5th Annual Art and Soul Reception
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5th Annual Art and Soul Reception

Vassar Haiti Project presents:

Art and Soul Reception to fund the Chermaitre Fiervil Clinic

The fifth annual “Art and Soul Reception” on Wednesday, May 4th at the Vassar College Alumnae House will feature beautiful, vibrant Haitian art, live entertainment from Vassar student musicians, and fabulous cuisine from Twisted Soul.  The program runs from 5:30pm to 8:00pm, and is open to the public.  Tickets are $65 each.  Art and Soul is presented by the Vassar Haiti Project’s Medical Advisory Board, which is chaired by former Vassar Brothers Medical Center CEO Daniel Z. Aronzon, MD.

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International Art & Handcraft Sale
to Apr 24

International Art & Handcraft Sale

Fordham University Lincoln Center campus will come alive with the joyous colors of spectacular art and handcrafts from around the world on April 22, 23 and 24.  The Fordham Graduate School, St. John's University, and the Vassar Club of New York unite with Spes Nova and the Vassar Haiti Project to host an international art sale of paintings and handcrafts.  There will also be a panel discussion coordinated by the Vassar Club of New York entitled, “Communities at Risk:  Social Justice in the Developing World” at 4:00pm on Saturday, April 22. Panelists include, Vassar alumna Tamsin Chen '15, Patrick Struebi, founder of Fairtrasa and Dr. Sean Murray of St. John’s. A reception will follow in the Atrium.

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to Nov 20

Haitian Art & Handcraft Sale in Greenwich, CT

The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich, CT will have an electric and joyful atmosphere on the weekend of November 18 to 20 with over 200 original Haitian paintings & unique handcrafts accompanied by authentic kompa music. The Church is partnering with the Vassar Haiti Project to present a weekend sale that will celebrate Haitian art and culture and raise funds for Hurricane Matthew relief efforts and ongoing projects in Haiti.

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16th Annual Haitian Art Auction and Sale!
to Sep 25

16th Annual Haitian Art Auction and Sale!

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The Vassar Haiti Project announces its 16th annual Haitian art auction and sale!   Featuring 350 paintings and thousands of unique handcrafts, including iron sculpture, jewelry, paper mache, and handpainted silk scarves.  Handcrafts start at $5, paintings at $50.  All purchases are 50% tax deductible.

The weekend features a sale AND a live auction.

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to Feb 7


Haitian art & handcraft sale to fund sustainable development in Haiti

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) and the Vassar Club of Washington DC will host a sale of Haitian paintings and handcraft at St. Mark’s (Capitol Hill) Episcopal Church on February 5, 6, & 7, 2016.  All the funds raised will help to complete the construction of a kindergarten in Chermaitre, a mountain village in NW Haiti.

Over 200 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcraft will be for sale. The event is free and open to the public, and all sales are 50% tax deductible. Paintings start at $50, gifts at $5, and a special selection will be reserved for silent auction.


     Opening Reception:                   Fri. 2/5         6pm – 9pm(Vassar alum club meeting also)   

 Sat. 2/6       10am – 4pm

Sun. 2/7       9am – 2pm

The VHP has a 15-year history of engaging people in support of Haitian artists, and applying the proceeds from art sales toward the sustainable development of Chermaitre.  VHP co-founder Andrew Meade explains, "We have provided a way for the artists to help the people of a village; it is Haitians helping Haitians. We are the middle people--facilitators of this grand dance."

VHP’s sustainable development work is expressed through various initiatives. Recent accomplishments include: the creation of a scholarship program that allows students to continue their education beyond 6th grade; a medical center that provides the residents of 30 villages regular access to health care; the planting of 11,000 fruit and lumber trees; and the formation of a women’s cooperative, which is helping women learn and develop marketable skills.

Jackie Eiting, Vassar Haiti Project Board member and longtime Capitol Hill resident before her move to Baltimore, said “VHP is the best of organizations to contribute to – the development work we do in Haiti is amazing, but the fact that college students do that work and learn what it is to be a truly global citizen is the cherry on the cake.  Come, learn, and enjoy the art and the energy that is the Vassar Haiti Project!”

Just over five years ago, a huge earthquake hit Haiti.  While the initial shocks have long passed, the difficult job of rebuilding continues.  In Chermaitre this means putting a roof over the youngest schoolchildren, whose classes have been open air following extensive damage to their school. Students and alumnae/i of Vassar College have teamed with local volunteers to raise funds to rebuild through the sale of genuine Haitian paintings and handcraft.

“Having visited Chermaitre twice, as well as organized a dozen Haitian art and handcraft sales in my time as a student volunteer, I have seen how sale proceeds go directly toward funding our education, water, reforestation, healthcare, and women’s initiatives,” said former women’s initiative director Robyn Yzelman (a Vassar class of 2015 alumna). “Community support here in the U.S. makes all of VHP’s work possible.  I am also honored to be able to share Haitian stories not commonly found in the mass media, but rather are shown here in masterful brushstrokes, steady beats of kompa music, or exquisite handcrafts.”

VHP co-founder Lila Meade sums up what the events have in store for visitors: "The art will be spectacular and the atmosphere electric."


About the Vassar Haiti Project

The Vassar Haiti Project is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization, based at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

For more information, please call 845.797.2123.

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Haitian Art Sale in Long Island
to Nov 22

Haitian Art Sale in Long Island

Haitian Art Returns to the Three Village Community

       Over 250 original Haitian paintings and a vast array of unique handcrafts will infuse the St. James R.C. Church with an atmosphere of magic and joy on the weekend of November 20, 21 and 22. Volunteers from the Vassar Haiti Project will partner with the Church to host a weekend sale celebrating Haitian art and culture. The event seeks to raise funds for a K through 6th elementary school in Chermaitre, Haiti.. Funds will go towards the lunch program, subsidizing equipment for the children, and teachers’ salaries.

       The event is free and open to the public, with handcrafts starting at $5 and paintings at $50. All sales are 50% tax deductible.

Sale times are as follows:

Opening Reception:  Friday          November 20         7pm-9pm

                                   Saturday       November 21        10am-6:30pm

                                   Sunday         November 22        9am-1pm

Directions to St. James:

Direction from the West:

Take the Long Island Expressway to Exit 62 (Nicolls Road) heading north towards Stony Brook. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church. Alternatively, take Northern State Parkway east until the end. When the road forks, take the left fork to Route 347 (Port Jefferson). At the intersection of Nicolls Road (CR 97) and Route 347 make a left. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.

Direction from the East:

Take Route 347 to Nicolls Road. Turn right onto Nicolls Road heading north. Take Nicolls Road all the way until the end and make a right onto Route 25A. The church is half a mile down the road on the left. Parking is available behind the church.


       Over the past 14 years, the Vassar Haiti Project (VHP), based at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, has engaged local communities in support of Haitian artists, and of sustainable development in Haiti.

       This will be the second art sale VHP has held in Setauket. The sale is a collaborative effort between VHP and various groups in the Setauket community. Jeanine Morelli, MD, a member of the St. James Church and organizer of the event, believes in the power of human relationships: “By giving of my time to the Vassar Haiti Project, I feel connected to something bigger than myself. VHP has created something that connects all of us, from Haiti to Poughkeepsie to the Three Village Community, from the young students to the patrons, through the beauty of art and the kindness and generosity of those who give their time, treasure or talents.”

Students who took part in the first Setauket Art Sale found it deeply rewarding. Jenna Amlani, a Vassar student recollects, "One of the most notable aspects of VHP's last art sale in Setauket was how many people were involved in making it happen. We had local junior high school students distributing flyers and playing music, Vassar students and alumni hosting and cashiering, and of course, our fabulous partner, Jeanine Morelli, making sure all of the puzzle pieces came together. It was a great opportunity to share our project with new friends and I can't wait for this year's sale!”

St. James students who volunteered to play music had this to say, “It was a fun and rewarding experience," Pina Than said.  "We got to see all the beautiful artwork and jewelry and the volunteers from Vassar were nice, friendly, and they knew all about the artists and some had been to Haiti and could explain how the money collected was going to be used."

"It was a lot of fun to provide background music because people enjoyed the music and the art," Luigia Than said. "One little boy danced while we played. People enjoyed themselves and we helped to make their experience more joyful." 

"It's the kind of volunteer experience where everybody shares their talents to help people in need," The girls agreed. "We all have a great time and we learn a lot about ourselves and others."

All welcome!  The sale will be held at St. James R.C. Church, Parish Center, 429 Route 25A, Setauket, NY 11733.

For more information, please call 845.797.2123.

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Reunion Sale
to Jun 13

Reunion Sale

Vassar Haiti Project Art & Handcraft Sale

Sales support their threefold mission to support the welfare of artists in Haiti, to foster sustainable development in the Haitian village of Chermaitre, and to mentor Vassar students in the principles and practice of global citizenship.

LOCATION: North Atrium, College Center

VASSAR COLLEGE, 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY

FRI    9am-3pm

SAT   9am-4pm

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14th Annual Haitian Art Auction & Sale
to Apr 19

14th Annual Haitian Art Auction & Sale

April 17, 18 & 19, 2015

Vassar College
College Center Multipurpose Room

Sale proceeds will support initiatives in the village of Chermaitre, Haiti in partnership with the Vassar Haiti Project.

All purchases are 50% tax deductible. 
Event is free and open to the public.  
Handcrafts start at $5, paintings at $50.


Friday, April 17          12:00pm – 9:00pm

     12:00pm     Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcraft
      4:30pm     Opening Cocktail Reception / Auction Registration
      6:00pm     Live Auction of Haitian Art
      7:30pm     Dinner celebrating women here and in Haiti.
                        Honoring Caryn HalleMolly Katz, & Kristy Grimes.  
                        Tickets $65.                                                           

Saturday, April 18      10:00am – 6:00pm

     10:00am     Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcraft
       5:00pm    Haiti Trip:  Student Presentation & Reception

Sunday, April 19        10:00am – 2:00pm

     10:00am     Sale of Haitian Paintings and Handcrafts

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