Programs

Sharing Dreams/Compartiendo Sueños

Sharing Dreams/Compartiendo Sueños, a Center for Cross-Cultural Design program, is an on-going collaboration between the U.S. and Cuba. Founded in 2003 by Toni O’Bryan, XCD Board member 2003-2008; Víctor Casaus, Director of Centro Pablo de la Torriente Brau, La Habana, Cuba; and Hector Villaverde, Director Prográfica, La Habana, Cuba; Sharing Dreams/Compartiendo Sueños is guided by the intention of building friendships and professional relationships that are stronger than the political and commercial barriers separating these two nations.

Each year a group of U.S. and Cuban designers are selected by a committee and introduced to one another through the Internet. Through email and in the span of a few months the selected designers begin to learn more about each other, exchange ideas, designs and dreams. The collaboration culminates with the design of posters and their written commentaries, focusing on a yearly theme.

The experience continues in Havana, Cuba when the participating U.S. Designers travel to Havana to participate in the opening exhibit for the posters and to experience other design and cultural activities with their fellow Cuban designers. Sharing Dreams has been exhibited in Cuba, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. since 2005.

Sharing Dreams/Compartiendo Sueños is presented by the Center for Cross-Cultural Design (XCD) and Centro Pablo de la Torriente Brau.

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Everyday Design:
Great Finds from Around the World

Everyday Design: Great Finds from Around the World was conceived by the Center for Cross-Cultural Design in order to support it’s mission of reaching out to the global community. By displaying items of everyday use from diverse cultures this exhibition will encourage visitors to make their own comparisons and be inspired by materials not traditionally considered “designed” objects. From the wood screenprinting blocks used to make sari patterns in India to the cartoon-like graphics on Japanese stationery, there are many beautifully designed and highly functional items that may inform and inspire other kinds of design.

By finding and involving contacts in each country of inclusion, Everyday Design will initiate communication between designers in various parts of the world. This is intended to lead to an exchange of ideas between cultures, greater exposure for designers, and a better understanding of graphic design. Because the global community continues to shrink with the advancement of technology and individuals often remain isolated in their daily routines by the pressures of time and economics, we hope that everyone may be able to find a unifying voice through the graphics exhibited in Everyday Design.