Macaulay Honors College, in conjunction with the Vassar Haiti Project, presents a Haiti Art Sale on March 7 from 2 to 5 pm at Macaulay, 35 West 67th Street, New York.
The event will feature original Haitian paintings and handicrafts. One hundred percent of the proceeds will fund relief efforts in Haiti. Students from the Macaulay Honors College and the Vassar Haiti Project will comprise the staff at the sale.
The artwork is first purchased from craftsmen at market price, providing local artists with an important source of income. Funds from the sale will support or help pay for:
- Food, shelter and medical care of earthquake refugees;
- The Fondam Foundation, which directly supports artists who have been displaced by the earthquake;
- The Comite Artisinal Haitian, which has set up a fund for now-homeless artisans; and
- The Holy Trinity Music School in Port au Prince, which was destroyed along with most of the students’ musical instruments.
The two main organizers of the event are Anita Sonawane ’11 (Macaulay Honors College at Queens College) and Raluca Besliu’11 (Vassar College). “This event will be a celebration of Haitian Art especially in this time of need,” said Besliu. “At the same time, however, helping the Haitian population will be a focal point of the afternoon,” added Sonawane.
The Vassar Haiti Project is an all-volunteer organization, founded eight years ago at Vassar, with the initial purpose of constructing a primary school in Chermaitre in northwest Haiti. Today, VHP maintains its initial commitment to funding primary education, while also pursuing partnership efforts to improve reforestation, education, access to clean water, and healthcare in Haiti.
Rich Dikeman, Director of Communications