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Cuba: Landmarks of Art and Culture

In The Art and Culture of Cuba, students will study significant monuments, museum collections, and other cultural sites in the city of Havana and in Central Cuba. Participants will be able to individualize their learning experiences by focusing on one or multiple options, photo/moving image/sound/visual diary with drawing and collage, which will culminate in related but different final projects.

Course Description

As the course progresses, students will immerse themselves in the city of Havana and environs; they will visit neighborhoods of cultural and historic import, view renowned examples of architecture, study works of art that are housed in its collections, and attend music and dance performances. Several excursions are planned from Havana, including the historic city of Santa Clara in the province of Villa Clara (home of Finca La Coincidencia, Ediciones Vigia and the Che Memorial, Santa: the mausoleum which houses the remains of Che Guevara).

The class will explore the process of creating a visual diary and can choose between drawing and collage or photography or video and sound to express ideas visually. No experience in art making is necessary. They will become skilled at the techniques of drawing or digital photography, sound recording, and basic video, as well as the process of creating a visual story.

Students will travel on a round-trip flight to Havana from Miami, and cultural destinations and events will be planned daily. Back at TCNJ, the students will show their art in an exhibition in the student gallery. The Art and Culture of Cuba is part of the Landmarks series of study abroad programs sponsored by the TCNJ School of the Arts and Communication and the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement.

Program Information

Course: AAH 260: Landmarks: The Art and Culture of Cuba

Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts and Global

Dates: TBD, Winter 2019 (Program will run about 2 weeks)

Program Directors: Elizabeth Mackie, Professor of Art, and Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus, Professor of Art and Art History

Eligibility: No prerequisites, no language requirements, or GPA restrictions. Open to all students (including current first-year students).

Program Fee: TBD (Winter 2017 fee was $5,462.07). In the meanwhile, explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Walking tour of old Havana
  • Salsa lessons and dancing/clubbing excursions
  • Visit KCHO’s Laboratorio del Arte and Instituto Superior de Arte
  • Presentation at Riera Studio
  • Lecture at Wilfredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art
  • Explore Callejon de Hamel and Fabrica de Arte
  • Taller Grafica and Camera Obscura art installations
  • Tropicana nightclub performance
  • Overnight excursion to Santa Clara, including Finca La Coincidencia, Ediciones Vigia, and Che Memorial


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Professor Elizabeth Mackie at or Dr. Lois Fichner-Rathus at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.