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Davis Visits Cuba to Explore Creation of Artistic Community

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Sep 02, 2016

CityArts, a Washington based arts and culture magazine, recently profiled a trip to Cuba made by a cohort of Seattle artists and cultural workers, including Lara Davis, arts education manager, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and National Guild ALAANA Network Co-Ambassador. The trips participants asked: “What can Cuba teach the U.S. about liberation? About freedom? About community? What can the current movement for Black liberation in the U.S. learn from the Cuban revolution?”

According to Shontina Vernon, the trip’s organizer and founder of the Common Ground Music Project, “Music has played a part in seeding every major social movement we’ve come to know. So the idea is if you can connect artists from anywhere around music, you can better understand the people in those communities, the beliefs and ideas that govern their way of life, and the best way to draw connections between our lived experiences.”

Read more about the trip here.

About City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture

Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) oversees the city’s public art program, funding programs for artists and cultural organizations, the Creative Advantage arts education initiative, cultural space work, and the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute. Each summer, our city’s top artists and cultural organizations are honored at the Mayor’s Arts Awards after an open nomination process. ARTS regularly issues calls for artists to create new artwork commissions, and hosts events and gatherings to facilitate the growth and vitality of the creative sector. All work of the office is approached through a social justice lens and is informed by the city’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, an effort to realize the vision of racial equity. ARTS fosters a city driven by creativity that provides the opportunity for everyone to engage in diverse arts and cultural experiences.

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