There are a lot changes occurring in Little Haiti and Abraham Metellus of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex is helping to bridge the gap between community and culture by showcasing programs and events that highlight the Haitian and Afro-Carribean culture. The state of the art facility houses a 300 seat theatre, 2,150 square foot art gallery, outdoor courtyard and a Caribbean Marketplace with local vendors, music, miniature golf, vegan food and more.
When we sat down with Abraham we talked about his rediscovery of his Haitian culture upon moving back from Chicago and how he’s been able to use his formal education and experience in his role at the LHCC to facilitate programming. In addition to spearheading free classes and wellness offerings, Abraham has also organized free tours in traditional Haitian Tap Tap buses to enjoy the sights and sounds of Little Haiti. The Marketplace is a definite must visit on Saturdays with a little something for everyone.
We hope you enjoy the conversation,
Alex and Jeanette
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- “We know there are a lot of changes happening in Little Haiti so we want to make sure that we continuously produce and showcase programs and events that shows off the Haitian culture and/or the Afro-Carribean culture.”
- “One of the things I noticed about our neighborhood is that they didn’t have the tools they needed for their businesses to thrive.”
- “I think a lot of what we’re trying to do now is dream for people.”
- “One of the rewards that I get is when I see people from the neighborhood walk up to me and say, ‘thank you.’
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