Nubian Nene (Nadine Sylvestre) believes that basic human services are things a town should provide its residents. A Crown Heights resident, Nubian Nene has observed the way residents contribute to street pollution. In “Crown Heights Creatives,” Nubian Nene documents the personal perspective of residents on the matter, assesses the community needs, raises awareness about the presence of local street farms, gardens and the availability of healthy foods in our grocery stores, and engages the creatives of Crown Heights to share their skill set, expertise and teachings to mobilize the community. She pulls from her Haitian heritage by creating a video series of her dancing in community gardens, connecting the dots between Crown Heights, its residents, and herself – a Haitian-Canadian woman living in Brooklyn. By dancing in this way, Nubian Nene portrays Kouzen Zaka, the agriculture/harvest/hard worker lwa further enforcing the idea of community action.
Lakou NOU (“Our Yard” in Haitian Creole), HCX’s newest program, is a creative adaption of the traditional rural Haitian communal living system which embodies the intersection of land, family, spirituality, resource sharing and joint work. This project provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four traditionally underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush. Visit haiticulturalx.org for more info!