The Jacmel Arts Center was established in January 2017 as an inclusive space to support the exhibition, education, and production of the arts in Jacmel. It grew out of a collective movement of artists that had been working together under the name FOSAJ since 2003. These artists united together in an effort to reinvent themselves and to breathe new life into the once vibrant arts scene of the city. Operating in the historic Boucard & Co building on Rue St. Anne, which was severely damaged in the earthquake of 2010, the artists recommitted themselves to restoring the space as a formidable hub of Haitian artistic innovation. By repairing the wounds of the past and coalescing behind a dynamic new vision for the future, the artists began to chart a new path towards rebuilding a reputable and active arts institution. Towards this end, they recruited a new administration with an energized and creative leadership at the top. With the new direction in place and their new collective identity ratified, they began taking the necessary steps to creating the structure needed to put new strategies and programs in place to serve the city’s artists with respect, transparency, and heart.
The Jacmel Arts Center now operates the city’s most prestigious art gallery, an active art school, and popular artisan boutique, and growing destination for performance arts. We have over 110 professional artist members across multiple disciplines that participate actively in our diverse body of comprehensive arts programming. For these artists, the students who attend our classes, and the public that enjoy our events, we are much more than an arts center, but a family of artists and art lovers that are working towards a brighter future for the arts in our community. Learn more about who we are through the links below:
We face a number of difficult challenges in creating the supportive environment that our artists need to keep creating the culture that their region depends on. Our biggest challenge is simply keeping our doors open and paying rent on our location. The building that we are fortunate to use for the center is an ideal location but rent is high as business and property values in the area rise. We must pay $1200 per month to keep the space for the artists and we never bring in near enough income from gallery sales to meet that threshold. So we must raise funds in other ways to cover this expense. We greatly appreciate any donations that are made to help keep our doors open and the arts center operating. Please consider donating today. Our ultimate goal is to purchase the building so that the artists may have full ownership of the center and have the freedom that they need to really transform the space into one where culture can come alive and the arts may truly thrive in Jacmel! If you would like to hear more about these long-term goals and how you may be a part of them, please contact us to have a conversation.