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Miami - January 4-5; Havana – January 5-18; Miami – January 18-20

Information Session: Tuesday, September 16, 12:30pm in AIMM 230


AAH 262 - Landmarks: The Art and Culture of Cuba

(1 unit; Liberal Learning in Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts as well as Gender by contract)

The Art and Culture of Cuba is part of the Landmarks series of study abroad programs sponsored by the TCNJ School of the Arts and Communication and the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement.

Program Directors:

  • Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art History
  • Elizabeth Mackie, Professor of Art
  • Anita Allyn, Associate Professor of Art
No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

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In The Art and Culture of Cuba, students will study significant monuments, museum collections, and other cultural sites in the city of Havana and in Central Cuba. As the course progresses, students will immerse themselves in the city of Havana and environs; they will visit neighborhoods of cultural and historic import, view renowned examples of architecture, study works of art that are housed in its collections, and attend music and dance performances. Several excursions are planned from Havana including historic Matanzas Province—the “Athens of Cuba,” bastion of the sugar industry, and the port of pirates. Students will travel on a round-trip charter flight to Havana from Miami; at the end of the program, students will spend two days in Miami to visit Cuban immigrant neighborhoods, partake in Cuban cultural experiences, and reflect on the Miami-Cuba connection. Cultural destinations and events will be planned daily.

Daily Itinerary (Subject to Change)

January 4 (Sunday)

  • Travel to Miami

January 5 (Monday)

  • Flight Arrival- Airport Transfer to Casas
  • CIEE Orientation
  • CIEE Welcome Dinner (La Torre, Porto Habana-somewhere with a view of the city!)
  • Salsa Dance Classes at Study Center

 January 6 (Tuesday)

  • AM: Architectural History Tour of Old Havana
  • Lunch
  • Visit to Museo Nacional de la Música and lecture on Cuban Music
  • LATE PM: Jazz at La Zorra y el Cuervo (11pm)

January 7 (Wednesday)

  • Lecture and guided tour of Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Edifico de Arte Cubano
  • Lunch on your own
  • CIEE Cultural Scavenger Hunt
  • GROUP DINNER @ Cocinero
  • PM: Talk with curators of Fábrica del Arte

January 8 (Thursday) MATANZAS

  • Travel to Matanzas
  • Hands-on Studio Workshop at Ediciones Vigia
  • Lunch on your own
  • Lecture on African influences in Cuban Art
  • Dance Performance of Munequitos de Matanzas or similar group
  • Travel to Santa Clara
  • Overnight in Santa Clara

January 9 (Friday) SANTA CLARA

Festival de la Trova “Longina”

  • AM: Visit to historical sites, Che Memorial, attend festival activities
  • Lunch on your own
  • PM: Meet with Silverio to learn about El Mejunje, attend festival activities
  • Dinner @ Casas
  • LATE PM: Visit to El Mejunje
  • Overnight in Santa Clara

January 10 (Saturday)

  • Return to Havana
  • Lunch @ Casas
  • Visit to KCHO’s Laboratorio del Arte in Romerillo


  • Visit to Casa de Fuster (Tile installations) in Santa Fe
  • Dinner @ Casas
  • Salsa Dance Classes at Study Center
  • LATE PM: Visit to Fábrica del Arte

January 11 (Sunday)

  • AM:Talk with Salvador @ Callejón de Hamel (Art focused)
  • Noon: Rumba @ Callejón de Hamel
  • Lunch on your own
  • Dinner Lecture on Cuban Casino/Rueda Dance
  • PM: 6-midnight Casino Dance@1830

January 12 (Monday)

  • Lecture on art education in Cuba and visits to:
  • Instituto Superior del Arte (Cuba’s National Art University)
  • Lunch on your own
  • San Alejandro (National Visual Arts School)
  • Dinner @ Casas
  • PM: Get together with Cuban art students.

January 13 (Tuesday)

  • Visit to Wilfredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art
  • Lecture on Havana Bienal
  • Lunch on your own
  • PM: Visit to Studios/Talleres in Old Havana, 1-3. Divide into small groups to visit:
  1. Taller de Papel Artesanal
  2. Taller de Artes Serigrafías Rene Portocarrero
  3. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales
  4. Factoría Habana
  5. Centro Hispano Americano
  6. Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV)
  7. Fototeca de Cuba
  8. Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana
  • Dinner @ Casas

January 14 (Wednesday)

  • Visit to ICAIC and Muestra Jóven, OR FAMCA, OR Escuela del Cine
  • Lunch on your own
  • PM: Visit to Studios/Talleres in Old Havana, 1-3. Divide into small groups to visit:
  1. ·   Taller de Papel Artesanal
  2. ·   Taller de Artes Serigrafías Rene Portocarrero
  3. ·  Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales
  4. ·   Factoría Habana
  5. ·   Centro Hispano Americano
  6. ·   Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV)
  7. ·  Fototeca de Cuba
  8. ·   Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana
  • Dinner @ CIEE
  • PM: Thesis Film Showing (Shorts from FAMCA, ICRT, Muestra Jóven, etc) and meeting with young filmmakers.

January 15 (Thursday)

  • Visit to Galeria Habana
  • Visit to Casa de las Ámericas
  • Lunch on your own
  • Galería Mariano (Casa de las Ámericas)
  • UNEAC- Guided visit and stay for Peña
  • Dinner @ Casas
  • PM: Salsa Dance Classes at Study Center

January 16 (Friday)

  • TCNJ Class Time OR Individual Research/Studio Time
  • Lunch on your own
  • PM: Visit to Studios/Talleres in Old Havana, 1-3. Divide into small groups to visit:
  1. ·  Taller de Papel Artesanal
  2. ·   Taller de Artes Serigrafías Rene Portocarrero
  3. ·  Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales
  4. ·   Factoría Habana
  5. ·   Centro Hispano Americano
  6. ·   Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales (CDAV)
  7. ·  Fototeca de Cuba
  8. ·   Taller Experimental de Gráfica de La Habana
  • Dinner @ Casas

January 17 (Saturday)

  • TCNJ Class Time OR Individual Research/Studio Time
  • Free time to explore:
  • ·   Prado Art Market
  • ·   Almacenes de San José
  • ·  Museo de la Revolución
  • CIEE Farewell Dinner

January 18 (Sunday)

  • Transfer to airport

January 19 (Monday) – MIAMI

  • Tour Cuban-American cultural sites of interest

January 20 (Tuesday) – Return to Newark

Students Depart for Miami

Nightlife: Bertolt Brecht La Zorra y el Cuervo Almadeo Roldán National Ballet Folkloric Dance Salsa/Rueda de Casino Dance

2015 PROGRAM COST - $4,714.16

(including TCNJ tuition and fees, airfare from Miami to Havana, bed/breakfast, and most dinners in casas particulares, all ground transportation, entrance tickets to course-related cultural events. Not included: Airfare to Miami, most lunches.  The program costs for in-state and out-of-state students are the same.

The final itinerary will be posted in September.  The following is a list of historic and culturally significant monuments and sites, along with specific art-related activities, compiled by the course instructors as suggested components of an itinerary. In addition to architectural monuments and museums, we have included such experiences as baseball outings, concerts, plays, dance performances, and tours of a variety of neighborhoods. Woven into our course description are visits to art-making facilities and communities including the Taller Experimental de Gráfica in Havana (a studio collaborative that first opened in the wake of the Cuban Revolution with the help of Che Guevara and Pablo Neruda) and Matanzas (the “Athens” of Cuba, an important Afro-Cuban cultural site and home of Ediciones Vigía, a collaborative artists’ press founded in 1985). In addition to Matanzas, other possible excursions include Santa Clara (the site of a decisive revolutionary battle, the Che Guevara Mausoleum, and El Mejunje, an important Cuban cultural center); Cienfuegos (an industrial city that offers a glimpse outside of tourist areas and opportunities for students to gather visual documentation for their photo/video travel narratives); Trinidad (a UNESCO World Heritage site); and Playa Giron (site of the Bay of Pigs invasion).

  • La Habana Vieja, UNESCO World Heritage Site and historical core of the ciy of Havana
    • Plaza de Armas: Oldest square in Havana and site of the city’s foundation; architecture from the 16th through the 20th centuries
      • Museo de la Ciudad: the city’s historical museum and residence of representatives of the Spanish Crown between 1791 and 1898
      • Casa de los Arabes: Havana’s only mosque
      • Casa de los Artistas: galleries and workshops of five of the most famous Cuban artists alive today
  • Plaza Vieja
    • Taller de Papel Artesanal: facility featuring handmade paper using natural fibers and recycled textured paper
    • Taller de Artes Serigraficas Rene Portocarrero: silkscreen workshop
    • Marqueta de la Habana Vieja: open-air market
  • Plaza de la Catedral
    • Catedral de La Habana
    • Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Wilfredo Lam
    • Palacio de la Artesania: handicrafts, books, and music
    • Museo Naciolan de la Musica
    • La Bodeguita, Hotel Florida, and El Floridita (Hemingway haunts)
  • Centro Habana, residential and commercial area that includes Havana’s only Chinatown, Centro Habana was a popular area for Havana’s bourgeoisie in the nineteenth century.
    • Paseo del Prado: First promenade to be built outside the city walls, completed in 1772.
    • Capitolio: smaller version of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC
    • Teatro de la Habana
    • Museo Nacional de Bellas Aartes
    • Museo de la Revolucion
    • Malecon
      • Centro Hispano-Americano de Cultura: concerts, dance performances, art
      • Callejon de Hammel and Teatro Mella: rumba groups, street murals, public scultpture
      • Museo de los Orishas: first museum in the world dedicated to the orishas (gods) of the Yoruba pantheon
      • Real Fabrica de Tobacos Partagas: cigar factory
      • Mercado Cuatro Caminos: largest indoor agricultural market in Cuba
      • Vedado, cosmopolitan area of Havana, known as “La Habana Moderna” and home to the Universidad de la Habana
        • La Rampa: steep stretch of boulevard leading to the Malecon and the center of teeming nightlife in the 1950s; bars, discos, restaurants, hotels, and jazz clubs
          • La Zorra y el Cuervo: renowned jazz club
          • Coppelia: “Ice cream parlor of the people”
          • Hotel Habana Libre: command post of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara in the first nine month after seizing Havana
          • Universidad de la Habana
  • Along the Malecon
    • Casa de las Americas: vast collection featuring Cuban, Latin American, and Caribbean art and rotating exhibitions of contemporary photography.
    • Galeria Habana: exhibitions of avant-garde Cuban artists
  • Central Vedado
    • Parque Lennon: area popular for rock music during the Beatles era and site of a life-size bronze statue of John Lennon
    • UNEAC: National Union of Writers and Artists housed in a converted mansion; bookstore contains a vast store of magazines and periodicals on Cuban literature, art, and music
  • Calle 23 and vicinity
    • Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematografico: Havana’s first “sala de video” screening Cuban and Latin American features and documentaries
  • Plaza de la Revolucion