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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually in the United States from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

President Lyndon B. Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, which was enlarged by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period beginning on September 15 and concluding on October 15. It became legislation on August 17, 1988, with the passage of Public Law 100-402.

The 15th of September is notable because it marks the independence anniversary of Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Furthermore, Mexico and Chile each have independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

Also included in this 30-day span is Columbus Day, also known as Da de la Raza, which is celebrated on October 12.

2022 Event Highlights

  • Kids & Family Event

Hispanic Heritage Month Family Festival The National Museum of the American Latino will celebrate the opening of the museum’s gallery opening and commemorate 25 years of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. The program will include a Dance Party Friday, Sept. 16, and a Family Day and Concert Saturday, Sept 17.

  • Gallery Talk

The Art of Looking: Lola Álvarez Bravo’s portrait of Frida Kahlo Lola Álvarez Bravo’s Frida Kahlo is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation and encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.

  • Concert

Concert with Andean and Latin Fusion Band RAYMI Commemorate the end of summer with a concert by the Andean and Latin fusion band RAYMI (meaning “feast” or “celebration” in Quechua). The group’s passion for its Andean roots is reflected in its music, which combines traditional Peruvian instruments, such as zampoñas, mosceños, quenas, and tarkas, with contemporary instruments.

Kids & Family Event September 24 Fotos y Recuerdos Festival with Lil’ Libros The National Portrait Gallery is teaming up with renowned children’s book publisher Lil’ Libros to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This bilingual event will include story times, book signings, live entertainment and gallery tours.

Panel Discussion September 29 Poise, Professionalism, and a Little Luck: The Cuban Missile Crisis 1962 A panel discussion will illustrate how the history of the Cuban Missile Crisis has changed as new sources of previously classified information have been released in the 60 years since the crisis.


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