May is Haitian Heritage Month. On Wednesday, many are celebrating the richness of the culture by heading down to the Haitian Heritage Museum.
"Haitian Heritage Month is a time where Haitians around the nation celebrate our culture and heritage. It's really a patriotic time for us," said Serge Rodriguez, co-founder of the museum.
To celebrate the culture and traditions of the country, the Haitian Heritage Museum is presenting its latest exhibit: The Richness of Haiti on Canvas.
"Here in Miami, we're doing our opening exhibition of the Richness of Haiti featuring a bunch of different artists of primitive, traditional style to give everybody a flavor of the diversity and talent in the Haitian community," Rodriguez explained.
The private collection features diverse and colorful paintings, dating all the way back to 1944 to today.
"We have works from Perfect Dufour, which is one of the masters of Haiti. We have Claude Dambrevillel, which is another master of Haiti. We have Jean Charles. So we're doing an eclectic show of not only masters, but a lot of the more common traditional artists of the modern day time as well," Rodriguez said.
Not only will you be able to feast your eyes on unique Haitian art, but you'll also get to taste and feel the rhythms of Haitian culture.
"We're going to have a live performance from empress Addi. She's going to bring some sultry sounds of acoustic drumming and Haitian music and we're going to have some awesome Haitian food," Rodriguez said.
Wednesday's immersive experience is just one of the many ways the museum is highlighting Haitian culture for those living in South Florida.
"The community here is the biggest Haitian community outside of Haiti, so for Miami's sake, I really think it's important for the community to come together and celebrate this time. Especially for the young people and it creates a legacy for future generations," Rodriguez expressed.
Wednesday's event is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and there will also be many other events celebating Haitian culture throughout the month of May. For more information, click here.