El Romerillo/ Kcho.


El 8 de enero de 2014, en la esquina de 120 y 7ma, abrió el Kcho Estudio Romerillo: Laboratorio para el Arte, donde antes existía un abandonado taller de ómnibus, nació un espacio con un marcado perfil social, cultural y educativo.

A la inauguración oficial asistió el Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro; acompañado de Eusebio Leal, historiador de La Habana; Miguel Barnet, presidente de la Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba (UNEAC); Abel Prieto, actual Ministro de Cultura; entre otras personalidades.

Fragmento de poema de Samuel Feijó, obra de David Záyas. Foto: Ismael Francisco/ Cubadebate
Muchos son los testimonios que corroboran que, solo dos años atrás, la barriada de Romerillo en el municipio Playa estaba en muy malas condiciones estructurales. Hoy la historia es diferente, poco a poco, el lugar adquirió identidad, y todas las personas quedan encantadas por el ambiente colorido de sus calles.

La magia no fue la causante de las mejoras constructivas en los alrededores, sino el artista de la plástica Alexis Leyva (Kcho), quien quedó enamorado de la localidad desde su época de estudiante. Su juventud se desarrolló en estas cuadras, porque estaba becado en la Escuela Nacional de Arte (ENA), a pocos metros; aquí venía a divertirse con sus amigos y a las cafeterías; llegó un momento en que fue un vecino más, afirmó Leonor Marrupe, guía del Kcho Estudio.

El propósito de Kcho al intervenir en este espacio fue la difusión del arte en la comunidad, dirigido al mejoramiento humano y a defender los valores nacionales. El objetivo fue crear un proyecto cultural de utilidad social, sin fines de lucro, para que los ciudadanos tuvieran un espacio de integración y experimentación del arte.

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Los Elementos

Theatre meets permaculture.
The company worked with a lot of children from poor, urban and rural neighborhoods teaching them about theater until 1995. They also worked with people living with HIV. While the troupe has had a history of moving, in 1995 they decided to settle down for in Cumanayagua where they established a caring and eco-friendly community. The location for this community was the farm that belonged to José Oriol’s grandparents. By settling down, it allowed the troupe to build an artistic community, where many artists – actors and writers – decided to live.

The community practices sustainable agriculture, animal husbandry and community based social programs, which are consistent with their beliefs and objectives of respecting the earth and improving their living conditions.

When the theater company was founded in 1990, it was mainly composed of alumni of the Havana National Institute of Performing Arts. Throughout the years, the troupe’s productions have taken place in many different locations.

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CDR # 4 zona 201 “Jose Marti”

November 2017, Santa Clara. The CDR (Committe for Defense of the Revolution) is similar to neighborhood associations in the U.S.image

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el MeJunje festival

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Hurrican Irma relief

Safe and legal!
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Child’s School Exchanges with Sister Cities, Santa Clara, Cuba and Posoltega, Nicaragua

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, CubAmistad members Gabriella Coolidge and Michelle Henderson gave a presentation about exchanges with our sister cities at the Indiana AATSP meeting in Indianapolis (AATSP = American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese). Michelle described how the project of exchanging bookmarks made by students in Bloomington and Santa Clara, Cuba, came about. The idea is to communicate through language and art. The children decorated their bookmarks with drawings and wrote greetings in both Spanish and English. Gaby, the Spanish teacher at Child’s, told about working with her students to create bookmarks, and showed slides with examples of their work (first and second slides below) Bookmarks and art supplies from students at Child’s were delivered to schools in Santa Clara by CubAmistad members in November, and students there sent bookmarks back to Bloomington. Students at Child’s are now making little books for students in Santa Clara (third slide below). Debbi Conkle collaborated with Gaby and her students to facilitate a Skype meeting with students in Posoltega. Students at Child’s asked why many of the Nicaraguan children weren’t wearing shoes. When they learned that many families there are very poor, they spontaneously decided to send them shoes! The fourth slide shows baskets of shoes they have collected.

 

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May Day 2017 Santa Clara

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