haitian_heritage_museum_events_web.jpgMIAMI — Haitian Heritage Month each May is a nationally dedicated time when the community celebrates the culture and traditions of Haiti. The celebration is an expansion of the Haitian Flag Day on May 18th, a major patriotic day celebration in Haiti and the Diaspora created to encourage patriotism.

The Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 105C, Miami, is a nonprofit organization committed to highlighting and preserving Haiti’s rich culture and heritage locally, nationally and internationally. The goal is to provide a cultural Mecca for South Florida where individuals outside of and within the Haitian community enjoy beautiful Haitian art, historic artifacts, ethnic sounds of Haitian music, Haitian films and a collection of Haitian Literary works.

This year the museum again will celebrate by hosting a cadre of events throughout the community where Haitians and non-Haitians alike can get a taste of Haiti without leaving or having a passport:

Month of May Kickoff Event: Saturday, May 5, 7-10 p.m, A Family Affair evening with author and poet Yanatha and classical performer Jael, Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 N.E. Second Ave., Suite 105C, Miami.

April 17-May 17, Haitian Heritage Museum, one person will be crowned Mr. or Ms. May 18 by participating in the online contest. Details on the HHM Facebook page, contest ends on May 17 at midnight.

Tuesday, May 2, City of North Miami in partnership with the Haitian Heritage Museum  presents History Since 1804 Exhibition: The Richness of Haiti, City of North Miami City Hall,  776 N.E. 125th St., North Miami

Thursday, May 3, 10 a.m., Miami Dade County Public School Haitian Heritage Month presentation with artist Mecca aka Grimo, MDCPS, 1500 N.E. Second Ave., Miami

Saturday, May 12, 7-10 p.m., 2nd Saturday Opening Reception HHM private collection of Primitive Art, Natif, free for HHM members with valid membership, non-members $5 donation, Haitian Heritage Museum

Wednesday, May 23, 6-9 p.m., Haitian Heritage Museum in conjunction with WJ Bryan Elementary, Cultural Heritage Festival and book signing by students displaying visual art pieces done throughout the school year. Connecting Cultures will also be on hand to create a replica of the book Through the eyes of my Haitian friend with Legos. Location: WJ Bryan (open to students and parents only)

Saturday, May 26, 6:30-10 p.m. Performing Hearts by Bel Tif Fi. Watch live performances by South Florida dance companies and see the crowning of Ms. Bel Tifi. Fundraiser for the Haitian Heritage Museum and a ticketed event, Manuel Artime Theater, 900 S.W. First St., Miami.

For more information call 305 371-5988.


Month of May Kickoff Event Flyer