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The National Haitian Art Society was formed in 2003 to strengthen and expand interest in and understanding of Haitian Art and Artists.

Initially, collector, Larry Kent felt that support for Haitian Art had significantly declined with the demise of Eye Care, Inc. He contacted his friends and acquaintances who support Haitian art and culture and invited them to meet in New York City on a cold wintry day at the Doubletree Hotel in Lower Manhattan.  About 50 Haitian art and culture supporters arrived with much excitement and enthusiasm. The group discussed and voted on establishing the charter membership of the Haitian Art Society.

Jonathan Cheek agreed to develop a website and the first conference of the Haitian Art Society was held in Washington D.C. in 2004. In each succeeding year, the society has met in a new city and has strengthened that membership.