Max Pierre: Supporting Haitian Art Initiatives
Ayikodans—an award-winning Haitian dance company based in Port-au-Prince—was on the verge of closing when the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts approached Max Pierre to help organize a fundraising effort. As both chair of the Green Room Society (the Center’s young patrons group) and owner and creative director of a concept gallery in the Design District, Pierre was well positioned to make something compelling happen. So he reached out to Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Patrick Farrell, whose powerful images capture the Haitian earthquake tragedy with visceral impact, and asked him to exhibit his work. “At first,” Pierre says, “[Farrell] was a little reluctant. But I talked him into showing the images the Miami Herald couldn’t show—some of the horrific realities he documented.”
The result was “My Heart Won’t Let You Go: A Photographer’s View of Haiti by Patrick Farrell,” a poignant exhibition that ran this past spring at Pierre’s conceptual culture space, AE District. All proceeds went to Ayikodans. When combined with funds from the Haitian troupe’s three performances at the Arsht Center, the show helped raise more than $120,000.
A New Yorker who was born in Haiti and is presently living in Miami, Pierre, 37, is a unique figure in the local culture scene, driven by a restless nature that creatively merges his various interests in the arts, community and charity. “Miami is a relatively new city,” he says. “And culture is one of the things people feel there isn’t enough of around here. I love this place, and am the type of person who would rather get involved than sit on the sidelines complaining.”
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