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Community Development
Reynier Guerra
Reynier is the founder and CEO of Colon Cultural currently living and operating in Havana, Cuba.
Colon Cultural

Colon Cultural provides an “Artist Exchange” Residency to specifically link visiting artists – both local and global – with local cultures and communities in Cuba, inspiring a reciprocal sharing of knowledge, insights and creative techniques during the residency and beyond.

Colón Cultural is a non-for profit organization based in Havana, Cuba. Since its founding in 2016, Colón Cultural has been operating in a Centro Habana neighborhood called Colón. What at first was just an idea from two friends interested in the value of art as a tool for change and social exploration, became the house of over 50 artists from a dozen countries that have come through the program one way or another. In recent years we have been working with the disinterested help of many of the collaborators who have given their support, with the simple satisfaction of knowing that their sweat was driving an initiative to fill a space of creation for these communities and social groups. With our actions we have managed to attract the attention of other organizations and most importantly, we have earned the respect of the communities and social groups with which we work. But what we have done in recent years is not enough. 2020 has brought new challenges for the world and also for our team. The ways of seeing the context and of relating in society must be rethought, seeing this crisis as a new opportunity to put our organization on an increasingly sustainable path. For this we want to grow and strengthen our tools and practices in a new context for the future. This time when many of us stay at home, we have decided to leave the nostalgia of the past before Covid-19 and start thinking about a different type of "normal" for our future, which can help reaffirm the work we have done so far and also increase our capacity to collaborate with the peripheral communities and social groups with which we work, as well as to establish new connections locally and internationally.