It is a historic moment to visit Cuba. A historic moment to create art in Cuba. With RGNN, you have the opportunity to do so – in HAVANA.

In collaboration with our 400 partner universities (rgnn.org/partners), we are now offering Artist Residencies in Cuba for university partners and groups of artists.

Minimum group size: 10 artists.

Open to all nationalities, including U.S. citizens.


Writers. Applications are open to writers of all literary disciplines: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, etc. The proposal can be to work on an existing project (e.g. if you are already working on a book) or to complete an entire project during your residency in Madrid (e.g. a collection of poems about Spain). Texts can be written in all languages.

Journalists and Bloggers. As a news agency, RGNN.org also welcomes journalists and bloggers-in-residence. Proposals can be based around a specific theme, e.g. reporting on current events or around a theme, e.g. art, culture, sports, travel, fashion, style, food, etc. If the Resident is interested in publishing his or her texts on RGNN.org, they must be written in English or Spanish.

Photographers. Photographers can be of all different disciplines, from artistic photography to street photography to photojournalism. Proposals can be based around a specific theme, e.g. a series photographing street art in Madrid. Selected works may be published on RGNN.org. Photographers can take advantage of the RGNN photo and video studio to shoot work as well. Please note that photographers should provide their own photography (camera, tripod, etc.) and editing equipment.

Filmmakers and videographers. Filmmakers of all disciplines are welcome: film, short film, documentary, video, etc. Selected works may be published on RGNN.org. Filmmakers can take advantage of the RGNN photo and video studio to shoot work as well. Please note that filmmakers should provide their own film (camera, tripod, etc.) and editing equipment (e.g. Final Cut Pro or your editing program of choice).

New Media Artists and Graphic Designers. Applications are open all artists who use new media and/or graphic design to create art.

Visual Artists. Applications are open to visual artists of all disciplines (painting, drawing, sketching, etc.)

Dancers and Actors/Actresses. Applications are open to dancers and actors/actresses. We recommend that those Residents interested in dance take advantage of their stay to be inspired by the salsa culture in Cuba and its varied ethnic dances. Residents interested in the field of theater may also consider attending plays at the Gran Teatro de La Habana, for example.

Musicians and Composers. Applications are open to musicians and composers. The Resident must carry his/her own material (e.g. instrument) to carry out his/her project.


Every Resident works on a self-directed creative project throughout his or her Residency. Candidates should detail their project proposal in the application form. It is not required that residents finish an entire project during their stay at the Cuba Residency; you can work on a project you have started elsewhere, or work on a project in a brainstorming format and continue to work on it after the program.

Language. The Residency is open to all nationalities and languages. We remind Residents that all communications with RGNN are conducted exclusively in English or Spanish.

The colonial town of Trinidad is famous for its color-blocking architecture


Yes, U.S. citizens can travel to Cuba through ROOSTERGNN Academy. We are a Spain-based organization with strong international relations, including to Cuba and the United States. As such, ROOSTERGNN Academy is permitted to offer people-to-people educational travel programs to Cuba by the U.S. Department of Treasury’s OFAC.

More info on: U.S. Citizens and traveling to Cuba. 


Anyone who has visited Cuba will tell you that it is a trip they will never forget. The historically rich UNESCO World Heritage cities, the spectacular landscapes, the friendly people, the classic cars – Cuba is the pearl of the Caribbean.

This year, ROOSTERGNN is selecting a group of Artists-in-Residency for a unique Artist Residency in Cuba. The Artist Residency can be completed in Havana!

Explore the rich artistic culture of the Cuban capital, where modern art galleries are popping up alongside traditional Cuban artists on view at the Museo de la Revolución. Don’t miss out on the street artists, be it graffiti sprayers or the countless musicians that sing and dance on the bustling streets. And at any time of day, take an inspiring and refreshing stroll down the Malecón, Havana’s iconic boardwalk. If you’re into the history of the mafia, the Hotel Nacional and the Hotel Sevilla will allow you to travel back in time. And above all, don’t forget to take a ride in a classic car.

Our program in Cuba is based on full cultural immersion, a 360-experience of the Cuban lifestyle, all while working on a project that you love.


ACCOMMODATION in central Havana, Cuba.

The Residency Fee includes housing in colonial “boutique” style houses with Cuban host families specifically selected by RGNN in the historical center of Havana, with a Cuban family to welcome and attend to them.
Housing can be in single rooms (1 person) or double rooms (2 people).
The rooms, of a colonial style, are spacious and well illuminated, and all of them have their own bathroom and air conditioning. All of the houses moreover have a spacious common area, such as a salon or rooftop terrace, for Residents to work on their projects.

The accommodations will be assigned by ROOSTERGNN according to the availability of the different Artist Residency locations in the selected city.


The Artists-in-Residence benefit from guidance for their artistic project before their arrival in Madrid, Spain and/or Havana, Cuba.

All requests for guidance must be submitted at least sixty (60) days before the start of the program. With the acceptance of the Artist, information on the processing of orientation requests will be provided.


During the Residency program, the bilingual Orientation Coordinator (English / Spanish) will inform Residents about their requests for orientation to carry out their artistic project in Cuba. The Orientation Coordinator will also advise the Residents about other local information they may need.

Remember that the Artists carry out a self-directed and independent project; the Orientation Coordinator is not a fixer.


The projects and/or interviews with Residents moreover can be published by the agency, RGNN.org, as well as on its diverse communication channels and social media networks, allowing Residents to publish and promote their work to a global audience.


Breakfasts take place at the “boutique” style accommodations in Havana.

The breakfasts are ample, and usually include, depending on the house, cheese, ham, bread/sandwich, butter, jam, honey, eggs or omelettes, sweets and desserts, pies, in addition to coffee, tea, milk, juice, for example.



In collaboration with our 400 partner universities (rgnn.org/partners), we are now offering Artist Residencies in Cuba for university partners and groups of artists.

  • Minimum group size 10 artists.
  • Minimum 7 nights.

Dates are flexible and can be adapted to your group’s specific needs.


RGNN Artist Residencies are subject to a Residency Fee to cover expenses such as accommodation, breakfast, Orientation Coordinators, etc. Residency Fees may vary depending on group size and Residency duration.

As a non-profit, RGNN.org already subsidizes all Residency Fees and is committed to offering affordable programs for all artists. We also recommend consulting the following links for information about third-party funding.

Please contact us to inquire about your specific dates and to get a personalized price quote for your group.


We are always happy to work with you and your university or group of artists to customize all programs according to your needs.

Possible add-ons include full-board, welcome/departure dinners, airport pick-up and drop-off, workshops with RGNN Experts and Mentors, city tours, classic car excursions, day trips to Trinidad, Viñales, Camagüey, beach trips, and more.

Please contact us to inquire about customizations and personalized add-ons.