In Haiti’s Bel-Air, a New Home For Art

Above: the new Bel-Art centre in Bel-Air (Photo: USAID/Nancy Ruppel)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

One of Port-au-Prince’s artistic hubs is getting a lift.

The neighbourhood of Bel-Air has inaugurated the new Bel-Art centre, a home for artists that was renovated with support from the US government.

Bel-Air has traditionally been known as one of Haiti’s more artistic neighbourhoods, and the new centre will form part of a planned “artistic trail” in the area.

The project to create the centre was funded with around $107,000.

Local artist Roga painted some of the new walls at the centre’s gallery.

USAID said it has been embarking on a series of rehabilitation projects in Bel-Air, including a renovated soccer field and basketball court, new solar lights and benches and a new community library, among other initiatives.

The opening ceremony last week included a prize ceremony for winners of a neighbourhood youth art contest.


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