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3/11
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 7:01pm

In observance of the third anniverary of the Great Eastern Japan earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear disaster on 3/11, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is honored to bring the 3.11 Portrait Project to New York City for the first timeA selection of the photographs and accompanying installation, which have previously been exhibited in Canada, Finland and elsewhere, will remain on view from March 6 – April 30, 2014.

The 3.11 Portrait Project is a project supporting Great Eastern Japan Earthquake recovery with the participation of photographers from different fields, hair & makeup artists, models, and local NPOs. Some of the members went to Tohoku in early April 2011 to take news photos and to volunteer with different organizations. Staggered by the desolation they found, some of them realized that they wanted, needed to do something, for themselves and for the residents of Tohoku, more positive and healing than simply documenting the destruction and loss.

Finding that so many families had lost all of their photos of their loved ones, photographer Nobuyuki Kobayashi and his colleagues realized they could work together with hair and makeup artists to take new portraits of the survivors. The portraits are then sent to Japanese schoolchildren in non-disaster regions, who frame the portraits and send them back to the survivors along with personal messages of support.

About the Project

The 3.11 Portrait Project is a project supporting Great Eastern Japan Earthquake recovery with the participation of photographers from different fields, hair & makeup artists, models, and local NPOs. Some of the members went to Tohoku in early April 2011 to take news photos and to volunteer with different organizations. What they witnessed – people who had shutdown emotionally from suffering opening up a little each time a shutter was pressed. People overcome with joy over photographs they picked up out of the dirt. Middle-aged women who seemed to brightly laugh off even unprecedented hardship. The photographers and volunteers who witnessed this asked their colleagues, “Will you work with us to shoot photographs of the victims?”

They have only one goal. “We want those who have lost everything to find even a little courage and hope, to find the momentum to take a step toward the future. We want to help them do this.”

The members usually work in different arenas — some in advertising and others in magazines — and have different styles. They reveal their individuality against a common white backdrop. The only things present there are the feelings of the subject and the person taking the photograph. They feel that photography’s intrinsic “preservation” and “communication” functions will prevent this disaster from being forgotten, and that photography moves people and has the power to change grief into smiles. And in front of them, the photographers have the optimistic, I’m-not going-to-let-this-beat-me attitude of the people who have come forward to be their subjects. We would like others to experience their spirit so we ask that you introduce the project in your media.

Statement

The devastation caused by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake is widely known, but we started going to disaster areas almost two months after it occurred. When we rethought what the role of photography should be in this situation, we came up with one answer. To take authentic portraits, which are clearly different from news photographs, and to leave a record.

Although the subjects vary in number between individuals, families, and groups, we thought that having talented photographers come together as an organization to leave portraits and communicate with the next generation was a very meaningful way to support not only earthquake victims, but the “emotional recovery” of local communities and Japan as a country.

The damage left in the wake of this unprecedented earthquake far exceeds anything that we imagined. It is impossible to imagine the physical and mental pain of the victims. In light of people’s difficulty facing harsh realities, taking portraits in this situation is not an easy thing. But people must move past difficulty to go forward. We thought that rather than shutting away the feelings they had after the earthquake and the deep sadness that they couldn’t put into words, releasing these feelings would give them a foothold to tomorrow and to recovery.

As photographers, we believe our mission is to support each of the victim’s next steps by taking their portraits.

We had the rare opportunity to go to the disaster areas several times to take portraits. During shoots, we saw earthquake victims who had shutdown emotionally open up little by little, and have had people say wonderful things after shoots like “I want to make this an opportunity to move forward positively with my life,” and “I’m glad I had my picture taken. It cheered me up.”

These moments confirmed for us that they were able to find some sense of closure on their post-earthquake feelings by having their photographs taken and that their portraits gave them the momentum to take a step toward the future. And we realized that we ourselves, through sharing the victims’ feelings in some way, were greatly encouraged and deeply comforted.

This activity also revealed a crucial fact. Photographers at local photo studios play an important role for families and local communities. People told us things like “We went to the photo studio a lot before the earthquake,” “I would take the kids to the studio whenever there was a special occasion,” and “All those photographs were washed away.” These photographers themselves were severely impacted. We are providing all of our services for free, but we are mindful of not interfering with the future recovery efforts of local photographers and hope that this project helps with future economic activities. For this reason also, we would like many photographers, including those from local photo studios, to participate in this project and as many people and companies as possible to cooperate with and support the project so that we can shoot according to the requests of the victims and help prepare the environment for economic recovery.

We continue to believe that photography’s intrinsic “preservation” and “communication” functions will prevent this disaster from being forgotten and that photography moves people and has the power to change grief into smiles.

— 3.11 Portrait Project Executive Committee

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ACIM
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:25pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 10:
The Journey Back
Based on Chapter 8 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

March 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Guest Event
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:25pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 10:
The Journey Back
Based on Chapter 8 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

March 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Jon Mundy
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:25pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 10:
The Journey Back
Based on Chapter 8 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

March 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
A Course in Miracles
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:25pm

One Chapter Per Month From the Text of A Course in Miracles

There are 31 Chapters is the Course, so it will take about 3 years to complete this project.

LECTURE 10:
The Journey Back
Based on Chapter 8 from A Course in Miracles Textbook
Sunday, Mar 9, 2014 from 1:30 – 4:30 pm

~ $20 per person with advanced registration ~
~ $25 per person at the door without a registration ~

Call 212-866-3795 or email Fran@miraclesmagazine.org to register in advance.
Your name will be on a list at the door. To pay by credit, card please register in advance.
Or, you can pay with cash or a check at the door.
As long as space is available, “No one is ever turned away.”
Contribute what you can.
You will receive a monthly email reminder with the latest information on the date, time and topic. The schedule can always be found on our website:
www.miraclesmagazine.org 

Future Dates:

Apr 13

Dr. Jon Mundy met Dr. Helen Schucman, the scribe for A Course in Miracles, in 1973. Helen introduced Jon to the Course and served as his mentor and guide till she became ill in 1980. He is the author of Living A Course in Miracles. After Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, it is currently the best-selling book based on the teaching of A Course in Miracles.

Learn moreWatch Lecture #1Resources

March 201491:30 – 4:30 pm
Think Act Change
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

http://lokahumana.blogspot.com

Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

Haiti Untold web siteWatch trailerJ/P Haitian Relief Organization

March 20148 5 pm
CRS Presents
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

http://lokahumana.blogspot.com

Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

Haiti Untold web siteWatch trailerJ/P Haitian Relief Organization

March 20148 5 pm
Haiti Untold
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

http://lokahumana.blogspot.com

Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

Haiti Untold web siteWatch trailerJ/P Haitian Relief Organization

March 20148 5 pm
Sean Penn
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

http://lokahumana.blogspot.com

Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

Haiti Untold web siteWatch trailerJ/P Haitian Relief Organization

March 20148 5 pm
Donna Karan
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 7:48pm

On Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 5pm, CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) and Think Act Change NYC invite you to an NYC premiere film screening and panel discussion spotlighting a number of amazing artists who have found ways to use their creative talents to work with the people of Haiti in ways that sustainably enrich the lives of everyone involved.

The Canadian documentary HAITI UNTOLD (76', English), directed by Isabelle Depelteau and Dan Shannon, chronicles the personal journeys of actor Sean Penn (founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization), designers Donna Karan (DKNY, Haiti Artisan Project) and Joey Adler (Diesel Canada) and others who have put their heads and hearts to the task of affecting radical change in Haiti following the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Following the screenings, we'll circle up with Architects Magali Regis and Burtland Granvil of HIBISCUS(Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities), and with Anna Zastrow who has worked in Haiti with Clowns Without Borders, Bond Street Theatre, and FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to learn how they have put their own creative talents to work in partnership with the people of Haiti.

They will respond to the film, take questions, update us on current conditions, and discuss some of the organizations working for the betterment of Haiti.

The screening is $10. Tickets are available online. Seating is limited and first come, first serve.

HAITI UNTOLD provides an unusual counter point-of-view on what is really happening in the country, looking beyond the ethos of fast-food journalism, which seems at times to feed exclusively on tragedies to scandals while skipping over the stories of hope and re-building. Many of us who were moved to give generously in response to the quake, now wonder if all the donations made any difference at all. In fact, while many contributions have failed to find bear fruit, many caring individuals and communities are making a positive impact. 

At Think Act Change NYC events, we focus on how we can change OUR OWN thinking so that we can realize our own limitless capacity to affect change and inspire others to do the same. We bring together individuals who are already creating social change and people looking for ways to get more involved, sparking vital conversations about how to translate passions into projects.

 This film makes it abundantly clear that in order to solve Haiti's humanitarian crisis, its causes must first be truly understood. As the saying goes, we won't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it. For solutions to be effective, we have to commit to working together with the Haitian people to create the infrastructure necessary to implement those solutions and sustain them.

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

Anna Zastrow is a longtime professional clown and teaching artist and a graduate of the famed Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has worked with street children, trafficking victims and the economically challenged in Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Sudan. She first went to Haiti in Sept 2010 with Clowns Without Borders, training local volunteers to provide psychosocial relief through theatrical play to children in the tent camps, and creating a performance together that they presented in several of the camps.

She then launched a project with Bond Street Theatre that returned her to Haiti in Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. They worked with several local community groups, but specifically with the women's rights group FAVILEK (Famn Viktim Leve Kanpe/Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) to train them in theater techniques for psychosocial support and to create a performance about rape in the camps as a way to raise awareness and mobilize the community against gender-based violence.  They are planning to continue their engagement in Haiti in 2014-2015.

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Magali Régis, AIA, Leed AP, president of HIBISCUS, is a New York-based architect who was born and attended primary school in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, middle and high school in Rome, Italy, followed by a move to New York where she studied architecture at Pratt Institute. As a world traveler, the cosmopolitan character of New York suited her and she decided to make it her home. She has been practicing architecture for the past 25 years, working at a variety of firms, both large and small, including JGArchitects, Karl Fisher Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Interior Architects & Meridian Design to name a few, as well as holding her own private practice, e_space design. Her experience includes historic preservation, adaptive reuse, civic buildings, public schools and colleges, high-end residential, retail, hotels and corporate interiors. Magali is also a community gardener and green space activist, working for the past 15 years to preserve New York’s communal green spaces from looming development.

Burtland Granvil is a registered architect of Haitian heritage with over 15 years professional experience both in New York and Haiti.  After the Haiti earthquake of 2010, he immediately flew down to participate in an ATC-20 Assessment Program, going door to door, inspecting buildings to determine their safety. A year later, he relocated to Port-au-Prince to work with Architecture for Humanity, focusing both on new construction and rehabilitating existing structures (mainly schools and clinics). He later joined a local construction company in Haiti as a construction manager. Burt recently returned to New York and currently works at an architectural firm in downtown Manhattan specializing in Educational Projects, who aspire to bring their expertise to Haiti.

NGO SPOTLIGHT

Bond Street Theatre

Bond Street Theatre’s mission is to promote peace and mutual understanding through the arts.  The company initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace-building that reach women, youth, children, educators, refugees, those in prisons and shelters, and other populations in need. Bond Street Theatre creates performances that illustrate important social issues, and uses the arts to educate, inspire, and heal in areas of conflict, poverty and post-war rehabilitation. The company collaborates with local artists to enjoy the benefits of artistic exchange -- to learn, to share, and to explore commonalities and differences, and promote mutual understanding and the value of the arts in shaping a peaceful global future.  

The company has initiated innovative theatre and theatre-based programs in over 40 countries worldwide that improve leadership skills, build self-confidence, stimulate the imagination, and illustrate health and civic issues to audiences of all ages and genders. 90% of all funds go directly to our programs. Bond Street Theatre was voted a Top-Rated Non-Profit in 2012, and receives kudos from publications around the world, including the New York Times, India Times, CNN, Washington Post, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other media.

http://www.bondst.org

Clowns Without Borders

Clowns Without Borders offers laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency. We bring levity, contemporary clown/circus oriented performances and workshops into communities so that they can celebrate together and forget for a moment the tensions that darken their daily lives.  We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of affected populations and to promote a spirit of solidarity.

CWB recognizes that our work is made up of small moments. Although small and purely emotional, these moments build upon each other staying with children as they grow and support their incredible resilience. CWB works with relief organizations addressing psycho-social needs of those who suffer from traumatic situations. We are not doctors, psychologists or social-workers, but together with these professionals and community participation we create joyful experiences from which children and their communities thrive.

http://www.clownswithoutborders.org

FAVILEK

Fanm Viktim Leve Kanpe (Women Victims Get Up Stand Up) known as FAVILEK is an organization of over 80 women who were victim to political violence during the years of military dictatorship in Haiti that followed the coup d'etat of September 1991. Since 1993, FAVILEK has organized and mobilized for justice and reparations for crimes such as rape, torture, the loss of spouse, child, or parent or imprisonment suffered at the hands of the paramilitary and military. While FAVILEK is pushing forward the legal case against the former members and leaders of the paramilitary and military, it also works to reach out to other women who were victims of political violence across Haiti via their original theater piece "Ochan pou tout fanm yo bliye" (Tribute to all forgotten women). Through dialogue, monologue, movement, drumming and singing, FAVILEK members give graphic descriptions of abuses suffered under military rule, while sharing how they have struggled to come to terms with the aftermath. An especially poignant monologue tells the true-life story of a woman (performed by herself) raising a child conceived by rape. As a grassroots group of women from the poorest areas of Port au Prince, FAVILEK relies on limited resources and the medium of theater to inspire increased activism nationally and internationally to make justice a reality.

http://favilek.interconnection.org

HIBISCUS (Haiti Initiative for Building Innovative and Sustainable Communities)

HIBISCUS' mission is to initiate and develop viable, environmentally-focused projects for urban renewal and rural development in Haiti.  We are committed to addressing economic and social needs by providing innovative, sustainable, and culturally contextual solutions inspired by, in partnership with, and implemented for the benefit of Haiti and its people.

We strongly believe that we can play a crucial role in the rebuilding of Haiti. We have the skills, we have the talent, we have the know-how, and together, we can achieve this.

We are dedicated to providing a 21st century development vision that promotes the use of safe building practices and technology, efficient use of energy, preservation of the environment and management of natural resources in a manner inspired by, in partnership with and implemented for the benefit and in partnership with the Haitian people. Any effort to rebuild Haiti sustainably which does not offer the people of Haiti an alternative way of thinking about its environment is bound to fail and any effort to rebuild Haiti’s built and natural environment which does not put its citizens at the center is also bound to fail. The people component is not only paramount in rebuilding Haiti; it is indeed the foundation of such rebuilding. Clearly, environmental redemption will only occur after thorough examination of social realities which include education, economy, culture, politics , both individually and collectively.

http://www.hibiscus-haiti.org

About J/P Haitian Relief Organization

J/P Haitian Relief Organization was founded by actor Sean Penn in 2010 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. J/P Haitian Relief Organization is dedicated to saving lives and bringing sustainable programs to the Haitian people quickly and effectively. Following the tragic earthquake of 2010, J/P HRO began working immediately to make a meaningful and lasting impact in Haiti. J/P HRO programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding areas transition from life left homeless by the earthquake to durable, sustainable and prosperous communities. J/P HRO has implemented its mission through four integrated programs: Medical, Camp & Relocations Management, Engineering & Construction, and Community Development. 

Today, J/P HRO continues to keep in step with the needs on the ground as they evolve. Programs focus on supporting the residents of the camps we manage and the surrounding communities in the ongoing post-earthquake reconstruction effort. Early on, J/P HRO became camp manager of Pétionville Camp, supporting nearly 60,000 internally displaced persons. By the end of 2013, J/P HRO will have achieved a significant milestone in the successful relocation of all remaining camp families. Our staff, which is nearly 350-strong and 95 percent Haitian, is working every day to provide health, education and community development, housing and economic opportunities.

http://jphro.org
https://www.facebook.com/JPHRO

About Donna Karan and the Haiti Artisan Project

Through the Haiti Artisan Project, Donna Karan, Urban Zen, Russell James and Nomad Two Worlds have collaborated with designers, artists, photographers and videographers to present the potential of Haiti’s creativity to a wide consumer and design base both nationally and internationally. The project promotes economic development by supporting artists through a program that emphasizes the beauty of their gifts and the wisdom of their culture.

We are committed to Hope, Help and Rebuild Haiti.

For me, Haiti is where all the initiatives I care so passionately about come together; preserving culture, securing the health and well-being for people and the education of the children who represent their tomorrow. The journey of my two worlds – design and philanthropy – picks up in Haiti. Haiti speaks to my heart. It embraces everything we seek to accomplish at Urban Zen and the vision for Haiti is simple: help Haiti help itself by utilizing and organizing its artisans, natural resources and production potential to create business models that can be properly marketed and distributed throughout the US and Europe. As an American designer and businesswoman, I have a good sense of what makes a product desirable to the western consumer. My trip to Haiti was in follow-up to a previous visit with the Clinton Foundation which focused on the opportunities for creative business development. This trip was about working with the creative communities and helping them in anyway I could. Haiti brings out every emotion you have – despair, compassion, love and hope – as well as the excitement of what’s possible with some heartfelt connection and creative collaboration.

To read the complete blog entries from my trip to Haiti, go to: Urban Zen

— Donna Karan, Donna's Journal

http://www.urbanzen.org/haiti-artisan-project/

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