Arts and Community Philanthropy

Created in 1982, Global Arts/Media has worked regionally and internationally with government, business, and the not-for-profit sector to plan, design, and develop arts and cultural initiatives that contribute to the economic development and revitalization of neighborhoods and communities. This work includes cultural planning, the design and fabrication of public art projects, development activities that involve the renovation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of cultural facilities or spaces, and activities to increase cultural tourism and activities in cultural districts.

In 2011, we took our first trip to Cuba. Since then, we have devoted much of our work to building understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Cuba.

Cuba Travel Services

Global Arts provides people-to-people travel services for individuals, nonprofit organizations, and the U.S. business community.

Under a general license as defined by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Fiscal Assets Control (OFAC), we offer people-to-people trips that engage travelers in a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that result in meaningful interactions with the people of Cuba.

Experiential and Custom Designed Travel

Throughout the year, Global Arts offers trips that include workshops and community service activities that enable visitors to engage more fully with Cuban artists, educators and thought leaders.  In the coming year,  we will offer programs that involve U.S. travelers and Cuban artists in printmaking and paper making workshops, mural painting and community photography projects.  No experience required!  

We also custom-design trips for urban planners and persons interested in Cuba’s architectural history and modern-day revitalization, for educators, medical professionals and faith-based communities, among others.

Vanessa Greene, Founder & CEO

A former National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, Vanessa Greene has had a rich and diverse career in community development, arts management, and philanthropy. For 35 years, she has worked with community development corporations, faith based institutions, cultural centers, government agencies, private foundations and commercial enterprises to organize communities, expand capacity, and create opportunity in some of the nation’s most challenging rural and urban environments.

Early career associations with such national leaders as Charles D. Bannerman, the brilliant, innovative CEO of Mississippi Action for Community Development (MACE) in Greenville, MS , and civil rights activist and folklorist Worth Long contributed to her strong managerial and analytical abilities, holistic understanding of “community,”  “can-do” attitude, high professional standards, and strong work ethic.

It was while employed as a community development specialist at MACE that she grew to understand the power of the arts and culture to not only transform people but also drive economic and community development.

Ms. Greene co-produced and directed the original Mississippi Delta Blues Festivals in Greenville, Mississippi, founded and produced the Southwest Louisiana Zydeco Festival, served on the board of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and resuscitated the Afro American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC.  For seven years she was employed as a program officer at the Long Island Community Foundation, a division of the New York Community Trust.

Vanessa Greene earned a B.A. in Political Science from Simmons College in Boston, MA, and an Executive MBA from Queens College, Charlotte, NC. She is a photographer and a mixed media artist.