Haitian American Museum of Chicago-HAMOC

Haitian American Museum of Chicago-HAMOC This is the first Haitian American Museum Located in the Midwest. We are a non-profit organization that has began drawing the attention of locals and artist.
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We are located on the north side of Chicago IL. PROMOTE HAITIAN ART, CULTURE AND HISTORY

We are located on the north side of Chicago IL. PROMOTE HAITIAN ART, CULTURE AND HISTORY

Operating as usual

REMINDER! Save the Date for HAMOC’s 8th year anniversary celebration Leve l 2020. This is our biggest fundraiser of the ...
10/28/2020

REMINDER! Save the Date for HAMOC’s 8th year anniversary celebration Leve l 2020. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need your help! Join us for this virtual event on Friday, December 4th at 7pm. Tickets on sale soon! Check back to learn how to secure yours!

A huge CONGRATS to the students that are finishing their Kreyol Language Class 8-week session. It has been great to see ...
10/27/2020

A huge CONGRATS to the students that are finishing their Kreyol Language Class 8-week session. It has been great to see them grow their skills and learn the beautiful language. Are you or someone you know interested in learning how to speak, read, write and understand Kreyol? We are NOW ENROLLING students for our Winter session starting November 10th! Contact us at [email protected] or 773-213-1869 to reserve your spot and with any questions!

HAMOC hosted "On the Table", a Chicago Community Trust Foundation Program.  The possible solutions to racism conversatio...
10/24/2020

HAMOC hosted "On the Table", a Chicago Community Trust Foundation Program. The possible solutions to racism conversation was led by Lowell Thompson, Uptown Artist, at the Emerald City Coffee Shop. Thank you Brian Osborne, owner, for allowing us to use the space.

HAMOC and Crossing Borders Music have been awarded a grant from Evanston Arts Council for an outdoor exhibition celebrat...
10/22/2020
Evanston Arts Council

HAMOC and Crossing Borders Music have been awarded a grant from Evanston Arts Council for an outdoor exhibition celebrating the excellence and contributions of Black America! Stay tuned for more information! Happening Spring 2021.

Congratulations to all recipients of this year's Cultural Fund grants! And to the Evanston Arts Council, Equity Working Group and City staff who worked to bring a more equitable lens to this process and allocation of funds. As a result:
- The number of applications went up 65%.
- 60% had never applied for this grant before
- 21 grants were allocated, compared to 12 last year
- 43% of the grantees had never applied for this grant before
- 71% of the grants went to BIPOC organizations or projects primarily serving BIPOC or underserved populations -- that is 15 out of 21 grants, compared to 3 out of 12 last year.
Art Encounter Crossing Borders Music Evanston Art Center Evanston History Center Evanston Made Evanston Present and Future Evanston Symphony Orchestra Evanston Young Artists Family Focus Evanston Evanston Haitian Community Festival Kids Create Change KIDS Global Network, Inc. Kitchen Table Stories Literature for All of Us Mitchell Museum of the American Indian Mudlark Theater Company Northlight Theatre Open Studio Project Search Inc Year of Kindness and Nonviolent Action Youth Job Center

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end o...
10/21/2020

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end of the year! This exhibition is generously on loan from our partners at the Waterloo Center of the Arts. Stop by and see it in person!

Jonas Profil

Mother and Child

Oil on canvas

Gift of Janet Feldman 2007.0619

Jonas Profil was born in Fort Liberté, near Cap-Haitien in 1957. His father was a souvenir vendor. At the age of 18 Profil took the money given to him for school and bought art supplies. Since that day he has been a painter.

Although he now lives and paints in Port-au-Prince, he signs his work “Cap-Haitien”. Profil’s paintings are wry observations of Haitian life rendered in pale and pastel colors. They are laced with generous doses of fantasy and, as Profile is a vodouist, religious symbolism.

In this painting a country mother and child represent the vodou mother/protectress Erzuli Dantor and her child Anais. Beams of light shine through holes in the surrounding structure creating a halo around them. In the background, villagers can be seen bearing a fantastically gigantic ear of corn as an offering.

Come celebrate HAMOC's eighth anniversary with an evening dedicated to uplifting Haitian culture. Join us at Leve l 2020...
10/20/2020

Come celebrate HAMOC's eighth anniversary with an evening dedicated to uplifting Haitian culture. Join us at Leve l 2020 for a virtual event filled with special guests, Haitian music and camaraderie. Plus, we are putting together a fantastic list of silent auction items. This two-hour event is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Your attendance and support will help HAMOC recover from our COVID-19 closure and continue to reach our operational and financial goals.

Tickets on sale soon! Follow us on social media and check our website to be the first to know how to purchase yours.

Questions? Suggestions? Silent auction donations? Contact us at [email protected] or at 773-213-1869

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end o...
10/14/2020

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end of the year! This exhibition is generously on loan from our partners at the Waterloo Center of the Arts. Stop by and see it in person!

Soliman Delva
Le Petite Brodeuse (The Little Embroiderer)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Janet Feldman 2007.0170

Soliman Delva is an artist in Cap-Haitien, born in the early 1950’s. Unlike many of the artists from that area who paint traditional Cape-Haitien style, Delva often tends toward a style that is more realistic or photorealistic.

The young girl depicted here kneels on the ground as she intently embroiders, seemingly oblivious to the animals circling around her and her work.

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end o...
10/13/2020

Check out one of the works from HAMOC’s current exhibition Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti on display now until the end of the year! This exhibition is generously on loan from our partners at the Waterloo Center of the Arts. Stop by and see it in person!

Louis Georges
Untitled (Boy Playing with Marbles)
Oil on canvas
Gift of Janet Feldman 2007.0288

Louis Georges’ paintings include portraits and botanical or agricultural subjects. He tends to favor a more realistic or illustrative style.

In this painting, a young boy crouches on the ground to play with marbles.

https://www.ilhumanities.org/news/2020/10/second-round-of-activate-history-grants-to-promote-local-exhibits-collections-...
10/12/2020
Second Round of Activate History Grants to Promote Local Exhibits & Collections Announced by Illinois Humanities – IL Humanities

https://www.ilhumanities.org/news/2020/10/second-round-of-activate-history-grants-to-promote-local-exhibits-collections-announced-by-illinois-humanities/

Thanks to Illinois Humanities

The Uptown-based Haitian American Museum of Chicago, led by HAMOC founder and president Elsie Hernandez, is going to carry out an event entitled “The Power of Oral Histories: Remembering and Recording Everyday Voices.” As part of Black History Month 2021, HAMOC will collaborate with Haitian-American historian Dr. Courtney Joseph, an assistant professor at Lake Forest College. HAMOC’s educator, Ben Henderson, will interview Dr. Joseph on her research into the Haitian diaspora in the Chicagoland area, and highlight the value of oral histories, as well as the challenges of collecting oral histories from marginalized groups.

In The News 10/12 Second Round of Activate History Grants to Promote Local Exhibits & Collections Announced by Illinois Humanities By Mark Hallett, program manager, grants October 12, 2020 CONTACT: Ned Schaub, communications director, 312-533-1514 / [email protected] Diverse Projects Cover...

Check out HAMOC's previous Cultural Liaison Kantara Souffrant, now Curator of Community Dialogue at the Milwaukee art Mu...
10/09/2020
Milwaukee Art Museum hires Kantara Souffrant in newly created role of curator of community dialogue - Milwaukee Business Journal

Check out HAMOC's previous Cultural Liaison Kantara Souffrant, now Curator of Community Dialogue at the Milwaukee art Museum. Congrats Kantara!

https://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2020/09/23/milwaukee-art-museum-hires-kantara-souffrant-in-ne.html?fbclid=IwAR0I9HFhHYA2dL07yl4xkCM1R6zMhpTnh6G_f3dmp2y2GoeHBkgAzBFPXkk

The Milwaukee Art Museum said Kantara Souffrant will be the curator of community dialogue, a newly created position for the art institution.

HAMOC would like to introduce you to Amanda Sexton, our Library Consultant. She has a BA in History and MA in Library an...
10/08/2020

HAMOC would like to introduce you to Amanda Sexton, our Library Consultant. She has a BA in History and MA in Library and information Science. Amanda loves the Museum and the community so much that she’s been helping since 2016. Now she works on collection development to expand the Museum's library as well as cataloging, culling, and curating our books. We hope to make HAMOC a center for Haitian research with the help of diverse voices and community participation! (Do you have any book recommendations about Haiti? Let us know.)

Check out HAMOC’s newest acquisiton! A hand-carved wooden chest purchased in 1984 from a craftswoman in the Iron Market,...
10/07/2020

Check out HAMOC’s newest acquisiton! A hand-carved wooden chest purchased in 1984 from a craftswoman in the Iron Market, Port-au-Prince. This beautiful piece was donated to the museum by Ms. Patricia Savieo. Thank you Patricia! Come check out this chest in person! HAMOC is safely open to the public Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 12pm - 6pm. Hope to see you soon!

WOW! What a FANTASTIC event! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our one-day outdoor exhibition "We Walk: ...
10/06/2020

WOW! What a FANTASTIC event! Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our one-day outdoor exhibition "We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community". What a success! We saw over 200 guests and missed the rain. We had 19 different exhibits highlighting and uplifting the Black community here in Uptown, Chicago, and beyond. It was a great afternoon full of performances, storytelling and critical conversation.

We couldn't have done it without our STUNNING volunteer team, who worked from early in the morning through the whole event, THANK YOU.

We also couldn't have done it without our AMAZING partners:
Emerald City Coffee
Business Partners - The Chamber for Uptown
Uptown United
Crossing Borders Music (Tom Clowes & Rasa Mahmoudian)
DuSable (Black Heroes Matter, Ephriam Martin)
Rago Brothers Funeral Homes (Lou Rago)
Black Ensemble Theater (Jackie Taylor & Jaegen Ellison)
Timeless Gifts Youth Program for the Performing Arts (Joan Collaso)
Ecos Del Pacifico Afro-Colombian Ensemble (Julio Montenegro)
Lowell Thompson
Mike King
Prince Nobel El
Dr. Edward Davis IV
Dr. Cranston Knight
Yuri Fujita
Carla Carr

THANK YOU!

And most importantly, we couldn't have done it without the love and support of the Uptown community and Chicagoland spirit. THANK YOU!

Here's to another great year of Uptown Works. Keep an eye out for our next Uptown Works event and how you can get involved!

TOMORROW! Join us for our one-day outdoor exhibition We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community on Racine Ave between Bro...
10/02/2020

TOMORROW! Join us for our one-day outdoor exhibition We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community on Racine Ave between Broadway and Wilson. From 11am - 4pm explore 19 exhibits that highlight and uplift the contributions and hard work of the Black community in Uptown, Chicago and beyond!

The story of the sinking Titanic is well known. But “it wasn’t until 1995... that the remarkable story of the only Black...
10/01/2020
The little-known story of the only Black family onboard the Titanic - TheGrio

The story of the sinking Titanic is well known. But “it wasn’t until 1995... that the remarkable story of the only Black family on the Titanic was first shared with the general public”, and that family were Haitian natives. Check out the full article here: https://thegrio.com/2020/04/14/only-black-family-onboard-titanic/

Joseph Philippe Lemercier Laroche was a Haitian native, traveling as a second-class passenger on Titanic with his wife and two daughters.

09/25/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join us tonight at 5.30 PM for the Uptown Works meeting.

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89477752195

Our outdoor exhibition “We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community” on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 11am-4pm. This one day exhibition features 19 exhibits uplifting Black accomplishments and contributions to Uptown and beyond. Come stroll through the exhibition, on display on Racine Ave between Wilson and Broadway.

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Please welcome our newest intern Alex Maher to HAMOC. Alex is a first year MA student in Museum and Exhibition Studies a...
09/22/2020

Please welcome our newest intern Alex Maher to HAMOC. Alex is a first year MA student in Museum and Exhibition Studies at UIC with a focus on collections, storytelling, and digital exhibitions. She’s thrilled to join the HAMOC team as the Digital Museum Curator Intern and is looking forward to learning from the whole HAMOC community. As a recent transplant to Chicago from the West Coast, Alex has enjoyed getting to know the complexities of this city better and discovering her newfound love of summer thunderstorms.

Join us for our outdoor exhibition “We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community” on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 11am-...
09/21/2020

Join us for our outdoor exhibition “We Walk: A Celebration of Black Community” on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 11am-4pm. This one day exhibition features 19 exhibits uplifting Black accomplishments and contributions to Uptown and beyond. Come stroll through the exhibition, on display on Racine Ave between Wilson and Broadway.

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Join us tonight at 5.30 PM for the Uptown Works meeting. This year we are creating an outdoor exhibition, We Walk, celeb...
09/18/2020

Join us tonight at 5.30 PM for the Uptown Works meeting. This year we are creating an outdoor exhibition, We Walk, celebrating Black community in Uptown and beyond. Event date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 11am-4pm

Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89477752195

09/11/2020
Join our Cloud HD Video Meeting

Join us TONIGHT for another Uptown Works meeting as we continue planning our outdoor Exhibition "We Walk". Your suggestions and opinions matter to us! We will see you from 5:30 - 7pm via Zoom. Click the link to join https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89477752195

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09/10/2020
Liberty or Death: The Largest Slave Rebellion in U.S. History (Zoom Lecture)

Check out our recent lecture by HAMOC's Museum Historian Dr. Cranston Knight, now live on our YouTube channel! This lecture covered the seldom addressed 1811 Louisiana Slave Revolt, which was spearheaded by Haitians! Following was a Q&A session moderated by HAMOC Museum Educator Ben Henderson. Take a look! Make sure to subscribe to get a first look at our projects and programs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og5w5W26GbY&t=4101s

This lecture was organized by the Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC). Our mission is to promote Haitian art, culture and history in metropolitan Chic...

Our current exhibition "Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti" tells the stories and importance of Haitian children. These artw...
09/09/2020

Our current exhibition "Timoun Ayiti/Children of Haiti" tells the stories and importance of Haitian children. These artworks come from our partner museum the Waterloo Center for the Arts and on display in the museum until the end of the year! We invite you to check them out in person if comfortable and able. We do private showings! Stay tuned for the online exhibit, going live soon!

Are you a member at HAMOC? Join today! Your donation is supporting our programming and funding important exhibitions. Pl...
09/08/2020

Are you a member at HAMOC? Join today! Your donation is supporting our programming and funding important exhibitions. Plus you get great benefits! We are partnering with Kizin Creole (the only Haitian restaurant in Chicago) and Emerald City Coffee (a local Uptown business) to give you 10% off when you show your membership card. Visit https://hamoc.org/support-hamoc/ for to get more information and register! Thank you for supporting a local Chicago nonprofit!

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4654 N Racine Ave
Chicago, IL
60640

General information

Becoming a member is easy. A yearly fee of $30.00 will give you free entry to special events, a free HAMOC t-shirt, and an annual calendar of events. Come visit HAMOC and receive the flyer with more information!

Opening Hours

Tuesday 12:00 - 18:00
Thursday 12:00 - 18:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(773) 213-1869

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