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The Quisicuaba for Cultural Diversity Project will promote the active involvement of children and youth in the planning and implementation of different cultural manifestations mainly related to the Afro-Cuban traditions making up their wide diversity.  It generates social cohesion around plastic arts, music, dance, and literature with an original native approach, and builds capacities, skills and knowledge on gender equality, racial equality, and non-violence in children and youth of both sexes, in order to pool efforts to protect the community natural cultural diversity and promote our traditions.

Regular spaces have been developed to train long-lasting human resources, reaching more than 50% of children and youth in the Municipality. This will positively contribute to strengthening self-management, fostering sustainable development, and improving the quality of cultural expressions and their protagonists, based on creativity and mutual respect.

Objectives:

1. To raise awareness of community and social actors on the objectives, activities and procedures of the Quisicuaba for Cultural Diversity Project. 2.  To create new spaces for learning, capacity-building, and exchange of information and experiences with children and youth, thus promoting the development and preservation of our cultural expressions.
3.  To strengthen children and youth involvement in order to promote and protect our diversity of cultural expressions, through different art manifestations at local level.
4.  To promote the artistic and intellectual work achieved in our spaces to preserve our diversity of cultural expressions, through new technologies.

Activities:

1. Updating workshop for cultural and natural promoters to support clubs and workshops.
2. Introductory workshops on Afro-Cuban music, Rumba, Folk Dance, Drama, Plastic Arts, and Literature interest groups and discussion groups.
3. Participation in the screening and debate of documentaries and films on different issues.
4. Participation in clubs and symposia to exhibit works made at our workshops.
5. Acknowledgement of volunteers supporting project activities.
6. Participation in lectures on current events.

Activities

On October 6, in the afternoon, the Quisicuaba Association welcomed Karen Bass, Member of the US Congress. The Congresswoman and her delegation were highly interested on the Quisicuaba Project work developed with on women and the skin-color and gender-approach equity in Cuba.
Several Project specialists referred their working experience with key groups, namely, senior citizens, violence against women, single mothers, retired and old black women, family violence, gender violence, persons living with HIV, children, youth and cultural diversity, among others.
As part of this summer activities, the Quisicuaba Project aimed its actions to schools located in this municipality, specially the Hermanos Ameijeiras Trade School. This school is located in Los Sitios, Centro Habana Municipality, and has been conducting the Quisicuaba Social and Cultural Project which included workshops on gender, family violence and all those human issues that make us so different and constitute a pillar of our national identity.
Neighbors, parents, students and professors refurbished and embellished the school in an all-embracing participatory and community work.
At 9 a.m. on May 15, our social area in Centro Habana municipality witnessed the interrelationship of different folkloric manifestations through the combination of costumes and traditions. Thanks to an information bureau established for this purpose, men and women living with HIV got acquainted with art expressions. Special interest was paid to Lázaro Ross, an outstanding personality of Cuban culture who greatly contributed with Cuban culture based on African-origin traditions.
March 6th, during the community cultural gathering usually held the first Sundays of every month, we celebrated the International Women´s Day with the incorporation of 50 new members to the Federation of Cuban Women.
This event included an exhibition by one of the most remarkable women, Zaida del Río. The exhibition was entitled “Homeland, Cultural Diversity and Municipality”.

At 10:00 a.m. of the happy morning of December 17, a press conference on the work of our Museum was held at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar of our Institution.   After a complete refurbishment of itshalls, the Museum is proud to show its works and renovated spaces.
The social and museological perspective and the intercultural and interfaith dialogue are the underlying objectives of the Museum’s activities. We feel appropriate to enclose the article published in the newspaper.

THE QUISICUABA MUSEUM, THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND
On December 3 in the morning a visit was paid to the Quisicuaba Association as part of the activities conducted by the Anthropology 2015 International Workshop sponsored by the Juan Marinello Cultural
Research Institute. The visit included the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar of the Association where Dr.Sc Enrique Alemán, President of said Institution, offered a master lecture after a tour throughout the
On Friday afternoon, July 3, the Quisicuaba Project for Cultural Diversity participated in a collective exhibition sponsored by the UNESCO Cuban National Commission (CNCU, its acronym in Spanish). This was a great opportunity to hold an exchange with different natural cultural promoters on the importance of communication with nature through a visual and balanced dialogue. The exhibition became a contribution to daily actions by national institutions to preserve life in our noble home: Earth.
Last May 28, the Plastic Exhibition entitled “Among Threads, Wings and Paintbrushes” by plastic artist Yudith Vidal was inaugurated at the headquarters of the UNESCO Cuban Commission. This was an excellent proposal by this Trinitarian creator to celebrate the World Day of Cultural Diversity within the framework of the 12th Biennial in Havana. The inauguration was attended by personalities and promoters from the Quisicuaba Project for Cultural Diversity, as well as Cuban cultural representatives and officials.
A significant academic session was held by MSc. Maria Amelia Gonzalez at the Andrea B.
In the afternoon of March 23, Gladys Collazo, President of the National Cultural Heritage Council delivered a conference on cultural heritage at the San Geronimo de La Habana University.  The conference was attended by intellectuals and the Management Group of the Quisicuaba Project for Cultural Diversity. Topics related to the heritage, cultural heritage, and intangible cultural heritage legal framework, among other interesting issues, were discussed on this occasion.

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