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International Study Delegations
OCTOBER 11-16, 2015
Cuba’s Art Scene Awaits a Travel Boom (The New York Times)
The National Art Education Association is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching Arts Education. Join President-Elect of the National Art Education Association Patricia (Pat) Franklin, who has been selected to lead this delegation. She invites you to join in this unique opportunity.
Our delegation will focus on the following:
• Curriculum planning for art instruction and art integration, including selecting content and establishing standards for teachers and learners;
• Teaching environments including regular and specialized education settings;
• Teaching methods - including integration of art education in regular classroom instruction;
• Assessment of teaching and learning in art education - how methods differ between teachers in traditional school settings and those in alternative learning environments;
• Teacher preparation and how training methods may differ between teachers in traditional school settings and those in alternative learning environments;
• Community based art projects and their relationship to art education.
Founded in 1947, The National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Members include elementary, middle and high school visual arts educators, college and university professors, researchers and scholars, teaching artists, administrators and supervisors, and art museum educators, as well as more than 45,000 students who are members of the National Art Honor Society or are university students preparing to be art educators.
We represent members in all fifty states plus the District of Columbia, U.S. Possessions, most Canadian Provinces, U.S. military bases around the world, and twenty-five foreign countries.
Mission: The National Art Education Association (NAEA) advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
Although the U.S. and Cuba are moving rapidly towards normalizing relations, travel to Cuba remains restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This delegation will be travelling under OFAC regulation 31 CFR §515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the highest level professionals in Cuba.
Each member of the delegation must be in compliance with the General License issued by OFAC authorizing full-time professionals to conduct a full-time schedule of research activities in Cuba. To ensure compliance, each participant in the program will be required to provide a resume and sign an affidavit attesting to his or her status as a full-time professional, paid or unpaid, in the field of research.
Travel arrangements will be arranged through our cooperation with Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad. The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The American Museum of Natural History and many top professional associations and universities. Academic Travel Abroad is licensed by the OFAC as a Travel Services Provider for US travel to Cuba.
This delegation will convene in Miami, Florida on October 11, 2015 at which time we will depart for Cuba. We will return to the United States on October 16, 2015. Delegates will participate in professional meetings and site visits each day; the final meetings and topics for discussion will be determined by the research interests and composition of the team. View itinerary
The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,295 U.S.D. This cost includes roundtrip international air arrangements between Miami and Havana; group transportation, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, most meals, and essentially all other costs associated with participation.
For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if tax deductibility is applicable to you.
Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at www.professionalsabroad.org. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team. In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program.
If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677. For additional program details, to RSVP, or to recommend a colleague to be invited please visit www.professionalsabroad.org.
We are pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation to Cuba.
Future Delegations: South Africa (2016)
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If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact an NAEA Program Representative at Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677.