Haitian Heritage Museum celebrates 10th anniversary
Miami Times staff report | 3/13/2014, 9 a.m.
The colorful, expressive works of some of Haiti’s prolific artists were on display as community and business leaders and art lovers celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Haitian Heritage Museum with a grand gala reception highlighting the rich culture and contributions of the center located in the heart of Miami’s Art District.
The signature event was hosted by WSVN 7 News Anchor Adrianna Hopkins and the event kick-offered with an amazing performance by the African Dance Troupe Delou that was a hit.
During the event, Beatrice Louissant, who took the 2014 Father Jean Juste Award and 2014 Cultural Achiever recipient Jimmy Jean Louis. The gala stressed the importance and role of the Haitian Heritage Museum in the community both culturally and for the arts.
Eveline Pierre, Founder and Museum Director gave a heartfelt speech about the future of the museum and announced the museum has established an endowment fund to maintain the legacy of the Haitian culture through art in the global community.
Dr. Leslie Buckley was award Honorary Haitian of Digicel Telecommunications for establishing a Haven a charitable foundation in Haiti working to build homes in the poorest regions in Haiti.
The highlight of the night was hearing from keynote speaker Harry LaRosilliere, Mayor of Plano Texas who recalled his experiences of growing up in a Haitian household while living in the Bronx in the early 70’s. LaRosiliere, the first Haitian Mayor ever in Texas stated, “I am honored to be a part of such an amazing organization and proud to be Haitian.”
The Haitian Heritage Museum but also encourages art experiences for children.
The museum is currently displaying the art exhibit “Les Jacmeliens Trois:” debuts a group exhibition that will feature works by various Haitian American contemporary artists – Asser Saint Val, Jason “JaFleu” Fleurant, Harold Caudio, and LaureA – The exhibition unveiled during the winter Art Basel.
The exhibit will be available until Spring 2014.