In rural Haiti, the Lakou communal living system embodies the intersection of land, family, and spirituality. Lakou members develop reciprocal patterns of resource sharing and jointly work the land. Lakou NOU (“Our Yard” in Haitian Creole), HCX's newest program, is a creative adaptation of this traditional model. This project provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by their skills and talents to four historically underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to Haitian and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush .
In 2016, the inaugural year programs, Lakou NOU artists produced various multidisciplinary projects that drew connections between artistic practice and neighborhood concerns. Drumming set the tone for discussions about health and wellness in Canarsie. Dance navigated the topic of state-sanctioned violence in East Flatbush. Storytelling and video art explored gentrification that is taking place in Crown Heights. Over ten partners, including high schools, organizing organizing groups, libraries, and the national non-profit StoryCorps, were enlisted by our local community. year, Lakou NOU artists will be provided with a stipend of $ 7,000 for creating new art; development, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of projects; access to a network of other artists, community leaders, and local organizations; platform to showcase their work to varied audiences; and the opportunity to develop leadership skills while becoming acquainted with social issues affecting Brooklyn communities.
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Application & Notification Timeline:
December 2018 –  January 14t h @ Midnight 2019: Applications are completed and submitted
January – February 2019: Applications are reviewed and reported
February 2019: Orientation for Lakou NOU Residents; professional development series begins Applicant's Guidelines
– Artistic Excellence and Originality
– Residence in Gold Demonstrated relationship with the Lakou NOU communities
– An artistic practice rooted in community, collaboration, and dialogue
– Identification as an artist of Haitian decent working in any artistic discipline
– Artists are not required to live in the “Lakou” neighborhoods (Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, or Canarsie), BUT must live in the greater New York City area. 19659016] – Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, and / or Canarsie neighborhoods.
How do I apply?
DEADLINE APPLICATION: Monday, JANUARY 14TH, 2019 @ Midnight
Applications may be submitted in two ways:
OPTION 1: Written Submission : ] Video Submission: Applications may be submitted as a result MP4, AVI, MOV, FLV file formats. Video submissions may be in English or Kreyòl. Videos should be no longer than 20 minutes in length.
Responses must demonstrate a detailed and organized thought process. Applications should be submitted to a PDF file to Regine M. Roumain at email@example.com
In this effort, HCX will be offering application assistance open hours. If you have specific questions, issues, or require help, please contact us for help. HCP staff member on Thursday, December 13 between 11 am-7pm.
Assistance is also available online. Regine M. Roumain at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 347-565-4429
To learn about past Lakou NEW projects, visit our Archives . 
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