“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” (Goethe)
Well, on Wednesday, October 13th, the crowd at the MoCADA did all three at the exhibit ” A Painting and a Poem for Haiti”!
Those present nurtured their soul and partied with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of many Haitian children with artwork, poetry by Michèle Voltaire Marcelin and music by Markus Schwartz and Monvelyno Alexis .
The event linked HaitianNation and MoCADA and proceeds from the evening benefited the Rural Haiti Project and the Haiti SOFTHOUSE Project.. Devoted to utilizing the visual arts as a medium to address, discuss and debate contemporary social, political, and economic issues that disproportionately affect the people of the African Diaspora, MoCADA strives to give a more accurate portrayal of the people whose experiences and cultural contributions have been marginalized throughout history.
Haitian Nation is a group of New Yorkers who are committed to make a difference for Haiti through artistic initiatives as a vehicle to inspire and transform tragedy into hope. The event, “A Painting and a Poem for Haiti”, is an art exhibition and silent art auction aimed at creating a global community to bring hope to the earthquake victims in Haiti and support the recovery and future of Haiti.
Michèle Voltaire Marcelin and Laurie Cumbo, founder and director of MoCADA in front of Marcelin’s painting “Resurrection” which she donated for this worthy cause.
Laurie’s goal is to create a space where the arts of Brooklyn artists can be housed and treasured.
Michèle Voltaire Marcelin and Haitian American Architect and NOMA member, Rodney Leon, one of the designers of the HaitiSOFTHOUSE , a flexible and sustainable approach to shelter that provides immediate transitional housing, community development and reconstruction solutions.
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