ARTravel: Contemporary Cuban Art

August 16-24, 2014

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Please call 802-257-0124, ext. 101 to inquire about other opportunities.

BMAC is delighted to offer a unique cultural exchange program designed for art enthusiasts and those wishing to take advantage of a special opportunity to travel to Cuba. This eight-day program explores Cuba’s vibrant contemporary art and cultural scenes, featuring informal encounters with some of Cuba’s most distinguished and exciting contemporary artists, nightly opportunities to take in Cuban music and dance, and excursions to some of the country’s most intriguing corners. You will visit artists’ studios and galleries, explore historic sites, synagogues, and santería temples, hear street music and performances, spend time in Havana’s world class Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes with an informative Cuban art historian, and get out into the countryside to experience some of the island’s beautiful villages,  landscapes, and beaches.

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BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams (L) and Tour Leader Tim Weed (R)
in the studio of Cuban artist Luis Miguel Rivero (center), during BMAC’s
2013 ARTravel expedition to Cuba. Photo by Bruce Berg.

As part of a small group of travelers (no more than 18), you will explore a rapidly changing country that has been inaccessible to most U.S. citizens for over half a century, in ways not available to mainstream tourists. Your itinerary will include Havana, Trinidad, and several other locations in the island’s interior. Each day will feature meetings with Cubans — artists, academics, musicians, dancers, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs. You will visit an organic farm and the legendary Finca Vigía, where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote for more than two decades. A series of informal lectures and discussions will delve into Cuban colonial history, the history of the Cuban Revolution, Afro-Cuban religions, U.S.-Cuba relations, and new directions in Cuba’s vibrant contemporary art scene.

In addition to a full daily schedule of arts and cultural exchange activities, you will have opportunities to sample Cuba’s famous paladares (officially sanctioned restaurants located in private homes) and, of course, to experience Cuba’s justly renowned music scene. For those interested in collecting, there will be opportunities to purchase art directly from Cuban artists in their studios.

This program is permitted under people-to-people travel license number CT-2013-303972-1, issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control, U.S. Department of the Treasury. Note that this program entails extensive walking and stair climbing. Participants should be in reasonable physical condition.

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Havana street scene. Photo taken by Laura Moskowitz during BMAC’s
2013 ARTravel expedition to Cuba.


Dates: August 16-24, 2014

Price per person: $3,950 for double occupancy (single supplement: $400), includes round-trip airfare from Miami to Havana, visa, lodgings, all meals except one lunch and one dinner, ground transportation, local guides and experts, museum entrance fees, and a tax-deductible contribution to the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. (Two independent meals offer an opportunity to break from the group and sample Cuba’s famous paladares on your own.)

Getting there: The program begins and ends in Miami. Flight and check-in details will be available at least six weeks before departure. Travel to Cuba often involves time-consuming check-in and customs re-entry procedures, so please check with us before booking domestic tickets.

To Register: Non-refundable deposit of $800 due by June 9, 2014. Release form and full balance due by July 3, 2014. Space is limited to preserve the intimacy and flexibility of the experience, and we encourage you to reserve your place early.

Note on lodgings: You will stay in well-located hotels and private B&Bs that provide an excellent base for daily cultural immersion and travel activities. Bear in mind that U.S. group tourism in Cuba is a recent development, Cuba is a poor country, and the Cuban tourism infrastructure is over-taxed and struggling to keep up with demand. We select the finest hotels available, but standards may be not be those to which many discriminating international travelers are accustomed.

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Please call 802-257-0124, ext. 101 to inquire about other opportunities.

Group Leader

Tim Weed, a Vermont-based author and educator with extensive experience in Cuba, has spent his entire career developing and leading educational travel programs abroad. He graduated from Middlebury College and holds master’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego, and the Warren Wilson College MFA for Writers program. As a founding director of National Geographic Student Expeditions, Tim played a key role in developing new photography, archaeology, and wildlife conservation programs in Iceland, Peru, Ecuador & the Galápagos, Spain, the Yucatán Peninsula, Alaska, and Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks. From 1999 to 2004, he headed up a series of pioneering educational programs for American students in Cuba, including a four-week mobile writing workshop that traversed the island from Santiago to Havana. Since then, Tim has led numerous cultural, arts, and choral music programs in Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions, the Grand Circle Foundation, and Educational Travel Associates. Tim’s articles on travel and the outdoors have appeared in many national magazines, and his essay, “Embargoed Brothers: An American in Off-Limits Cuba,” won a 2012 Best Travel Writing Award. Tim is fluent in Spanish.

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Please call 802-257-0124, ext. 101 to inquire about other opportunities.