Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most charitable sports star and top scorer for Real Madrid, is teaming up with APJ to help us establish a sports program at the Academy for Peace and Justice by giving one lucky fan their dream day at El Clásico: Real Madrid v. Barcelona!

The campaign launches today through Omaze and offers fans the opportunity to donate for the chance to join Cristiano in Madrid this November. The trip, for two people, will include a pre-game meal with the man himself, a haircut (yes, Cristiano will get his hair cut with the winner), and last but not least, the winner will attend one of the biggest games of the year, El Clásico: Real Madrid vs. Barcelona, as Ronaldo’s personal guest.

The funds raised from this campaign will go toward the development and advancement of sports programs and facilities at the Academy for Peace and Justice!

Cristiano Ronaldo says, “Artists for Peace and Justice is a special group. They’re making a difference in the world. They open doors that are closed and they create opportunities for kids to follow their dreams. With this campaign we will create a beautiful football program in Haiti at an Artists for Peace and Justice school.  For me, the more I give back to others, the more I get back. It makes me feel really good to help where I can.”

Thank you Ronaldo!


September 16, 2015

Together We Will Go Far

Thank you Toronto! An impressive 1.2 million dollars was raised at the sixth annual Bovet 1822 and Artists for Peace and Justice 2015 Festival Gala held at Casa Loma. Co-Chaired by Natasha Koifman and Sylvia Mantella, the event was co-hosted by an influential team of artists, actors, and philanthropists, including George Stroumboulopoulos, Dame Helen Mirren and Mr. Pascal Raffy, Owner of Bovet 1822.

Click here for photos from the celebration.

The evening’s title sponsor was APJ strategic partner Bovet 1822, the extraordinary timepiece company that ensures APJ is able to give 100 percent of every dollar raised directly to Haiti. This year’s event included a beautiful sit-down dinner at the glorious Casa Loma, operated by Liberty Entertainment Group.

Tomy Swick began the evening with a musical performance, followed by the theatrical live auction hosted by the Scott Brothers, Drew and Jonathan. Our lots included joining Petra Nemcova for Fashion Week, lunch with Diane von Furstenberg, a live studio session with Jackson Browne and a walk on role in James Franco’s next movie!

Helen Mirren presented our inaugural Peace and Justice Award to Susan Sarandon, remarking that Susan is a true “social justice warrior,” a tireless advocate for human rights and peace throughout the world.

APJ’s CEO David Belle then presented our team member Jaebets Jean Gilles with his Peace and Justice Award. Mr. Jean Gilles serves as the head of the St. Luke Foundation’s education department, where he “works to empower future generations to create a better tomorrow for his country.”

Father Rick took the stage to talk about his work on the ground and the importance of action, leading us into our very special centerpiece film “Together We Will Go Far” about William Osias (a student at the Academy for Peace and Justice) and his brother Alexandre Osias. The Osias brothers came up from Haiti just for this special night and surprised the audience with a performance of the title song from the film. Everyone was on their feet dancing and gave them a standing ovation! It was a magical moment.

Moby then took the stage for a special acoustic set, and Win Butler (DJ Windows 98) and Régine Chassange of Arcade Fire started a dance party with some RaRa to close out the night! It was such a special celebration under the stars, which raised enough for 2,000 student scholarships. Thank you, Toronto!

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s 2015 Festival Gala will be held on Sunday, September 13.

For the past four years, APJ’s annual event has become a mainstay during the Toronto International Film Festival, acquiring a strong following of philanthropists, businesspeople, film stars, directors, musicians, and artists from around the world who come out to have fun and raise vital funds for our programs in Haiti.

We are thrilled that this year’s event will once again take place at Liberty Group’s Casa Loma, a treasured piece of Toronto history.

The evening will feature an elegant cocktail and dinner gala in the castle garden, followed by a very special musical performance.

Be on the lookout for more announcements on co-hosts, performers, and tickets over the next few weeks and in the meantime look back on a few of our past Toronto events here, here and here!

To inquire about sponsorship, tickets, or anything else please contact us.

April 27, 2015

Work Hard, Play Harder

Our students love learning new things in and outside the classroom! And this past month they had the perfect chance to do just that! On April 18th, Dean Jacobs, a professional soccer player turned coach and educator, visited our Academy For Peace and Justice in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


Dean Jacobs along with The Lyford Cay Football Club, work for a charity that travels internationally to inspire and assist those in need through the use of sports and arts. After meeting with our staff in Haiti, The Lyford Cay Football Club and Dean Jacobs spent a day with us at the Academy coaching our students on a game of football. Over 600 of our students came out and showed off some of their best moves. Along with playing a cheerful game, the club also donated some stylish & fresh gear to our young soccer stars-to-be! Talk about a SCORE!!



Seven brilliant and beautiful women came to Haiti to visit the Academy for Peace and Justice, the St. Damien’s Children’s Hospital and Cite-Soleil, one of the poorest slums of the Western hemisphere.

The students were extremely inspired by these successful women and leaders who shared their experiences.

These extraordinary women are:

Natasha Koifman, APJ Canada Board Chair and Founder of NKPR, Sylvia Mantella, Chief Marketing Officer of Mantella Corporation, Lola Schnabel, renowned artist, Gisella Marengo, Italian actress and producer, Madalina Ghenea, Romanian actress and fashion model, Lori Manuel Steed and Birgit Grossmann Coles, owners of Simbi Inc.

View more photos from their visit here!

On February 26th, we invited friends to celebrate Haiti’s unique beauty and culture at  Haiti Optimiste, held annually at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in NYC! Hosted by David Belle and Marc Baptiste, the event opened with a fantastic performance by Paul Beaubrun. Paul played his hit single “Ayizan,” off the new album Vilnerab.

The evening featured a screening of the best works from Artists Institute in the past year. After the screening, the hosts and three brilliant graduates of the Institute, Keziah Jean, Marc Henry Valmond, and Macdala Prévot, took the stage for a Q&A about the trials and tribulations they faced while chasing their dreams. There were many tears as they shared the inspiring successes they’ve accomplished since graduating from Artists Institute.

We closed the night with a charity bid which helped us reach $100,000 raised for the evening, then celebrated the night’s success with a reception featuring delicious Haitian delicacies and lively drum music. Thanks to everyone who came out to Haiti Optimiste NYC to support our Artists Institute by sharing an evening of joy and laughter.

We’re taking this event on the road — see you in Montreal or Los Angeles next!

To see more pictures, click here.


“Lights, Camera, and Positive Action” was the motto for Hollywood Domino, and we can certainly say that with the help of our incredible partners BOVET 1822, we accomplished just that! This year’s benefit, held at the Sunset Boulevard in LA and hosted by Moran Atias, Patricia Arquette, Maria Bello, Adrien Brody, Omar Epps, Daya Fernandez, Ashley Greene, Patrick Grove, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Annalynne McCord, Amaury Nolasco, Pascal Raffy, Gina Rodriguez and Madeleine Stowe, raised over $400k in one night!

From the glittering red carpet, to spectacular performances by Aloe Blacc and Natasha Bedingfield, to the Domino tournament in which our glamourous philanthropists put on their best game faces, the night was the perfect kick-off benefit before the Academy Awards. One of our very own co-hosts, Patricia Arquette, snagged an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Boyhood! Congratulations, Patricia. You inspire us.

We couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who attended and joined the APJ family in giving back to Haiti. The success of the night provided the seed funding for a new scholarship fund for girls, called Brilliant is Beautiful, that will empower our young female students to achieve their dreams through education. Thank you to everyone who made the night an unforgettable success.

See you next year, Los Angeles!

To see more pictures, click here.

It’s that time of year again: awards season in Los Angeles! 

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s incredible Hollywood Domino Charity Soiree presented by Bovet 1822 on February 19th, 2015 at the Sunset Tower Hotel.

Click below to join co-hosts Madeleine Stowe, Patricia Arquette, Adrien Brody and more celebrate our progress in Haiti at one of the most glamorous events of the year.

Do good, have fun. See you there!



Empowerment + Education = Progress.

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We’ve teamed up with new social enterprise Ediké to create a limited edition run of their beautiful Avanti backpacks.  Ediké is creating jobs, paying fair wages, and promoting ethical standards for factory workers in Haiti — and the product speaks for itself. Each backpack is handmade in Haiti and the beautiful design and craftsmanship exemplify Ediké‘s inspiring commitment to the combination of quality, aesthetics, and ethics.

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And as if their socially-conscious business model wasn’t enough: for every backpack sold, 50% of the proceeds will be donated to APJ to provide scholarships at the Academy for Peace and Justice. Empowerment and education? Sounds like progress. Be a part of it and buy your new favorite backpack today. #CarryItForward

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Ready to make a difference? Our New York City office seeks talented, ambitious, and passionate interns for Winter 2015! Help us grow our teams and further our programs in Haiti in education, healthcare, and dignity through the arts. Interning at Artists for Peace and Justice is an excellent opportunity to do good and have fun! Gain hands-on experience in a fast paced, energetic, and creative environment. New positions now available in DevelopmentDigital MediaGraphic DesignOperations, and Social MediaIf you’re a bright, motivated multi-tasker eager to learn the ins and outs of working at a nonprofit organization, join us!

Plus, meet our awesome Fall 2014 Interns and get the inside scoop to APJ New York City. 

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Amazing news—musician, actor, and APJ supporter Kevin Jonas will be competing on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” today to help our schools in Haiti!

This famous Jonas brother is all about doing good and having fun. Kevin Jonas has supported Artists for Peace and Justice by launching a Crowdrise campaign sending lucky fans to meet him at our Oscar event, to playing a heated game of dominoes against Jon Hamm and Vanessa Hudgens to raise money for our cause! Now he’s going on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” to have fun and inspire others about the power of education.

The iconic TV game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” is presenting a special “Celebrity Week” where pop icons compete to raise money for charities and meaningful causes they believe in. Check out this exclusive clip with host Terry Crews below:

Kevin Jonas hits the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” stage today, wish him good luck! Show your support by tuning into ABC, tweeting at @kevinjonas and @artistsforpeace, and donating now!

Born in Mumbai, Sonal Gadre-Shintre is our Graphic Designer at Artists for Peace and Justice. With over 7 years of experience in the creative field, Sonal has a strong track record of managing successful branding and advertising campaigns. She also has a strong track record of packing the most exquisite lunches, inspiring jealousy and wonder throughout our APJ New York City office. For the past year, Sonal has been giving creative direction across all aspects of Artists for Peace and Justice design, most recently our beautiful exhibition catalog for Fierce Creativity, featuring works from over 45 top contemporary artists!  Sonal is also very interested in typography and has designed her very own font, Arch, saying, “I love new challenges and opportunities and want to continue to be a part of the contemporary movement in art and design.”

I’m an artist for:

communicating stories through design.

I’m driven by:


I’m inspired by:


I hope Haiti:

will prosper.

I believe education can:

make any nation successful.

Ready to make a difference? Join our teams in Haiti, New York, and Toronto!