Top Ways to Celebrate National Hispanic Month

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This month is the perfect time to celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

The observation’s first celebration was a week-long event initiated by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968.  Within President Ronald Regan’s term, a law was enacted in 1988 to extend the Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15.

Through our research, we located the significance of the actual dates.  Here is what we found:

The dates are significant:  September 15 is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively, and Columbus Day (Dia de la Raza, or Day of the Race, a holiday in many Latin American countries) falls on Oct. 12.

Through this news post, our staff at Juniper Springs apartments in Austin, TX thought we could share some ideas as to how to observe this important and festive month-long celebration.

Study the Iconic Art

Click into the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture and spend some time learning about this organization that is solely focused on the Latino arts field.  According to the organization’s website, its history dates to 1989.  Since then, “The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector via funding, leadership training, convenings, research, and advocacy. “

Many galleries and museums throughout the Austin area showcase Hispanic artistry.  If you cannot go in person, through a little research online, we are sure you will find the perfect inspiration to admire and appreciate this extraordinary month.   We made it easy for you to get inspired.  Look at this informative section from the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Once you are on the site, you can also view a video from a curator E. Carmen Ramos who shares her insight re:  What is Latino about American Art?  We think you will find her vison very enlightening.

Create Your Own Masterpiece

We found another enlightening website where you can learn about some of the finest artists in the field. It’s called Los Amigos Del Arte Popular.  Within their “resources” section, scroll down to the ‘artisans’ section.  Within this page, you can not only read about the artists, yet you will see a sample of their work.  From lacquerware, masks, metalwork and textiles, there are plenty of concepts to get you started on your own masterpiece.

Here are some additional artists and their work for you to review:

Luis Jiménez’s Man on Fire

Christina Fernandez’s María’s Great Expedition

Raphael Montañez Ortiz’s Cowboy and "Indian" Film

Delilah Montoya’s Desire Lines, Baboquivari Peak

 

Listen and Learn About Hispanic Music

Here is every opportunity to add a little fun and entertainment to your life while staying in place this fall season.  Get a copy of some of the best of Broadway hits that include “Hamilton” that was honored to receive 16 Tony nominations and receive 11.  Known for these accolades, and the biggest selling cast recording in American musical history, the play is sure to put you in the mood to celebrate this important occasion – all month long.

Other top picks include West Side Story and The King and I.

Music lovers just need to download the music of Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Carlos Santana, and Tito Puente to get a full list of music that has generational roots to Columbia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Throw a Fiesta! 

No matter how you choose to celebrate, we encourage you to find the time to recognize and appreciate the value and Hispanic influences that surround our home at Juniper Springs apartments in Austin, TX.

To get you in the mood to decorate and dive into some delicacies that are a perfect match for your family’s Fiesta, we found this article about throwing the ultimate Fiesta at home to be an easy read to get us ready to celebrate with food, favors, and fun for all.

Cheers to all from our staff at Juniper Springs apartments in Austin, Texas.

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