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Cuban and U.S. Artists Join to Promote Cultural Exchanges

CUBA,  November 28, 2014.  Artists of Cuba and the United States compose the non-governmental, nonprofit organization US-Cuba Artist Exchange to promote art cooperation programs and cultural exchanges between the two nations.

Mariesa Ryan, coordinator of the project, told ACN that visual arts and music, ballads (trova) and hip hop, are considered to be the most favored by the group's actions.

Exchanges include practical workshops, musical presentations and murals on facades of communities in cities visited by the members of the project, she added.

With bonds strengthened by the Association of Cuban Writers and Artists (UNEAC) in the province, the objectives of the movement are to create cultural links and break down economic, information and language barriers between the different artistic expressions.

Camilo Villalvilla, president of the visual arts section of UNEAC and member of the group, said that showing the talent of this cultural hybridization are neighborhoods in Cienfuegos like La Juanita and Punta Gorda, as well as facades in some of the main avenues of Minneapolis in the United States.

In Cuba, the project's artists focus specifically in Trinidad, Cienfuegos, Santiago de Cuba and Havana, and plan to incorporate in the future dancers, actors, and musicians interpreting other genres, he added.

In order to illustrate the creative work of the members of the organization, they're currently producing the documentary Mas cerca de lo que crees (Closer than you think), by U.S. documentary maker Paul Irmiter.

US-Cuba Artist Exchange was founded in April, 2012, also to promote cultural appreciation and the spiritual growth of those generating or enjoying art.