The Haitian-Dominican border (like so many around our world) has recently been the site of tension, hate, violence and fear. But the border was once a place of exchange, everyday people moving freely back and forth, building their lives in a hybrid of languages and cultures.
For three years, Border of Lights has been fostering this often forgotten collaboration. BOL has held an annual gathering on the border to promote understanding and friendship between the people of both nations
This October we will again be making history but we need your help.
Border of Lights will be bringing together artists from across Hispaniola to create a mobile art installation on the bridge connecting the border towns of Dajabon, Dominican Republic, and Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Using recyclable materials, wood panels, cement, and paint, artists will lead community members in a two-day event of mural-making, thereby transforming a border crossing into an international symbol of understanding and friendship. Unique to this experience will be that youth from both sides of the border will be working together to create and complete the mural. In addition, the mural will serve as the backdrop for a unity concert scheduled on the bridge in November.
So what do you say, help us make history!
Make a donation to our Kickstarter campaign to help us fund expenses for the mural and other collaborative border projects
Meet us on the ground at Dajabon, Dominican Republic, or Quanaminthe, Haiti, October 3-5, 2014.
Show your solidarity and join our virtual vigil on Friday, October 3rd, send us a photo of your lighted candle or better yet organize a gathering in your community and let us know!
- Bring BOL resources to your school or community
For more information contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: borderoflights.org
Eddie's Perejil, a gripping solo performance from Edward Paulino about the 1937 Haitian massacre, hear stories of struggle from NYC to Ferguson, and dialogue with our neighbors to learn what we can do to stop the injustice here and around the world. Reception to follow with photo exhibit from the the Haitian-Dominican border by Tony Savino.
More about Border of Lights:
In 1937, Dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo ordered the genocide of 10,000 - 20,000 ethnic Haitians along the border towns on the Dominican side of Hispañiola. The US Ambassador in Santo Domingo, R. Henry Norweb, described this moment in history as “a systematic campaign of extermination.”
October 2012 marked the 75th anniversary of the 1937 Haitian Massacre. Border of Lights stepped in to bring to light to this genocide long forgotten through cultural and educational events. For the third consecutive year, BOL will have events in Dominican Republic, Haiti and United States. With the help of generous donors and international organizations such as Solidaridad Fronteriza, Centro Bono, Mariposa Foundation, and the Dream Project. The series-of-events have been supported by a global community of students, educators, activists and humanitarians; along with acclaimed authors Julia Alvarez, Edwidge Danticat, and Junot Diaz. The commemorative activities have been featured on the BBC, Deutsche Welle, NPR’s The Two Way, NPR Latino, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Caribbean Journal, International Business Times, Miami Times, Alaska Dispatch and Semana.
BOL 2014 Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 3, 2014 • Event: Vigil & Mural Prep • Location: Dajabon, Dominican Republic - Ouanaminthe, Haiti bridge. (We will also be hosting a global vigil for anyone / anywhere in the world to join. Just send a photo of yourself or community with your candle).
Saturday, October 4, 2014 • Event: Art project installation. Working with youth and community members from both sides (Dajabon/ Ouanaminthe) to create an art installation to be displayed on the bridge. • Location: Dajabon, Dominican Republic / Ouanaminthe, Haiti border bridge. • Event: Tweet & Meet (Q&A) with authors Julia Alvarez, Michele Wucker, and more TBA, along with BOL coordinators.
Sunday, October 5, 2014 • Event: Social Justice Symposium • Location: Santiago, Dominican Republic • Partners: MOSTCHA • A leadership summit to discuss racial justice, multi-cultural inclusiveness and denationalization.
We look forward to having you join us in this transformational journey of hope and justice.
Exito y Prosperidad!
Risks and challenges
Border of Lights has commitments from community and government groups across the island, but like all projects there is a potential that we could have permits revoked. This is why we have decided to create our mural on mobile wood panels that can be moved or mounted as needed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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