Dear friends and lovers of neon!
We invite you to join the Museum of Neon Art for an extraordinary trip to Havana, Cuba, May of 2020 to experience a most interesting, grass-roots urban development as a whole city rediscovers its love affair with neon. Over the last five years, Havana has re-kindled its vintage neon lights through a public art program called Habana Light Neon + Signs which has already restored over fifty signs in the Capital city and revived a neon district that had been dark for decades.
As you know, we have hosted thousands of visitors to the LA Neon scene since 1981. The Museum of Neon Art's Neon Cruise has always explored the aesthetic dimensions of public neon in the City of Angels. This will be our first international neon trip and we are excited to start with Cuba. As Havana celebrates its 500th anniversary, we will spend a week exploring the city to discover its historic signage and hear the stories of the places they promoted. We will also explore 500 years of architecture and delve into the history of the city. We will ride classic cars around town, explore Colonial architecture, listen to excellent Cuban music, visit artist studios, and eat at some of the most interesting restaurants in the capital city.
I feel extremely fortunate to be part of the great MONA family and I am honored that you may consider joining us as we deepen or connection to Cuba. I invite you to learn more about our first international neon trip below.
We hope you will join us!
J. Eric Lynxwiler
MONA Board Member and Neon Historian
Havana was once graced by thousands of electric signs on theaters, stores, hotels and nightclubs. It was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1940’s. Neon and incandescent signs bathed the city in glow that was emblematic of its urban chic. During the early 1960’s, the style fell into disfavor and the neon signs that lit the Habana’s business and entertainment districts slowly disappeared or went dark. The commercial undertones of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate, propelled the signs into decay. Today, Havana is a city that is quickly reclaiming tradition and breathing new life into the beautiful signs that have survived.
The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.
Double Occupancy: $2,653 per person
Single Occupancy: $2,977 per person
PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Please see the below payment schedule. Deposit checks should be made out to "Project Por Amor LLC". Payment by credit cards includes a 3% processing fee. Changes and cancellations 90 days (February 7, 2020) before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.
For more information on any aspect of this trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that spots will be given on a first-come-first serve basis. We encourage you to sign up while there is still availability.
Program Price Includes
- Arrival assistance at Jose Marti Airport (HAV)
- Cuban Visa
- Licensing paperwork for Support for the Cuban People or Professional Research travelers
- Medical insurance in Cuba
- Transfers in and out from the airport to accommodations in Cuba
- Accommodations for 4 nights (HAV) Iberostar Hotel Habana Riviera
- 3 lunches, 2 dinners, and daily breakfasts at the hotel
- Welcome reception at Rex Duplex Theater
- Closing dinner at home studio of Kadir Lopez
- A ride through the city in a fleet of American classic convertibles
- 3 visits to museums or organizations
- Vintage sign hunts throughout the city
- Behind the scenes architectural tour of Tropicana Nightclub grounds
- Artist/designer studio visits as required in itinerary
- A discussion with a Cuban economist about economic issues facing the country
- Music venues after hours (on your own)
- Luxury motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program
- Professional Cuba-based guide for the whole program
Program price does not include
- Tips per person (guide and driver, baggage handlers)
- Trip interruption insurance
- All other items not listed in "PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES"
Legal Travel to Cuba
We have designed this trip so that it is compliant with the latest (June 6th, 2019) travel restrictions to Cuba. Our trip fully adheres to the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) §515.574 General License for Support for the Cuban People and §515.564 General License for Professional Research categories of legal travel to Cuba. Each traveler agrees to engage in a full-time schedule of activities that result in meaningful interaction with individuals and professionals in Cuba, enhance contact with the Cuban people, and support civil society in Cuba. Staying in US approved hotels or Cuban Casas Particulares, eating at privately owned Cuban restaurants (paladares), shopping at privately owned stores run by self-employed Cubans (cuentapropistas), exchanging with Cuban artists, and engaging in our cultural program that provide renewal for the Cuban people are an important part of this program.
Created with images by einheriar and Project Por Amor