U.S. artists and cultural leaders travel to Cuba to explore opportunities for greater cooperation. Rough Cut - no reporter narration
NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) A U.S. delegation of cultural leaders and artists, including Usher and Kal Penn, arrived in Havana, Cuba on Monday (April 18), as part of a four-day artistic exchange. The 33-person cultural delegation visited Cuba's famous University of the Arts, where musicians performed a concert with classical music and folkloric dance performances. Kal Penn, best known as the character Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television series House, said he hopes to establish relationships that will fuel continued creative projects. The tour comes on the heels of U.S. President Barack Obama's historic trip to Cuba last month, the first by a U.S. president in 88 years. Although the two countries lie just 90 miles (145 kilometers) from each other, most Americans have never visited the nation because of the Cold War-era embargo. The artists will be in Cuba unitl Thursday (April 21) and plan to hold meetings with Cuban government officials and directors of cultural institutions to identify further opportunities for artistic cooperation.