Artists Institute of Haiti Fundraiser

Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Supporters,

In June of this year, we drafted a letter to get back in touch with our community and announce plans to re-open the Artists Institute in the wake of the global pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic rocked the world, and Haiti suffered immensely without the proper medical infrastructure to curb and address the spread of the virus. Then, President Moise was assassinated, sending the country into chaos. A massive earthquake caused destruction and terror in the southwest. Thousands of Haitian migrants arrived at the US border with Mexico and images of their inhumane treatment went viral. And, most recently, reports of gangs and kidnappings and the country’s crippling gas shortage has dominated the news. 

Haiti is used to bad headlines, but this year has felt overwhelming. We decided to take a pause to re-center our vision and allow our Haitian team and family members to process the events and all that is happening. Resilience is not Teflon, and for the past weeks, we’ve been reflecting on where we go from here. How do you keep a flame alive when darkness is trying so hard to put it out? 

The truth is, life goes on in Haiti. Despite what you might imagine, the country and its people refuse to be defined by its tragic moments. The strength of the human spirit shines through -- it cannot be put out. In solidarity with that spirit, we are choosing to focus on hope for the future, and investing in what is possible for Haitian youth. The Artists Institute of Haiti has been a beacon of creativity, education, cultural pride, and hope since its founding in 2006. It has weathered many storms, stood tall through earthquakes, and acted as an oasis for a creative community desperately in need of support. 

Based in the small southern city of Jacmel, the Artists Institute of Haiti is a community campus for young artists and creators, that has fostered Haitian creativity for over 15 years. By offering accessible training and workshops, professional facilities, equipment, collaborations and mentorship opportunities with musicians, filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world the Artists Institute of Haiti has helped scores of young Haitians both realize their creative dreams AND become a part of Haiti's creative economy. 

While recording, filming, dancing, and singing on the gorgeous campus overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Artists Institute students and graduates have helped produce albums, videos and films with world-class Haitian and international talent alike. Collaborators include; Michael Brun, Boukman Eksperyans, Arcade Fire, Emeline Michel, Donna Karan, Jackson Browne, Edwidge Danticat, Habib Koite, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Paul Beaubrun, and Gessica Geneus. These collaborations have planted seeds that have spread across Haiti's creative industries and have led to Artists Institute students and graduates being involved in major label record releases, Emmy Awards, and films premiering at Cannes Film Festival. 

Now, this community in Haiti needs our support more than ever, so today we are proud to launch our first annual Artists Institute of Haiti funding campaign. We have set a goal to raise $60,000 USD for The Artists Institute of Haiti over the next three months -- and we know we will reach our goal with your support. The funds we raise will enable the institute to keep its gate wide open - to welcome all the musicians, sound engineers, filmmakers, photographers, dancers, and graphic artists who use the campus to realize their dreams. It will help us to develop programs online and on-campus, and continue to be a major resource center for creators throughout the country.

We know Haitian art & culture is a value that is immeasurable not only to Haiti but to the world. That being said there are hard costs we must absorb to continue our support. The funds we raise will be specifically directed towards the following:   

- Upgrading our campus facilities 
- Modernizing our training via a digital curriculum
- Facilitating youth scholarships
- Increasing digital and physical accessibility to The Artists Institute
- Promoting Haitian art, music, and culture around the world

Our artistic merits define an important narrative of our strength and character. The Artists Institute of Haiti will continue to cultivate new talent while being an anchor for industry professionals needing resources. Your support of Haitian culture and artistic expression is essential. The training offered by the Artists Institute elevates a source of pride, provides necessary jobs, gives a productive outlet for our healing, and keeps the flame of hope alive for talented creatives from around the country.  

With your help, The Artists Institute of Haiti will continue to be a vital resource thriving for its community -- with workshops in the classrooms, music rising from the studios, filmmakers telling their own stories, and a vision for a new Haiti rising from the campus grounds.  
We invite you to continue walking with us on this great journey and to support the Artist Institute in 2021 and beyond.

An ale! Let's Go!
With deep appreciation.

Erlantz Hyppolite,
Director, The Artists Institute of Haiti

Kathryn Everett
Board Member

Zach Niles
Board Member

This funding campaign is hosted with fiscal sponsorship from our great friends at Haiti Culture Exchange   

  • Christherson Jeanty 
    • $25 
    • 12 d
  • Gerald Barclay 
    • $50 
    • 12 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Nicolas Grisouard 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Tina Marinic 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
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Fundraising team (2)

Erlantz Hyppolite 
Raised $550 from 5 donations
Germantown, MD
Haiti Cultural Exchange 
Registered nonprofit
Donations are typically 100% tax deductible in the US.
Kathryn Everett 
Team member
Raised $50 from 1 donation