Instruments for Haitian Children










The Novack family of Miami is stepping in to assist Haiti’s youngsters with an area of education that’s often overlooked, even in American schools: music. They opened their first children’s music institution in August of last year, and a second is soon to follow.

Currently, they’re collecting instruments to be used for educational purposes, so start rounding up your flutes and guitars for a good cause.

The Novack family are philanthropists, and major supporters of Haiti. Allison and her brother Jason are co-founders of 1308 Productions, a family-owned non-profit that supports music education.

“I’ve always known that music is a huge part of Haitian culture, but that access to instruments there is limited, making it difficult for any child to find their potential musical talent,” Allison says. “Music is proven to bring people together, advance learning skills, and elevate happiness – it’s the universal language, and the best remedy for hard times.”

Their first children’s music school opened its doors in Tabarre, Haiti, in August of 2014.

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A celebration of Haiti’s unique beauty and culture through film, photography, music, dance and cuisine.

Join us February 26, 2015 at FIAF / French Institute Alliance Française for a tour de force evening featuring a screening of new films from Haiti and musical performance followed by a reception, exhibition, drumming and dance.

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All proceeds benefit Artists Institute, Haiti’s only free college for art and technology. To learn more visit us at

In Haiti, music is in the air as pre-Carnival celebrations, jazz fest start the party












PORT-AU-PRINCE — Carnival may be more than a month away, but that’s not stopping Haitians from launching the party early. A week after marking the fourth anniversary of Haiti’s tragic Jan.12, 2010, earthquake during which their singer-turned-president urged them to celebrate life, Haitians kicked off pre-carnival celebrations Sunday.

Jumping and dancing into the streets, they transformed a downtown public square that once housed tens of thousands of quake victims under tents, into a musical stage. Oversized floats, DJs and enthusiastic Rara bands took over the Champ de Mars in front of the razed presidential palace as part of the weekly carnival warm-ups that will take place between now and carnival weekend, March 2-4, in the city of Gonaives.

Like in the last two years, Haiti’s official carnival celebration will rotate this year outside of the capital. Carnival drums, however, were not the only rhythms playing Sunday in this quake-recovering capital. Uptown in Petionville, hundreds of jazz fanatics enjoyed the second day of the Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival in the capital featuring Daniel Schenker Quartet of Switzerland, guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke from Benin and Haiti’s Réginald Policard. The musicians performed at the NH El Rancho hotel, one of several newly rebuilt and opened post-quake hotels in Haiti.

“In North America, there is just very sad press about Haiti, about poverty and despair, but no one is touching on the spirit of the people,” Canadian jazz artist Julie Michels said at a Sunday brunch hosted by Canada’s Embassy to welcome the jazz festival.

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INCLUDING mixed media presentation, created by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger.

An evening of Haitian artwork, chill music, hot Haitian Rhum drinks, film and guest speakers in support of aid organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the fight for civil rights and citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrants. Take home original artwork for the holidays and make a difference in the life of a Haitian.

100% of all art sales go to charity.






SIZES: (S, M, L, XL)


The Cherie Haiti Clothing Company was founded in 2010, and has been providing quality garments to the public ever since. Located in Miami, New York and Montreal, Cherie Haiti employs over 15 artists, and designers who were inspired by Haiti and it’s people, who picked themselves up after L’event and persevered; typically through Haiti’s culture. Collectively, we unite a broad style of work from; our designers, photographers, illustrators, textile and media artists to create clothing which  delivers a positive visual message that endures.










Bon Bagay: A Night of Art and Cocktails!


Make a tax deductible donation to charity at this year’s event!!

We accept checks made out to our fiscal sponsor, City Lore. WWW.CITYLORE.ORG or you can make a charitable donation with a debit or credit card. Please request one of our BON BAGAY event volunteers to assist you with your donation. Donations are 100% tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


Join us for a fun filled evening.

Caribbean and Haitian inspired cuisine provided by Kreyol Flavor.

Complimentary open bar courtesy of our sponsors:

BeviWines. Rhum Barbancourt. Prestige Beer.

Rhum Barbancourt

In 1862, Dupré Barbancourt, a native of the Charente region in France, put the finishing touches to a recipe for rum that still bears his name today.Using a double distillation method usually reserved for the very finest cognacs, he discovered a rum of incomparable quality that has always received the highest international distinctions.

Yummy dessert cupcakes provided by Sugar Spell Bakeshop.









“There’s a hint of magic in every bite”

Join us for a night of art and culture.





BON BAGAY, spent a recent afternoon with Ms. Loris Crawford, covering such topics as,  Caribbean Art,  Empowerment, and Haiti. Ms. Crawford, a highly respected arts advisor, gallery manager, event producer and professor of Business Management; with over twenty-five years of experience, specializing in African, Caribbean, and African-American Art. Loris was the founder of Savacou Gallery, one of the first galleries in the United States to specialize in African, Caribbean, and African-American Art and the first such full-service, for-profit gallery in New York City. In this capacity, she has built thousands of art collections. She also founded Art Off The Main: The African, Caribbean & Latin American Art Fair.


(See interview below).


Join Loris Crawford and art lovers, collectors, artists and guests @ the 2nd annual, BON BAGAY: ART AUCTION & CHARITY EVENT FOR HAITI. Thursday, December 12th, 2013 @ Raw Space Gallery in Harlem, NY. An evening of art, music, food, guest speakers and film to support aid organizations in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in the fight of civil rights and citizenship for hundreds of thousands Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrants.


Loris Crawford has lectured extensively on the African, African-American, Caribbean and Latin American art movements at venues such as The Museum of African Art, ArtExpo New York, and the National Black Fine Art Show and has served as consultant on special art projects for major corporations including Lehman Brothers and Kraft Foods.

Among her media credits are: Art Business News, ArtSpeak, The New York Daily News, Newsday, The New York Times, The Amsterdam News and City Sun newspapers; Décor, Black Enterprise, Essence, Art Preview, Country Living and The Network Journal Magazines;WBET and New York Fox 5 television, and WBAI,WWRL and WLIB radio.







Francks Francois Décéus continues to emerge as one of the important young painters of his generation. Born in Haiti, Décéus and his family moved to Brooklyn, New York when he was nine years old. It wasn’t until he graduated from Long Island University with a degree in Sociology that he turned to making art as a career. Over a seventeen-year career, his work has marched chronologically from his childhood in Haiti, through his immersion into his new urban community as an immigrant, and recently, to his meditations on a conceptual vision of humanity. He has always been more interested in exploring themes and issues than in making definitive statements or creating a visual language with his art, and his work resonates with political and sociological content.


Stylistically his work incorporates many of the influences and aesthetic forms of the 40’s and 50’s visual artists like William Johnson and Jacob Lawrence, and reverberates with some of the artistic strains of his native Haiti. His modernist style combines figurative, abstract and layered elements and relies heavily on a simplification of form and function. His work is characterized by a semiotic economy, minimalist use of imagery and a deliberately limited palette range within series of work. In 2004, Décéus was selected by curators at the Brooklyn Museum to participate in the exhibition “Open House: Working in Brooklyn”, an exhibition considered to be the largest survey ever devoted to contemporary Brooklyn -based artists. His work has been commissioned by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. His work is in the permanent collection of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Xavier University.


Décéus has studied printmaking at the venerated Bob Blackburn Printmaking workshop and in June of 2007 completed on a month-long printmaking residency in Gentilly, France. He was the recipient, in February 2008, of the Samella Lewis Award for Painting in the Hampton University Museum’s juried exhibition, “New Power Generation 2008”.




Patricia Brintle was born in Haiti and immigrated to the United States in 1964.  A self-taught artist, she devoted herself completely to painting after a 22-year career with a NY utility company, and in 2005 decided to she is not painting, Brintle directs the contemporary choir at her Parish church.  Although she has made the US her residence, her colorful style reflects her native land.  Her approach to painting is varied and reflects her feelings at the moment.  Brintle’s work is influenced both by personal and social experiences and most of her portraits focus on the expression of the eyes and tells in one look the story of the person on the canvas. 


She favors bright, vivid and vibrant colors and uses much symbolism in her work.  Her medium is as varied as her subjects but she prefers acrylics because of its diversity.  Her works on the Holocaust are on permanent display at the Holocaust Center of Temple Judea in New York and are used as a teaching tool for visitors.  One of her religious works, The First Mother hangs with the Black Madonna Exhibit which made its debut in May 2007 at the National Museum of Catholic Art and History in New York and will travel to museums throughout the United States until December 2008. 


Brintle’s work on nuclear disarmament, A Delicate Balance, won the “Images of Peace” national competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer’s call for nuclear disarmament and hangs in permanence at the Albert Schweitzer Institute in Hamden, Connecticut.  Brintle is a member of the United Haitian Artists and the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition.