Haitian artists get schooled on the business of art
by Chely Paul
Florida Memorial University hosts the first Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium this weekend (Friday and Saturday) at the school’s Miami Gardens campus.
Open to Haitian artists
Organized by the well-known journalist, actress and television host Farah Larrieux and Thelar Management, the symposium is open to Haitian artists. They will be given an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of the arts and culture industry within the Haitian community.
The goal of Thelar Management, according to their mission statement, is “To create a platform for Haitian artists from different arts discipline, entrepreneurs and professionals of the creative and cultural industries in Haiti and the Diaspora. The purpose is to effectively address issues related to the industries in order to promote collaborative strategies that will stimulate economic development in the Haitian-American community of Florida, therefore to have a significant impact on the Caribbean region overall.”
͟Artists to share secrets
Artists with decades of experience and success will share their secrets to longevity. They include popular artist and model, Franklin Myrtle; musician and artist Thierry De’jean, Zeek; media stalwart Christophe Simeon; film directors Jean-Rene’ and Falia Justima, and culinary artist Stephan Durand.
Organizers plan on making the Haitian Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium an annual event.
A number of big artists have emerged from the Little Haiti community of Miami. The best known are cousins Wyclef and Pras of The Fugees.
for more on Little Haiti, click the link: Dancing away the Irma Blues in Little Haiti