirkwood Ave
Join us for readings of Haitian and Haitian-American poetry and literature. Selections will be read in English, French, and Haitian Creole. Discussion will follow.
RSVP and FMI: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109714442420989
Special thanks to all Haiti Awareness Month sponsors:
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Bloomington for Haiti, City of Bloomington Office of the Mayor, Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, La Casa (Latino Cultural Center), IU Creole Institute, Office of the Vice-President for International Affairs, Foster Living Learning Center, Boxcar Books, Imagine Haitian, City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, Black Film Center/Archive, Haitian Association of Indiana