01/14/2013 07:53 am ET Updated Mar 16, 2013

Forbidden Fruit: Cuba's Art Scene Flourishes, With A Little Help From Boston

Cuba has fascinated Americans for decades, but the socialist island has been off limits for 50 years because of a U.S. trade embargo.

Things are changing, though. On Monday, the Cuban government ends a pair of long-reviled travel restrictions, making it easier for Cubans to leave their country. And in 2011, President Obama authorized tightly regulated people-to-people cultural tours, allowing more Americans to travel to Cuba.

WBUR's Andrea Shea recently went on one of these trips. Over the next few days we'll hear her reports, starting with a Boston gallery owner's "trade mission" to open U.S.-Cuba relations through art.

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