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Go to Cuba this winter with the Department of Art and Art History!

Winter Session 2017
January 5-18, 2017

information sessions:
September 28, 12noon, AIMM-Room 104

Absolute Deadline: OCTOBER 3rd


Dear Students—

Have you ever thought that it would be incredible to go to Cuba? It is . . . and you can! We are very excited to announce that the Department of Art and Art History has planned a groundbreaking study trip for Winter Session 2017 that includes Havana and some other Cuban cities. This program is a visual arts excursion, led by Professors Mackie and van der Heijden. It is open to any major or concentration across the college. Participants will be able to individualize their learning experiences by focusing on one or multiple options, photo/moving image/sound/visual diary with drawing and collage, which will culminate in related but different final projects that will be shown in an exhibition at TCNJ in the spring semester.


Visual Diary, Drawing and Collage

Students will collect visual information (clippings from newspapers and magazines, flyers, “advertising” brochures or posters, packaging and the like) and make drawings to incorporate into a Visual Diary. Without limited access to the Internet or social media on the island, they will learn to harness the power of personal observation and to develop creative means of documenting their experiences. Students will select a theme for investigation, record and annotate their observations using a variety of mediums and methods (for example drawing and/or painting), and weave them into a visual diary.

Photography, Video, and Sound

What distinguishes the experience of the familiar environment from that of the profoundly unfamiliar? How do images associated with these experiences change as our roles shift from “insider” to “outsider?” How do we see ourselves as we perform in these distinctly different roles? How does documentation of our experiences alter our perceptions of ourselves? These questions will provide a backdrop for students’ reflections as they experiment with autobiographical ethnography using photography, video and/or sound. They will serve as a foundation for student explorations that will culminate in photo-essays, films or sound works created after their return.

The course is AAH262: Landmarks: Art and Culture of Cuba. It meets the Liberal Learning requirement for LVPA. Specific studio art requirements may also be met with prior approval.

 Important Things and Dates to be aware of:

  • This is an extraordinary opportunity, as U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel freely to Cuba, that is, without special VISAS.
  • The absolute deadline for completing the application for this program is OCTOBER 3RD. NO applications will be accepted after that date because of the processing time for government-issued visas.
  • Interested students Attend one of these two scheduled information sessions: Wednesday, September 14th at 11am in 116 or Wednesday, September 28th at 12:00 noon in AIMM 104. If you are unable to attend a session, contact one of the instructors for more information
  • The pricing for the Cuba study-abroad program is: $5,102.64


TCNJ tuition and fees;

Casa particular accommodations including breakfast and dinner; welcome and fairewell dinners at Havana Libre Hotel; guest speakers and 14 co-curricular and cultural activities, including transportation and admission fees; overnight excursions, including transportation, all meals, and 2 nights hotel accommodations in Santa Clara; 7 group lunches in Havana; all ground transportation, and entrance tickets to course-related cultural events

Note: program costs are the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Not included: Airfare (arranged group flight, paid separately)
and Transportation to/from US airport.

information session:

September 28, 12noon, AIMM-Room 104

We look forward to exploring this dynamic and unique travel-study opportunity with you.


Professors Mackie and van der Heijden