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Ayiti Resurrect is organizing an inspiration-packed fundraiser
celebrating trans-local solidarity and community resilience.

In support of Ayiti Resurrect’s commitment to collaborative healing in Haiti, the event will feature stunning performances, moderated dialog with Ayiti Resurrect collective members, speakers demystifying current realities in Haiti, a chance to hear live from our partners in Haiti, and a silent auction of art from Komye artists and some distinctive items from AR supporters. See more here

Founded by Naima of Climbing PoeTree, Ayiti Resurrect is a collective of visionary artists, community builders, holistic healers, and ​sustainable​ farmers from Haiti and ​the ​African Diaspora​.​ Formed in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in the spirit of people-to-people solidarity​, we ​w​ork in collaboration with residents of ​Komye,​ ​a rural village in ​Leogane​, Haiti,​ to support the social, spiritual, emotional, physical, and environmental health of the community​. Through art and music therapy workshops, yoga and meditation, wellness clinics, reforestation initiatives,​ women’s self-determination circles,​ and sustainable agriculture skill-shares, our aim is contribute to the strength and autonomy of the Haitian community through this long term project dedicated to transforming trauma through collective healing. Read more

Performers include:

Maya Azucena – MTV Made’s Award winning singer-activist and cultural ambassador making soul music that matters. link

Lenelle Moïse – author of Haiti Glass, and an award-winning poet, playwright and performer who creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about the intersection of identity, memory and spirit. link

Naima of Climbing PoeTree – internationally renowned spoken word poet, lyricist, and co-creator of Hurricane Season, award-winning multimedia theater about unnatural disaster.

Goussy Celestine – ASE Dance Theater Collective member, composer, vocalist and dancer whose artistic mission is to highlight the influence, connection and beauty of Haitian culture in the Americas. member of and ¡Retumba!

Strings ‘n Skins – play rhythmical interpretations of North African and South African improvisational styles. Their Afro-Asian hybrid beats are played on traditional instruments.

Speakers Include:

Michelle Karshan – Founder and Director of Alternative Chance and Li Li Li Read! Michelle has worked on Haiti over the past 28 years in a variety of contexts, including as a radio journalist, a US-based solidarity activist, and served as the Foreign Press Liaison for Presidents Aristide and Preval for 9 years in Haiti.  Karshan is founder and director of Alternative Chance, which provides services and advocacy for criminal deportees from the US. She is Vice President, and former Haiti Coordinator, of Health Through Walls, an NGO working to reinforce the delivery of health care in resource poor prisons – including in Haiti’s national prisons. Following the earthquake, Michelle and her daughters founded Li, Li, Li! Read, a storybook reading out loud program in Haiti’s tent camps.


Sellome Araya– Reiki Healing Practitioner and Social Advocate, Sellome served as the Emergency Response Development and Communications Manager for Action Aid Haiti after the earthquake. She has also served as Project Coordinator for Speak Africa at UNICEF Ethiopia, Project Managerfor South Los Angeles Health Projects, Communications Consultant for Fahamu Networks for Social Justice, and Refugee Youth Program Manager
African Community Resource Center.

& Ayiti Resurrect collective members, delegates, and partners!

9/27/14 @ La Caye
a gorgeous Haitian restaurant and bar
with spacious garden in the back
35 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Haitian hors d’oeuvres crafted by renowned Chef Ricardo Gabriel
and La Caye’s signature ginger mint sangria will be served to our early arrivals!

$25 Admission
with additional tax-deductible opportunities
to give via check, cash or credit

Purchase your tickets now at Eventbrite

If you can’t join us, donate here