You are invited to the Heart & Soul Community Gallery Event on Wednesday, November 18 from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at The Orpheum Theatre.
During the Community Gallery Event you will have the opportunity to hear the thoughts and reflections of dozens of Galesburg residents, representing a broad spectrum of the community. The event will showcase the results of 17 focus groups recorded by Galesburg High School students.
In addition to hearing from the focus groups, you will have the opportunity to comment on the discoveries of the groups and share your thoughts about Galesburg, which will be recorded by a professional illustrator. These group discussions and the event are part of an effort to prepare for a community planning and development process, known as Community Heart & Soul. Additionally there will be an opportunity to learn more about the various ways to get involved with Heart & Soul.
Please attend on Wednesday (Nov. 18) and invite your colleagues. If you work with an organization or have contacts who you would like to invite to this event, please do so.
The Heart & Soul Galesburg project is a collaboration between the Galesburg Community Foundation, the City of Galesburg and private philanthropy. Community Heart & Soul is a community development method that has helped transform small towns across the country by bringing residents together to determine what they value most about their town and getting people to see strengths and possibilities where they may have seen obstacles.
Heart & Soul lays out a roadmap that then leads to concrete actions the town can take to make positive change. Heart & Soul is organized by and carried out by local residents working towards achievable actions, some of which can be acted on right away and others for the long term.
Dr. Mario Masvidal, a professor at University of the Arts in Havana, Cuba, will give presentations at 12:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Student Center on Carl Sandburg College’s Main Campus in Galesburg, 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Both lectures are free and open to the public.
Masvidal’s visit comes as a result of the trip President Dr. Lori Sundberg and other Illinois community college leaders made to Cuba last February. Their trip was an opportunity to learn and understand the educational system in Cuba and took place just after the United States’ ties with Cuba were being re-established. Masvidal was the first lecturer the Illinois contingent of presidents had during their visit.
“Professor Masvidal’s presentation was absolutely the most insightful discussion I have heard on Cuba,” Sundberg said. “Everyone in the room could have listened to him for hours. As he grew up in Cuba and was educated there, he has a perspective of Cuba that is unique. He is quite fluent in English and understands the curiosity associated with his country. He can speak on Cuban history or Hemingway with equal passion. He is an absolute delight!”
Masvidal has worked in education in Cuba for more than 40 years and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in semiotics, communication theory and other related disciplines. He also has taught courses and led workshops on the history of English-speaking countries, English as a second language, linguistics, English stylistics, Spanish stylistics and professional communication. Masvidal also has hosted a radio talk show in Havana since 2009 and participates in four Cuban TV shows as an interviewer, presenter and writer.
He is a founding member of the Cuban Linguists Association as well as the Teachers Association of Cuba. Masvidal also is a member of the Cuban Artists and Writers Association, Economic Society of Friends of Cuba’s, Cuban Association of Film Critics and Cuban Association of Social Communication.