Haitian art goes on a mission in 2016, as local non-profit Haiti Friends launch the new Pearl Art series – an art exhibition opening every second Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Center in Little Haiti.
The exhibits will include work from world renowned Haitian artists. Each event will also be a musical and culinary celebration, with Caribbean celebrity chefs serving delectable fare, and live performance from talented artists. This event will also be free and open to the public.
The first show celebrating the New Year, “Bon Fet” will kick off on January 9th, 2016. On February the 3rd, the “Esprit d’Ezili” exhibit will be inspired by the cultural legacy of the Vodou goddess, while on March 12th, the “Croix-De-Bouquet” show will celebrate the artistic legacy of the legendary town.
Haiti Friends’ mission is to use art exhibits and presentations at educational and cultural institutions to shape the global opinion of Haiti as a place of hope and joy, despite the challenging conditions and economic deprivations. The Friends’ gallery houses a large collection of Haitian artwork that is for sale and helps sustain the organization’s efforts in Haiti working with the farmers to help combat deforestation in desolate mountain communities
By sharing and selling Haitian artwork to people in the U.S., the group believes that artwork is a meaningful tool that might be used to put a human face on the complex problems of a troubled country.