First of its kind museum in the midwest celebrates the rich history of Haitian culture and the arts

We recently made a visit to the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) to coincide with their second anniversary. This was a significant milestone for Founder Elsie Hernandez, and also for the City of Chicago, as her plans for the museum dated back 12 years before finally being able to break ground in 2012.

The Museum is the first Haitian American Museum in the Midwest and was established to provide a space to promote Haitian history, culture and art. In particular, the Museum has partnered with the Haitian Creole Language Institute of New York to provide Creole language lessons.

The Museum is of particular significance to the Goldin Institute as we have partnered with organizations in Haiti to address the increase in violence against women following the earthquake in 2010. We look forward to supporting the Haitian American Museum as it grows and evolves into a premier cultural institution in Chicago!


[slide][img path=”images/cesar_and_alejandro.jpg”]Museum Program Director Cesar Ramirez takes GI staffer Alejandro Di Prizio through the permanent collection on display at the HAMOC[/img] [img path=”images/FullSizeRender.jpg”]Museum and Goldin Institute associates on the recent tour of the HAMOC.[/img] [img path=”images/sculpture.jpg”]One of the many sculpture pieces on display at the HAMOC.[/img] [/slide]