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While the politicians talk, we continue to work.

Thrilled to be able to announce our first workshop between Cuban and American musicians, coming in two weeks to Minneapolis/St. Paul. http://21cmediagroup.com/2017/10/16/cuban-american-youth-orchestra-cayo-new-cultural-exchange-program-launches-with-first-cayo-fall-academy-oct-29-nov-5/

Coming soon…

Our first project is in the works for this fall. We can’t wait to show you all… stay tuned! Abrazos from

The New York Times Op-Ed

CAYO Executive Director Rena Kraut was featured in The New York Times op-ed “Trump Is Wrong to Pull Back From Cuba“

The Role of the Arts in International Policy

The distance between the United States and Cuba cannot be measured in terms of distance, though the 90-mile gap across the Straits of Florida is stunningly short. The cessation of commercial, economic, and financial relations stopped the island in its tracks in the early 1960s, widening that insignificant distance to a gulf. For decades, we…

The Betsy South Beach Welcomes CAYO!

The Betsy South Beach Welcomes CAYO Hard to describe the role of The Betsy South Beach hotel in Miami, but Liz Tracy of the Miami New Times makes a good stab at it:  "One might think it strange that a major cultural locus in Miami is a hotel on South Beach. But in the Magic…

Havana, April 2017

  Heartbreakingly beautiful, Havana is a city steeped in the past and looking with hope and excitement to the  future. Walking through streets devoid of posters, billboards, logos, you find your pace slowing, your focus drawn to the crumbling facades of the buildings, the resting dog splayed on the doorstep, the intense  green of a…

The Promise of the Blank Slate

The Promise of the Blank Slate

The Promise of the Blank Slate by Rena Kraut MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER SHOWCASE Last summer, my almost-six-year-old learned how to swim. I sat at the edge of the pool, watching as he was launched forward by the instructor and managed only a few dog paddles before he was pulled aside for extra help. He tried not to…
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

The IRS gifted CAYO with official 501(c)(3) status just in time for 2017. We are thrilled to be able to launch fundraising for the inaugural season of the Cuban American Youth Orchestra in 2018. Here’s a picture of the celebration desayuno at Francisco’s Cuban Cafe in Rochester, MN. Thanks to a gift from a major St.Paul-based…

Miami

Miami

There is only one place to go in order to start to understand the inextricable link between the United States and Cuba: Miami. Standing at the water’s edge, looking south, it’s incredible to recall the feeling of standing on the Malecón a year prior, looking at the same expanse of water. 90-odd miles and a…