U.S. teachers Shutt, Beal to talk about Cuba trip

Carol Shutt, left and Laurie Beal with the fourth graders they taught in a Cuban school during a trip last year. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NORTHEAST HARBOR LIBRARY

February 18, 2018 – Mount Desert Islander

BAR HARBOR, MAINE — Carol Shutt and Laurie Beal will give the talk “Cuba: Through an Open Door” at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m.

Last summer, Shutt and Beal visited Cuba for 16 days, traveling through the country, creating art and more. Shutt, an art teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School, and Beal, a Spanish teacher at Mount Desert Elementary School, will tell stories and share photographs, examples of the art made by Shutt during their time in the country.

Shutt and Beal spent time in Havana and also traveled to the towns of Cienfuegos and Trinidad on the Caribbean coast of Cuba. They taught and made art with a fourth-grade class in Havana, visited museums and historic sites, took an Afro-Cuban dance lesson, toured the city in classic cars and taxis, enjoyed the cuisine in restaurants and paladares, learned about the plants and trees native to the island and practiced their Spanish.

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