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Pratt Sponsors Haitian Artist, Earthquake Survivor 

In the wake of Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, members of Pratt’s Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation traveled to Haiti both to offer design expertise in the recovery effort and to sponsor an artist intent on studying briefly at Pratt before returning to Haiti to share his new skills with other young artists. They chose 19-year-old Alex Louis

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Since most people in Haiti speak Creole or French, Alex must come from a privileged family because he speaks and understands English.. There was no mention of what segment of society he is from which I think would have added meaning to the story. Was the intention to pluck an advantaged over a disadvantaged student to bring them to Brooklyn?

September 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRitaSue Siegel

Alex Louis is an amazing young man who is determined to use art as a way to pull his family out of poverty.
He lives under a tarp with no running water or electricity, in a small alley along Grand Rue, with his mother and siblings. This is an improvement from his last dwelling which was in cite Soliel. He struggles to come up with money to pay for school and to help his mother support his family. He has created an organization that works with street children to help them write, make art and to give them hope. He has the potential to become a great leader in his country and Pratt is honored to have given him this opportunity to expand his network. We were fortunate to have professors who speak French and we are working to find a place for alex to improve his English so that he might join us again at Pratt in the future.

September 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb Johnson

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