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Art in Havana with Marilyn Zeitlin November 9 - 15, 2018

ITINERARY

Please note that this itinerary is an early draft for planning purposes. Minor changes at any time are common in Cuba. All times listed are the start times for each activity. All meals and activities are included in the cost unless indicated by "cost not included."

DAY 1, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9 | ARRIVAL

TBD ~ Meet at Havana International Airport. Flights from your home cities will take you on the most direct path possible to Havana's airport. You will be greeted by our tour leaders with a "ARTS WITH MARILYN ZEITLIN" sign at the exit of the airport. During the drive into the city our travel staff will introduce themselves and give you some useful information about Havana. We'll have a brief stop in Plaza de la Revolución to see government ministries, monument to José Marti, and the colossal famous image of Che Guevara.

TBD ~ Arrive at the Villa Romero (or similar) and check-in to your rooms. We will be staying in this bed & breakfast located in the area of greatest cultural activity in the central modern neighborhood of Vedado. Villa Romero is surrounded by theaters, restaurants, bars, jazz clubs, hotels and cafés and only four blocks from the "malecón habanero," known as the sofa of Havana.

TBD ~ Optional neighborhood orientation walking tour. After settling into our rooms and before going to dinner, those who are interested can get acquainted with our immediate surroundings.

7:30 pm ~ Welcome dinner at Paladar San Cristobal. Located in an eclectic bottom-floor home of an early 20th century mansion in Centro Habana, this is the restaurant that most dignitaries, including the Obamas, visit first when they come to Cuba.

9:30 pm ~ Havana night activity. After dinner, we can attend a music or dance performance, to be determined depending on what is happening in the city that night. Such activities could include the National Ballet, National Contemporary Dance Company, jazz concerts, salsa clubs, Tropicana, drag shows, baseball games, and other attractions of Havana's non-stop nightlife. In addition to attending events, it is an opportunity for night photography (optional - transportation and entry cost not included).

Havana Night

DAY 2, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10 | OLD HAVANA

8:30 am ~ Breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs.

9:30 am ~ Overview of Havana with Wilfredo Benitez. We'll begin our day with a multi-media presentation about Havana. General Manager of the Ludwig Foundation, Wilfredo Benitez is an expert on the historical development of Havana. He will give a glimpse into the history of Cuban architecture from the Colonial era to 1950s modernism and today. This will deepen our understanding of the city while we explore its many neighborhoods throughout the week. His presentation will take place at the Ludwig Foundation, an important international advocate for emerging Cuban artists.

Overview of Havana

11:30 am ~ Old Havana: historic plazas and contemporary art centers. The newly renovated Plaza Vieja is the site of several art venues, a beer hall, an espresso café, and restored residences in colonial buildings. At the Centro del Desarollo de Arte Contemporáneo, curator Gretel Medina will guide us through an exhibition of contemporary Cuban art at the cutting edge. We'll walk around Plaza Vieja, through its boutiques, museums and markets. We'll see contemporary photography at la Fototeca de Cuba. We will continue down Calle Los Mercaderes to la Plaza de las Armas, the nexus of the colonial government and then on to the Plaza de la Catedral.

12:30 pm ~ Lunch at Doña Eutimia. Doña Eutimia is one of Cuba's oldest favorites. This little paladar, nestled in the alley next to the Taller de Gráfica, is just off of the Cathedral Square. The house specialty is "ropa vieja," (old clothes) a Cuban classic made of shredded lamb.

2:00 pm ~ Old Havana: historic plazas and contemporary art centers. We continue our exploration of Old Havana with a visit to the collective graphic arts workshop, Taller Experimental de Gráfica. This public studio for local artists was established by Pablo Neruda and Che Guevara at the beginning of the Revolution as a place where artists living and visiting Havana can work on printmaking, a tradition in Cuba liked to the printing of the ornate cigar box labels. We'll then continue to the Plaza de la Catedral where we will make a stop at the Taller Experimental de Grafica. Yamilys Brito, director of the Taller, will give us a little tour, and people can buy inexpensive prints produced by the resident artists. We'll then see an exhibition at the Wilfredo Lam Center.

3:30 pm ~ Private performance with the Irene Rodriguez dance company. Experience an informal private performance by contemporary choreographer and dancer Irene Rodríguez and her company. Irene has created a fusion of Cuban dance and Spanish flamenco, adding sensuality and humor to the Iberian tradition. She has won many international prizes and is a major figure in the Cuba dance world. This will take place in their regular rehearsal space.

Irene Rodriguez Dance Company

4:30 pm ~ Return to Villa Romero for leisure time. Time to relax, explore on your own, connect to WiFi, recharge your batteries, and take a siesta.

6:30 pm ~ Dinner at Rio Mar.

9:30 pm ~ Havana night activity. After dinner, we can attend a music or dance performance, to be determined depending on what is happening in the city that night. Such activities could include the National Ballet, National Contemporary Dance Company, jazz concerts, salsa clubs, Tropicana, drag shows, baseball games, and other attractions of Havana's non-stop nightlife (optional - transportation and entry cost not included).

Late Night Jazz

DAY 3, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 | WEST HAVANA

8:00 am ~ Breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs. Be ready to depart for artist studio visits at 9:00am.

10:00 am ~ Visit to Kcho's studio in Romerillo. Cuba's most well-known contemporary artist has made his own studio part of a cultural center that he has built in the working-class suburb of Romerillo. After visiting his studio we'll drive around the exterior of the Instituto Superior de Arte which is next door but doesn't allow visitors.

Kcho's boats

11:00 am ~ Visit to artist Jose Fuster's studio in Jaimanitas. Meet the artist who has transformed his entire neighborhood into a Gaudiesque wonderland of sculptures, mosaics, and murals. Fuster has become international renowned for community projects where neighbors volunteer their homes to become part of a sprawling total environment known as "Fusterlandia."

12:00 pm ~ Lunch at Finca Marta. This small experimental agro-ecological farm in Caimitos, 15 miles southeast of Havana, aims to demonstrate that farms focused on biodiversity and intensive management can thrive in a rapidly changing economy by producing high quality products without the need for transgenic crops, mechanization, or state-run distribution. Founded in 2012 by the renowned Cuban agronomist Dr. Fernando Funes-Monzote and his wife Claudia, La Finca Marta serves many of Havana's restaurants, schools, and nursing homes. It pays its workers on total sales rather than a predetermined salary. Recent political reforms like legalizing direct sales and the emergence of private food and transportation cooperatives are allowing new models of privatized agriculture and culinary development. We'll enjoy a farm-to-table lunch and then a tour of the farm led by Dr. Monzote.

FINCA MARTA

3:00 pm ~ Artist studio visit to Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hernandez, and Frank Mujica. Adrian Fernandez, Frank Mujica, and Alex Hernandez are from the generation after Abel Barroso and Toiroc. They deal with Cuban content, but in a less head-on political manner. They graduated from the ISA together, then later pooled resources to purchase and renovate a beautiful art deco house in Playa into a shared exhibition space called Art Space 3/31.

4:30 pm ~ Return to the hotel for time at leisure. Time to relax, explore on your own, connect to WiFi, recharge your batteries, and take a siesta.

7:00 pm ~ Dinner at Paladar El Cocinero. "The Cook" is just as much about the Havana arts scene as it is about food. Built into the same building as the Cuban Art Factory, this paladar pushes the limits of private industry and government cooperation in an atmosphere offering landmark views and enthusiasm for a variety of art media. The restaurant makes use of half of a 100-year old, and long abandoned, cooking oil factory along the Almendares River between the Vedado and Miramar neighborhoods.

8:30 pm ~ Fábrica del Arte Cubano. The Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) is a cultural center located in a former oil factory that has been transformed into a vast space for art and music. It attracts young Cubans, artists, foreigners, and others eager to enjoy the scene. It presages what the future might look like for Havana as a cosmopolitan trend-setting cultural magnet in Latin America.

Fábrica de Arte Cubano

DAY 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 | PARQUE CENTRAL

8:30 am ~ Leisurely breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs.

9:30 am ~ Lecture with Marc Frank on social, economic, political situation of Cuba. Frank has lived in and reported on Cuban politics and culture for Reuters for more than 30 years. His book, Cuban Revelations, is on your reading list.

11:00 am ~ Guided tour of the National Museum of Fine Arts, Cuban Collection. The National Museum of Fine Arts was designed by Cuban architect Alfonso Rodriguez Pichardo in 1955 and is dedicated to the history of Cuban painting from 1500 - 2000. An art historian will walk us through the history of the island through the eyes of its visual artists with emphasis on the Twentieth Century.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

12:30 pm ~ Lunch at Arte Corte. We'll continue on to el Callejón de los Barberos, an area experiencing significant renovation of emerging entrepreneurship. This new energy is fostered in part by the work of the famous barber "Papito." He has created a private museum of Cuban hairdressing and a large fashion academy. With support of the City Historian's Office, Papito's cultural project employs hundreds of Cubans and has brought together barbers, hairdressers, models, artists and historians to teach, organize exhibitions, shows and art festivals including Barber's and Hairdresser's Day, a celebration that converts Old Havana's Plaza Vieja into a huge outdoor salon. Arte Corte was a destination of Obama's historic visit to Havana in 2016. We will get a tour of the project and a chance to meet and talk with Papito (Gilberto Valladeres). We'll also have lunch at their restaurant El Figaro.

2:00 pm ~ Capitolio, Parque Central, Prado Walking Tour. Our Cuban guide Daylín doubles as a professional architect and will acquaint us with the historic neighborhood constructed just after the independence from Spain and the formation of the Republic of Cuba. Bordering Old Havana and Central Havana municipalities, this area is notable for significant architectural structures that exemplify the mid-19th century urban center. We will start by walking down the famous Promenade designed by French landscape designer JCN Forestier, El Paseo del Prado (1929), considered in its time as one of the greatest open spaces in the world. We'll see the original Bacardí building (1930), an example of tropical Cuban Art Deco and the Hotel Sevilla (1908). We'll walk through Central Park (1877), and see the Neo-Moorish style Inglaterra (1879) and the new Manzana de Gomez hotels and the newly remodeled Grand Theater (1915). Then we'll see the capitol building (1929) modeled on the U.S. Capitol. We'll continue, passing the Teatro Martí (1884) where the Platt Amendment was debated in 1902. We will finally arrive at the design store Clandestina.

Gran Teatro de la Habana

3:00 pm ~ Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano. We'll visit 99% Diseno Cubano, a design firm that was visited by President Obama during his trip to Cuba. An example of a successful private enterprise, this young collective of Cuban designers has created a line of graphic, industrial, fashion, and digital boutique products. It represents new concepts and trends in Cuban aesthetics, somewhere between fine art and industrial serialism, while operating with a structure that balances profit, ecological sustainability and community empowerment. We will meet some of the designers and discuss their work. This is also a good place to purchase unique Cuban design items of high quality.

3:45 pm ~ Chen When Exhibit at Galería Continúa. Galería Continua is the only international contemporary art gallery in Cuba. They have galleries in Tuscany, Beijing, Havana, and Paris. Their Havana gallery is in an abandoned movie theater in Chinatown that currently exhibits a series of works by Chen When.

4:30 pm - Studio visit with Abel Barroso. Abel Barroso is one of the most highly-regarded contemporary Cuban artists. He is a printmaker and sculptor whose work addresses challenging issues such as the impact of new technology, globalization and immigration. He carves wood to make Cuban versions of cell phones and computers, creates metaphors for unequal distribution of wealth, the plight of Cuban shortages, and the love-hate relationship between the US and Cuba. The work is always witty and toy-like, often with moving parts. While it irresistibly clever, the work seduces us into considering serious issues. We will visit him in his studio home in Vedado.

Abel Barroso

5:30 pm ~ Return to the Villa Romero for dinner and evening to explore on your own. Relax, connect to WiFi, or explore the city on your own. We'll recommend options and make reservations at the best restaurants in town such as Café La Esquina, Los Mercaderes, Vista al Mar, Le Chansonnier, El Atelier, La Moraleja and El Mediterraneo. After dinner, we can attend music or dance performance, depending on what is happening in the city that night. Such activities could include the National Ballet, National Contemporary Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, jazz concerts, salsa clubs, Tropicana, sporting events, and other attractions of Havana nightlife (optional - cost not included).

DAY 5, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 | CENTRO HABANA

8:00 am ~ Breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs.

9:30 am ~ Visit to artista José Toiroc's studio in Centro Habana. José Angel Toiroc shows internationally and is represented in major collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ. Toiroc, more than any artist working in Cuba, has dared to represent the image of Fidel Castro. Working right under the nose of the censors, Toiroc reframes history, often using images of El Lider taken from the official state newspapers and media, images that are, therefore, approved by the censor. Like Abel Barroso, Toiroc uses humor as a major tool in penetrating beyond surface meanings. He works in painting, drawing, and installation.

11:00 am ~ Visit to the homes of Afro-Cuban spiritual leaders with Elias Asseff. Meet Afro-Cuban religious practitioners in this authentic and rare invitation to go inside the homes of a "palero" (Palo del Monte) and a "babalawo" (Santería). As sacred Congo and Nigerian worldviews, respectively, combined with Catholicism, new belief systems emerged in Colonial Cuba. Members of these religious traditions will share their altars that are made to communicate with the dead, the saints, and a pantheon of African deities. The journey will take place in Cayo Hueso, beginning in Parque Trillo and ending at the Callejón de Hamel. This is an opportunity to discuss religious practices that continue to have great importance in Cuban culture. In fact, you have seen traces of it everywhere since your arrival.

Santería

12:30 pm ~ Afro-Cuban lunch at the Callejón de Hamel. In the home of artist Salvador Gonzalez, originator of the total environment of Callejon de Hamel, enjoy a delicious traditional buffet and learn about some of the traditional creole dishes that make Cuban cuisine so rich.

2:00 pm ~ Visit to home and gallery of artist Jose Figueroa and Cristina Vives. Figueroa is one of the original photographers to record the impact of the Revolution on everyday Cubans. You will meet him and see his work. His wife, Cristina Vives, is the most important independent curator in Cuba. Her work in organizing exhibitions and producing publications has been instrumental in the success of many of the contemporary Cuban artists now active in the international art world. She and their daughter now champion and support a new generation of artists, some of whose work you will see in their home.

4:00 pm ~ Leisure time and dinner on your own. Relax, connect to WiFi, or explore the city on your own. We'll recommend options and make reservations at the best restaurants in town such as Los Mercaderes, Vista al Mar, Le Chansonnier, El Atelier, La Moraleja and El Mediterraneo. After dinner, we can attend music or dance performance, depending on what is happening in the city that night. Such activities could include the National Ballet, National Contemporary Dance Company, National Symphony Orchestra, jazz concerts, salsa clubs, Tropicana, sporting events, and other attractions of Havana nightlife (optional - cost not included).

DAY 6, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14 | EAST HAVANA

8:00 am ~ Breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs.

9:30 am ~ Ferry ride across the Havana Bay. Take the public "lanchita" (passenger ferry) with locals across the Bay to the town of Regla. When we get to the other side we'll visit an important church in the Afro-Cuban religion.

10:45 am ~ Ernest Hemingway's Finca La Vigía. Visit the hilltop house of American writer Ernest Hemingway where he lived from 1940 - 1960 with his wife, Martha Gellhorn, and their children. Cuba was Hemingway's most frequented country where he wrote the Old Man and the Sea, To Have and Have Not, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. At this farm you will see his sport fishing boat, the Pilar. The Finca Vigia estate and the fishing village of Cojimar are considered the most significant locales for those interested in Hemmingway's history.

12:30 pm ~ Lunch at Paladar La Guarida. Anyone who has been to La Guarida will find it difficult to disagree that Enrique and Odeisys have managed to create their own magical home restaurant. The building, originally known as La Mansión Camagüey, shows its former grandeur from the magnificent wooden entrance door through the marble staircase up the two flights of stairs to the restaurant itself. The location for a classic scene from Cuba's most iconic film, "Fresa y Chocolate" (on your film list), La Guarida was the first upscale paladar to gain international fame. It remains a landmark on the Cuban culinary scene, against which all others are measured. Make sure to stop on the first floor and wander a bit for some amazing photos.

La Guarida

2:30 pm ~ Studio visit with Yamilys and Jaclyn Brito. These sisters graduated from the ISA at the same time that Abel Barroso and Toiroc did. They were brought up in heyday of the Revolution in the 90s from artists whose parents may have been avid fidelistas. But like many who experienced the shortages and tensions of the post-Soviet years, they now experience a complex mix of nostalgia for some aspects of the Revolution and disappointment that its promises have been compromised. Their work in printmaking and painting, in both instances, always witty and exquisitely crafted, looks back and expresses a deep affection for the popular culture, history, and ironies of Cuban contemporary life.

4:00 pm ~ Return to Villa Romero for leisure time. Time to relax, explore on your own, connect to WiFi, recharge your batteries, and take a siesta.

7:30 pm ~ Final Dinner at Hotel Sevilla. Have dinner in the top floor of one of Havana's architecturally most charming hotels. Originally a Biltmore hotel, this classy ballroom is one of the only government managed restaurants in Cuba that can claim to have the best food, service, live music, and an old Havana atmosphere on the island.

DAY 7, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15 | DEPARTURE

8:00 am ~ Breakfast at the Villa. Your B&B will cook you a traditional Cuban breakfast which usually includes café con leche, freshly squeezed tropical juice, fresh fruit, bread, cheese, and eggs. Check out of the Villa and load vans for airport.

10:20 am ~ Shopping at Artisan Market San José and browse Old Havana. Depending on your flight schedule, there will be free time in our final day to explore a few final places in Havana that haven't been scheduled yet. We recommend taking you to the artisan market to shop for Cuban crafts and then to browse the old town freely. Lunch is on your own, but we will recommend good restaurants in the area. Our vans are also available to take you to other parts of the city if desired. IMPORTANT: Please make sure to meet up on time to go to the airport without delays.

TBD am ~ Transfer to José Martí International Airport. Depending on your departure time, we will transfer you to the Havana Airport three hours before take off. We will assist you through check in and customs to make sure that you are well on your way home.

Program Rate

Double Occupancy: $3,349

Single Occupancy: $3,570

For more information on any aspect of this trip, please contact Sage Lewis at Project Por Amor by telephone: 310-961-1574 or email: projectporamor@gmail.com

PAYMENT SCHEDULE: Deposits of $500 are due to Project Por Amor by June 1, 2018 and full payment of the balance is due to Project Por Amor 75 days before departure (August. 25). Changes and cancellations 90 days (Aug. 11) days before departure will be refunded based on the refund policy found in the Terms and Conditions.

Program Price Includes:

• Cuban Visa and US Treasury licensing paperwork for People-to-People and/or Professional Research

• Medical insurance in Cuba

• Accommodations for 6 nights at Villa Romero or similar

• Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 4 dinners (15 meals total)

• 6 visits to museums, galleries, or organizations (Cristina Vives, National Museum, Wilfredo Lam Center, Fototeca, Hemingway's home, Fabrica de Arte Cubano)

• 4 visits to artist home studios

• 3 lectures and discussions with Cuban thought leaders Wilfredo Benitez, Marc Frank, and Elias Asseff

• Visit with Irene Rodriguez Dance Company (or similar)

• Luxury Motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program (five days + airport transfers)

• Professional bilingual Cuba-based tour guide and program manager

• Group led by Cuban art expert Marilyn Zeitlin

PROGRAM PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

• Airfare to Cuba

• Two dinners

• Tips for Cuban guide and chauffeur

• Trip interruption insurance

• After-hours activities

• All other items not listed in ‘PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES’

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