Art that Binds: Community Co-Creation Haitian-American Painting Workshop

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Historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, Vermont 05445

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WHEN: Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 11 AM-1 PM

FEATURED ARTISTS: Jude Desmond and Julio Desmont



This quietly joyful community co-creation workshop invites everyone of different skills and abilities to explore their creative energy through painting guided by Burlington residents Julio Desmont and Jude Desmond. Julio and Jude will create a "sense of place" for participants to enjoy a multicultural experience that pivots around learning and celebrating Haitian-American painting and culture while they also share their own stories and insights into the connection between art and life experiences. Experienced painters and absolute novices are welcome to engage in this joyful hands-on community-building experience in Haitian-American painting and culture. You will have the opportunity to co-create and connect with others across differences of race, culture and national origin and to fit into an inspiring moment where every voice matters and every participant is celebrated for their unique contributions to "the whole". Participants will be introduced to Jude and Julio's style of creative work style with its juxtaposition of colors and dynamics.

Join us in fostering warm and loving relationships across differences of race, culture and national origin through their highly engaging painting and co-creation community workshop called "Art That Binds." Paint, pallets, paint brushes, canvases, aprons and everything else you'll need will be provided!

About the Artists

Julio Desmont

A relative newcomer to Vermont, Burlington resident Julio Demont brings a wealth of expertise in multicultural creative work. He has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts and has studied African art, European Art and Architecture, Art History, Modern Art, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Julio worked for several years in the Musee d'Art Haitien in Port au Prince, Haiti as an education intern, exhibition research assistant, and as a curatorial and collections intern. He has exhibited his creative works in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Santa Domingo, Poland and California.

Jude Desmond

A Burlington resident for several years, Jude is also a talented artist who blends the styles of traditional Haitian painting with his own contemporary flair.

About the Clemmons Family Farm

Thanks to support from ArtPlace America, we are able to offer this event with free admission. But did you know that donations to the Clemmons Family Farm help us to preserve one of the rare African-American owned farms in the state of Vermont and in New England as a cultural heritage asset for the community? There are one billion acres of farmland in the United States. Over the past century, African-American land ownership in the U.S. has decreased by 93%: from a combined total of 41 million acres to just 3.5 million acres today.

  • According to the 2012 United States agriculture census, of the nearly 7000 farms in Vermont, only 19 are African-American-owned or operated.
  • Of the 1.2 million acres of farmland in Vermont, only 740 acres are owned or principally operated by African Americans. Less than half of one percent (0.4%) of all farms in the United States are African-American-owned.

Located in Charlotte near beautiful Lake Champlain, the Clemmons Family Farm is ​one of the largest African-American-owned historic farms in Vermont today. The farm includes 6 historic buildings (circa late 1700s-1800s), a spacious 1990’s residence, and 148 acres of prime farmland and forests, ponds and streams abundant with wildlife. Your donations and other support for our arts and culture programs helps us to keep this rare Farm available for African-American and African diaspora history, arts and culture programs for the community.


Why is there a limit set for the number of residents from a given town?

One of the goals of the Clemmons Family Farm's "A Sense of Place" project is to foster a loving and supportive multicultural community among the residents of six towns: Charlotte, Shelburne, Hinesburg, South Burlington, Burlington and Winooski. Our African-American and African Diaspora arts and culture events are designed to help residents of these towns to get to know one another and to build community across differences of race and culture.

Where do I park?

The historic Barn House is located on the west side of the Road at 2122 Greenbush Road (Adirondack Mountain side). Please park across the road (east side of Greenbush Road) in the barnyard that is near the two old red barns (the shed and the "Big Barn"). You will see "Event Parking" signs indicating the areas where you can park. You will then cross the road and walk down the hill to the Barn House.

What do I do if I cannot walk down and up the hill to the Barn House?

Please contact 802-310-0097 so that we can arrange for a car to drive you down (and up) the hill. Also, the Barn House has an access ramp for those who may have difficulty using the stairs at the main entrance.

Is it ok to bring children?

Yes! Parents and children should really enjoy this event. If your wee ones get restless, there's plenty of room outside on the lawns for them to run around, but they will need to be accompanied by an adult.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact us if you have any questions about the event. Email or call (765) 560-5445 and leave a message.

Where can I learn more about the Clemmons Family Farm?

Check out our website and like us on Facebook!

This event is made possible through a generous grant from ArtPlace America to the A Sense of Place project which is led by the Clemmons Family Farm, Champlain College and other Vermont partner organizations.

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Historic Barn House at the Clemmons Family Farm

2122 Greenbush Road

Charlotte, Vermont 05445

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