The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba (LFC) is an autonomous, non-governmental and non profit institution in Cuba created to protect and promote contemporary Cuba artists and culture, develop research works and new technologies applied to the artistic world, and encourage dialogue with both Cuban and international cultural communities. The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba, located in Havana, acts as a cultural center to encourage the creation of bridges of understanding in Cuba and abroad.
The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba has established long-term programs with leading institutions worldwide. Programs include performances, festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, lectures, seminars, academic courses, workshops, conferences, scholarships and grants.
The Ludwig Foundation of Cuba was founded in 1995 by Peter and Irene Ludwig, world-known private European collectors and is funded yearly by the Peter and Irene Ludwig Foundation located in Aachen, Germany.
In Havana, the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba is located on Calle 13 #509 between D and E in Vedado.
For a link to the Ludwig Foundation go to http://aflfc.org/whoweare/ludwig-foundation-of-cuba/
Secrets Under the Skin premiered at the Ludwig Foundation December 22, 2010. Please see the sidebar for photos and stories from and about its opening.
Perico Municipal Museum Constantino Barredo Guerra (Museo Municipal de Perico Constantino Barredo Guerra)
The Perico Municipal Museum Constantino Barredo Guerra (Museo Municipal Barredo Guerra de Perico) opened June 26, 1982 with a mission to preserve and collect the local history of Perico. It is located at Calle Marti No. 216 between Maceo and Gonzalez, in Perico, Matanzas Province, Cuba.
The director of the museum is Rosario Pino Dominguez, local phone number: 377423
The Kimura Gallery's mission is to provide the University of Alaska Anchorage and the community-at-large qualitative exhibits that are national and international in nature. Exposure to new ideas, interdisciplinary projects and works that challenge the gallery-goer's assumptions about art are essential to the gallery's role as a transmitter of contemporary cultural directions. The Kimura Gallery opened in 1987 and was originally known as the University Gallery and later renamed in honor of Sam and Joan Kimura who taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Bunnell Street Arts Center’s mission is to nurture and present innovative art in all media for diverse audiences. Bunnell presents dynamic and uniquely challenging visual and performance art by noted Alaskan, national and international artists. Presenting the best solo exhibits you can find in Alaska changing monthly, the arts center also offers weekly performances in music, theater, performance art, spoken word, and all that which resists categorization. Semi-monthly workshops in diverse media range in scope from Statewide symposia led by artists of the highest caliber to introductory workshops aimed to inspire creative confidence for adults in transition. Bunnell provides extensive outreach programs including Artist in Schools under contract with Alaska State Council on the Arts, and school tours and lecture/demos of visiting performing artists. These outreach activities connect locals to the cutting edge of creative international culture, and strengthen a sense of international kinship between locals and visiting artists. Bunnell is a community partner with Out North, Alaska Design Forum and Alaska AIR (Artist in Residence). Bunnell programs are funded in part by grants from the Alaska State Council on the Arts, WESTAF, USA Artists, Rasmuson and Paul G. Allen Family Foundations.
Homer is a seaport community overlooking Kachemak Bay 220 miles by road south of Anchorage. Called "The Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea," Homer has a reputation as a progressive arts capital. Homer's is culturally and economically rooted in homesteading and fishing. Homer's reputation as an artistically adventurous community finds its forum for risk and innovation at Bunnell. Alaska's geography makes it difficult for emerging artists, artists with disabilities, and those citizens who are members of various minority communities to have contact with professionals who create original stage work. Bunnell attracts and fosters those artists and individuals from all over Alaska who cannot experience progressive artwork in this state's predominantly conservative ecosystem. In this way, Bunnell is a vital incubator of the arts for greater Alaska, and an essential link between Alaskan and visiting artists and local and visiting audiences.
The Bonnafont Gallery is located in the historic North Beach area of San Francisco. It was founded in 1978 by Philippe Bonnafont of France, and has been in its current location since 1988. Dennis Letbetter has been the gallery director since 1995.
The Bonnafont has specialized in pioneering artwork by architects, which has ultimately led to the establishment of departments of architecture in the local museums. Mario Botta, who first exhibited in the US at the Bonnafont Gallery, eventually became the architect for the SFMOMA.
The Bonnafont Gallery has been a springboard for artists making contacts with the art world. With its garden and intimate setting it is a place where introductions can be made and unconventional local and international exhibitions can be held. To date, the Bonnafont has featured artists from the US, England, France, Italy, and Finland. Negotiations with Korean artists are currently in process.
The Nubuke Foundation, situated in the leafy suburb of East Legon in Accra, Ghana, West Africa is a space dedicated to the promotion of Ghanaian art, culture and heritage. At Nubuke Foundation programs range from exhibitions on art and Ghanaian culture, heritage and history, art workshops, poetry and drama. Art workshops are taught during the week, evenings and at weekends for adults and children. Nubuke’s well-stocked library gives affords the opportunity to help children improve their reading and writing skills with drop-in sessions from 3-4pm every day.
Supporting the surrounding communities is an important focus for the Nubuke Foundation. The reading clinic for school children from the La-Bawaleshie area is well attended by those who need to improve their reading and writing skills. Nubuke encourages other traditional arts producers with design mentoring programs to infuse new ideas and methods into their work so they can appeal to a wider audience. The Tsiame weaving community benefited from a similar initiative, holding an exhibition of Ewe Kente at the Nubuke gallery and the gift shop also became an outlet to sell their cloth. The Foundation also holds regular art workshops on collages, screen printing, beading, tie and dye, and Asafo flags. Workshops can also be tailored for individual requirements. From November 2012, all workshops will be run in the newly-constructed workshop pavilion.
The Nubuke Foundation is located at 7 Adamafio Close, East Legon.
For a link to the Nubuke Foundation go to www.nubukefoundation.org
While not an official "gallery", The University of Cape Coast presented Secrets Under the Skin July 20 and 21, 2013. The University of Cape Coast is one of the rare sea front universities in the world. It was established in October 1962 as a University College and placed in a special relationship with the University of Ghana, Legon.
The Faculty of Arts is one of the Faculties in the University of Cape Coast. The focus of the Faculty is to promote teaching, research and extension of various aspects of Liberal Arts. Secrets Under the Skin was hosted by Professor Kwadwo Opoku-Ageymang Senior Lecturer of English, a department located in the Faculty of Arts. The installation was presented in the Faculty of Education Complex, North Campus. In attendance at the function were the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Nelson Buah, the Registrar, Mr. John Kofi Nyan, the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, a section of the University Community, second cycle schools and the general public.
The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) was established in 1977 by artists and community activists with a shared vision to promote, preserve and develop the Latino cultural arts that reflect the living tradition and experiences of the Chicano, Central and South American, and Caribbean people. MCCLA makes the arts accessible as an essential element to the community's development and well-being.
* Banner image photographed by Brandon McElroy