Hayti offers several core programs for youth and adults. These programs serve the broader community and align with our mission to preserve and advance the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the African American experience through cultural arts and education programs.
We are committed to supporting the wealth of talented artists in the Triangle area through engagement and in other ways.
Walking History Tours is led by Aya Shabu of Whistle Stop Tours. This immersive experience blends the power of storytelling & art to tell the history of the Hayti Neighborhood!
Every 1st Saturday in Fall/Spring
Hayti Films is entering its 30th year as the longest running black film festivals in the southeast. Experience Films that speak to the Black. Southern. Film. Experience.
Festival: Spring (March)
Black American Music Series is a celebration of the genius, legacy & contributions Black Musicians have on American Musical Landscape. Local, Regional & National Recording Artist pay ode our greats in this tribute series
Every 2nd Sunday
Jambalaya Soul Slam is the Triangle’s longest running poetry event! Come see these wordsmiths bring stories to life on stage.
Every 3rd Saturday
Hayti Lit meets to discuss the themes that occur in each classic, supported by facilitators and highlighted with discussions, readings, and performances from each work.
Every 4th Thursday
3rd Friday Live @ Hayti is presented by BeConnected Durham.
Saturday Youth Arts Enrichment Program (SYAEP) and a Summer Arts Intensive (SAI) program. Both are comprehensive programs of the Hayti Heritage Center designed for children ages 5–17 to be immersed in arts enrichment programs utilizing the Katherine Dunham method of “Socialization through the Arts.™
The SYAEP began in September (2022) and continues through May (2025). Students are immersed in the performing and visual arts through classes and workshops designed to provide training and development. Participating youth explore their creative lives as they are embraced by cultural arts professionals and gain discipline and training in the field.