AIC's Cuba Conservation

The American Institute of Conservation

May 17-22, 2015

Enjoy a rare and special opportunity to join the American Institute of Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works on an exciting and informative historic preservation trip to connect with the conservation community of Cuba.

This trip is timed to happen immediately after AIC's 43rd. Annual Meeting in Miami.

This five night/six day program focuses on visiting Havana's museums, historic buildings and cultural sites and connecting with Cuban conservators, architects, archivists, curators and preservationists. You will also have the opportunity to visit artist studios and listen to extraordinary Cuban music.

If you are a member of AIC with research objectives in Cuba, this trip is for you. JOIN US!

Returning AIC Cuba travelers welcome! Based on the number of returning travelers and interests new activities will be created.

Architecture, art, music, food and the people of Cuba!

Cuba offers a wealth of architectural, artistic and ethnographic diversity. We will see a wealth of architectural styles, including Colonial, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Mid Century and Post Modern. Cuba's glorious cultural history - by far the richest in the Caribbean - and the the efforts to conserve and preserve it will be the main focus of this trip. And Cuba's iconic music, art and culture will be part of the conversation.

Most importantly, making substantive connections with the Cuban people in a series of fields related to conservation will complete the picture of Cuba that you will experience. You'll participate in discussions about Cuban art, ethnography, conservation, and preservation with island’s most active practitioners, and experience the country’s lively music and deep-rooted cultural traditions.

Professional research travel to cuba

As a full time professional in the field of Conservation, you are eligible to travel to Cuba with a General License. Below please see the US Treasury Department regulations that qualifies you for this trip.

"Full-time professionals are authorized to engage in Cuba travel-related transactions and such additional transactions that are directly incident to conducting professional research in their professional areas pursuant to § 515.564(a)(1) of the Regulations, provided that their research (1) is of a noncommercial academic nature; (2) comprises a full work schedule in Cuba; (3) has a substantial likelihood of public dissemination..."

We will assist you in all the paperwork needed for this General License. If you do not think you may qualify please write to

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Your Itinerary

For a day by day description of the trip please click this button

Program Price

Land $ 2310.00 Per passenger.

Air $ 575.00 Mia-Hav- Mia

Total $ 2,885.00 Per passenger. $ 450.00 single supplement

Trip Details

Your trip begins with a chartered flight to Havana, where you will stay for five nights in the historic five-star Hotel Nacional. You will enjoy several days of exploration and discovery in the Cuban capital. You will have substantive interactions with practitioners in the fields of conservation, preservation, architecture and planning. You will meet artists and visit music venues.

This trip which is led by the experienced Cuban-American study leader, Rosa Lowinger, and an excellent, fully bilingual Cuban guide.

The trip includes 12 meals: daily breakfasts at the hotel, and a variety of lunches and dinners. There will be time for dining and exploring on your own.


* Meet and check-in assistance at the Miami International Airport

* Round trip air Mia-Hav -Mia, Departure, Tax in Miami

* Arrival assistance at Havana Airport

* Cuban Visa

* US Govt. Paperwork for a Professional Research license

* Transfers in and out from the airport to hotel

* Medical Insurance in Cuba

* Accommodations for 5 nights Hotel Nacional De Cuba (HAV)

* Daily breakfast at the hotels * 3 Dinners
* 4 Lunches

* 7 visits to Museums or organizations
* A group of specialists to speak to your group as needed.

* Luxury Motor coach &/or van transportation for the whole program

* Full translation by professional Cuba based guide

* Group led by Rosa Lowinger
* Artist studio visits

* Program Management in Cuba

*Our Cuba Travel Tips publication and other traveler guidance



*Tips per person (Guide and Driver, baggage handlers & restaurants)

*Airport departure tax upon departing Havana (CUC 25/USD 30)

*Single room differential ( $450)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

*Air from Home City to Miami

*Licensing cost for People to People travelers (up to $300.00 extra)

*All other items not listed in “PROGRAM PRICE INCLUDES”

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Departure is a few short months away. This is the perfect time to book this special visit to Cuba. There is limited space so please sign up early.

To sign up securely please open this AIC Page:

If you have any questions please contact:

Ryan Winfield, Membership Coordinator

t 202-661-8065 f 202-452-9328

Meet Rosa Lowinger!

Rosa Lowinger is a Cuban-American art conservator and writer with a specialty in art, architecture, and Cuban culture. The author of Tropicana Nights: the Life and Times of the Legendary Cuban Nightclub (Harcourt, 2005), a memoir and history of 1950s Havana, Rosa is a respected scholar and lecturer on Cuban art, architecture and modern heritage. She specializes in high-end, in-depth art and architecture programming and has designed and spearheaded Cuba travel programs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, the Menil Museum, the Bronx Museum, Art in General, the Association for Preservation Technology, the Santa Monica Museum, and the American Institute for Conservation. Rosa guest curated the 2013 exhibit Concrete Paradise: Miami Marine Stadium at the Coral Gables Museum, and is presently guest curator for an exhibit on Cuba that will open in 2016 at the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, FL. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation and was the 2008-2009 Rome Prize winner in conservation.

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The American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)

As the only national membership organization in the United States dedicated to the preservation of cultural material, the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works plays a crucial role in establishing and upholding professional standards, promoting research and publications, providing educational opportunities, and fostering the exchange of knowledge among conservators, allied professionals, and the public.

From humble beginnings and a handful of members in 1972, AIC has grown to over 3,500 conservators, educators, scientists, students, archivists, art historians, and other conservation enthusiasts in over twenty countries around the world, all of whom have the same goal: to preserve the material evidence of our past so we can learn from it today and appreciate it in the future.

AIC promotes the preservation of cultural heritage as a means toward a deeper understanding of our shared humanity—the need to express ourselves through creative achievement in the arts, literature, architecture, and technology. We honor the history and integrity of achievements in the humanities and science through the preservation of cultural materials for future generations.

The American Institute for Conservation
of Historic & Artistic Works
1156 15th Street NW, Ste. 320
Washington, DC 20005
202.452.9328 fax

Cuba Tours and Travel

Cuba Tours and Travel has over fifteen years of experience offering expert-driven cultural travel to Cuba. Our management and program-design team, working together with a team of superb Cuban travel associates in both Havana and Miami, are uniquely suited to offer you the finest in-depth travel program to the island. We are licensed by the US Treasury Department and are fully insured. Most importantly, we have an abiding love for Cuban art and culture and have strong connections to the cultural institutions on the island.

Cuba Tours and Travel is a full-service agency licensed by the U.S. Government

TSP# CU-077926-b. CST number 2073790-40

We are located at

320 Pine Avenue, Suite 503

Long Beach, CA 90802

For more information please write to

or call us at 888 225-6439

For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following document:

Infrastructure in Cuba may not be maintained as well as participants are used to, resulting in potential challenges and risks. Participants must be careful walking, and aware of their surroundings at all times. Cuba does not have accessibility laws and some sites may not be accessible to travelers with limited mobility. Please contact us with any question.

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