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You're invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) with us through a series of vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at various museums around the Smithsonian.  There are fun programs and activities for everyone! For a complete listing of Hispanic Heritage Month activities at the Smithsonian and to learn more about all of our cultural programming click here.

Image credit:
2014 Kaypi Peru Festival, National Museum of the American Indian. Image courtesy of NMAI, Smithsonian Institution, 2014.

A Family Day

Bring the whole family to the Smithsonian's kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month! Held in conjunction with the exhibit Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, this fun family day includes musical performances, interactive arts and crafts demonstrations, storytelling, gallery tours, a special display of creative work by Fairfax County Family Literacy Program families, and more!

The Latino Center would like to thank Southwest Airlines, the Vanir Group of Companies, Inc., and the Reinsch Family Education Endowment for their generous support of this exhibition and related activities.

Saturday, Sept. 13
11:30 am – 4 pm
National Portrait Gallery / Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
FREE admission


Please join us in making this year's Hispanic Heritage Month even more impactful with a contribution to the Smithsonian Latino Center.  Your donation will tie you even closer to our work and ensure that the Smithsonian's culturally rich programming is continued.  If you make a contribution during the month of September you will receive the Hispanic Heritage at the Smithsonian coffee table book, a beautiful 200-page hardback book celebrating a decade of Latino initiatives at our nation's museum.  Make your online donation through our donation page or contact Gina Flores, Senior Advancement Director at (202) 633-9004.


Don't miss this opportunity to meet Michael Vasquez, a featured artist in the current exhibition Portraiture Now: Staging the Self, on view at the National Portrait Gallery through April 12, 2015. Meet the Artist is a series of free conversations that begin at 2 pm in the respective artist's gallery. Future conversations will include artists María Martínez-Cañas, Carlee Fernandez, David Antonio Cruz, Karen Miranda Rivedeneira and Rachelle Mozman. For more information visit

Meet the Artist: Michael Vasquez
Saturday, Sept. 13

2 pm
National Portrait Gallery (first floor, south)
FREE admission

Image credit:
Michael Vasquez, This is Ours—AJ (detail), acrylic on canvas, 2011. Blair and Arthur Rice ©2011 Michael Vasquez.


We are grateful yet again to have had the opportunity to work with young talent and minds this summer. Edison Rodriguez (El Paso, TX) and Alexander Carrillo (Portsmouth, RI) worked on projects for our Latino Virtual Museum which is accessible via our main website. Both young men participated in workshops and helped us in testing various games and programs. Their work will aid us in providing distance learning opportunities for teachers and students throughout the country and world. We are committed each year to providing internship opportunities to students interested in learning more about the Smithsonian and the contributions of Latinos to our nation's history. For information about internship opportunities at our Center click here.


This landmark exhibition opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in October of last year and is now touring the country. On Sept. 21 the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, CA will host Our America, which will remain on view until Jan. 11, 2015. The exhibition presents the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the U.S. since 1950, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. The exhibit is drawn entirely form the Smithsonian American Art Museum's pioneering collection of Latino Art. Future tour cities include Salt Lake City, Wilmington, Chattanooga and Sioux City. If you cannot see the show, buy the beautiful catalog by clicking here.

Image credit:
Luis Jiménez, Man on Fire, 1969. Fiberglass in acrylic urethane resin on painted wood fiberboard base, 106 1/4 x 80 1/4 x 29 1/2 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Philip Morris Incorporated, 1979.124.


Here are a few more interesting events for you and your family in the coming weeks. Learn more about all of the wonderful programs year around at the Smithsonian by visiting us online at

Saturday, Sept. 20
La vida de los insectos: Celebrating Latin American Insects
National Museum of Natural History, Insect Zoo

Sunday, Sept. 21
Smithsonian's National Zoo

Thursday, Oct. 2
Encuentro de Poetas Salvadoreños: An Evening of Spoken Word & Performance
National Museum of the American Indian

Wednesday, Oct. 8
Film: Harvest of Empire (2012) 90 min.
National Museum of American History

Saturday, Oct. 11
Hispanic Innovators in Air and Space
National Air and Space Museum

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