"When Our Brushes Shook": The Healing Power of Art April 27

"When Our Brushes Shook": The Healing Power of Art, an art exhibition in memory of Haiti's Earthquake Victims put on by the Haitian Artists' Assembly of Massachusetts, will take place Friday, April 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.  

For more information:  HMHnetwork@gmail.com

Location:  221 Rivermoor Street/Boston, MA 02132

Haiti and Black History Month @ UMass Boston Feb. 25

The Haitian Consulate in Boston invites you to celebrate the connection between Haiti and Black History Month in an event featuring panelists Virginius W. Thornton, State Representative Byron Rushing, and Dr. Peniel Joseph. On Saturday, February 25th, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the UMass Boston Campus Center Ballroom B. This is a free event! The event will feature music, dance, and an exhibition of paintings.  For more information, contact Beatrice Joseph, Vice-Counsul, at beatrice.joseph [at] diplomatie.ht, or cg.boston [at] diplomatie.ht. You can also contact the Counsul by phone at 617.266.3660 ext. 10 or at 617.266.3707 ext. 18.

Anyone who needs disability accommodations in order to fully participate should visit www.ADA.UMB.EDU.

Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community, May 5

The Haitian Mental Health Network and the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) will be hosting an event, "Trauma and Mental Illness in the Haitian Community: Cultural Considerations for Developing a Broad Clinical and Research Agenda." The day long event will take place Saturday, May 5, 2012, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the MSPP in West Roxbury, MA. The event will feature Keynote speakers Dr. Guerda Nicolas, Associate Professor, University of Miami, and Dr. Ronald Jean-Jacques, President, Haitian Psychological Association. Panel and workshop presentations will include: The impact of historical traumas on the adaptation of Haitian immigrants in the US; the role of cultural belief systems in understanding health-seeking behaviors of Haitian individuals; culturally-bound syndromes and somatic manifestations of mental illness in the Haitian community; the use of art therapy with Haitian children earthquake survivors; and clinical interventions to address Haitian clients' mental health needs.

There will also be a pre-conference Art Exhibition, entitled "When Our Brushes Shook":  The Healing Power of Art.

Reflections on Haiti: Two Years after the Earthquake, Jan 30

Join Governor Deval Patrick, Representative Linda Dorcena Forry and leaders of the Haitian Community for:

Reflections on Haiti: Two Years after the Earthquake

To commemorate the two year anniversary of Haiti's devastating earthquake, Governor Deval Patrick will present a special proclamation in solidarity with the Haitian community. The event will take place on Monday, January 30, 2012 from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Grand Staircase in the State House and will feature artistic performances and reflections from elected officials and community leaders.


Date:             Monday, January 30, 2012

Time:             11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Where:         State House, Grand Staircase


For more information please contact Anny-Jean Jacques Domercant at 617-725-4020

Interested media should contact the Governor's Press Office at 617-725-4025

Sk8 For Haiti Jan. 13 & 14

This MLK weekend, join Groovement for the first annual Sk8 for Haiti event, taking place Friday, January 13, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, January 14th, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Matenwa Community Learning Center located in Lagonav, Haiti. "Sk8 for Matenwa" will be a 2 day skate benefit where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Matenwa Community Learning Center. will be taking place at 11 Rhoades St. Suite 15 (Between Blue Hill Ave. and Frontenac Street) in Mattapan, 02124. Admission is $10 a person and on a first come first served basis. For more info, email pierre.actionnaire [at] gmail.com.

Jean-Claude Sanon Birthday / Fundraiser Event Jan. 15

The Haitian American Media and Restaurant Network will be hosting a celebration and fundraiser for Jean-Claude Sanon! Jean-Claude Sanon has worked tirelessly for over 30 years to improve access to social, economic, and legal services within the Boston community. The event will also mark Jean-Claude's campaign kickoff for a city council position. On Sunday, January 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. celebrate at Sant Belvi (Haitian American Adult Day Care) located at 6 Frontenac Street off Blue Hill Avenue in Dorchester, MA 02124. For more information, please call 339.645.4849.

"Though the Earth Shook": A Celebration of Haitian Resilience, Jan. 8

"Though the Earth Shook" is a celebration of Haitian resilience that brings children and their families together to sing, reflect, heal, and reenergize.  This is the second annual celebration with over 800 people turning out for last year's event.  This year, the gathering will be held on January 8, 2012 at 5:00pm over at the Jeremiah Burke High School, located at 60 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA.  It will include The Haitian Marching Band New Life Orchestra, Pierre Gardy Fontaine OAMEC Ensemble, and more...


For more information please see attached flyer, or call 617.364.0370, or visit www.yofes.org.  Donations Welcome! 

Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget: 2nd Annual Haiti Earthquake Memorial Jan. 14

Nou Pap Janm Bliye/We Will Not Forget is an event for Boston and Massachusetts’ Haitian community and friends of Haiti to come together to memorialize the victims of the earthquake, and to reflect and agree on collective action. The memorial will feature the poetry of Patrick Sylvain, spiritual reflection by Pastor Zephir, a musical performance by Mendy Toussaint, and more.

The organizing committee, comprised of Haitian-led organizations in Boston, will discuss what has occurred in the past year and how issues of water security and immigration––noted as points of concern by hundreds of 2011 event attendees--have evolved. Physicians for Haiti will deliver a presentation specifically focused on the cholera epidemic.
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