About Florcy Morisset
Florcy Morisset is an executive, advocate, and community organizer, working at the intersection of culture and business. She is the founder of the VIVANT brand, comprised of an art collection and consulting firm which is focused on working with artists and arts institutions. Florcy remains a relentless arts supporter and business leader; her passion is firmly planted in diverse cultures and the creative community. Florcy’s professional philosophy emphasizes the importance of arts & culture as the vital heartbeat of any community, making her a main-staple in the Philadelphia civic landscape.
In 2007, in the midst of a national recession Florcy debuted Vivant Art Collection on Gallery Row in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District of Old City. Inspired by her passion for culture and love of art, she took on the challenge of opening an art gallery despite not having an established background in the arts or business. Initially, her goal was to dispel myths and negative images of Haiti and its culture by presenting brilliant artwork and Haiti’s artistic legacy. From those modest beginnings, the gallery has expanded its reach to celebrate underrepresented art from Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and across the world, while never losing its niche of highlighting Haitian art. Tthe artwork is best described as vibrant, rich, bold, and embedded with history, and cultural stories that highlight native peoples and their daily lives. The mission of Vivant Art Collection is to educate and empower its guests with the legacy and messages of indigenous art, art makers, and the cultures that gave birth to them. Florcy believes in building bridges between the art world and the community she has come to call home by hosting various social receptions, art forums, fundraisers, networking and political events. As the only remaining black art gallery owner in Old City, she utilizes her unique space to create a unified place for artists, art lovers, professionals and the community at-large to experience and enjoy.
Most recently, Florcy has recognized the additional professional needs in the art community and responded by creating Vivant Art Consulting. Working with established art institutions and organizations, Vivant Art Consulting seeks to develop and curate exhibitions and cultural programs that bring diverse communities together. Additionally, it will develop marketing strategies that coordinates strategic partnership and media efforts that target diverse young professionals and minority audiences. Some of Ms. Morisset’s popular curatorial projects are “The Illustrated Sounds of Philadelphia,” – A Tribute to Past & Present Philadelphia Musical Icons at Vivant Art Collection, “Transcending History - Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust” a traveling exhibit, and “Haiti: A Tribute in Art” at the Noyes Museum.
For the past two years, Florcy has served as Chairman of the Board for the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia, a dynamic group of Haitian professionals that have come together to elevate the lives of Haitians in the Greater Philadelphia region as well as in Haiti. As chair, she is the overseer of operations and programs for the organization , which includes strategic planning, developing collaborative partnerships, and fundraising for the organization and its Haiti Relief Fund, established in response to the devastation of the earthquake of 2010. In addition, she coordinates development opportunities for the community and professionals, such as political awareness, cultural days, and economic development programs.
Ms. Morisset is also active in the civic and cultural community. She chairs the Arts Initiative for the Idea Coalition, a dynamic group of Black and Jewish professionals. In 2010, Florcy developed cultural programming and a traveling art exhibit titled “Transcending History” –Moving Beyond the Legacy of Slavery and the Holocaust, which debuted at Vivant Art Collection and traveled to the Reginald Lewis Museum, I.P. Stanback Museum, and Temple University. Florcy has also served as the Arts & Culture Chair for the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Pennsylvania Chapter, an advocacy organization for black women and children. While serving as the chair, she advocated on political arts & culture policies and coordinated events to foster awareness of minority arts & cultural programs and institutions. Among her many positions, in the professionals community she served as the Fundraising Chair for NExT Philadelphia: Network of Extraordinary Talent, (formerly Urban League Young Professionals of Philadelphia), raising $5,000 for their scholarship fund. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated an organization dedicated to sisterhood, service and scholarship. Lastly, she is newly appointed Director of Programs for the Richard Allen Museum at the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church.
Most recently, Florcy has been seen on the cover of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Tribune. Florcy was named by the Philadelphia Tribune as one of 10 under 40 to Watch in 2011. She has received several awards and honors, which include 2011 Philadelphia Creative Ambassador for Philly 360, Scepter of Success - Powerful Perspective Award and the Moxie Women 2011 Next Generation of Leadership & Rising Star award by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown for her efforts in Philadelphia’s business and philanthropic communities. For her work in the Haitian community, the Haitian Coalition of Philadelphia, the Coalition of Young Christians of Pennsylvania, and the Haitian Professional of Philadelphia have honored her. She has even worn the crown as Miss Haiti in Pennsylvania, coming in First Runner-up, Miss Congeniality, and Best Cultural presentation.
Florcy is a Haitian-American, raised in New York alongside her four siblings and mother. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, in which she majored in Psychology and minored in Biology.