Taking advantage of President Obama’s liberalized regulations that have re-established people-to-people licensed travel to Cuba, members of LAWG staff partnered with Witness for Peace and led a delegation of 25 people to study and learn about the art and culture of Cuba. Our delegation met with artists such as Sandra Ramos, Kadir and Kelvin Lopez, saw performances by students in one of Havana’s many schools for the arts, visited Ernest Hemingway’s home, witnessed the magic of the Cuba National Ballet, participated in folkloric dance led by a community group “Okantomi,” dialogued with members of the Cuban National Assembly, Ministry of Foreign Relations, Ministry of Tourism, Union of Artists and Writers, and the United States Interests Section in Havana.
With the tremendous assistance of our host organization in Havana, the Martin Luther King Jr Center, we were able to fill our itinerary with these unique activities in order to facilitate true interactions with the Cuban people.
These are a few photos that highlight our group’s experience. We’ll soon be posting individual stories from trip participants with their own reflections on the trip so stay tuned!