New Website!

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The Webcrew for JE has been working to re-brand and launch a new website. This week we have activated the website and it is ready for everyone to enjoy. Our goals were to make the information more accessible to our followers as well as show who we are now. After four years of serving the community we have grown. The community has grown and we have more community involvement than ever. This site is still just the next step and we will be adding more content for everyone to enjoy and explore. Visit often to see all the new developments. If you are interested in getting involved we have a number of options on the “Get Involved” page.

The new website is also connected to our new fiscal sponsor, Fractures Altas. JE is now a project of Fractured Atlas and all donations are tax deductible through our easy to use Donate Buttons. As we push forward we need your support more than ever. Currently we are shipping supplies to Haiti and are raising money for rent. Please consider even a small donation that helps Haitians make a difference in their own community.

Visit us at jecenter.org

BIG THANKS to Steve Raden, Marie Walz and Fred Hickler!

Experts to investigate possible wreckage of Columbus ship Santa Maria

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Finding history in Haiti.

Originally posted on Repeating Islands:

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A team of experts will check to see if wreckage off Haiti’s coast is Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, Delila James reports for the Science Recorder.

The United Nations’ cultural and scientific agency, UNESCO, announced Monday that a team of experts will look at a site off the northern coast of Haiti to see if wreckage found there belongs to the flagship Santa Maria, one of Christopher Columbus’ famous three vessels to arrive in the Americas: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria.

UNESCO officials said a technical team will investigate the site in the coming months at the request of the government of Haiti, the Associated Press (AP) reports. Spokeswoman Agnes Bardon said that agreeing to send a team of experts does not mean UNESCO is confirming that the wreckage is from the Santa Maria.

Well-known undersea explorer and treasure hunter Barry Clifford said…

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

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The duality of life in Haiti can be shocking sometimes. Haiti is in the midsts of a debilitating epidemic. Chickungunya is spreading like wild fire with over 110,000 suspected cases present in Haiti in the past couple months. It is severely debilitating with a rash, high fevers and joint pain. The name actually translates to, “bent over”. The virus only hits once but the person suffering can experience reaccurances of the original virus for up to two years.  This is not just a “low resource” country problem but has been reported in Tennessee. There is no cure and much of the southeast harbors the two mosquito types that carry Chikungunya. Educator yourself by reading the CDC reports that list the states that currently have reported cases.

During all this craziness, Haitians push forward. This is one of the reasons why I respect this culture so much. This is truly a “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” kind of country. Everyone I know is pushing through with what they have to. The amazing part for me is that our members are doing screen printing jobs. Two long term community members, Luckenson and Christien, have just succeeded in hosting a three day film festival for the children in Lafond. Painting and drawing class, taught by Lee Rainboth is exploring figurative drawing with proportions and the development of hand/eye coordination. Lafalaise is teaching design in the screen printing program. They are working on lighting and movement.

So at the end of the day I am so proud of the team in Haiti and how they push through some of the most difficult circumstances. Please help support these motivated people and donate! Even twenty dollars makes a difference in our ability to continue moving forward.

Going South

The Friday night Cine Club is screening Vers Le Sud this week. This movie is set in Haiti in the late 70′s. It focuses on three middle-aged women escaping life by enjoying the sex trade in Haiti. Click here to read a review.

Jacmel Historic District

Found this great blog on Jacmel. It shares Jacmel’s history, culture and historic architecture.

Jacmel Historic District.

JE Screenprints at Multiples

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Jakmel Ekspresyon, JE, has partnered with Multiples Art and Critical Craft Market in Chicago on March 15th and 16th. Multiples is the first market of its kind that is based on the concept that art and craft have been artificially separated and has gathered artists who traverse the borders between fine art and craft art. JE’s art from the screen printing program seeks to present art activism and social entrepreneurship, through multiples, that can raise the voice of the disenfranchised artist to the public realm and create change in local depressed economies.

Multiples has also made JE the beneficiary of the event. The suggested donation of $5 at the door will help support the center. So even if you just show up to check out any of the 60 amazing midwestern artists, you will be helping the artists in Jacmel.

If you are in Chicago this weekend come and visit us at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse,1419 W Blackhawk str. Walk away with a great screen print and the warm feeling of helping someone else. If you can’t make it this weekend you can still support the center by making a donation.

Maryland Institute College of Art Comes to Jacmel

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This month we had four visitors from Maryland Institute College of Art visit us in Jacmel. Ken Krafchek, Paula Phillips, Gracie Xavier, and Anne Kotleba. These amazing teachers ran classes in collage, digital photography, mono printing and story telling.

We had over forty students for classes in mono-printing, digital photography and drawing/collage. At least a third of the students were women and ages ranged from 15 to late 30′s. Some of the students from the film school came for the photography class, which really added to and created dynamic critiques. We had one man who had come to contract screen printing work, join the mono-printing class. A favorite moments was watching Maritza (my current favorite student) excel in mono printing. She is quiet and dedicated. The first to show up and the last to leave. Another is when the lights went out during class, the students got out flashlights and kept working to the amazement of the teachers. There was no stopping these students from learning. On the final day of class all the students put up their work and one student from each class was chosen to present the work to the other classes. The students decided to do some performances for the “show” as well. A local gay activist complimented JE on truly presenting a space of non-discrimination and said that it was great to see so many youth embracing the mission. He felt like change was happening. It was excited to see that we had such a mix of members from the beginning and new members embracing the space as theirs and the community that is building within those walls. Even members that were not taking classes came every night to hang out and see what was happening.