In 2004, THIS for Diplomats, formerly The Hospitality and Information Service, launched the Festival des Artistes to showcase the extraordinary talent of the Washington diplomatic community. The Ambassador from Haiti, H.E. Raymond Joseph and his wife Lola Poisson hosted the first one-day exhibit at their residence. Extended exhibitions followed in 2006 and 2008. The Stanford in Washington Art Gallery is pleased to collaborate with THIS to share the work of diplomatic artists from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, Djibouti, France, Germany, Haiti, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Malaysia, Peru, Switzerland, and the Ukraine. The Festival des Artistes reflects the many ways in which art connects those from around the world and builds international understanding.