The Smithsonian Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, 9/15-10/15
The Smithsonian invites the public to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) through a series of vibrant performances, lectures, family activities and exhibitions at various museums around the Institution. All programs are free unless otherwise indicated. A full calendar of events and information about tickets is available here.
The Smithsonian's kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month will be a Family Day hosted by the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The family day, held in conjunction with the exhibition "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self" at the National Portrait Gallery, will include musical performances, interactive demonstrations, bilingual arts activities, storytelling and gallery tours.
Also in conjunction with the exhibition "Portraiture Now: Staging the Self," the National Portrait Gallery will host two "Meet the Artist" gallery talks: Michael Vasquez will discuss the "code" of a neighborhood street gang found in his paintings and collages (Saturday, Sept. 13; 2 p.m.), and María Martínez-Cañas will discuss the relationship between perceived and physical worlds (Saturday, Oct. 18; 2 p.m.).
In partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Anacostia Community Museum will host "Revisiting Our Black Mosaic," a full day of discussions on issues of race, immigration, gentrification, education, museums and community in the Washington, D.C., metro area, Friday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The 1994 exhibition "Black Mosaic" presented the stories of African-descendants from Central America, South America and the Caribbean, who immigrated to Washington, D.C. Information and registration is available by calling (202) 633-4871.
The Anacostia Community Museum in collaboration with WPFW FM 89.3 and Howard University presents "Metro Mambo: Time Machine," a discussion with Joe Conzo as he shares his archive of rare recordings by Tito Puente and other mambo greats. Dancing and a performance by Orquesta La Leyenda will follow. Saturday, Sept. 20, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information and reservations are available by calling (202) 633-4844.
The National Museum of the American Indian will host author and artist Sandra Cisneros, Saturday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. as she discusses "A Room of Her Own," a Day of the Dead inspired installation opening at the National Museum of American History Oct. 31.
The dynamic Brooklyn band Jarana Beat will perform a new interpretation of Mexican music, accompanied by dancers in Native regalia, at the National Museum of the American Indian, Saturday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m.
The Smithsonian Latino Center presents "Encuentro de Poetas Salvadoreños: An Evening of Spoken Word & Performance" at the National Museum of the American Indian, Thursday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. This dynamic evening of spoken word and performance will bring together four Salvadorian poets from the West and East Coasts.
Toddlers from 14 months to 3 years old can learn about Caribbean Taíno culture through stories, song and hands-on activities, every Wednesday through Dec. 10, at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York. Information and registration is available by calling (212) 514-3702.
The National Museum of Natural History will host bilingual book readings with Susan Stockdale, author and illustrator of children's books on nature (Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.), and with Cecilia Velástegui, Ecuadorian author of the bookOlinguito Speaks Up, about this new mammal species (Saturday, Oct. 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.). Recommended for ages 12 and younger.