SALVADOR GONZALES’s artistry has transformed Havana’s Hamel’s Alley community – once identified with criminality and vice – into an outdoor arts center and the city’s second most visited tourist destination. (Old Havana is number one!)
Director of The Literacy Museum – and a great humanitarian – LUISA YARA CAMPOS was among the hundreds of teenage volunteers who, in 1961, left home to join the national campaign to eradicate illiteracy in Cuba.
Calling all photographers! The FIESTA DEL FUEGO (Festival of Fire) is one of the most anticipated annual events in the Caribbean. This year, Global Arts will sponsor a Fiesta del Fuego trip for photographers!
GISELA ARANDIA is a journalist and an internationally respected social activist who researches and writes on issues of race and identity, and feminism.
Café de Maria makes the best coffee in Cuba. The tiny cafe is located in Las Terrazas, a nature preserve/eco-village within Pinar del Rio. The founder of the Cafe and, for many years, in charge of coffee cultivation, is 90-year old MARIA, pictured above.
One of Cuba’s most celebrated artists, ALBERTO LESCAY creates monumental sculpture that celebrates the nation’s historical and cultural achievements. In his hometown of Santiago de Cuba, Lescay is also among the community’s leading philathropists.
When ALBERTO FAYA sings ‘Erisi Balande‘, no one moves, no one breathes. There is not a dry eye in the room. Alberto, an accomplished singer and ethnomusicologist, his wife Maria and jazz musician son, David, are Havana’s first family of music.
In December, Global Arts sponsored a people-to-people tour for the New York Jazz Academy. The trip included an unforgettable visit to the CONSERVATORIO GUILLERMO TOMAS, a premier Havana school for gifted young musicians.
SANTIAGO HERMES MARTINEZ ZERGUERA directs the “Trazos Libres” artist collective in Cienfuegos. Trazos Libres uses the arts to educate, strengthen and revitalize the community.