Art at a New Community Center

Participating artist Jazmin Hayes in front of her work displaying cornrows. (Photo by Jordan Rathkopf via Caribbean Life)

Diaspora Community Services, which began in 1980 as a Haitian-centric organization and now delivers health and mental services to other diaspora communities, recently opened a new Crown Heights location, reports Alexandra Simon in Caribbean Life. To mark the occasion, the organization held an art exhibit entitled “Lakay” (Haitian Creole for “the home”), with works by four local artists.

“We wanted to a create a nice space for when our clients come in,” said [Diaspora Community Services CEO] Carine Jocelyn.

“We do a lot of youth development and wanted the space to be comfortable, somewhere where they can learn to appreciate art, and for our staff too.”

The fours artists participating in the exhibit are Walesca Ambroise, Kalada Halliday, Jazmine Hayes, and Kimmikaa. They were selected by an open call from curators working with Art Connects New York (ACNY).

Go to Caribbean Life to read more about how curators selected the particular works and images in the exhibit.

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