International Creole Fest : Organizers

A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation Inc. is a non-profit organization recognized by the state of Florida. It began its operations in Haiti in 1986 and produced three major annual music competitions: KONKOU MIZIK I, II, and III. These competitions launched onto the world stage a number of currently well-known artists such as: Beethova Obas, Emeline Michel, Boukman Eksperyans, Mizik Mizik, Djakout Mizik In 1997 A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation began its activities in Florida with the mission of promoting the culture and art of Haiti and organized a number of expositions and dance recitals in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and New York (Miami Beach Convention Center, Ryals Gallery, Art Frenzie, Nation Bank Tower, Milagro Center, International Art Expo, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, Museum of Art/Fort Lauderdale, Broward Governmental Center...).

In 2000, the organization expanded its operations to include a program for the disadvantaged children of South Florida, mainly an after-school program using art and culture as vehicles for development. In 2002, the Foundation launched its series of multi-disciplinary cultural events From a Legacy of Freedom to an Explosion of Culture in collaboration with the County of Broward. Its annual series showcase music and dance concerts, art exhibits, conferences etc. ACTION Foundation was rewarded with the distinction of having May 2004 declared A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation Month by the County. This award was presented by the mayor of Broward County, Ilene Lieberman. From 1997 to 2004, the Foundation presented to South Florida a number of internationally known artists such as: Levoy Exil, Iris, Sufal, Ulrick Jean-Pierre, Tiga (Jean-Claude Garoute), Prosper Pierre-Louis, Philippe Dodard; the dance troop Ayikodans directed by choreographer Jeanguy Saintus and the classical guitarist Amos Coulanges, the pianists Micheline Laudun-Denis and Liliane Questel, the baritone Jean-Ronald Lafond, the writers Dany Laferrière and Edwidge Danticat etc.

As a result of these accomplishments within Broward County and its partnership with the Broward Cultural Division, A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation has expanded the scope of its program to include artists from diverse Creole backgrounds. This new orientation is in keeping with the mission of the foundation, which is to foster harmony within our community through the arts.
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