Kompa Sware Celebration
Kompa is a modern meringue musical genre in Haiti with European and African roots. Nemours Jean-Baptiste popularized the genre following the 1955 creation of the band Conjunto International. People from all backgrounds are invited to join the museum in a Haitian celebration with music, cuisine and dance.
This event runs monthly on the Third Thursday from 7pm – 11pm
at Room43 in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
The Spotlight Program is an initiative to bring local artists out into the public view by showcasing their work and what they have accomplished. HAMOC celebrates artists from around the world, but this project is one of the ways we celebrate the community in Chicago.
Jean Baptiste Point DuSable was the first non-indigenous founder of Chicago. Many people do not know this! This program is geared towards students to ensure they know about the positive contributions of Haiti in Chicago. Through workshops, presentations and field trips, students and teachers are invited to engage with uncovering Haiti’s major connection with Chicago history
“Rasin” which translates to “roots” in Kreyòl is a program aimed to celebrate the success of resident Haitian artists both locally and from Haiti at HAMOC. The program’s main purpose is to help support art by Haitian artists by providing them with a space where their work can be showcased, and with clientele who have and interest in their pieces
Quarterly scholar series
Education is at the core of the museum. Every quarter (3 months) HAMOC invites a scholar from the community to speak on topics relating to Haiti and the Diaspora.
Monthly Vodou Workshop
In 2023, HAMOC opened its Vodou Gift Shop. The purpose of the shop is to sell items relating to Vodou as well as help change the negative perception of Vodou. These free, hands on, immersive workshops give guests a unique look at the religion while creating something to take home. .