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Preserve the Heritage...Embrace the Experience!
Preserve the Heritage...
Embrace the Experience!



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.


The organization is committed to support the wealth of talented artists in the Triangle area through engagement and in other ways.


Visual Arts :

  • Artist Exhibitions support rising and established artists works that are curated and presented quarterly with an opening reception of refreshments and live music. Artists are present and artwork is for sale
  • Black History: Artists’ Perspectives is a multi-artist collaborative of paintings and sketches celebrating African American history. This popular exhibition represents the diversity of perspectives on our history as captured by our artists, most of whom are Durham residents and all of whom are immensely talented
  • African American Quilt Circle is a collaborative of women whose original quilts are exhibited at Hayti every two years and who often meet at Hayti to work on their creations


Performing Arts :

  • The Jambalaya Soul Poetry Slam Team under the leadership of educator, community activist and author Dasan Ahanu performs every third Saturday each month at Hayti. The team also competes locally, regionally and nationally
  • The Heritage Music Series presents concerts quarterly. Among those are the NC Jazz Ensemble and the Durham Symphony Orchestra annual performances.
  • The Bull Durham Blues Festival presents blues, rhythm & blues, gospel and jazz artists along with vendors and other activities every September


Special Events :

  • The Heritage Film Festival showcases films by and about African Americans and black culture. The two day festival presents documentaries, shorts, full length features and classics that explore relevant themes and provide entertainment for the entire family. An annual event held in February that includes popcorn,  candy and drinks


Arts Education :

  • Meet the Author series in collaboration with the Durham Library brings authors to Hayti for book discussions and autograph sessions
  • Afrofuturism series presents STEM influenced discussions, readings, films, art and fashions by contemporary Afrofuturists. The program was developed by scientist and educator Darrell Stover


Classes :

  • African Rhythms Dance Class for adults every Monday 6:30 pm under the direction of experienced dance instructors with live drumming
  • Aerobic Boxing Class for adults every Tuesday 6:30 pm under the direction of instructor Damien Bynum



  • Tours are available year round. Walking tours from Parrish Street’s “Black Wall Street” marker past Hayti are conducted by educator and artist Aya Shabu. Tours at Hayti are led with talks by Hayti’s historian and businessman John “Skeepie” Scarborough. Arranged by appointment


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