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. They now operate the city’s most prestigious art gallery, an active art school, and popular artisan boutique, in addition to many other programs for the city’s creative population.