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Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization

"Promoting cultural sharing, understanding, and exchange."

What's New:

                

                                People to People

                                  CUBA TRAVEL

                                                                   Next delegation

                                                                January 3-15, 2015

 

This people to people experience will visit Havana, Santiago de Cuba, Guantánamo, and Baracoa.

Travelers will be accompanied by two expert BOCUSCO tour leaders: Spense Havlick, President, and Kate Hennessey, Vice President.

Delegation is limited to 14 participants.

For more details, contact us at bocusco@yahoo.com

You can download an application here:  Trip Application

 

 

BOCUSCO holds a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Department of the Treasury to conduct non-academic educational/people to people travel to Cuba.

 

For information on becoming a member of the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization, click here: Membership Application

 

October 15-26, 2014

Colorado Cuba Arts and Dance Festival

Featuring dance performances by

Danza Libre from Guantánamo, Cuba.

 

Presentations by Visual artist Mildo

Matos from Baracoa, Cuba and Art

Historian Jorge Nuñez from

Guantánamo City.

 

Cuban art exhibit.

 

Sábanas blancas art project.

 

Performances free and open to the public.

BOCUSCO 2014  Colorado-Cuba Arts and Dance Festival

Schedule of Events

October 1-31:  Cuban art exposition at Frasier Meadows gallery                            

Saturday Oct 18:  Art workshop for school children at Dairy Center with Cuban artist Mildo Matos and local artist Tony Ortega.  Music performance at Intercambio Fiesta. 7:30 pm.

Sunday Oct 19:  Master classes at Joy in Motion studio. 1:30pm-3:00 pm Afro-Haitian; 3:30pm-5:00 pm  Salsa/Casino.                       

Tuesday, Oct 21:  Noon Afro Cuban drum concert at Canyon Theater, Boulder Main Library. Jorge Nuñez to give introduction.

Wednesday, Oct 22:  Two dance performances at Canyon Theater, Boulder Main Library.  4:30-5:30pm;  6:30-7:30 pm

Thursday, Oct 23:  Evening talk at Frasier Meadows.   Jorge Nuñez, Mildo Matos.

Friday, Oct 24:  Visit to Boulder Community School of Integrated Studies to work with children. 

Saturday, Oct 25:  Contemporary Dance performance at Community United Church of Christ  4:30 pm.                      Farewell reception to follow.

Sunday, Oct 26:  Cubans guests leave

Thanks to our sponsors:

 

To learn more about becoming a sponsor, contact us at bocusco@yahoo.com

 

Hurricane Relief

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to hurricane Sandy relief in eastern Cuba.  BOCUSCO contributed to medical relief containers sent by MEDICC and Global Links and received this message:

"Thanks to the support we received from individuals and organization across the US, we were able to ship 4 containers in November and December to help hospitals in Santiago.  Two more are planned for late January / early February.  We could not have have been able to provide 6 containers of medical aid so quickly without the help of supporters like your organization."
On October 25, 2012 Hurricane Sandy tore through eastern Cuba leaving destruction, devastation, and death in Guantánamo, Holguín and especially Santiago de Cuba provinces.  See photos below.
 

THANK YOU!

Photos of Santiago de Cuba taken October 26, 2012. © Julio Larramendi

 

Ongoing projects :

Boulder Sister Cities in a trunk

The Boulder History Museum is busy gathering art, cultural artifacts, and resources from each of Boulder's seven sister cities and preparing them to travel to area classrooms or community groups.  The Cuba trunk containing 64 items from or about Cuba including maps, books, art work, stamps, musical instruments etc is ready!  Please contact Emilie at ekintner@boulderhistory.org for more information.                                         

 

Cuba Travel

We are pleased to announce that the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization was granted a non-academic educational/people-to-people license to travel to Cuba by the U.S. Department of the  Treasury.
Our license for 2013-2014 has been renewed.
Please contact us for information on upcoming trips: bocusco@yahoo.com

 

Environmental Publications

To see some of the publications about eastern Cuba that BOCUSCO has supported over the years, visit: Ediciones Nuevos Mundos

 

Shipping medical equipment and supplies to Eastern Cuba

Since 2006 the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization has been raising funds to sponsor the shipment of medical equipment and supplies to Guantánamo province in conjunction with Denver-based Project C.U.R.E. www.projectcure.org. We are pleased to announce that the first FIVE 40’ cargo containers have arrived at their destinations: a container of hurricane relief supplies following the devastion of Hurricane Ike; as well as containers to the main hospital in Guantánamo which serves the entire province including Yateras; the Guantánamo Pediatric Hospital; the main hospital in Baracoa, and the hospital in Palenque, Yateras.

We would like to thank all of the donors, sponsors and volunteers who have contributed to the success of this project. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and generosity, we have been able to provide one of the poorest provinces of Cuba with such supplies as X-ray machines, anesthesia machines, mamography units, operating tables, stethoscopes, microscopes, laboratory supplies, defibrillators, and much more.  Please visit our HEALTH committee page to learn more about health care in Yateras and our health related projects. THANK YOU!!

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About the Boulder-Cuba Sister City Organization

The Boulder Cuba Sister City Organization (BOCUSCO), is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political, all-volunteer citizen network which exists to create lasting partnerships to promote cultural sharing, understanding and exchange between citizens of Boulder, Colorado and the municipality of Yateras, Guantánamo, Cuba. Yateras, a municipality located in the mountainous easternmost Cuban province of Guantánamo, became Boulder’s sixth sister city in 2002. President Eisenhower promoted a people-to-people initiative in 1956 to involve individuals in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal relationships, fostered through sister city, county, and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Sister Cities International (SCI) is a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network that creates and strengthens partnerships between U.S. and international communities. SCI promotes peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation. SCI currently represents more than 2,500 communities in 134 countries around the world. Boulder is a member of SCI and has other sister cities in Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Tibet, Kenya and Tajikistan.

Although many of our exchanges and activities involve the community of Yateras, we are also involved in projects, such as health and environmental projects, in other areas of Guantánamo Province including Guantánamo City and Baracoa. BOCUSCO organizes activities, with support from the Boulder community, through its five committees: Arts and Education, Environment and Sustainability, Health, Music and Dance, Sports.

Current Projects

Since 2005 BOCUSCO has been working in collaboration with U.S. government-licensed organizations to ship mountain bikes, wheelchairs, medical equipment and supplies, school supplies, athletic equipment and footwear to Yateras.

Donated bicycleShoes to Cuba

 

In addition to those ongoing projects, we have prioritized a project for 2014 for which we are currently raising funds. To fulfill our goal of bringing more awareness of Cuba and its rich culture to the Boulder community, we are planning a Colorado Cuba Arts and Dance Festival for October 2014, featuring dancers and musicians from the Guantánamo dance company Danza Libre

Donate

To make a tax-deductible donation please make check out to BOCUSCO and mail to

BOCUSCO
2835 Lagrange Cir

Boulder, CO 80305

 

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