Kcho Studio Romerillo
Conceived by the Cuban artist Alexis (Kcho) Leyva, Kcho Estudio Romerillo is a nonprofit art project that strongly defends the idea that art can change people's life.
The project is really popular among youngsters and the community members due to the free internet access facility and the cultural choices taking place in the video room, art gallery and theater. Other attractions are the sample of Wifredo Lam's original engravings, the interesting reading material at the library, and the food and drinks offers at the cafeteria.
The idea of making art accessible to everyone transcends the boundaries of the Kcho's studio. Since the XII Havana Biennial, it has been extended to the community resulting in what we known today as Museo Orgánico de Romerillo (MOR).
As you get close to the studio you can notice that walls, markets, bus stops, parks are bearers for artistic works, but not with the undercurrent of social political criticism. The only purpose is to inject vitality, humor, beauty and poetry into a culturally depressed and deteriorated environment.
A large group of artists of different nationalities, away from any kind of monetary, political, ideological, or religious interests have contributed in this project. Kcho, himself, who has received the UNESCO Prize for Promotion of the Arts, has made accessible to everyone his own collection of Cuban art and part of his work.