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Maestra News | March 2016

Happy International Women’s Day!

Dear Maestra friends and family,

Happy International Women’s Day!
2016 got off to a great start with MAESTRA screenings throughout Cuba in January and we have many upcoming screenings and events!

We’re finishing up screenings at Penn State through the Pittsburgh-Matanzas Sister Cities Partnership and we’re looking forward to all that the spring has in store. Read below to learn what our team is up to!

We still have screening requests coming in and are delighted to continue sharing this story. Thank you for sharing this road with us.

For more info or questions, write us at 

Un Abrazo,

Catherine Murphy and the Maestra Team

In this Issue:


MAESTRA Tours the Island


Tropical Exposures Conference

MS Civil Rights Veteran Conference

THE ISSUES: Education | Social Justice | Cuba

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Upcoming Screenings!

— March 23

  • @ 11am- Screening with Ser Mujer @ La Biblioteca. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  • @ 8pm- Screening at Ser Mujer @ El Sindicato. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. More info

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Across Cuba

In November 2015, one of our key collaborators, Kimberly Waller, Educational Consultant and PhD candidate who has been researching the Cuban Literacy Campaign, organized seven screenings in Havana and Santiago de Cuba with former literacy volunteers.

In January, our Managing Producer, Alison Kibbe, took MAESTRA through Santiago, Camagüey, and Cienfuegos, screening with former literacy volunteers and young people.

We are thrilled that this story continues to be meaningful across the island.

Thank you to the Christopher Reynolds Foundation whose support made these tours possible, and for their  continued support throughout the life of the MAESTRA project.

ABOVE: Kimberly screening with Literacy Campaign volunteers in Havana.
BELOW: Alison at post-screening discussion at CineCuba, Santiago de Cuba (top); an outdoor screening in Esmeralda, Camagüey with Asociación Hermanos Saíz (AHS) “Cine del Barrios” program (middle); and in Camagüey at the AHS cafe taking with former Literacy Campaign volunteer, Lucía. (bottom)

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Luisa Campos
U.S. Tour

MAESTRA has been touring across the provinces of Cuba!

We are very excited to announce that from April to June, 2016 Luisa Campos Gallardo, Director of the National Literacy Museum in Havana will be touring the U.S.

April 24-29, she will present at the Adult Literacy Conference hosted by the Goodling Institute in Family Literacy at Penn State. She will then travel to New Mexico, the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest, presenting on her work with the YO SI PUEDO program, and the work of the National Literacy Museum.

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Lily Lombera & Alison Kibbe @Tropical Exposures in NOLA

March 10-12 Lily Lombera and Alison Kibbe will be presenting at Tropical Exposures: Photography, Film, and Visual Culture in a Caribbean Frame a conference hosted by the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University. Their presentation Caribbean Ancestries: Past and Future, Here and There – A Look at the Works of Gloria Rolando and El Taller Experimental ENNEGRO explores how contemporary Cuban artists trace the roots, routes, and cultural influence of Jamaican and Haitian migration through their works

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MS Civil Rights Veterans Conference

If you can make it to Jackson, Mississippi don’t miss this important & meaningful event!
Panels each day, including a panel on Friday, March 31st about the work and legacy of the Child Development Group of Mississippi, which was a network of amazing community-run schools that did empowerment education and liberation literacy work. We have been collaborating with some of the veterans in recording their stories of liberation literacy work

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The Issues:

Education | Social Justice | Cuba

Looking to Improve Public Schools, D.C. Searches for Clues in Cuba

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson toured several schools in Havana during a five-day visit to the island, which boasts a 99.8 percent literacy rate.

Read more.

What if Schools Taught Kindness?

Laura Pinger and Lisa Flook share their lessons from creating a “kindness curriculum” for young students

Read more

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