KRIYOL COLLECTIVE LLC.
Our work centers individual and community wellbeing, public health research, and the power of arts to create social change.
Kriyol Collective LLC is a Brooklyn-based action group working at the intersection of arts practices rooted in oral history and movement, public health, and community organizing. The group offers consulting services in strategic planning, programmatic support, and creative ideation to artists, art organizations, grassroots groups, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders, while also creating original performance works focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture through its antecedent Kriyol Dance!
WHAT WE DO
Our philosophy centers transdisciplinary approaches, arts-based research techniques, and community-based participatory processes. We provoke social change and develop methods to improve health and wellness in communities facing multiple and intersecting inequities.
Since 2016, Kriyol Dance! creates original performance works focused on the preservation of Black diasporic culture and Haitian culture. The group develops and facilitates performance, classes, workshops, and community-engaged programming.
STRATEGY & CONSULTING.
We offer consulting services in strategic planning, programmatic support, and creative ideation to artists, art organizations, grassroots groups, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders. Our unique lens is culturally informed - grounded in the physical, social, and political contexts of the communities we serve - and oriented toward community consciousness for collective healing.
MEET OUR FOUNDER
Véronëque Ignace, MPH
A cultural activist, public health researcher and consultant, community-based organizer, curating performing artist, and proud child of Haitian immigrants, Véronëque Ignace uses ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understandings of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, an orientation toward socio-political community engagement at non-profits, grassroots groups, and larger arts institutions.
The Flatbush, Brooklyn native often uses dance and writing to merge her passion for public health, Haiti, people-centered methodologies, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing. With her movement, she hopes to complicate mechanisms for social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration.
In 2016, Ignace founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, the antecedent to the now Kriyol Collective LLC. In 2018, she began actively building an archive for Lakou Societe St. Michel Archange.
She is an alum of Williams College and SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. She is currently a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health.
Lois Wilcken, Ph.D, Executive Director La Troupe Makandal, Inc.
Véronëque cares deeply about the healing potential of art, and her work underscores the often subtle but always powerful links between performing art and community health. She has organized a dance collective whose work pushes the boundaries of the familiar while paying tribute to and preserving tradition. It was a pleasure to collaborate with her on a program at The New School in Manhattan in 2017 honoring a master drummer in the Haitian community. She created a dynamic dance number that matched the spirit of the event. Véronëque has a clear idea of her goals and objectives along with the creative drive to accomplish them.