A cultural activist, public health researcher and consultant, community-based organizer, and curating performing artist, Véronëque Ignace uses ethnographic tools, performance work, research, and public health understandings of program planning and evaluation to facilitate growth, racial equity policies, an orientation toward socio-political community development at non-profits, grassroots groups, large arts institutions. Ignace is dedicated to achieving her long term goal to seamlessly combine her passion for Haiti, people, and dance in such a way that allows for large-scale healing.
The Flatbush, Brooklyn native often uses dance and writing to merge her passion for public health and global health. With her movement she hopes to complicate methods to social change and health equity, connecting spiritual balance and self-understanding to modes of recovery and restoration. She says, "my movement codifies a history and language which I have inherited. In Haiti dance and music become the guardians of tradition. Everywhere though, dance and music, together are expressions and I need them to communicate.”
In 2016, Ignace founded Kriyol Dance! Collective, a collective of artist-leaders, to incite the unapologetic voices of Black arts, and Haitian culture in particular, through collaborative community organizing work and performance-based intervention. In 2018, she began actively building an archive for Lakou Societe St. Michel Archange.
She is an alum of Williams College and SUNY Downstate School of Public Health. She currently works at Arts Business Collaborative as the Associate Director of Research and Strategy.