For Immediate Release:
July 30, 2013

Media Contact:
Greg Chin



(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 

On July 25, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime and Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) officials celebrated the unveiling of Haiti: Leaving a Legacy, a unique collection of high-design Haitian handcrafts now on display at MIA’s South Terminal.  The nine artists featured in the exhibition are part of the Urban Zen Haiti Artisan Project,which spurs economic development in Haiti by increasing the availability of the country’s artwork in the global market. The exhibition, on display through December at MIA’s South Terminal Gallery, is a collaboration between MDAD’s Fine Arts & Cultural Affairs Division, the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance and American fashion designer Donna Karan. Pascale Marra, Cultural Attaché from the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami, was also in attendance for the unveiling. 

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime (center left) and Cultural Attaché from the Consulate General of Haiti in Miami Pascale Marra  (left of Commissioner Monestime) with friends and The Butterfly Dancers at MIA. To download hi-res photos, go to

The artists presented in Haiti: Leaving a Legacy utilize and transform discarded materials, incorporate found objects and develop natural recourses responsibly to create their crafts. The crafts exhibited are complemented by the work of photographer Gary Monroe, who since 1984 has been capturing the elegance and essence of the Haitian people through images of everyday life.  For more information, go to

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