Key Team Leaders

 
Delia Rodriguez-Masjoan

Founder, President USA

Cultural Development Consultant

 

Pablo Rodriguez-Masjoan

Executive Team USA

Marketing Consultant, Creative Director

 

Dr. Julio Ruslán Torres Leyva

Executive Team CUBA

Decano Artes Visuales

Instituto Superior de Arte  I.S.A.

La Habana, Cuba

 

Emeris Sarduy Zamora

Executive Team CUBA

Consejo Nacional de Teatro

La Habana, Cuba

 

Donald King

Executive Team USA

American Arts & Culture Director

Music & Theatre

 

Felix Dicló

Collaborator Latin American Artists

 

Laura Espinel

Associate Cuba
Cuban  Singer// Cultural Expert// Film

 

Oscar Ballester

Associate Latin American

Latin America Folklore Music Concert Producer

 

Advisors
Aynel  David Guerra

Francis Parra

Francisco Noya

Nanci DeRobbio

Lynne McCormick

James Montford

Steven Pennell

Gonzalo Cuervo

Raymond Two Hawks Watson

Jorge Cardenas

Grace Gonzalez

Morgan Grefe

Stephanie Fortunato

Deloris Grant

Taino Palermo

Tatiana Pina

Gina Rodriguex-Drix

DeeDee Brown

Luis Aponte

Victor Capellan

Ricardo Pitts-Wiley

Warren Simmons

Cheryl Albright

Gladys Corvera

John Kelly

Charles Belk

Lisa Ranglin

Elena Patino

Craig Bachman

Leonard Lopes, Esq.

J.Juan Wilson

Sussy Santana

 

EcoArts USA is a non-profit arts and cultural exchange organization led by Rhode Island based Latino, Afro-Cuban and African-American Cultural Development Professionals from the United States and Cuba.

 

ABOUT US

Who are we?
We are Artists and Cultural Development Professionals with diverse art and cultural backgrounds, disciplines and talents which include performing arts, music, visual art as well as media and social media and digital promotion with 20 years of experience in the art and cultural equity world.   Since 2015 we have been working to connect directly with Cuban artist and arts organizations, as well as create and strengthen partnerships with artists and arts organizations of color from the US to create a program that has Cultural Equity, sustainability, inclusion and diversity.

 

Why Cuba?

 It is no surprise that with the opening doors of diplomacy between the US and Cuba, there has been a great deal of interest by everyone, both here and there, to learn from each other.  Americans are fascinated by wanting to visit Cuba “before it changes”, however, the magic and beauty of Cuba is directly connected to the people and their stories.  The best way to connect with another country is meeting directly with people through the arts, cultural conversation and convening, thus this program offers that direct people-to people, artist-to artists, artist-to-community component essential to successful international exchange programs.

 

ecoarts usa LEADING CHANGE

Sharing U.S. Art, Culture and History with Cuba


Cultural exchange programs are known to have a positive impact on our everyday lives, our art, our culture, our education, and our growth as individual participants in a global society. EcoArts USA proposes to create an arts and cultural exchange program that works with artists of color from the United States who travel to Cuba and lead programing to enrich youth education, connect with undeserved communities and interact with everyday people of Cuba through the arts. Our hope is to build an environment of acceptance and knowledge of the American culture that will prepare us all to fully participate in a global society.

 

EcoArts USA envisions a true cultural exchange opportunity for a more profound and sustained engagement among artists and between artists and the community. Over the past year, we have been traveling to Cuba to participate in arts and cultural events by sponsoring artists from the US to travel to Cuba to share their creative skills and knowledge. Through these trips, we have developed strong relationships with Cuban arts organizations and many community artists. As a result, we designed a program that engages people to people through the arts to promote better understanding among both countries.

 

This program offers a true opportunity for an open exchange of ideas, experiences and culture particularly over a period of time. This design offers an opportunity for a deeper understanding of U.S. culture, where we too, are able to listen and learn from their culture. Furthermore, we intentionally have designed the program to engage small groups for each tour, because these tend to provide a better opportunity to connect with and engage with emerging artistic and cultural groups in Cuba.

 

Through our program, we will document each one of our arts and cultural tours through video, photography and in writing to highlight and make visible the positive outcomes these exchanges have on the community. We have been working on documenting our first three trips to Cuba, and it has become clear that the stories of the interaction between the artists and Cuban people are truly inspiring and informative and they should not be lost or forgotten. For this reason we have enlisted the support of the Providence Historical Society to assist us in the documenting and archiving of this arts and cultural exchange program.

 

In the United States:

 

ECAS The Educational Center for the Arts & Sciences (ECAS) is a non-profit 501(c)3 theater and arts organization founded in 1997 // Fiscal Agent
Francis Parra
Artistic Director, President

 

Mixed Magic Theater
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley, Founder

RI Historical Society
Morgan Grefe, Executive Director

 

Black Storytellers of RI

 

Hip/Hop Union

 

Latino Musicians and Performers:

  • Grupo Afincao
  • Cezare Santana
  • Marleny Luna
  • Sussy Santana
  • Carlos De Leon

 

African Drummers

  • Sidy Maiga
  • Jesus Andujar
  • Ibrahim Aminou

 

 

Partners

Schools

  • TAPA Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
  • Central Falls School District
  • Meeting Street School

 

Colleges and Universities

  • Rhode Island College
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Roger Williams University
  • Brown University

 

EcoArts USA Partners in Cuba:

  • Instituto Superior de Arte, ISA
    La Havana, Cuba
  • Casa del ALBA Cultural
    La Havana, Cuba.
  • UNEAC, Unión Nacional de Escritores  y Artistas de Cuba en Matanzas
  • Teatro Tentempié
  • Centro de Teatro de La Habana
  • Casa de las Américas
  • Coordinating group of Afro-Palabra

 

Government Supporters// Advisors

  • Senator Jack Reed
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Congressman David Cicilline
  • Congressman Jim Langevine
  • Secretary of State Nelly Gorbea
  • Mayor of Central Falls James Diossa
  • Providence City Council President Luis Aponte
  • Arts + Culture + Tourism City of Providence
  • RI State Council for the Arts