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Help for Haiti: Beyond Media Coverage, An Evening of Philanthropy and Learning
February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22

Due to inclement weather, Penn Museum’s Help for Haiti event scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., is postponed. The event will be rescheduled for a date in March to be announced. All tickets purchased for the postponed event will be honored in March.

Details on the event are here: www.penn.museum/events-calendar/details/170.html

The January 12, 2010 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the surrounding region is over, but the recovery and rebuilding process is just beginning.

Penn Museum’s International Classroom program is joining the effort, raising awareness and money for Haiti with an educational benefit evening, Help for Haiti: Beyond Media Coverage, on Thursday, February 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission to the fundraising event, which offers guests a special opportunity to learn more about the history, culture, and traditions of Haiti, is $10 per person, with all proceeds going to the Explorers Sans Frontières, Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia and American Red Cross relief efforts. Help for Haiti will be held in the Rainey Auditorium.

Two Haitian speakers will offer their perspectives on Haiti and Shonta Collins, founder of the Explorer Sans Frontières, and Yve-Car Momperousse, board chair of the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia, will also share their efforts and challenges.

Guests will have the opportunity to view four Haitian drums from the Museum’s collection not usually on display. Made of wood and standing about three feet tall, these drums are central to the voodoo religion in Haiti. Haitian voodoo combines African and Christian influences and involves ceremonies of song, drum and dancing that call forth spiritual beings for health, healing and protection, and should not be confused with the stereotype of voodoo involving pins and dolls.

The Heart of Haiti, a hardcover book of black and white photography, by Andrea Baldeck will be on sale for $25, with all proceeds going to the Haitian relief efforts. Fine-art photographer Dr. Baldeck is also a Penn Medicine graduate who traveled to Haiti in the 1980s as a doctor. She returned in the 1990s, with a camera instead of stethoscope, to create powerful portraits of the Haitian people of the Artibonite Valley.

Created in 1961, International Classroom, a part of the Museum’s Educational Department, is an innovative program providing resources for international and multicultural education.


Almanac - February 16, 2010, Volume 56, No. 22