Back from Havana

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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!


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_303WFP Jan 2012 Arts and Culture Delegation, Photo by Emily Chow

 lunch_at_mlkGroup at Martin Luther King Jr. Center, Photo by Emily Chow


ninosElementary students from Alejandro Garcia Caturla music school, Photo by: Emily Chow


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_280National School of Varities, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_294Students practicing at the National School of Varities, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


folkloric_dance_2Dance students at National School of Varities, Photo by: Emily Chow


folkloric_dancePercussionist for dance class, Photo by: Emily Chow


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_320Old Havana, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_321Students, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_176A little baseball, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


2012_Jan._Cuba_Trip_250Enthusiasm at the Cultural House in Cardenas, Photo by: Mavis Anderson


okantomiOkantomi interpretation of Ochun, Photo by: Emily Chow


varaderoCuban sunset, Photo by: Emily Chow