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“From Here to Eternity,” by Jean Adrien Seide

Two Vassar Haiti Project Events Planned for April

The Vassar Haiti Project’s annual Haitian Art Sale and Auction is an important event every year, but this year’s Parents’ Weekend event is more meaningful than ever. The sale, which will feature over 300 paintings, sculptures, handcrafts, and hand-painted silk scarves, will run from April 9-11 in Main Building’s multipurpose room. Proceeds from the art sale and auction will benefit the Haitian artisans, the village of Chermaitre, and victims of this past January’s devastating earthquake. “In this time of great need, it is essential that we continue to provide support and relief to these communities and artisans, while at the same time maintaining our long-term commitment to the village of Chermaitre,” says Vassar Haiti Project co-founder Andrew Meade. “Sales from our annual art sale and auction will be dedicated to this.”

A second event later in the month will also be dedicated to helping Haiti rebuild. The Department of Music and the Vassar Haiti Project will jointly present a benefit concert in the Vassar Chapel. “Harmony and Hope: A Musical Bridge to Haiti,” at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, will feature performances by nine musical ensembles, both from Vassar and from the greater Hudson Valley community. Proceeds will support the rebuilding of the Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince. The school was completely destroyed by the earthquake, says Kathryn Libin, associate professor of music and chair of the Department of Music. “Our goal with this concert is to help Haiti to restore this essential part of its musical culture,” she says.

Tickets to the concert are $10 for students; $20 for general admission (minimum donation). Donations of $50 and above will include admission to a post-concert President’s Reception. Tickets will be available in advance at the information desk on the first floor of Main Building.

April 2010

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