Thursday, May 18, 2017

(Re)discovering Haiti through its Arts and its People: Embassy Open House

The DC community is invited to tour the Embassy for Haitian Flag Day.  Guests will have an opportunity to view exquisite Haitian art from the private collections of Galerie Monnin and Fritz Racine. Guests will also explore the latest edition of the Embassy’s Pearls of Excellence, an exhibit showcasing the contributions of people of Haitian descent to the advancement of American life. The evening will continue with a poetry slam session by Haitian-American author, emcee and public speaker, JeffDess, and Pages Matam, Director of Poetry Events at Busboys and Poets. Haitian cocktails will be served.

Location: Embassy of Haiti (2311 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20008)

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Cost: Free

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MrJeffDess is a dynamic public speaker, author, emcee, poet and professor of Haitian descent. The native New Yorker known as the Disruptive Educator is also the Co-Founder of the educational platform, Trill or Not Trill. The company bridges the gap between popular culture and student development. MrJeffDess is the author of five books, including Trill Motivation, which through imagery, poetry and commentary tackles leadership and motivation from a contemporary perspective. After studying at St. John’s University and earning a B.A. and M.A in English literature, he worked in student affairs for over 10 years. He has delivered lectures at over 25 universities including Columbia University and Princeton University, and has performed globally in Indonesia, Italy and South Africa. He’s been featured in Ebony Magazine, The Root and Urban Cusp Magazine.