The 2010 earthquake in Haiti was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0, with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, approximately 15.53 miles west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital. The earthquake that hit Haiti on a calm Tuesday afternoon destroyed about 70 percent of the buildings in the 15 districts of the country's capital city Port-au-Prince. It’s been seven years since the devastating earthquake struck our homeland of Haiti. Over 300,000 lives were lost and even more men, women and children were injured. Homes, businesses, schools and churches were laid to ruin, leaving more than Three million people homeless without clean water or food. Rebuilding Haiti is still a work in progress; seven years after the earthquake shattered Port-au-Prince and most of its surrounding cities, Recovery is occurring at a very slow pace: Port-au-Prince's landmark presidential palace and cathedral have not been rebuilt, but the number of "displaced" people has dwindled to the thousands. More natural disasters, political turmoil, a limping economy and a lack of building-standards enforcement have hampered Haiti’s transition. We’re are still struggling to rebuild amid a political crisis and disappearing donor funding. Our hope within the very near future is to have some stability within the country; we cannot continue to react every time some unfortunate disaster hit our homeland, we need to start setting the bar really high whereby, we can at the very least provide the minimal support to our sisters and brothers within the first days. We need to start building the infrastructure of the country on every front; we cannot depend on foreign aid as our only means of survival. We need to focus and rebuilding on our education system; we also need to go back to the days when were able to produce, to name a few: Sugar, rice, cement of Haiti, Haitian Flour. What has happened to our ability as a people to move our nation forward? After all, this is the 21st century; we cannot continue to go backwards we need to start catching up, by investing in our youth. This year an upward of 35 paintings will be showcased representing six artists from AYITISTIK (Jean P Blaise, Mona Coichy Haigler, Jerry M C Georges, Joseph Thony Moise, Jean Claude Dominique, and Jean Richard Coachy) and 2 Guest Artists: Marc Gaston and Albert Dépas.
The Exhibition will be hosted by the Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell University at the Newman Center (a temporary location due to construction). The Opening Reception: Saturday January 14, 2017 from 3:00 to 7:00pm. The show will be on view starting January 3, 2017 through January 28th, 2017, from 9:00 am to 5:00pm daily.