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On March 30, in the afternoon, a pleasant meeting took place at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar of the Quisicuaba Association by students from the fourth grade of Cultural Heritage Management from the San Gerónimo University in Havana. During the meeting, topics of great interest were discussed mainly on the community work developed by the Quisicuaba Project and how to apply the knowledge gained at the San Gerónimo University to community life. DrSc.
On March 28 and 29, the Community and Traditions theoretical event was held at the José Martí Cultural Society with the presentation of highly intellectual papers. The papers were presented by researchers, scholars and students from different specialties. Our President, DrSc. Enrique Alemán was member of the jurry in the commission dealing with Identity and Traditions in which he promoted extraordinary debates on our richest traditions and the daily development of our identity. During these two days of exchange we all experienced an intellectual and personal growth.
On March 23 Quisicuaba held a National Symposium on the World Day against Tuberculosis at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar. During the activity several scientific papers were presented by specialists in pneumology, pediatrics and epidemiology from the Pneumology Department of the Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital. These researches updated our knowledge and will allow us to promote the the Millennium Goals against this re-emerging disease in accordance with the goals set forth by The World Health Organization.
Last February 7, secondary-school students visited the Quisicuaba Museum as part of the My Site in Los Sitios Project. They were received by Lic. Lien García Miranda, Director of the Museum, who accompanied them in a tour throughout the institution. The visit became a fruitful exchange and the students got acquainted with the history of the Quisicuaba Association, its Museum and the social and cultural project implemented by the association. Likewise, this opportunity enriched the historical memory and identity of the territory for new generations.
That was the main slogan of a wonderful activity held last 21 at the Andrea B. Zabala Ortega Seminar of the Quisicuaba Association. The activity was devoted to HIV/AIDS affected children as part of a group of actions aimed at prevention. The gathering was very colorful and children enjoyed games, dances and songs which evidenced that happiness can be a way to face such health conditions. This strategy is also applied to different age groups.
On January 6 a panel was held at the San Gerónimo University School in Havana within the framework of the 21st Workshop on Afro-American Social and Cultural Anthropology. The panel of the Community Museum was dedicated to the Quisicuaba Museum and was entitled “A Look from the Social Museology Perspective”. This institution is playing a significant role in safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage, traditions, history and local identity. It identifies itself with the social and cultural framework in which it displays its work.
On December 27 our social and cultural Project was visited by Dr. Bárbara Rampsey, one of the most outstanding scholar and activist of the United States Afro-American community, She is also a well-known historian, writer and editor and professor of the Afro-American Studies, History and Gender at the Illinois University, in Chicago (UIC).
During the visit, actions carried out by the project in the community were stressed. The visit concluded with a visit to appreciate the Quisicuaba Museum and its several collections.
On December 10 and 11, Los Sitios community, as well as volunteers of the project and several members of the Quisicuaba Association, paid an encouraging and fruitful visit to the San Lázaro Sanctuary in Santiago de las Vegas. This visit became an incentive for all those who decided to spend some time with families, brothers and sisters. Traditionally, this activity has contributed to enhance the community cohesion and family bonds so highly appreciated and promoted by our institution.
On December 1st in morning hours several religious denominations gathered at the Yoruba Cultural Society of Cuba and joined their voices to express their pain for the unexpected death of the Eternal Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz. The religious leaders expressed their condolences for such a regrettable loss and remembered several experiences lived with this great Cuban leader. Despite the pain, all leaders were convinced that Fidel still lives in every idea and in every hard throughout the island.
On November 22 and 23, the Social and Cultural Anthropology Festival and the Festival on Traditions of African Roots were held at the Cuban Institute of Anthropology and the Guanabacoa Museum respectively. The Quisicuaba Museum introduced an important panel on its historical, social and community functions in both events. The panel included a paper on the social and museological significance of this Cuban cultural institution where families have been the main collectors and preservers of a space linked to Cuban households.