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Havana – Waterloo Region Student Art Exchange Inspired by The Havana Dialogues

THEMUSEUM seeks donations of school supplies or money to be given to two schools in Havana

Kitchener, ON – Twenty nine pieces of art created by grade 3 and 4 students at two Cuban schools, Agustín Gómez Lubian and Cesárea Fernández Dias are currently on display at THEMUSEUM as part of The Havana Dialogues. They depict life in Cuba from a child’s perspective.
 
THEMUSEUM’s teacher in residence, Vanessa Moniz, has partnered with a class at Empire Public School to have art created by Canadian school children sharing what life is like in Canada.
 
“These pieces highlight the importance of art in our schools and demonstrate the importance of understanding differences and similarities between our countries beginning at an early age,” said Julio Garmendía Peña, Cuban Ambassador to Canada. “These children are our future.”
 
“This program is a wonderful opportunity to share the culture from different regions of the world with Canadian children,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “Our collection of children’s art already boasts works from children in Russia, Egypt, China and we will now have some from Cuba.”
 
At the conclusion of The Havana Dialogues the Cuban artwork will be given to the Empire School students with the hope of creating a modern day version of a pen pal. The Waterloo Region artwork will be delivered to the Cuban classrooms by Marskell during a group cultural tour of Cuba.
 
THEMUSEUM is appealing to the public to donate school art supplies or financial donations to be given to the schools in Havana.
 
Craft supplies will be accepted at THEMUSEUM front desk until Monday, November 16th at 5:00pm. Cash donations will be accepted until February 1, 2016.
 
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For more information, please contact:
 
David Marskell, CEO, THEMUSEUM
519-574-0291

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