Smithsonian Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Performances, Tours & More, 9/15
The Smithsonian is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 through Oct. 15) with a series of vibrant performances, lectures, exhibitions, family activities and tours at various museums around the Institution. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. For a full calendar of events and information about tickets, visit www.smithsonianeducation.org/heritage.
The Smithsonian's kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will be a Family Day Festival held in conjunction with the exhibition "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed" at the National Museum of the American Indian, Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The day will include a dance by Aval, a musical demonstration by Quiche Maya artist Carlos Chaclan, food demonstrations and pottery workshops.
Also in conjunction with the exhibition "Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America's Past Revealed," the National Museum of the American Indian will host a symposium, "Revealing Ancestral Central America," Sunday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Panelists include leading scholars of Mesoamerica's indigenous heritage.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will screen the final hour of the landmark six-hour PBS documentary "Latino Americans"Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Ray Telles, the documentary's producer; Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour; and E. Carmen Ramos, curator of the museum's upcoming exhibition "Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art."
The National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City, will host a panel to discuss contemporary "indigeneity" in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. "Self-Discovery and Indigeneity in the Caribbean" will take place Saturday, Oct. 12, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The dynamic Brooklyn band Jarana Beat will perform at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center, New York City, Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m.
The Anacostia Community Museum will host "Metro Mambo: The Legendary Tito Puente" Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by Jim Byers (WPFW 89.3 FM's "Latin Flavor") the event includes an intimate retrospective of the legendary Tito Puente, followed by a dance party featuring one of the region's top bands. The event is free, but space is limited; for information and reservations, call (202) 633-4844.
Taíno book illustrator Jorge Luis Porrata shares stories based on Mayan folktales and leads a class for children to create clay sculptures based on the stories, at the National Museum of the American Indian Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7-8 and 28-29, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required for the craft portion. Pick up free tickets in the Activity Center.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum will celebrate Hispanic heritage with an afternoon of salsa music, dance demonstrations by the Eileen Torres Dancers and a salsa scavenger hunt for kids Sunday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.