Hello New York! APJ is looking for talented interns for Summer 2018. An internship with us is a great way to gain experience in the non-profit sector and learn more about our programs. APJ’s commitment to social good makes up an integral part of our work serving the poorest communities in Haiti with programs in education and training in creative industries, while expanding our reach globally, partnering with effective local organizations to give young women access to quality education. At APJ we are united by a passion for the arts, a belief in the transformative power of education, and creative minds.

If you are motivated, passionate, detail-oriented, and interested in our work please click here and apply today!

Thank you, Los Angeles!

The energy at our second annual Songs from the Cinema event was electric and reminded us how incredible and important our community is. None of the work we do would be possible without the continuous support of Bovet 1822 and the generosity of everyone who attended and continues to support APJ. This year’s benefit was hosted by Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde, Garcelle Beauvais, Jimmy Jean Louis, Josie Maran, and David Belle and we are so thankful for their dedication. We were fortunate to have 2011 Graduate from the Artists Institute Keziah Jean and out Country Director Erlantz Hyppolite join us from Haiti.

Our friend and music legend Jackson Browne created and curated performances of iconic songs from the history of cinema in celebration of Oscar week. The spectacular performances by Jackson Browne, Adam Sandler, Rufus Wainwright, Simone Baker, Paul Beaubrun, Khamal Iwuanyanwu of Get Lit, Molly Lewis, Petra Haden, Bill Frisell, Z Berg, Blake Mills, Leslie Mendelson, Val McCallum as Beau Shit, Deborah Rennard, Alethea Mills, Sharlotte Gibson, Chavonne Stewart with The Hot Club of LA and surprise guest T Bone Burnett blew us all away. The night was the perfect kick-off benefit before the Academy Awards.

We are incredibly thankful for all those who came together for this intimate night of music and philanthropy to facilitate APJs mission of encouraging peace and social justice, working to alleviate poverty around the world.

Thank you again, LA. Join us next year!

To see exclusive APJ photos from the evening, which we encourage you to post and tag with @artistsforpeace @bovet1822 #songsfromthecinema click here.

We are so excited to collab with PicsArt and the amazingly talented Artist, Loan Chabanol, on a fun photo challenge. Loan has helped design stickers for APJ that will be made available to PicsArt’s community of over 100 million monthly users in an editing challenge. The top 3 edits from the challenge will be featured on our social media. The users will share edits to Instagram mentioning @PicsArt and @artistsforpeace and use the hashtags #HaitiIsLove #picsart #haiti and #APJ. The challenge is hosted in the PicsArt mobile app accessible to all PicsArt users.

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Loan’s work is mainly focused on creating figurative art pieces. Using different mediums and inspired by the world of animation she has depicted subjects such as self-empowerment and love which are both big editing themes on PicsArt.

The goal is to bring awareness to the younger generations and highlight the beauty of Haiti and the love that transcends it. Haitian musician Paul Beaubrun also supports the #HaitiIsLove movement by sharing the remixed images: “I want people to know that Haiti is truly a beautiful country full of resilient, kind and loving people. We are rich, our richness comes from our culture, expression and history.”

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Looking forward to seeing all of your amazing edits. Happy remixing!!

Today Artists for Peace and Justice announces Susan Sarandon and Ben Stiller as our new Board Co-Chairs.

In a joint statement, Sarandon and Stiller say:

“The work of Artists for Peace and Justice, so essential to the present and futures of thousands of children in Haiti, has been a part of our lives for years.  As supporters of APJ’s mission to foster economic growth and empower local communities, we are honored to be joint Co-Chair’s of the Board of Directors for APJ to help steward the mission of the organization into the future.”

What APJ has done, and continues to do, is not only for 4,000 students in Haiti, whose poverty had unjustly blocked them from access to higher education, but also for scholarships for young women in Peru, Pakistan and Uganda. Because of the work of APJ, these students now have access to equal opportunities for study, giving them dignity and hope for tomorrow.

On January 4th we accepted founder of Artists for Peace and Justice Paul Haggis’ resignation of Chair of the Board. We thank him for his vision and years of dedication to the cause.

May we all continue to work peacefully for a more just future for all.

December 7, 2017

Thank you London!

Thank you London!

It was a successful evening at the 2nd annual Bovet 1822 presents Brilliant is Beautiful Gala benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice. This is thanks to the generosity of everyone who attended and continues to support APJ. All the money raised directly benefits the “Brilliant is Beautiful” scholarship fund for underprivileged women and girls worldwide.

Check out photos from the event here.

This year’s Brilliant is Beautiful Award recipient was Petra Nemcova, a beacon of love and light for humanity. The Brilliant is Beautiful Award recognizes extraordinary longstanding commitment toward activism on behalf of the poorest communities on the planet with a particular focus on promoting women’s education, human rights, and leadership.

Throughout the night we were dazzled by the performances by Parson James and Jasmin El-Akabi. Chef to Her Majesty the Queen of England prepared a delicious 3-course dinner and Lord Dalmeny, Chairman of Sotheby’s UK, graced the stage as our auctioneer. Thank you to everyone who made this night so wonderful!

Major thanks to our influential team of co-hosts, including Pascal Raffy, Kim Cattrall, Elizabeth Hurley, Johan Ernst Nilson. Our co-chairs, Caroline Stanbury, Mike & Sukey Novogratz, have been working tirelessly in support of the cause and the event alongside the event committee: Esmeralda Brajovic, Mark & Jane Evans, Camilla Olsson, Lisa Tchenguiz, and Shadi Ritchie. This would not have been possible without their dedication.

The utmost gratitude to our incredible strategic partner and benefactor, Bovet 1822, for your continuous support. Thank you to our other presenting sponsors: Brioni, Vhernier, Armand de BrignacClub des Chefs. Hosting this event at Claridge’s was a dream. And last but certainly not least, we are incredibly grateful to our friends at GSP-UK who produced this stunning event. Thank you for making the dream a reality.

Thank you again, London. Join us next year!

If you agree that everyone deserves health care, you need to see the extraordinary film —“Bending the Arc”; the incredible story of change and progress in the face of overwhelming odds.
Bending the Arc is a documentary about a team of young people—Paul Farmer, Jim Yong Kim, Ophelia Dahl—whose charitable medical work 30 years ago ignited a global health movement. Their goal was simple but daring: to make high quality health care available to everyone, even in the world’s poorest countries. Fighting entrenched diseases, political and bureaucratic machinery, and the existing charity and medical establishments, these crusaders took their fight from the village to the world stage, to ensure that health care is a right for all, and that geography should not determine destiny.
We are super proud of our immensely talented CEO, David Belle for being a co-executive producer on this powerful project. The film opens tomorrow, October 6th in New York City at the Village East Theater.

Please contact info@bendingthearcfilm.org for more information or visit www.bendingthearcfilm.com.

September 14, 2017

Here to Serve

Thank you Toronto!

It was a successful evening at the 9th annual Bovet 1822 presents APJ Festival Gala 2017 benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice. This is thanks to the generosity of every one who attended and continues to support APJ. All the money raised directly benefits the beautiful students of Haiti. We are left with irreplaceable memories and a fire in our hearts to serve.

Check out photos from the event here.

This year’s Peace and Justice Activism Award recipient was Jackson Browne, celebrating his lifetime of activism and commitment to peace and social justice both in Haiti and around the world. APJ distributed the inaugural APJ Canadian Changemaker Award presented by Maison Birks to recipient Gary Slaight, honoring his work as a leading Canadian philanthropist committed to integrity and impact.

Major thanks to our co-chairs, Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd and the incredible event committee for making this night possible. Thank you to our title sponsor, Bovet 1822, for your continuous support. We can’t forget our incredible co-hosts, donors, and serving staff: David BelleShantelle Bisson, Yannick BissonKathryn EverettCuba Gooding Jr.Dana MaskimovichAudrey RaffyBen StillerMorgan SpurlockGeorge Stroumboulopoulos, and our other presenting sponsors Birks, Stella Artois, Audi Canada, Slaight Music, NKPR, Joe Fresh, Remington Group, Fabricland, Icon, and Flow Water. And to the Art Gallery of Ontario for hosting us at their beautiful venue.

Thank you again, Toronto. Join us next year for our 10-year anniversary!

 

Last month we celebrated the newest graduating classes from the Academy for Peace and Justice and Artists Institute in beautiful ceremonies honoring the graduates. Below we have two updates from APJ team members who were present for the celebrations with more details on the proceedings and on the graduates followed by a few of our favorite photos.


Graduation at the Academy for Peace and Justice
By Kathryn Everett, COO

Dear friends,

I’ve just come from the Graduation at the Academy for Peace and Justice and I wish you all could have been there. I was given the incredible honor of being the “Marraine,” or Godmother, of the graduation ceremony, and I made a short speech to the graduates congratulating them on all their hard work. It is hard for me to put into words how much the honor and experience meant to me. It was so beautiful, and humanizing, to see the graduates with their families, so happy, full of school spirit, bursting with happiness. The graduation was full of music, dance, poetry, song — the young leaders we are supporting in Haiti are definitely the next generation of artists for peace and justice! I feel so lucky to have been one person who helped to make this amazing school become a reality, just like all of you.

One of the best moments was when the graduating class, who have named themselves the “Quiddité,” or essence, of the school, literally passed the torch to the incoming seniors. The outgoing president held the torch high, and asked the incoming president if she was prepared to carry the legacy of the soul of the school — to which she replied a resounding YES! You could feel the pride pulsating throughout the tent.

I know that this year has been a challenging one, and at times it can feel like we are drowning in bad news. While I was in Haiti, Father Rick gave an impassioned service talking about our troubled times. He said that we can’t let our spirits be dulled by egotism, and greed, and darkness. We must keep our spirits sharp, and remain vigilant and compassionate, so that when we are presented with the next chance to help someone else, we can do so with hearts full of grace.

I am grateful for his reminder — and I look forward to that next opportunity. The Academy for Peace and Justice is proof that goodness still exists. Thank you for being a part of it.

With gratitude,
Kathryn


Graduation at Artists Institute
By Erlantz Hyppolite, Country Director

Dear friends,

July 1st marked the graduation ceremony of the third class at Artists Institute. For 10 years the institution has been serving the Jacmel community and Haiti by training 5 graduating classes of filmmakers and now 3 graduating classes of audio engineers. Artists Institute provides students with a dignified place to study, equipped with the best studio facilities available in the country.

The professionals trained by the Institute represent an important financial and artistic impact for Haiti. For admissions and scholarships, priority is given to young people that have talent but who would otherwise not have an opportunity to pursue the same kind of training. Because of this, each graduate is not only well trained but is also proudly engaged as a member of the Haitian music industry.

This year’s graduation ceremony was held on the Institute campus in Jacmel, with the sound of waves crashing in the background and modern Haitian beats mixed by the students setting the tone for the afternoon. The ceremony itself was simple and full of emotion, with cheers and celebration for each graduate as each was called by given names and nicknames, indicating the close bonds within the class.

Thank you for your continued support and for making these life changing opportunities possible.

With gratitude,
Erlantz


October 7, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Update

On October 4th, 2016 Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Haiti. The storm ravaged much of the southwestern peninsula with winds of over 145 mph. Roads were cut off, power lines downed, roofs torn from most schools and homes, widespread agricultural and livestock losses, and over 1,000 people were killed in this monster storm.

There is much work to be done. A number of very effective, locally led response and relief efforts have been underway in the immediate aftermath.

Many people are asking how they can help. For the months of October and November all donations through our website will be directed to the first responders we know best, our Haitian partners, The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti. To donate click HERE.

Our hearts go out to Haiti in this, her latest challenge, and we send gratitude and respect to all the first responders working in partnership with these devastated communities to rebuild.

In solidarity,
APJ

APJ is going to London!

Join Artists for Peace and Justice and Bovet 1822 as we launch Brilliant is Beautiful: a new fund to support scholarships for girls education around the world.

The event will be held in honor of Karen Elson and will be hosted by Pascal Raffy, Gilles Bragard, alongside Amber Heard, Jeremy Parisi, Johan Ernst Nilson, Karolina Kurkova, Kelly Brook, Moran Atias, Petra Nemcova and many other friends!

The night will include a magnificent dinner prepared by Chef to Her Majesty the Queen of the United Kingdom, as well as a live auction and a very special performance by Maxwell.

Major thanks to our event chair, Caroline Stanbury, as well as our incredible event committee, for making this night possible.

There are a limited number of tables and tickets available. For table and ticket reservations, as well as sponsorship and other inquiries, please contact: events@apjnow.org

We hope to see you in London!

Time to celebrate, cabaret style!

Join us and our partners Bovet 1822 at the 2016 Festival Fair in Toronto on September 11th, honouring the remarkable Sean Penn.

This year’s special event will be hosted by Maria BelloMaxwell, Pascal Raffy of Bovet 1822, George Stroumboulopoulos and more friends to be announced soon!

A big thank you to our fabulous co-chairs Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd and our event committee members Nicholas Mellamphy & Simona Shnaider.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please email events@apjnow.org.

To reserve your tickets and to learn more about the event click HERE.

Six years ago, in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left 1.5 million people living in tents, we committed with our incredible partners the St. Luke Foundation to build the Academy for Peace and Justice. The vision: to build a free high school for the very poor. And what a school it has become! Thanks to the St. Luke team’s commitment and hard work we now have a school with 2,600 students on full scholarships.

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Last weekend, we celebrated a major milestone at the school: friends and supporters from around the world who have made our work possible came to Haiti to celebrate the first ever graduation! Special guests included Susan Sarandon, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Donna Karan and Maria Bello. Our hearts are full of pride for these students, respect for the St. Luke team, and immense gratitude to everyone who has been on this journey with us.
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We also celebrated the opening of our newest wing at the Academy for Peace and Justice, built in partnership with Carlo Traglio, Ben Stiller & Christine Taylor, and RTL Foundation. Wing IV is home to a new art program along with all future graduating classes. The students that received their diplomas on Sunday spent the past year studying in this beautiful new building. At the ceremony, Ben Stiller said, “I am just amazed every time I come here. There is always so much more that exists and that really is a credit to all of those involved in the organization. The people here are working so hard and really have a desire to create something that lasts. It’s just an incredible spirit that gets translated into reality.” Thank you to all for your commitment to turning this dream into a reality!

We are so grateful for the continued support of our partners Bovet 1822, Vhernier and Brioni, without whom this day wouldn’t have been possible.

This school rose from the rubble and now it’s first graduates are emerging as young leaders who want to make a better future for their country. Congratulations, Class of 2016! We can’t wait to see where you go from here!

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