International Symposiums

The ICFAD triennial international summer symposiums are designed to be informative and educational experiences that address global issues in the arts. The programs take advantage of the unique cultural aspects of the selected host sites and involve arts administrators, artists and government leaders of the area. The cultural enrichment that ICFAD's international members bring to the organization can be highlighted through the venues that are selected for the symposium.



June 3 – 8, 2017 in Havana, Cuba
June 3 – 11, 2017 in Havana, Cienfuegos and Trinidad

Join friends and colleagues from the International Council of Fine Arts Deans as we explore the ways in which personal and collective identity is expressed in Cuban culture through the arts. From the monumental modernist structures of Plaza del las Revolucion, to the idealist architecture of the Instituto Superior de Arte, to contemporary art venues such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, or the unsanctioned public performance works of various artists, we’ll explore the complexities and richness of personal expression in public places where expression is often limited, restricted, or pre-determined.

Included in our plans are meetings with personnel from the Office of International Programs from University of Havana and Instituto Superior de Arte.

We’ll come away with a greater understanding of the colonial and post-colonial history of Cuba, while considering the unique geographical and ecological attributes that make the island one of the most colorful, dynamic and vital cultures in the Western Hemisphere.

June 3 – 8, 2017 to Havana -- $3,299 per person in a double room/ $4,399 per person single occupancy*

June 3 – 11, 2017 to include Cienfuegos and Trinidad -- $3,899 per person in a double room/ $4,999 per person single occupancy*

*ICFAD will work with individuals traveling alone who wish to share a double room with a colleague

Includes roundtrip airfare from FLL, most meals, taxes, excursions and entrance fees, informative presentations, Cuban visa, major art galleries, musical performances and more

To review the agenda for the International Symposium in Cuba, please click here 

To register, please click here, and then select Cuba Reservation Form, which is half way down the page, on the right side. 

A deposit of $750 per person is required to hold your space. Final payment is due March 4, 2017, after which time, payments are non-refundable.

Please check your passport now. Passports must have expiration dates at least six months away from travel date, to travel to Cuba.

Click here to see articles about travel to Cuba, as published by Smithsonian Journeys.

Previous International Symposiums

2014 – Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27, with a post-symposium trip to Cappadocia Saturday,
June 28 - Monday, June 30

Click here to see the Symposium Program.

2011 - Florence, Italy -Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Le Due Fontane, Loggiato Dei Serviti - June 21-24

Florence: Where the Past Meets the Present

To view information about the Symposium Program click here.
To view information about the Malta Post Symposium trip click here.

2008 - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Neptun Hotel - July 15-18

Libertas: Freedom as a Result and Condition of Art

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

2005 - London, England - Thistle Hotel: Kensington Palace - July 12-16

Libertas: Freedom as a Result and Condition of Art

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

2002 - Rome & Florence, Italy - June 27 - July 4

Putting the 'I' Back in ICFAD

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

1999 - Auckland, New Zealand

1996 - Lisbon, Portugal

1993 - Madrid, Spain

1987 - London, England

1981 - Florence, Italy