In a small, secluded village not far from the Bay of Pigs, we’ll visit an art school that teaches some of Cuba’s most promising youth.
The Korimakao Cultural Project is a tuition-free boarding school focused on developing skills in music, dance, theater, poetry and more. Located in the community of Pálpite, in Cuba’s largest, most sparsely populated region, the academy draws in students from across the country. We’ll meet the students, teachers, and supporters that bring this incredible project to life and learn more about their goals of bringing the arts to every corner of Cuba.
Art Education in Cuba
In Cuba, appreciation for the arts begins early. Education is compulsory until 9th grade for all Cuban children and most schools employ an art instructor. But kids who excel in drawing, dancing, singing, or other artistic expressions, can take an exam for a specialized primary school. Entry is competitive but guarantees the most gifted children an opportunity to put extra focus on developing their talents. After completing early education – or by passing a vocational exam – students can graduate to one of Cuba’s free art universities.
Cuba’s system leads Latin America – and even the US – in student-teacher ratio, literacy rates, and the share of gross national product spent on education. And when you visit with the children of Compania a la Sombra de un Ala, you’ll gain an unparalleled understanding of the island’s emphasis on culture, art, and schooling.