Pelegrin Center for the Arts

Before returning to Havana we visited the Pelegrin Center for the Arts, a collection of rustic outdoor cabins providing after school tutoring and arts education to community children and many elderly people (known as “accumulated youth”!). The Pelegrin Center, now 19 years old, is the first of its kind — providing after school and arts opportunities for children and adults in an isolated, rural community of 7,500 people without a movie house, dance hall, or community gathering place of any kind.

Lourdes Pelegrin, the sister of the artist-founder, showed us around. We saw paintings from her brother, outdoor classrooms, a vain peacock, the community library, organic plots for vegetables, and children’s art work.

   We were happy to present Roundtable gifts for the children.

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