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Presented by University of Illinois at Chicago,Health in the Arts Program and Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA)

Leaders:  Dave Hinkamp, MD, MPH and Marc Brodsky, MD

Manager: Mary Fletcher, MA

The 2014 program will be the exciting realization of previous relationships and new areas of exploration in Cuban arts and healthcare. We are adding a behind-the-scenes theater program and will continue a number of our successful partnerships with other arts organizations.

There will be new faces and different places in our schedule to keep the week full of surprises and exciting activities.  However, we will look forward to seeing our old friends and professional leaders including;

Nisia Aguero, Vice President Consejo Nacional de las Casas de Cultura
Drs. Luis Heredia, Marcelino Feal, and Carlos Llapur with the Buena Vista Social Club
Alicia Alonzo, Prima Ballerina and Founder of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba
and the BNC medical team

Scheduled highlights include:

  • Ballet Nacional de Cuba
  • Contemporary Dance Company, “RETAZOS” 
  • Theater in Havana
  • National Symphony Orchestra 
  • Orquesta  Buena Vista Social Club  
  • Taller Experimental Grafica
  • Visual Artist and Ceramicist, José Fuster
  • History and Architecture introduction to Havana
  • Healthcare overview and clinic visit

The morning lecture/discussion programs are always a favorite. They provide a background that makes our visits with artists more meaningful and productive. Participant experts and Cuban colleagues will present on health issues in a specific art in preparation for our visit to that venue. Everyone has the opportunity to learn about the unique challenges for artists and healthcare professionals. 

In addition, we plan time for workshops/clinics with Cuban artists who may be interested in learning more about prevention and therapy of their art-related problems.

Of course, there will be time for meals, discussions and music that lead to better cultural understanding. Individuals will also have time to pursue special interests and research objectives.

For a window to this world, see PAMA website at “Regional Meetings” and the UIC website at

A detailed program and a schedule of activities will be proposed in mid-October


Every participant must complete an Application and be approved before one is accepted for this special travel program.  As well, non-U.S. participants must complete the Program Application and be approved per the U.S. government regulations.  Early applications are encouraged so that the review process and acknowledgement can be done with adequate time for individuals to plan their trip and confirm arrangements.  Deadline for applications is November 25.

Download Application


Until we have a final group and confirmed activities, we cannot give firm costs.  However, from past trips and expected program activities, the following costs can be estimated:

Miami / Havana / Miami
$450 - $500 estimated roundtrip fare
Includes U.S. Departure taxes and Cuban health insurance for the length of your stay
Charter flight costs for 2014 have not been announced.  

$75 per person (not applicable for participants born in Cuba) 

NOTE:  Participants from outside the U.S. may make their own arrangements for air and visa.  They should arrive by Saturday, January 25, and make their hotel reservation for Saturday night.  The group program begins on Sunday, January 26.

With accommodations at the Hotel Nacional Standard
               $2,065 per person in a double room           
               $2,295 per person in a single room

With accommodations at the Hotel Nacional on the Executive Floor   
                $2,320 per person in a double room         
                $2,585 per person in a single room


  • 7 nights at the historic Hotel Nacional
  • Transportation during the week by air conditioned bus
  • Bi-lingual Cuban guide
  • Breakfast daily
  • Welcome Lunch, Farewell Dinner, some other meals
  • Program activities and professional visits (to be confirmed)

An invoice with final costs will be sent to participants in December. 

Arranged by Marazul Charters, Inc.



What participants have said about the program:

The Cuba program is a life-changing experience.
John Chong, MD, Medical Director, Musicians' Clinics of Canada
Faculty, Glenn Gould School Royal Conservatory
President, Performing Arts Medicine Association

Our delegation was given the warmest welcome by the Cuban National Orchestra, Cuban National Ballet - including a personal visit with founder Alicia Alonso, and the Grammy-award winning Buena Vista Social Club musicians.  Can’t wait to see all our new friends again in January 2014!
Marc Brodsky, MD

As a sports medicine physician who treats dancers and performers, I found the time in Cuba working with artists and collaborating with the Cuban doctors enlightening and invaluable. Exchanging ideas and learning about ways to better our approach to injury prevention will benefit U.S. performers and Cubans alike.
Elizabeth Manejias, MD

Artists are workers, and studios are workplaces -- what better location to internalize this than a cultural center like Havana?  
S. Lacey, PhD

Cuba was a marvelous experience. I felt the exchange of knowledge was generous and fruitful. This applies not only to our interactions with the Cubans but also learning from other trip members. 
Kathleen Davenport, MD

Going to Cuba and working with health professionals and artists was a wonderful experience; not only was I able to work with studio artists on chemical exposures and ventilation solutions, I was able to expand my skills by working with performing artists with the Cuban National Symphony on ergonomic issues facing musicians.
C. Barrett, CIH


Our 2013 Cuba Program was a great success!

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