Proceeds Raised From Latino Inaugural 2013 Presented To Kennedy Center And Distinguished Latino Cultural Organizations
PROCEEDS RAISED FROM LATINO INAUGURAL 2013 PRESENTED TO KENNEDY CENTER AND DISTINGUISHED LATINO CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
Grants will promote Latino arts and heritage across numerous institutions and mediums
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Latino Inaugural 2013 co-chairs Henry R. Muñoz III and Andrés W. López announced at the National Press Club today that four distinguished cultural institutions will receive proceeds raised during January’s Inaugural celebrations. This is the first time that inauguration events planned for the Latino community have yielded a significant number of grants to support Latino arts and culture.
The Friends of the American Latino Museum, a group fostering the creation of a major Latino art and heritage museum in Washington, will receive $170,000 from the Inaugural – $50,000 to support its own operations and $120,000 for three sub-grants: $50,000 to the American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation; $50,000 to the Smithsonian Latino Center; and $20,000 to the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts for its ongoing support of Latino arts organizations via training and professional development programs.
As Latinos become more integrated into the political and cultural fabric of the country, LI’13 co-chairs Muñoz, López and actress and philanthropist Eva Longoria decided that funds raised from the Inaugural should reflect this moment in our nation’s history, in which Latinos across the country are being more widely recognized for their contributions to American culture and are taking on a larger role in shaping the nation’s future.
“In Washington and across the nation, Latinos are leaving their mark in politics, culture and the arts,” Longoria said. “Today’s announcement highlights a number of these important achievements, and I am proud to support the organizations that are bringing the cultural contributions of Latinos into the mainstream.”
“The Latino community is finally getting the recognition it deserves for the important and diverse contributions we have made to the art, culture and history of the United States,” Muñoz said. “These grants are important symbols of the emergence of Latinos in every field within the arts and underscore the important role we will play at the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, National Park Foundation and in the creation of a Latino museum on the National Mall. Consistent with the motivation behind the Futuro Fund, we are demonstrating today the Latino community’s commitment to supporting the arts in our nation’s capital and beyond. We have always been great artists and creators, and now we begin the work of inspiring a new generation of arts patrons.”
Addition information on the grantees:
- The Friends of the American Latino Museum strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital that will display the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.
- The Kennedy Center’s Capacity Building programs for Latino arts organizations offer practical training to arts managers and board members at all stages of professional development and stress core competency in fundraising, artistic planning, strategic planning, marketing and board development. The Capacity Building programs have offered technical assistance to arts managers and their boards at a number of arts organizations that serve the Latino community, including El Museo de Barrio, Pregones Theatre, José Limón Dance Foundation and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, among dozens of others.
- The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation seeks to tell a more inclusive history of the American experience by preserving and protecting historic sites and places that celebrate the cultural, economic and civic contributions of Latinos throughout history and as told throughout the national parks system.
- The Smithsonian Latino Center works across the entire Smithsonian network to ensure that Latino culture, achievement and contributions are celebrated and recognized. This gift will support the exhibition “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, that explores how Latino artists have interpreted classic American themes and shaped the artistic movements of the U.S. since the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be on display at the museum from Oct. 25, 2013, through Mar. 2, 2014, before traveling to several cities across the country.
Latino Inaugural 2013 comprised a series of lectures, symposia and cultural gatherings in Washington from January 18-20 that gave Latinos from all backgrounds, national origins, regions of the country and political parties the chance to reflect on the issues most important to them and celebrate their contributions to the American cultural landscape. The festivities were capped off by “In Performance at the Kennedy Center,” a celebratory evening event featuring Vice President Joe Biden, Marc Anthony, José Feliciano, Rita Moreno and Chita Rivera.