Interesting adventure sponsored by the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles, which is taking folks to Cuba to see the murals and street art in that country (this piece above is by Salvadore Gonzalez Escalona). Here’s the info the conservancy has been sending out, for anyone interested in tagging (uh, so to speak) along:
The Mural Conservancy is pleased to announce the much anticipated special People to People trip to Cuba scheduled for Monday, May 26 to Tuesday, June 3, 2014. The trip, which will be the first of annual MCLA trips to places where murals and street art are celebrated, will be hosted by our own Kent Twitchell who is not only one of MCLA’s founders and guiding lights, but also an avid traveler and a man who has a deep understanding of the dynamics of street culture. Kent will be joined by Al Nodal who has solid knowledge of the country, its art and architecture and will provide a background as we explore the interesting elements that contribute to the visual culture and public realm of the City of Havana. We have teamed up with Cuba Tours and Travel who will handle the myriad of details related to our visit.
No other great city in the world is devoid of all commercial signage and relies more on murals, street art, and government billboard messages for its graphic vitality. Learn about the culture of Cuba, meet the Cuban people, see the architecture, experience its soul moving music and its deeply rooted culture. Meet the folks who are creating the street imagery of Havana through their visual arts, street art, murals and other expressions. Experience wonderful concerts, art studios and exciting food. Cuba’s warm and welcoming people are waiting to engage with you and learn first hand about Americans and our values.
This is an eight day and seven night trip focusing on getting to know the Cuban mural and street art world, the cultural community and other activities consistent with your People to People license. The visit will take place in Havana with a day-visit to ViĖales Valley in the Pinar del Río Province. which will allow you to experience the mythic Cuban countryside.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
* Meet and greet & check in assistance at the Miami International Airport
* Round trip air MIA-HAV-MIA
* Arrival assistance at José Marti Airport
* US People to People License or paperwork for General License
* Cuban Visa
* Airport transfers in Havana
* Accommodations 7 nights at the Hotel Telegrafo or similar (4 Stars)
* Daily Breakfast
* 5 dinners
* 5 pre-paid dinners
* 5 pre-paid lunches (17 meals total)
* Day trip to Vinales countryside with Lunch
* Motor coach or van transportation to most events for 12 hours a day
* Medical Insurance in Cuba
* Visits to artist studios, museums and service orgs as per itinerary
* A private concert by Camerata Romeu
* A private visit at rehearsal with Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
* US Based Tour Leader: Adolfo V. Nodal
Land $3225.00 Per passenger. Hotel Telegrafo (or similar)
Air $ 525.00 Miami-Havana-Miami
(Includes meet and greet at the Miami airport, Cuban visa and airport taxes)
TOTAL $3750.00 Per passenger ($450.00 single supplement)
Your trip price includes a tax deductible contribution to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles of five hundred dollars ($500.00). Please see the sign up & payment instructions on the brochure.
DISCOUNT: There will be a discount in the price of -$250.00 for full time professionals in art (or related) fields that will be conducting professional research on this trip (see thebrochure under licensing).
To sign up please click this link: http://tourinfosys.com/signup/mural_c
For more information, please call Cuba Tours and Travel at 888 225-6439 ext 802.
For more information on OFAC licensing please visit the following link:
Cuba Tours and Travel
320 Pine Avenue, Suite 503, Long Beach, CA 90802
Tel 1 888 225-6439,
Fax 1 562 684-0174
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A documentary about the people who made the iconic “gig posters” for bands is coming to that wacky little temple of cinematic ardor, Cinefamily, in a few days. Here’s what they posted about the screening of what is, indubitably, an important (if less common these days) form of street art:
JUST LIKE BEING THERE
(filmmaker in person, plus gig poster gallery show!)
Monday, March 10th | 7:30pm
Filmmaker Scout Shannon in person — plus, after the film, join us on the back patio for a gallery show compiling the best of local L.A. poster artists: Little Friends of Printmaking, Dimitri Simakis, Hero Design Studio and Weather Maker Press! Long after the gig is over, after the band’s packed up and left town, and as the memories linger, the only real and tangible thing that remains — is the poster. The art of the gig poster, which started with flair in the psychedelic late-’60s, has truly blossomed with immense creativity in our mellifluous era of indie rock; Scout Shannon’s in-depth documentary Just Like Being There is the filmic love letter on the subject, surveying all the major artists nationwide in the artistic pursuit of elevating the Rock Show into even more blissful spheres, along with providing the real nitty-gritty on the craft of screen printing. Featuring live performances by Spoon, Nada Surf, Archers of Loaf, The Thermals and Tokyo Police Club. Tonight’s presentation of the film comes from the special 100-minute “festival” version of the film, only shown once before at SXSW 2012 and never again, and featuring bonus live performances.Dir. Scout Shannon, 2012, digital presentation, 100 min.