CGE's first group traveling under a people-to-people license recently returned from Cuba. It was an intensive week with excellent information-sharing, learning, and fun. The group was comprised of professors/educators, artists, retirees, corporate and non-profit workers - each bringing different perspectives into the experience.
Some highlights of the week included:
- A visit to the National School for Circus Arts where we participants were able to meet with administrators and students and watch a unique performance
- Hearing about Cuba-US relations from a professor at the University of Havana's Center for US and Herispheric Studies
- Traveling to the rural community of Puerto Esperanza and speaking with farmers about their lives pre-revolution and after, as well as how recent economic changes are impacting them
- Participating in a guided tour of the Museum of the Revolution, which made key historical events come to life,
- Meeting contemporary artists and seeing a number of animated live music performances.
- Most participants were also able to engage with Cubans in any informal ways throughout the week to learn about Afro-Cuban culture, business ownership, and daily life.
Participants returned home ready to implement ideas that will build upon and share their experiences in Cuba.