Carey Dardompre

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Curator, Writer, Lecturer


Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs

Carey Dardompre, founder and director of the Artists' World Arts and Crafts Gallery, has established himself as important patron of art and culture. Explore the fine arts from Africa to Haiti, Haiti to France, through the Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs' lectures, art exhibits, jazz performances, literary readings and workshops.

Carey Dardompre has Bachelor's degree in both Education and French and a Master's Degree in French Literature. His programs are presented in Haitian Creole, French and English. The Haitian and African Diaspora Art Exhibits have been presented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Salem State College, Wellesley College and numerous community events in both Untied States and Haiti.

"He's creating opportunity to see more harmony among races and cultures..." -- Charlot Lucien, Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts

"When you take art from the Caribbean as a whole it is a unique body of work but Haitian art stands out for many reasons. Its inspiration is very, very old. It is thought that the Haitian Veve has its roots in the religious tradition of the Indians who inhabited Haiti at the time of Columbus' arrival in 1492. These native Indians had their own cultures, a form of Veve and other forms of artistic expression. When the Africans came their masters found that some among their slaves could paint and a few were sent to France to study art. After the Haitian revolution when the Island was split between Henry Christophe in the North and Alexandre Petion in the west and south, both leaders funded centers for the arts which generated masters who all had their own styles and until this day one notices the great differences between painters from these different regions. The history that the work is coming from makes it valuable, interesting and different." -- Carey Dardompre, right, owner of Artisan's World in Cambridge (Boston Haitian Reporter)

"The philosophy of my gallery is to create a platform for (up and coming painters) to give them a chance to become well known artists. And this is really happening!" -- Carey Dardompre, right, owner of Artisan's World in Cambridge (Boston Haitian Reporter)


"Haitian and African Diaspora Art Exhibits" augmented with Haitian and African Diaspora music and jazz, dance and culinary arts

Art exhibits feature metal and ceramic sculpture from Haiti, soap stone sculpture from Zimbabwe, exquisite hand made 18k and sterling silver jewelry from West Africa, and Caracas, Venezuela and functional and decorative painted furniture produced by local Massachusetts artists Click on images to see larger versions and visit the Galleries page to see an expanded collection of art work here

"Negritude and the Harlem Renaissance" Lectures on La Negritude, founded by Martinique poet Aime Cesaire, was led by intellectuals native to French-colonized countries in Africa and the Caribbean. The literary works associated with the movement generally denounce Western colonization and ideals and promote values and pride in African heritage. Similarly, the Harlem Renaissance, which developed as many African-Americans were moving to urban areas, was led by intellectuals who also promoted pride in black heritage and sought to distinguish and define African-American culture. Both movements peaked in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

"Traditional Haitian RaRa Band" Artisans' World Arts & Craft Gallery with Ethnomusicologist Kera Washington established a traditional Haitian RaRa Band. Traditional Rara bands are part of the Haitian "Gede Sacred Arts Celebration," known in this country as All Souls Day. The band consists of "Vaksin" bamboo flutes, "Kóné" four foot long metal trumpets, decorated "Mama" and "Petite" conga drums, metal percussion instruments, flags and banners. The band is led by a "Majó Jon - Jongleur." The Rara Band comprise 20 to 30 members in costumes. Rara band roams street at night calling in the spirits living in the dark. Rara bands are similar to Mardi Gras bands in New Orleans.

The month of November is known in Haiti for honoring Papa Gede. Gede is the Haitian celebration of All Souls Day. In the Vodun tradition it is believed that the visible and the invisible are connected. Those who have died are still among us. During the entire month of November (especially the Days of the Dead-All Saints (the 1st) and All Souls (the 2nd), Haitians celebrate the ancestral spirits. At this time the physical world and the spiritual world intersect. This once hidden world is religiously presided over by Gede. The Gede spirit is represented by a family of rambunctious spirits who personify the ancestral dead and sexual regeneration. During the ritual celebration the believers are dressed in black and purple, symbol of Baron (Bawon Samdi or Baron Saturday). They carry black sun glasses to symbolize that the world of the living souls are too bright for them. Gede is a wise counselor, and a benevolent healer known to have a special love for children.

"Arts of the Haitian and African Diaspora" Teacher and Conference Workshops

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Carey Dardompre -- Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs

Carey Dardompre -- Haitian and African Diaspora Cultural Programs

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