CUBA’S INDEPENDENT ARTISTS & COMMUNITY SPIRIT
the arts in cuba’s communities From music to murals to mosaics, the arts seem to be everywhere in Cuba. Featuring interactions with art students and teachers, independent community artists and people whose neighborhoods benefit from the cooperative spirit their projects create, today’s People-to-People activities focus on the transformative effects of art on Cuban life. Travel to Jaimanitas, where the internationally known Cuban artist José Rodríguez Fuster – who’s been called the “Picasso of the Caribbean” – has created an ever-expanding public art project in his home community that includes more than 80 uniquely decorated houses, a chess park, swimming pools and other public artworks. Visit this unique example of community art, which includes Fuster’s home studio, to talk with project artists and community leaders about its impact on the neighborhood.
meet cuba’s young artists Today, you’ll also meet with young Cuban artists-in-training and their instructors at ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba’s university-level national institute of the arts, to talk about the artistic life and arts education in Cuba. ISA’s four separate schools prepare students for professional careers in music, visual arts, performing arts and communications media. You’ll get an overview of this national arts institution’s mission, discuss its professional conservatory programs with students, administration and faculty, and experience some of the artistic work they produce. After returning to Havana for lunch, meet and listen to local jazz musicians from the Cuban Institute of Music. Enjoy dinner tonight on the harbor near historic Castillo del Morro, guarding the entrance to Havana Bay. Meals BLD
José Fuster Discuss the positive effects of
art on Cuban communities with artists and community members involved in a unique public art project created in Jaimanitas by painter, sculptor and ceramist José Rodríguez Fuster, whose work has been shown around the world.
ISA (Nat’l arts school) Music, dance, theatre, visual arts and communications media
are among the programs offered by the Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), Cuba’s national arts conservatory in Havana, where you’ll talk with students and professors engaged in training Cuba’s next generation of professional artists.
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