We’re inviting alums, parents, and friends of Hampshire College to participate in Latin Art Space Tours to Havana, Cuba in January 2016.
The Hampshire program, which comprises two trips, will draw on the close contacts made during the College’s unique, 14-year-old Study Abroad Program in Cuba, planned and operated in conjunction with the Cuban Union of Artists and Writers (UNEAC.) Participants will meet with sociologists, musicians, visual artists, architects and planners, and filmmakers and dancers for discussions and performances. Many of those leading workshops and discussions are members of UNEAC and have worked with Hampshire faculty and students since the founding of the program.
We’re partnering with Latin Art Space, LLC, a Boston-based organization that promotes Cuban art and culture. It’s licensed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), number CT-2013 304189-1, to coordinate people-to-people educational programs to Cuba. Federal regulations require that all activities be educational in focus and provide meaningful exchanges between the participants and Cuban people. In addition, participants must travel as part of an organized group; self-directed travel is not allowed.
January 7-15, 2016
Professors Carollee Bengelsdorf and Margaret Cerullo will lead a trip exploring daily life in Cuba, with a focus on the changing discussion around gender, sexuality, and race as reflected in the arts and culture.
Highlights include dinner with clandestinas, women who fought in the underground insurgency to bring down the Batista dictatorship, and their daughters; a film screening of Suite Havana followed by a discussion of Cuban films in general with its director, Fernando Perez, Cuba’s best and most well-known filmmaker; a walking tour of Old Havana, the largest colonial center in Latin America and a UNESCO world heritage site, with one of the architects who restored it; a visit to a barrio in Havana that is being transformed by those who live in it in a unique community development project centered around art; travel to Las Terrazas, the most important ecological community in Cuba; and a discussion with two of Cuba´s best known novelists and critics about the vacillations in cultural policy over the period of the revolution, using their own work.
Registration opens in June
We anticipate an enthusiastic response, and reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The tour is open regardless of affiliation to the College.
Please contact Astrid Martinez-Jones at email@example.com for more information.
To see photos from the 2013 Contemporary Cuban Society trip, click here >>
To see photos from the 2013 Contemporary Cuban Visual Arts and Architecture trip, click here >>