Museum offering chance to visit Cuba

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BRATTLEBORO —The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center is offering a unique opportunity for art lovers to experience the vibrancy of Cuba's contemporary art scene on an eight-night trip to Cuba, April 15 to 23 . The trip will coincide with the Havana Art Biennial, a major international festival of contemporary art from Cuba, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Leading the trip is author and National Geographic travel guide Tim Weed. Space is limited; the deadline to register is Jan. 7 . For more information, visit brattleboromuseum.org or call 802-257-0124 x101.

In addition to the Biennial, the trip will include an exploration of Cuba beyond the well-known tourist sites. A small group of travelers will explore a rapidly changing country with the flexibility to take advantage of the spontaneous cultural interactions that make Cuba such an inspiring place to travel.

Trip leader Tim Weed is a Vermont-based author and educator with extensive experience traveling in Cuba. From 1999 to 2004, Weed 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, he has led numerous cultural, arts, and choral music programs in Cuba for National Geographic Expeditions, the Grand Circle Foundation, and Educational Travel Associates.

"When I first traveled in Cuba in 1999," said Weed, "it struck me, as it continues to strike me today, as an utterly unique place: a time capsule, an anomaly, a treasure trove of historical architecture, a country of great natural beauty with an inspiringly creative and resourceful population. What's different today is that Cuba is changing, rapidly and dramatically."








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