At Creative Exchanges Initiative (CEI), authentic engagement and cross-cultural collaboration are foundational to all that we do. We are committed to democratizing power and to overcoming the constraints of inequality whether we're working to alleviate poverty, facilitating cultural exchanges and trainings, or bringing the arts to under-served populations. We address community, institutional, and interpersonal change in each of our initiatives.
Creative Exchanges Initiative (CEI) works in Haiti, and with partners, providers, and cultural exchange collaborators across the United States. Most of our work in Haiti is done in rural farming communities, where we simultaneously address multiple challenges of poverty. In the United States we work primarily with schools, community groups, and philanthropic organizations.
Creative Exchanges Initiatives (CEI) works with Haitian communities and their local leaders, and with partnering organizations in the United States, including schools, community groups, philanthropic organizations, and service providers. Our work is initiated and led by our team in Haiti. They direct and provide training, services, needs assessments, strategic planning, accountability reports, and, when required, refer us to Haitian experts in their fields.
Alleviating poverty in Haiti is a complex problem. CEI addresses social, cultural, and environmental issue, while responding to critical needs, in order to change the equilibrium for the long term.
In Haiti, the relationships among donors, doers, and institutions have too-often contributed to the perpetuation of poverty, rather than its elimination. CEI is intentional about changing social structure in all work we undertake.
Peer-exchange groups are a powerful transformational tool. CEI brings Americans and Haitians together in dialogue, and for conferences, workshops, seminars, internships, and residencies.