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SLC 2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

The Smithsonian Latino Center 2014 Annual Report is out!

In it, you will find information on our volunteer leadership, donors, key partners, recent impact, and upcoming events. Your continued support is critical in ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, culture, and scientific achievement are recognized.

Young Ambassadors Program Celebrates 10 Years!

Young Ambassadors Program Celebrates 10 Years!

A week-long celebration kicked off our 10th anniversary with Washington Week on June 21.

Washington Week included informal conversations with Latino leaders, CEOs, STEM experts, as well as a private screening of Underwater Dreams (documentary that inspired the film Spare Parts). The program also included hands-on workshops on exhibition design, social media engagement and video production.

Alumni joined the celebration participating in leadership and management strategy roundtables and panels with Latino leaders including Adriana Gallego, Deputy Director of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and Ron Estrada of Univison, as well as members of the Smithsonian National Latino Board. The keynote was given by branding expert Claudia "Havi" Goffan on the importance of developing your personal brand.

The Ten-Year anniversary included an evening celebration on Saturday, June 27 at the Smithsonian Castle with major program sponsor Ford Motor Company Fund and the premiere of the YAP impact video.

Follow the conversations at  #SLCYAP2015 and #YAPturns10 for alumni weekend.

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum Teacher Training

Latino Virtual Museum (LVM)

Teacher Tool Kit Training
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On May 30, the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum, in collaboration with the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), hosted a cost-free educator training at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Attendees learned how to use the Teacher Tool Kit Training to help enrich their teaching curriculum and received service hours and certificates from the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT United).

Wise Latina International

Using technology to shape the image of Latinos

SLC Director of New Media and Technology, Melissa Carrillo, spoke at the 2015 Wise Latinas International Summit hosted at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The audience included local community artists, educators, policy makers, and Latino serving media organizations. The presentation focused on the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum and the ways in which the Latino Center is using technology to shape the image of Latinos.

The two-day summit took place on June 12 and 13 and was closely followed on SLC social media channels.

Call for papers for the 2016 Latino Art Now!

The Latino Art Now conference will be in Chicago April 7-9, 2016.  Co-hosted by the University of Illinois, Chicago, LAN examines the presence of Latino art and artists in U.S. and global art history, while advancing access, education, and scholarship in this interdisciplinary field.

Artists, art historians, art professionals, educators, scholars, critics and collectors are invited to submit papers here.

Exhibits You Don't Want To Miss!

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed  (on view at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian NMAI-NYC through January 2017.) After two years in Washington, D.C., this bilingual (English/Spanish) exhibit highlighting Central America’s ancestral cultures has traveled to New York City. View over 150 rarely-seen artifacts in this special collaboration between the Smithsonian Latino Center and NMAI.

Portraiture Now: Staging the Self  (on view at New York’s Americas Society through April 12, 2016) is presented by the National Portrait Gallery in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center. Debuting in Washington, D.C., this traveling exhibit features the work of six Latino artists who make us aware of how identities are constructed and negotiated via portraiture.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art (on view at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas from October 16, 2015 through January 17, 2016) just finished its run at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on June 28. This exhibition features 92 works illustrating  the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge.

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire (on view at Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian NMAI-D.C. through June 2018) explores the legacy of the road network that connected the seaside, mountain, desert, and forest communities of the Inka Empire from Colombia to Chile. The Inka Road is one of the world's monumental engineering achievements and remains a sacred space and symbol of cultural continuity in the region.

Launch of ¡Descubra! Meet the Science Expert is an education series funded by NBCUniversal Telemundo which launched on June 14 in Miami at the Philip and Patricia Frost Science Museum; it will continue to Houston, Texas on August 7, 2015 and Oakland, California on August 22, 2015.

Featured Events in Washington, D.C.

PANAMÁ Series at the Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)
Panamanian Foodways, Recipes, and Embassy Favorites
August 8

Viviana Martinez, Chef and Chief Protocol officer for the Panamanian embassy, discusses what makes Panamanian food unique from both an historical and practical context.  Learn how menus are developed and prepared for staff and visiting Panamanian embassy guests.

Sign up here or call 202.633.4844 to register for this program.


Community Forum: Who are the Zonians?
August 29

Zonians, a term that refers to people from the Panama Canal Zone. This area was home to many U.S. citizens from the early 1900s until 1999. Learn how this unique community remains connected today. The panel will be moderated by ACM Curator, Ariana Curtis.

Sign up here or call 202.633.4844 to register for this program.


Author Talk: Latinos in the Washington Metro Area
August 30

Anthropologist Maria Sprehn-Malagón's book examines the unique Latino community in D.C. - the 12th largest in the nation. She'll discuss how Latino residents have transformed Washington, DC culturally, politically, and economically over time. Limited copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Sign up here or call 202.633.4844 to register for this program.

Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning
June 25, 2015

The Smithsonian Latino Center and the National Museum of African American History and Culture presented a 25th anniversary screening of Paris is Burning in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. This iconic documentary tells the story of gay and transgender African Americans and Latinos in New York City during the 1980s. Smithsonian curator Katherine Ott, LGBT activist and emcee Rayceen Pendarvis, original cast member Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis, and Casa Ruby founder Ruby Corado spoke to a full house in the Baird Auditorium of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH).


Perú Pachamama

Perú was featured at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall from June 24, 2015 to July 5, 2015. The closing of the program on July 5 brought together groups from New York and D.C. areas to perform with musicians and dancers from Perú. The SLC actively supported this wonderful showcase through the Latino Initiatives Pool (LIP) with special outreach efforts to the local Peruvian American community. Through the LIP we supported the new Smithsonian Folkways recording featuring Agustín Lira and Alma.

For a full listing of events, view our summer calendar.


We are deeply grateful to the corporate donors who have supported our work in the past year, especially those that have contributed through a gift of $25,000 or higher.

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