New York City, unsurprisingly, has the largest Haitian community in the United States with many Haitians living in Brooklyn and Queens. In fact, 3% of Brooklyn’s population is of Haitian descent. Is it any shock then that the culture is alive and thriving, and that Haitian events are plentiful across Brooklyn?
Green-wood is honoring the art and music of Haiti at their Haitian Dance, Drumming and Special Art Exhibit on November 20th at 4 o’clock. The main event of the Green-Wood walk is drum based music by Frisner Augustin, Haiti’s La Troupe Makandala and Steven Estroff. Tickets are $10 at the door, but 10% of that fee will be going to Doctors Without Borders, making it a good time and a good deed all at once. The Brooklyn Arts Council is helping to organize the event, which will include a Vodou Bottle exhibit by Haitian artist Kesler Pierre, also a drummer for the La Troupe Makandala.
Pierre has a long history of working with stained glass in Haiti as well as the United States. Aside from the Vodou Bottles project, he has also spent years documenting the stained glass windows of Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, otherwise known as the Port-au-Prince Cathedral. He has spent those years also lobbying for their restoration, even before the earthquake leveled much of the country.
Pierre is just one of the many Haitian immigrants who have brought skills and talent to his new home while still maintaining roots in the old country. He is also only one of a talented group that will be showcased at Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel. Come to the Green-Wood walk and enjoy the music, dancing and art that have traveled across the world from Haiti to Brooklyn.