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Haitian Art Society 2018 Annual Conference
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November 29-December 06

Florida East/West Coast


Our Annual HAS Conference for 2018 will be held in Florida. We will visit both the EAST and WEST coasts this year.

We will begin the journey by traveling to Tampa on November 29th, with the program beginning on November 30th. We will spend a few days in Tampa and St Petersburg, then motor to Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, on December 2nd, and spend a few days there until December 5th. Return home out of Miami or Ft. Lauderdale on December 6th, or as an option, you may wish to extend your stay for Miami-Art Basel on your own.

We will be visiting several Haitian Art collections from private collectors, a few Haitian Art galleries, and some world class museums. The itinerary is preliminary and flexible at this point. However, the cities and travel dates are firm, so you can book your flights. Hotel info is included. The final itinerary and cost info will be finalized over the next several weeks. This will be an extraordinary trip, so SAVE THE DATES!

Hotel Info:


St Petersburg

Ponce De Leon Hotel

95 Central Avenue
St Petersburg, FL 33701

Phone: 727-550-9300

Manager: Sandar

Notes: No breakfast, free coffee, free wi-fi, small,
quaint boutique hotel with fantastic location. Great rates.

Ask for “Haitian art Society” group rates


Ft Lauderdale/Hollywood

La Quinta Inn and Suites (Ft Lauderdale Airport)

2620 North 26th Avenue
Hollywood,  FL 33020

Phone: (954) 922-2295

Notes: Free Wi-fi, free continental breakfast,
excellent location and rates.

Contact: Brenda Walker-La Quinta Central Reservations, 866-527-1498 OPT # 2, for reservations

Ask for “Haitian Art Society” group rates



Conference Questions

Feel free to contact us if you have questions at
(319) 291-4490 or by email.
Tentative Itinerary (Subject to change)

Day 0: (THURS - Nov. 29)
Travel to Tampa/ St Petersburg, FL; Arrive at hotel, Ponce De Leon. Free day and evening. Suggestion nearby hotel: Imagine Museum (art glass, own your own) $5/Thursday after 5:00PM.

Day 1: (FRI - Nov. 30)
AM: Meet at hotel in St Petersburg. Review conference agenda, meet and greet, go to and Florida History Center, Tampa Museum of Art, (lunch?) go to Kay Heller’s house to view collection in Tampa, go to La Teresita-Cuban food (included w/registration), (Tampa) for dinner (on your own). Bus back to hotel.

Day 2: (SAT - Dec. 1)
Meet at hotel in St Petersburg for breakfast, visit St Petersburg Fine Arts Museum -10AM + Haitian Art tour, then visit new Raymond James Western Art Museum or Chihully Collection (your choice and lunch and admission on your own), then visit Dali Museum 3PM, private tour, then bus to Ed Gessen’s house to view collection and for dinner (included w/registration). Bus back to hotel.

Day 3: (SUN - Dec. 2)
Meet at hotel-Ponce De Leon, Bus/motor to Stuart, FL to Laurie Ahner Gallery, (lunch on your own locally in Stuart). Visit Katie Barr Boca Raton- visit collection/gallery plus happy hour/snacks (included w/registration). Go to La Quinta hotel in Ft Lauderdale Airport/Hollywood. Free time in Ft. Lauderdale. (Dinner on your own).

Day 4: (MON - Dec. 3)
Meet at hotel for breakfast, then Perez Museum in Miami, Nadar Gallery then Wynwood Murals Art Tour, (lunch on your own), then visit Susan Karten Collection in Boca Raton (Dinner included w/registration), return to hotel.

Day 5: (TUES - Dec. 4)
Meet at hotel for breakfast, visit the Lowe Museum in Coral Gables, MOCA Museum-Miami, Haitian Heritage Museum, Botanica’s Little Haiti. (meals on your own).

Day 6: (WED - Dec.5)
Meet at hotel for breakfast, Bass Museum-Miami, Little Haiti, Pan American Art Projects, Edouard Duval-Carrie Studio, Little Haiti Cultural Complex Art Gallery – “The Elusive Master: Emmanuel Merisier, from Haiti to beyond” exhibition Waterloo Center for the Arts Collection, final group dinner Tap-Tap restaurant, South Beach (included w/registration).

Day 7: (THURS - Dec. 6)
Departures from Miami or Ft. Lauderdale. (or stay for Art Basil in Miami on your own)

PLEASE REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE AND MAKE YOUR OWN HOTEL AND FLIGHT RESERVATIONS.
(We will provide all local transportation by bus/vans)



Conference Registration

$350 per person

Includes Haitian Art Society and Waterloo Center for the Arts (WCA) memberships (WCA is a member of NARM, providing free or discounted admission to museums across the USA). Ground transportation throughout conference, two dinners, refreshments at collector’s homes, and admission to museums is included (unless otherwise noted).


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