Who says that Haitian art always has to be traditional?

That notion is changing by the minute with each visit of the vibrant Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami. This week, artists as well as fans came in flocks to the museum. The huge jump in visitors are a result of the largely popular Art Basel Festival.

The Art Basel Festival in Miami Beach. (facebook/artbaselmiamibeach)

The Art Basel Festival in Miami Beach. (facebook/artbaselmiamibeach)

The festival which is held from December 6-9, features works by over 2,000 artists from all over the world. What connected the festival with the museum; the festival featured works from artists representing the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Art Basel Festival inside of the Miami Convention Center. (Flickr/veritatem)

The Art Basel Festival inside of the Miami Convention Center. (Flickr/veritatem)

Serge Rodriguez, the director of operations at the museum, talked with our friends at the Caribbean Journal and explains that the new generation of contemporary artists out of Haiti need to be celebrated.

“With Haitian art, the community at large is used to mostly the traditional Haitian art, the ‘naive’ style, the ‘primitive’ style, the scene with the lady with the basket on her head,” said Serge Rodriguez, director of operations at the Museum. “But there’s actually a movement of contemporary artists that are coming out of Haiti. So we decided that, with this exhibition, we wanted to focus on that.”

Thursday the museum opened a new exhibition titled, Les Jacmeliens: Contemporary Haiti 2012. The exhibition adds a slight twist on different works.

The Haitian Heritage Museum (miamidesigndistrict.net)

The Haitian Heritage Museum (miamidesigndistrict.net)

Rodriguez goes on to say that more than 300 people came out for the VIP opening event. Even Rodriguez himself admits to the influence of the Art Basel Festival. No matter how or what way the museum increased its traffic, the works are no doubt a must see for any art lover.

The push for contemporary work is a breath of fresh air when it comes to Haiti the country. Haiti is known for its traditional values as well as image. It is indeed necessary to show and prove that when it comes to art, Haitian artists can be unique and different on a positive way.

Here’s to the recent success of the Haitian Heritage Museum and its new exhibition. Hopefully the success will carry over after the Art Basel Festival is over. We will see what happens in the next coming weeks. With visitors such as Beyoncé, Demi Moore and Lenny Kravitz, the buzz should be very high for this exciting and innovative Museum.DSC00488_jpg


Kafou: Haiti, Art & Vodou

We want to take the time to recognize an awesome representation of Haitian art at its best. From October 20th, 2013 until January 6th, 2013 a beautiful exhibition filled with Haitian history  and culture will be available for all to … Continue reading

To a New Year!! 2011 here we come!

Looking back in retrospect, 2010 was an amazing year for us. Its kind of hard to believe that just 6 months ago we decided to create Dresses for Haiti. It began with a idea and a few ambitious women. We had our first event In September of 2010. It was an amazing experience. Celebrities and future collaborators attended the event and helped us expand our name and our network. We have met so many amazing people that have helped us and became our organization angels.

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Then we went to Boston fashion week for the Synergy Event. It was an amazing introspect into the behind the scenes workings of a fashion show. We spoke onstage and met the amazing ladies from the SoOambitious Blog (sooambitious.com) and we got to speak on stage in front of hundreds of people!

After these amazing experiences and the excitement from the fashion and non-profit communities we decided 2011 will be our official launch year.

Big news will be coming This week about Dresses for Haiti so stayed tuned!!

May they year 2011 be an amazing year for Dresses for Haiti and for you as well!!


Art from Haiti commissioned by Macy’s

By Elaine Walker, The Miami HeraldOctober 8, 2010

Turning out 20,000 pieces of handmade art and handicrafts in two months is difficult under the best conditions. But try doing it inearthquake-ravaged Haiti, where artisans have no electricity and many are still living in tents.

When Macy’s comes calling with the biggest order these artisans have seen in years, you find a way. Shoppers can see the results at Macy’s in Dadeland Mall and two dozen stores around the country.

Getting to this point wasn’t easy.

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The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund kicked in a $50,000 grant to help the artists rebuild their studios so they could go back to work.

In the seaside town of Jacmel, considered Haiti’s art capital, papier mache trays and bowls with brightly colored flowers lined the streets and rooftops this summer. The goal: catch enough sunlight to dry the paint in between the rain showers. In Croix-des-Bouquets and Cité Soleil, artists scrambled to find enough recycled materials to make metal picture frames from oil drums and patchwork quilt pot holders.

And that doesn’t include problems of transporting goods across Haiti, getting raw materials shipped in or meeting the quality-control standards of a national retailer.

Despite the conditions, the Heart of Haiti home decor collection was designed in three weeks and produced in 2½ months. There was no time to spare in order to get the products to Macy’s for the holiday gift season.

The full collection is already available at macys.com.

Macy’s efforts, in partnership with Fairwinds Trading and the Brandaid Project, are aimed at helping Haiti to create self-sustaining communities so people are not depending on relief aid. The project was born after a May meeting convened by the William J. Clinton Foundation to spur ideas for reviving the Haitian art community, which declined as business shifted to Asia.

“If we can create jobs for someone, that’s very meaningful,” said Terry Lundgren, chairman and chief executive of Macy’s. “This is never going to be a financial game changer for a company like ours. But it can be a game changer for those artists in Haiti.”

Lundgren hopes the project will break even or make a small profit for Macy’s.

Meanwhile, it has already led to employment of 350 artists and believed to have provided some financial benefits for 4,000 to 5,000 people in the country.

“After the earthquake, we didn’t have much work, we didn’t have much happening,” said Serge Jolimeau, a 51-year-old who has been an artisan for 38 years. “But the Macy’s project gave us great support — it’s helping the Haitian artisans and their families.”

Jolimeau has 10 employees to help him design the metal sculptures that are made out of recycled oil drums, and those employees have about 50 dependents. The Macy’s project, he said, has a ripple-like effect in which the income spreads throughout Croix-des-Bouquets, his hometown.

The 40 items in the Macy’s collection range from $10 for a metal pendant to $275 for an oil painting, but most items are $25-$60. The assortment includes a vase, candle holders, clutch purse, napkin rings, serving trays, fruit sculptures, mirrors and coasters.

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Written by staff member @ Hartford Courant

in association with Macy’s Dept. Store

Through The Eyes of a Haitian Child

Miami photographer Boris Vazquez traveled to Haiti on June of 2010, his first trip to Haiti.  he went there with an idea, to see things through the eyes of children.  He taught 500 Haitian children to use 250 disposable cameras to capture the lives of children 5-13 years old, through art and photographs.  To be part of an photography and Art exhibit titled “Through the eyes of a Haitian child” in North Miami, Florida MOCA.

Along with 1st Presbyterian International Christian school, art teachers and principal Ines Lozano, who led the mission with 250 disposable cameras and 7 boxes of donated art.  In the past Ines Lozano has helped the country, as her students are required to take course titled “community”where they learn global issues and raise money for non-profit organizations like “Friends of Orphans” who also run several other orphanages such as “Angels of Light” which provide food and education to children currently living in Tent City located in Port-au Prince.

By Rodolfo Roman

special to Miami Herald

Thanks Everyone ^_^

We just wanted to thank everyone who came by the Yippie Museum to show their support last night ^_^ That was just the beginning theres PLENTY more to come so be on the look out =]

Photos and videos from last nights event will be posted up soon for thoses of you who couldn’t make it to the event to enjoy.