This post is adapted from remarks given by Dr. Marielle Barrow at an IDB-hosted panel on Caribbean cultural industries at CARIFESTA 2017 in Barbados. When we produce art, the act of creative expression does not make our work part of the Creative or Cultural Industries. It is the sharing, dissemination, exhibition or publication of that work that renders it accessible and … [Read more...] about There is No Barrel: 10 Take Aways from Youth Talk, Carifesta XIII
When then 21 year-old Jude Papaloko Thegenus arrived in Miami in 1986 to further his art studies, practically no one in the city thought of aesthetics and culture as a professional priority, especially for recent arrivals. “The focus was on immigration, fighting for rights. It was about Haitians coming on boats and needing a place to stay, food, work, and immigration … [Read more...] about Part II: Miami’s Little Haiti offers big ideas on poverty reduction through the arts
For five decades, tens of thousands of Haitians fleeing hardship in their homeland rebuilt their lives about four miles north of downtown Miami, Florida, in a neighborhood widely known as Little Haiti. It was the first stop on the road to the American dream and one of the most efficient places for collecting donations and remittances to send back home. Even during power … [Read more...] about Miami’s Little Haiti offers big ideas on poverty reduction through the arts
As part of IDB Cultural Center’s Caribbean focus, we present an exhibit of art from the region dealing with the impact of popular visual culture and creativity in its economy. It has long been held that art was not an economically sound activity. Today many make a living of making art, whether selling graffiti paintings on canvas or tattooing rich and famous … [Read more...] about What is ‘flow’?
A Biennale is an international art fair- an art marketplace involving the highest-level players, with a global history, beginning with the Venice Biennale. The Haiti Ghetto Biennale is in some ways a contradiction of this format that simultaneously capitalizes on it- it takes place at ground level in a ghetto in Haiti, where non-academically trained artists ply their crafts … [Read more...] about The Book of Promises: Experiencing the third Haiti Ghetto Biennale