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Miami - December 30-31; Havana - December 31-January 14; Miami – January 14-16

Cuba-Havana-Coco-TaxiAAH 262 - Landmarks: The Art and Culture of Cuba (1 unit; Liberal Learning in Literary, Visual, and performing Arts)

Program Directors: Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art History; Anita Allyn, Associate professor of Art; Elizabeth Mackie, 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.

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

2015 Program Cost – TBD

(including TCNJ tuition and fees, all land and domestic airfare expenses in Trinidad and Tobago except most meals and incidental expenses). Students will need to purchase most meals on site as well as an airline ticket ($900) to be arranged through TCNJ’s travel agent. The program costs for in-state and out-of-state students are the same.

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