Cuba: History & The Arts
Through the lens of Cuba’s renowned music and art scene, examine the challenges faced by persons of African descent.
STEP BACK IN TIME
Founded in 1519, Havana is the largest city in Cuba with a population of two million. It is the political and economic hub of the country and boasts a vibrant arts scene – from the music for which the island nation is famous to film, dance, and visual arts. Through a two-week study tour, students use Cuba’s history and arts to think critically about broader issues affecting persons of African descent.
EXPLORE HAVANA THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTISTS
Students come to know Cuban history through walking tours of Old Havana, exploring Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco and the Martin Luther King Center. This forms the backdrop for visits to El Gran Paleque, Gran Teatro de la Habana, and Callejon de Hamel, where they attend live performances featuring rumba, ballet, salsa, and explore streets filled with colorful murals and sculptures.
AN ISLAND FILLED WITH CONTRASTS
No visit to Cuba would be complete without excursions to some of Cuba’s magnificent landscapes including Las Terazas, Viñales Valley, and the “Rainbow of Cuba,” Soroa where student’s take in beauty of this history-filled Caribbean island.
This is an example program. All CIEE Faculty-Led & Custom Programs can be customized to meet your academic goals and financial requirements.