What is hamoc
Founded in 2012, The Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC) is the realization of a dream by its co-founder, Elsie Hernandez, to create an institution that would hold programs and exhibits that will contribute to the rich multicultural tapestry that is Chicago. Since 2012 the museum has hosted a wide array of programs and exhibits showcasing Haiti’s rich culture and art as well as its complex history. We invite you to enjoy our changing exhibits, attend virtual and in-person programs, and safely visit to the museum.
Originally from Haiti, Elsie has a strong sense of attachment to her place of birth. It’s her love for Haiti that prompted her to open the Haitian American Museum of Chicago. Her passion for Haiti and its rich culture is contagious and follows her everywhere she goes. Elsie has an extensive background as an educator, nurse, civil leader and scholar.
Originally from Roseville, Minnesota, Carlos earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the Art Institutes International Minnesota in 2017. After working in commercial photography, he moved to Chicago to further his education. Carlos graduated in May 2020 with a Master of Arts in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His Capstone Project focused on creating more diverse and inclusive museum practices and highlighted HAMOC as a museum excelling in the field. Carlos’ passion for the institution will ensure the museum continues to be a key voice for the Haitian society in the United States and the world.
MEMBERS AND STAFF
Elsie Hector Hernandez
President/City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Brenda Jones
Treasurer/City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Karen Richman
Director/University of Notre Dame
Director/Fayo Bilingual Institute
Director/Waterloo Center for the Arts
Liason in Haiti
Jean Herbert Danier
Cesar Ramirez Lopez
Chicago Cultural Alliance
American Alliance of Museums
Uptown Chamber of Commerce
Interns and Volunteers
Curator and Installer
Jean Yves Hector
Artist in Residence
Dr. Cranston Knight