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Cuba Travel Program

We’re inviting alums, parents, and friends of Hampshire College to participate in Latin Art Space Tour to Havana, Cuba in January 2017.

The Hampshire program will draw on the close contacts made during the College’s unique 15-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. Our Cuba Travel Program will operate under the General Educational License (People-to-People-Cultural Exchange) requirements set forth by the United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of the Treasury. Such a license requires that all activities be educational in focus and provide meaningful exchanges between the participants and the Cuban people.

Cuba Today

January 6-14, 2017

Join us as we travel to Havana, January 6-14, for a unique experience specially curated by Professors Margaret Cerullo and Carollee Bengelsdorf, of the College, and Astrid Martinez-Jones, of Latin Art Space, LLC. Recent and historic changes in U.S. policy regarding the island nation promise to make this an extraordinary time to experience the people, politics, culture, and history of Cuba.

The trip will have particular depth because it draws on the close contacts and friendships made during the College’s 15-year-old Study Abroad Program in Cuba. On the eight-day itinerary will be dinner with clandestinas, women who fought in the underground insurgency to bring down the Batista dictatorship, and their daughters; a screening of Suite Havana, followed by a discussion of Cuban movies in general with its director, Fernando Peréz, 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 that is being transformed by those who live in it in a community-development project centered on art; a talk with two of Cuba´s best-known writers and critics about the vacillations in cultural policy over the period of the revolution, using their own work; and a discussion of the current reforms and the problems they have created in terms of racial and gender inequalities.

The all-inclusive cost of this tour is $4,000 per person (double occupancy). It covers eight nights at the landmark Hotel Nacional de Cuba, in Vedado; ground transportation in a deluxe air-conditioned coach; guided tours, seminars, and lectures; personal introductions to architects, historians, filmmakers, and writers; a visit to Museo de Bellas Artes; all breakfasts, all lunches, welcome/farewell dinners, and one additional dinner; and many captivating activities and events.

A detailed itinerary along with a reading and resource list will be provided within the next couple of months. We will also set up a conference call as we approach the travel date to go over logistics and answer questions.

Note: Pricing does not cover airfare to Havana, phone and Internet service, tips, personal items, additional beverages not included in the meals. Commercial flights are due to begin service to Havana in the fall, and there should be more information regarding them by late summer. There will be several direct flights daily from Miami, which will be our meeting point. We are monitoring the airline situation closely and will keep you updated.

Please contact tour director Astrid Martinez-Jones, at Latin Art Space, latinartspace@gmail.com, if you have any questions or would like to register. You may download the 2017 registration form and send it to her. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 14, 2016.

2013 Contemporary Cuban
Society trip photos

2013 Contemporary Cuban Visual
Arts and Architecture trip photos

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