Cubano-American Community Project

This exhibit and speaker series is part of a community project led by New College of Florida to build local awareness of the deep roots that Cuban and Cuban-Americans have in this region.

THE CUBANO-AMERICAN COMMUNITY PROJECT

This exhibit and speaker series is part of a community project led by New College of Florida to build awareness in the Sarasota and Manatee county communities of the deep roots that Cuban and Cuban-Americans have in this region of Florida, and to encourage community engagement with cultural, economic and civic opportunities for Florida-Cuba relations today and into the future.

Esta exhibición, y la serie de conferencias que se anuncia abajo, son parte de un proyecto comunitario iniciado por New College of Florida para educar a las comunidades de Sarasota y Manatee acerca de las raíces de los cubanos y cubano-americanos en esta área. Esperamos que también contribuya a estrechar los lazos entre Cuba y Florida mediante iniciativas culturales, económicas y cívicas que se generen a partir de estos eventos.

Events:

All events are in English and free to the public. Read more about the project at Patch.com and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and keep up with news on the project’s Facebook page.

CUBAN AND CUBAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITIES OF YESTERDAY AND TODAY: AN EXHIBITION

Jane Bancroft Cook Library at New College from April 1-30, 2017
An exhibition highlighting the presence of Cubans and Cuban-Americans in West Central Florida, including the 19th century Cuban ranchos fishing industry, the late 19th century Ybor City cigar industry, and the unique stories of individual Cubans and Cuban-Americans who live in Southwest Florida and contribute to our communities today.

Community Events

Tampa Cuban Cigar Makers: A Cultural and Economic Heritage

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL
Tampa-area Historian Maura Barrios will share the origin and history of Cuban cigar makers who settled in Ybor City and surrounding areas in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Her lecture will have a special focus on the historical context and transformation of Cuban communities across generations in Florida.

Cuban Diaspora: The Evolving Relationship Between Florida and Cuba

FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL
Dr. Jorge Duany, anthropologist and director for the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, will discuss the Cuban diaspora, and how the recent changes in the U.S. policy toward Cuba affects Florida’s west coast. Dr. Duany has published on migration, ethnicity, nationalism and transnationalism in the Caribbean and the United States. He has also published about Puerto Rican and Cuban cultural identity on the islands and in the diaspora.

U.S. – Cuba Relations: What Does Normalization Mean?

TUESDAY APRIL 25, 2017 | 5:30 p.m.
Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
5313 Bay Shore Road Sarasota, FL
Dr. Rafael M. Hernández, chief editor of Temas magazine, will speak about the implications for Cuba brought forth by its new relationship with the United States. Dr. Hernández has been a visiting professor at various universities (Columbia, Brown U.S. Universities Consortium, Renmin University in Beijing). His expertise involves Cuban and U.S. policies, inter-American relations, and Cuban culture, society and politics.

Fin de fiesta

SATURDAY APRIL 29, 2017 | 10 a.m. to noon
Koski Plaza, Cook Library
New College of Florida, Sarasota
A morning workshop to practice Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, experience Cuban poetry as performed by Leymis Wilmott and the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, learn about Cuban-American culture through Ybor City history, and have fun with traditional Cuban stories told with puppets.