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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

—What is CasaCuba?

CasaCuba is an initiative of Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL to build a first-of-its-kind 57,000-square-foot iconic facility for the study of Cuba and the celebration and preservation of the Cuban heritage.

CasaCuba will host dynamic public programming and events, and house the world's most prominent think tank on Cuban affairs, bringing together top scholars, policymakers, and business leaders from around the globe. Programming will include classes, public lectures, live theater, dance performances, seminars, art exhibits, film screenings, and book presentations. A broad array of cultural events will be showcased, along with discussions and analyses of relevant and timely topics related to Cuba.

As a state-of-the-art venue, CasaCuba will leverage the latest technology, fostering worldwide connectivity and bringing the Cuban experience to life like never before.

—What is the long-term vision of CasaCuba?

The vision of CasaCuba is to be the consequential home for the preservation of Cuban culture and a catalyst for an empowered tomorrow.

—How did the idea for CasaCuba originate?

The idea for CasaCuba emerged at a meeting of the FIU Foundation Board of Directors in 2015, during which Directors discussed the wealth of FIU's intellectual and material resources related to Cuba. As conversations evolved, a small group of community leaders formed an advisory board and recruited others, eager to advance the initiative that grew into CasaCuba.

—Where is CasaCuba located?

CasaCuba will be a 57,000-square-foot, iconic and state-of-the-art facility prominently located at the entrance to the Modesto A. Maidique campus of Florida International University (FIU), on Southwest 107th Avenue and Southwest 16th Street, easily accessible to the University community and visitors from South Florida and beyond.

—What will CasaCuba offer when it opens its doors?

The state-of-the-art facility will be completely interactive, featuring an exciting calendar of conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, meet-ups, and artistic performances and exhibits.

As you walk through CasaCuba:

Enjoy the views at the CasaCuba gallery spaces hosting interactive exhibitions of Cuban history, art, photography, documents, artifacts, and memorabilia.

Follow the music for artistic performances and celebrations anchored in popular Cuban traditions.

Indulge your curiosity and learn about Cuba's past, present, and future at a public lecture, or enroll in one of the 70 Cuba-related courses offered at FIU in the comfort of our state-of-the-art classrooms.

Gatheralongside world leaders from the public and private sector for the most consequential conversations about Cuban affairs.

Listento Cuban voices from our oral history collection and discover the diversity of the Cuban experience.

Feel at home and grab a coffee at the café or enjoy the breeze at the porch or garden.

—What differentiates CasaCuba from other Cuban museums and cultural centers?

CasaCuba is not a museum. It is conceived as a unique and innovative 21st-century space for community gatherings, scholarly and cultural events, and state-of-the-art exhibits, with a focus on preserving and celebrating the Cuban heritage and fostering the study and discussion of Cuban affairs across all disciplines.

—How do I support CasaCuba?

There are many ways to support CasaCuba. We invite you to join us at our events, become a volunteer, or make a donation toward the construction of our home.

Casa Cuba is relying on private and corporate donations, as well as grants, to fund the construction of its state-of-the-art center. To learn more about the ways to support the project, contact Lili Betancourt Space, CasaCuba’s Development Director, at 305-812-2572 or lspace@fiu.edu.

Visit our support page here.

— How may I volunteer?

Volunteers play an important role in supporting CasaCuba’s mission, and they do not need to be formally affiliated with FIU in order to help materialize our vision. To learn about volunteer opportunities at CasaCuba, send us an e-mail at casacuba@fiu.edu.

— How do I donate my Cuban treasures (documents, art, artifacts, and other memorabilia) to CasaCuba?

Thank you for thinking of us as the home for your treasures. Our team is committed to the preservation of Cuban history and the artifacts that help us tell that story. Before you send us any items, we ask that you please fill out the Donation Inquiry Form.

— How can my organization collaborate with CasaCuba?

CasaCuba is proud to support the work of other organizations with an affinity for our mission and vision. At CasaCuba, we believe that when we work together, we can make a significant impact on our community and the world. For collaboration inquiries, contact Maite Morales, Ph.D., CasaCuba’s Sr. Program Coordinator, at maimoral@fiu.edu.