HAS Annual Conference 2019

Washington, DC

November 15th - 20th, 2019

Photos from the conference.

Paving the Road towards a Haitian Cultural Renaissance

The Nation's Capital welcomes the Haitian Art Society for an artistic week dedicated to viewing some of the top private Haitian Art collections in the District, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) combined with stimulating thought-provoking discussions around the conference theme, "Paving the Road towards a Haitian Cultural Renaissance"

Our weekend program begins on Friday evening with a welcome reception and art viewing on Capitol Hill and continues through Sunday with private collection visits reflecting the past greats, interwoven with the exhilarating moderns. Join us as we view the vastness of over 40 years of collecting some of the finest Haitian Art that will take your breath away

Our two-day panel discussions will begin with part I on Monday at the

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NAfAM)
950 Independence Ave, SW,
Washington, DC 20560

While at the museum, we will be stimulated by the slides from Marilyn Houlberg's collection, as well as photos of field work in Haiti from Melville Herskovits and George Eaton Simpson. These rare glimpses of art history will be the right backdrop for our conference theme presenters. Dr. Legrace Benson, Dr. Peter Haffner, Rod Heller, John Sullivan, Larry Kent, & Jose Zelaya. 

On Tuesday, we will enjoy the Diaspora Expressions Expo exhibit designed to unveil the hidden talents of artist in the diaspora community at the Embassy of Haiti. This is a perfect backdrop for part III of our continued panel discussions. Join our moderator, Gerald Alexis, with panelists Toni Monnin, Mario Benjamin, Pascale Monnin and Chole Bigio as we include perspectives from Haitian artists, gallery owners and on-line art platforms.

Our HAS dinner will be a great place for reflection and fun at an eclectic DC restaurant as we dine with our presenters and special guests. Join us for Haitian Jazz and share in some culinary art.

Make your reservation today. Attendance is limited. Daily rates available or full conference attendee rates are available. Bus transportation available when requested. Program is subject to change.

Full Conference rate including transportation: $375.00

Friday November 15th

Daily Rate: $75.00

Welcome Reception 6 -8 pm @ Butler & Carney Collection (Washington, DC - Capitol Hill)

Buses depart from the Embassy Row Hotel and Fairfax Hotel at 5:30 pm. Please meet in the lobby of your
hotel at 5:15 pm.

Saturday November 16

Daily Rate: $125.00

  • Collection visit Breakfast 10:00 am-1:00 pm @ Racine-Silva Collection (Silver Spring, Maryland)
  • Collection visit Brunch 2:00 pm-6:00 pm @ Residence of the Ambassador (Chevy Chase, MD)
    (Presentation by Dr. Jerry Philogene)
  • Collection visit 6:30 pm-8:00 pm @ Brubaker Collection (Washington DC – Georgetown)

Buses depart from the Embassy Row Hotel and Fairfax Hotel at 9:30 am. Please meet in the lobby of your hotel at 9:15 am.

Sunday November 17

Daily Rate: $125.00

  • Collection visit Breakfast 10:00-12:00 noon @ Gilroy Collection (Arlington, Virginia)
  • Collection visit Dinner 1:30 -6:30 pm @ Sullivan Collection  (Little Washington, Virginia )

Buses depart from the Embassy Row Hotel and Fairfax Hotel at 9:30 am. Please meet in the lobby of your hotel at 9:15 am.

Panel Discussions

Monday November 18

Daily Rate: $75.00


The Haitian Renaissance Conversation@ The Smithsonian National African Museum (NAFM)

Address: Address: 950 Independence Ave SW. Washington DC 20560. Phone: (202) 633-4600

Day Program:

10:30 -12:15 Dr. Peter Haffner and Mr. James Brett (The Museum of Everything, London, England)

12:30 - 2:15 Lunch and Museum visit. Small groups for archive visit of slides of Marilyn Houlberg.

2:30 - 4:30 Dr. LeGrace Benson, Dr. Peter Haffner, Rod Heller, John Sullivan, Larry Kent, & Jose Zelaya.

HAS Dinner with Panelists @ Bus Boys & Poets 6:00-8:30 pm 

Address: 450 K Street NW, Washington DC 20001. Phone: (202)789-2227.

 Please meet in the lobby of your hotel at 9:15 am. Buses will depart from the Embassy Row Hotel and Fairfax Hotel at 9:30 am for NAFM. Busses will leave directly from the African Museum for Dinner @ 5:15 pm and return to the hotels at 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, November 19

Daily Rate: $125.00


The Haitian Renaissance Conversation @ The Embassy of Haiti

Address: 2311 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20008. Phone: (202) 332-4090

11:00 - 11:50 Diaspora Expressions Expo visit

12:00 - 12:50 Lunch

1:00 - 1:15 Haitian & US Anthem, Welcome from Ambassador Herve Denis

1:16 - 4:30 Gerald Alexis, Mario Benjamin, Toni Monnin, Pascale Monnin and Chole Bigio

5:00 - 8:00 Dinner on your own.

Please meet in the lobby of your hotel at 10:30 am. Buses will depart from the Embassy Row Hotel and Fairfax Hotel at 10:45 am for the Embassy. Busses will depart from the Embassy of Haiti back to the hotels at 4:45 pm.

Board Meeting Dinner (Board Members Only) 5:00-8:00 pm @ (Washington, DC)

Dress code for men is coat and tie, and for women, dresses, suits, skirts or dress slacks with jackets or tops of equivalent formality.