CAA's Havana Bienal

Opening week is May 21-28, 2015

Join The College Art Association and Cuba Educational Travel as we visit The Havana Bienal

Enjoy a rare and special opportunity to join the College Art Association on an exciting and informative trip to Cuba.

Meet the people of Cuba and learn about art from the Americas, and the World.

This is an important time for the College Art Association to visit Cuba and express solidarity with its artists, art educators and scholars. Cuba is undergoing a period of great change and the arts community is paving the way.

The week will be devoted to meeting and sharing ideas with Cuban artists, curators and the everyday people of Havana. Contemporary art of Cuba, Latin America, Asia and Africa will be fully displayed throughout the city, making this curated event the only place on the Globe where you can see all of this work together in one place. For American art experts and aficionados alike, the Havana Bienal is a good way to stay in touch with developments in the visual arts of these regions.

Highlights of the 2012 Bienal

Open this link to learn about what happened at the most recent bienal

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Artwork above : La Patera by Armando Marino 2003. Produced for the Havana Bienal.

Wall to wall art with a tropical breeze!

Havana comes alive during the Bienal, when many venues around the city open up to fabulous installations. The city has recently experienced a foodie revolution where many wonderful new private restaurants have opened, to the delight of locals and visitors alike. Every artist studio in town will be open and waiting for you.

The opening week will be a citywide art event with multiple venues opening each day. You will be there with art lovers from around the world. Your trip dates coincide exactly with the Opening week of the Bienal.

The visit will take place in Havana and will include a variety of cultural activities and substantive interactions with Cuban cultural experts as well as everyday citizens. All of the program will be designed to maximize quality interaction with the artists and musicians and everyday citizens of the Capital city.

You will be staying at the Hotel Nacional, the Grande Dame of Havana luxury hotels.

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It's now easier to visit Cuba

On January 16, 2015 President Obama liberalized People to People educational travel, which now allows Americans to travel to Cuba without all of the paperwork previously needed. This makes travel to Cuba infinitely easier. People to People travel is not tourist oriented or self directed but it is both rewarding and unique. It allows participants to visit a wide scope of organizations, institutions, and community projects that provide a deeper understanding of Cuba, its people and its culture. This PVAC trip includes a full time schedule of educational exchange activities designed to promote meaningful interactions between Americans and the people of Cuba.

Here is our Itinerary

Click this link to learn about what we will be doing in Cuba

Trip Costs

Land $ 3070.00 Per passenger

Air $ 525.00 MIA-HAV-MIA

Total $ 3595.00 Per passenger. $ 450.00 single supplement

You must become a member of the CAA to attend this trip. CAA will send you membership information separately. Join here

Discount to full time working professionals in the arts: $250.00

If you are a member of The College Art Association and you are a full time artist, professor, administrator, instructor, researcher or work in a professional capacity in the arts, then we will honor your important work with a discount on this trip.

Program Price Includes

*Meet and greet at the Miami International Airport

*Round trip air MIA-HAV-MIA

*Airport assistance at Havana Airport

*Cuban Visa

*US Gvt Paperwork or People-to-People License

*Airport transfers with guide

*Accommodations for seven (7) nights at the Hotel Nacional
*Breakfast every day at the hotel

*Five (5) Lunches *Three (3) dinners

*Transportation in deluxe motor-bus as per Itinerary

*A visit to Ernest Hemingway’s Finca Vigia estate and other important city sites

*Full Bienal Accreditation (all access pass) which includes entrance to all art venues

*Professional Cuba-based guide at Hotel in Havana for the whole trip

*Our Cuba-based Company Manager on the ground to assist you

*Medical Insurance in Cuba

*Our Travel tips and other traveler guidance


*Tips for Guide, driver, restaurants and bellman

*Airfare from home city to Miami

*After hours activities

*Airport Taxes upon departing Havana (CUC 25)

*Single room differential ($450)

*Trip Interruption Insurance

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

Meet Cuba's Vibrant Art Scene

Open this link to learn more about Havana's arts community

Reserve early!

The Bienal is less than a year away. This is a perfect time to book your trip. You can secure your space with your deposit on a first come first served basis.


Once you sign up you will get a set of forms by return email that you need to print and fill out. Don't forget to sign them!

Meet Alison Fraunhar

Your trip leader, Alison Fraunhar, is Associate Professor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Dr. Fraunhar teaches courses in Modern and Contemporary, Latin American and Women's Art and Film Studies. She has published numerous articles on Cuban visual culture and is presently at work on a book manuscript examining the intersection of race and gender in Cuban national identity. She has traveled to Cuba often over the last decade and is very familiar with the arts community there.

College Art Association

Founded in 1911, the College Art Association:

  • Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art
  • Facilitates the exchange of ideas and information among those interested in art and history of art
  • Advocates comprehensive and inclusive education in the visual arts
  • Speaks for the membership on issues affecting the visual arts and humanities
  • Provides publication of scholarship, criticism and artists’ writings
  • Fosters career development and professional advancement. Identifies and develops sources of funding for the practice of art and for scholarship in the arts and humanities
  • Honors accomplishments of artists, art historians and critics
  • Articulates and affirms the highest ethical standards in the conduct of the profession

CAA includes among its members those who by vocation or avocation are concerned about and/or committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities. Over 12,000 artists, art historians, scholars, curators, critics, collectors, educators, publishers and other professionals in the visual arts belong as individual members. Another 2,000 departments of art and art history in colleges and universities, art schools, museums, libraries and professional and commercial organizations hold institutional memberships. The CAA administrative office is located in New York.


College Art Association
50 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10004
212-627-2381 (fax)

Cuba Tours and Travel

The Cuba Art travel people!

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, California 90802

Please note: 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.

For more information please write to or call us at 888 225-6439

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