Dear Esteemed Friends of the Embassy:
As you may know, this past weekend, the Smithsonian Institution opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). This historical event brought together hundreds of people from all over the nation and abroad to highlight the diversity and richness of Americans of African descent. As I sat in the audience, I thought of our first black republic and its global influence in the Americas as it shook the institution of slavery throughout the region.
The contributions of Haitian artists have preserved our story, culture, past and future. This week, the Embassy of Haiti has partnered with the Smithsonian’s newest museum to continue to celebrate and promote the contributions of people of African descent. I am happy to announce that the Embassy will officially open its doors to Washington’s diverse community with an art exhibition entitled, “From Port-au-Prince to Washington DC, a journey into Haitian Art.” The exhibit displays a range of contemporary and classic Haitian art from Galerie Monnin’s private collection. The doors will open on Tuesday September 27 and Thursday September 29 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm.
I invite you to join me and the curators of the exhibit, Toni and Gael Monnin, for two nights of Haitian art and conversations. Grab a few friends and family members and share a drink with us after work.
The staff and I are looking forward to seeing you this week.
Ambassador Paul Altidor