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The 14th Annual Haitian Art Auction and Saleat Vassar College

April 17, 18, & 19
Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor of College Center

A live auction and sale of 350 paintings and thousands of handcrafts, hand-painted silk scarves, sequined flags, and iron sculpture. Gifts start at $5, paintings at $50.

You are cordially invited to attend the Vassar Haiti Project’s annual fundraising event, either in person, or from afar by absentee bid or purchase request. Absentee and telephone bids are accepted for the auction, and similar arrangements may be made for artwork in the sale. Please visit our website, thehaitiproject.org for details, or email us at haitiproject@vassar.edu.

All events are free and open to the public, and all purchases are 50% tax deductible.  

Friday, April 17 

Noon – 9 pm


Sale of Haitian paintings and handcrafts

4:30 pm

Live auction: registration and preview

6 pm

Live auction of Haitian art

7:30 pm

A special dinner to celebrate women in our community and to strengthen a community in Haiti.  Honoring Caryn Halle, Molly Katz, & Kristy Grimes. Tickets $65.  Villard Room, College Center 

Saturday, April 18

10 am – 6 pm

10 am

Sale of Haitian paintings and handcrafts

5 pm

Reception and presentation by students recently returned from Haiti

Sunday, April 19

10 am – 2 pm

10 am

Sale of Haitian paintings and handcrafts

Pathway Towards Heaven, by Yosephat Tissaint The painting above is just one example of the art featured in the auction and sale. Please visit our website thehaitiproject.org.

Proceeds will fund sustainable development initiatives in Chermatre, Haiti (year started):

  • Education of 300 children in the village's primary school, by support of a lunch program and teacher salaries (2002)
  • Dramatically improved access and purification of the village water supply (2011)
  • A program to reforest the barren hillsides with coffee, fruit trees and lumber (2010)
  • A monthly clinic that provides the only healthcare available to the village (2009)

Founded in 2001, the Vassar Haiti Project elevates the discourse about and awareness of Haitian culture and society, fosters sustainable development in a village in Haiti, and provides students at Vassar with a life-changing experiential education in global citizenship. This unique, award-winning initiative engages students in very real ways with important concepts and tough questions relating to nongovernmental activity in the developing world. Students participate in grant writing, research, presentations at schools, community organization, and fundraising events in the community and at Vassar, and have the opportunity to travel to Haiti to assess the progress of the initiatives they research.

The Vassar Haiti Project (VHP) is a collaborative, all-volunteer organization that has since 2001 promoted Haitian art, fostered sustainable development in Haiti, and mentored students in the principles and practice of global citizenship. VHP is a certified Vassar Student Association (VSA) student organization, is incorporated in New York as Haiti Project, Inc., and is a registered U.S. 501c3 non-profit.

VHP student president Tamsin Chen ’15 with a member of Femmes des Chermaitre, a women’s cooperative in the village

For further information about the Vassar Haiti Project, and to view art on sale, please see the website: thehaitiproject.org, our blog:  pages.vassar.edu/haitiproject, or call (845) 437-5831.