Original Haitian artwork, music, poetry, dance was showcased yesterday at the opening reception titled Night at the Museum: Haiti Benefit Showcase.
The reception featured the personal art collection of Joseph Ducasse on the life, culture, and natural environment of the island and the Haitian people. The oil on canvas paintings varied from scenes of everyday life to abstract depictions infused with representations of historic significance and cultural beliefs.
The reception was inspired by Ducasse, who was interested in developing a relationship with the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science while creating awareness for the earthquake victims, said Chucha Barber, CEO of the museum.
“While there was a significant outpouring of support in the early days and weeks following the earthquake I think it’s very important that we continue to keep the people of Haiti in our minds and our hearts, because they have a very long road to recovery,” Barber said.
Scott Bonnell, founder and CEO of Hope to Haiti, was featured as the guest speaker. Performances included Florida State Universities Poetic Lyricism and song, poetry and dance by Paul Etienne, Karen Jean-Louis, Dariana Vertus, Richard Wilson and Lucien Adderley.
“I hope the community will learn that what they see on television about Haiti is not true,” said Angie Jacques, president of the Haitian Culture Club of Tallahassee. “Haitians have a rich culture and an influential history.”
Proceeds for Night at the Museum go toward the Hope for Haiti. The reception was sponsored by the Haitian Cultural Club of Tallahassee, the Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science, Parks & Crumps Attorneys at Law and www.sejoe.com.