Founded in 1996, SAS emerged from community engagement projects and a commitment to fostering cultural interactions and exchanges through the arts with Cuban artists. Our mission is inspired by the hope for strengthen connections across political, social and intercultural constraints through artistic work, reflective dialogue and advocacy at a grassroots level. We have worked passionately to offer rich cultural exchanges with communities.
For a more in-depth view of our experience check out our History tab on the top of our page. In 2022, we plan to continue to collaborate with innovative, socially-conscious artists and organizations. Visit our shops to view and purchase artists' pieces. Our gallery includes hand crafted earrings and natural gourd shekeres.
CREATING HOPE FOR A PEACEFUL FUTURE
WHAT WE DO
Utilizing the universal language of artistic expression, we act in resistance to prejudicial barriers. We aim to preserve and promote critical cultural dialogue through the arts. Honoring the universal spirit of life, we are committed to supporting and strengthening vibrant local and international communities. We have developed performances, educational outreach, workshops and artist residencies that leveraged cultural knowledge of artists to facilitate human consciousness. Currently we are transitioning to online work and collaborations with artists.
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Our mission is to foster and promote the survival and growth of cultural traditions by facilitating artistic exchanges and collaboration across global sociopolitical barriers.
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Stage production . "Elegbara" at Zuzi's Theater
Grupo Ban Rrarra, is a Haitian roots ensemlble originally from Santiago de Cuba, now based in Havana. The group consists of drummers, dancers and singers.
Susana Arenas at Montessori School
Felix Insua performs in Elegbara stage production.
Felix insua originally from Havana was dancer, drummer and singer with Grupo Yoriuba Andabo.
Teresita Perez dances Ochun
Montessori school presentation, Dances of the Orishas. David Cantrell, Tucson's beloved archivist of Cuban music and literature, In the background.
Ernesto Cardenas Dance Class
UofA Dance Department Salsa Class
Ramon Ramos, Sandy Perez, Rogelio Kindelan Nordet
At SAS Casa de la Cultura, rehearsing for Raices Cubanas
Reynaldo Gonzales as Elegua
Tucson Meet Yourself Celebration
Ache Pa TI Halloween Gig
Eliza Butler with Pedrito Martinez
Club Congress, Tucson, AZ Dec 2014
Rogelio Kindelan Nordet with Montessori Children
Presentation at Montessori School. Finding Cuba on the world map.
Grupo Ritmo Bacheche. Art work by Danilo Lejardi
History of Cuban Music and Dance. Featured Presentation at Tucson Meet Yourself Event.
Anais Abrieu & Margo Itule in Havana
Anais Abrieu, celebrated bolero and feeling singer mentors Margo.
Salsa Mania Dance Class UofA
UofA Dance Department Master Class
Reynaldo Gonzales & Mom Cuba Night
Cuban Dinner night at the SAS Casa De La Cultura
Regino Jimenez Saenz
Yoruba song class at SAS Casa De La Cultura. Regino, one of the foremost authorities on Afro-Cuban drumming, particularly the batá drums, former drummer with the legendary Jesus Pérez, member of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba for over forty years, and Musical Director of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba for over thirty years. Sadly Regino passed away in 2005.
Roberto Riveron mentoring Caleb Murray- Havana
SAS organized a travel/study group for musicians in Cuba .
Reynaldo Gonzales & Eliza Butler dancers.
Tucson Meet Yourself Festival performance. Congeros - from left to right - Cisco Robledo & Manuel Aregullin. Will HIllis on Guagua
Timba ensemble, Ache Pa Ti
From left to right, Caleb Murray, Jeremy Patfield, Robert Encila, Mike Eckroth, Jason Weaver, Jeff Freidl, Mike Hay, Margo Itule, Gary Rubenstein
Margo & Manny at the ANCI in Havana
Delivering canes to the Association for the blind. Havana, Cuba.