Scholars & Artist Studios

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Hanging with scholars is hard trying to keep up with all the new information…

All the indigenous people were killed by colonizers. In the 19th Century enlightenment people built a Monument to Indian woman daughter of chief crow of feathers surrounded by dolphins as she is of the sea w basket of fruits showing the cornucopia of wealth.

Currently there are 11 million in Havana and 2.5 of them are in Havana. The founding fathers of Cuba were free masons. All stores are official or government owned. Many houses have been converted into private restaurants called a Paladar. Each decade has a different line of tolerance as formerly a restaurant could only employ – only family members but now the rule is relaxed and outsiders may now work in a family owned Paladar. Dental care is free of charge focusing on preventive care and pre-natal care is fantastic.

In 1762 Havana had 7 gates into it’s walled city and canon was fired to announce city was closed at 8 pm. All the wealth was brought to Havana by sea but no ships were allowed to sail at night. In 1762 English invaded and kept city for 11 months but treaty with Spain followed. Too many facts to write but I absorbed the history like a sponge.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Historian Mariza Capestany

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Maria Cienfuegos

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Hanging with artists I understand and I felt so lucky to have these private tours of artist studios. These artists were so together the had their own historian on their team. Impressive. I know that Maria just had her work featured in a New York gallery so they are rockin’ the art world. Her Modernist building is protected for it’s architectural importance and I can see why.

 Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Maria Cienfuegos and our group

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Stairway in artist collective

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Stairway in artists collective.

Special special. Even the stairs were inspirational. Inside each room seemed to flow into one another with small details that help make the space interesting like the built in window screens that cut down on the sun while framing the view.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Studio 7 y 60: An Independent Art Space Opens in Miramar

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Jose Marti, Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

BJ French in a horse cart, Havana, Cuba

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

L Selfie

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Parque Central Hotel roof view

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Parque Central Hotel roof view

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Literary Experts

LITERATURE includes:

Jose Marti 1953-1995

Nicolas Guillen 1902-1986

Dulce Maria Loynaz 1902-1997

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Maritza’s overview on the history of US Cuba relations

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Maritza’s overview on the history of US Cuba relations including pic of Eisenhower with all the war criminals.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Cuban Literature

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Cuban music scholar broke Cuban music into six groups.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Parque Central Hotel

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Heading toward the Cuban Capital building.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

Vic and Tony, Havana Tours

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

La Acacia Art studio

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

La Acacia studio floor

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

La Acacia art show on race and being white.

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

La Acacia art studio

Havana Cuba by Keri Pickett

La Acacia art studio

Keri Pickett

Keri Pickett is an author, photographer and filmmaker telling the stories of life, family and community with intimacy, honesty and impact. Pickett is Producer, Director and Camera for the award-winning feature documentary film ‘The Fabulous Ice Age’, about the rise and fall of the great American touring ice shows and one man’s quest to save the history, available on Netflix and Amazon. Her short film, 'Steel // Spirit' premiered at MSPIFF and won certificate of excellence in India. Her award-winning books include Love in the 90s; BB and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter’s Portrait (Warner Books, 1995); Faeries; Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses (Aperture, 2000); Saving Body & Soul, The Mission of Mary Jo Copeland (WaterBrook, 2004). The recipient of a Jerome and Minnesota State Arts Board grants, three McKnight Foundation Photography fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Bush Foundation Fellow, Pickett’s work is in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.