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"Latino art is American art, period." - Latino Center Director in today's New York Times

So much good news coming out of the Smithsonian Latino Center the past couple of days!

Yesterday, the American Alliance of Museums announced that the Latino Center will be receiving the 2018 Award for Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion at this year's meeting.

 Margaret Salazar-Porzio, National Museum of American History curator, at 2017 Latinos and Baseball collecting event in Framingham, MA.

Margaret Salazar-Porzio, National Museum of American History curator, at 2017 Latinos and Baseball collecting event in Framingham, MA.

 

Today, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York announced our upcoming collaboration and exhibition: Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean.

 Mark Raymond Harrington  This woman (likely Luisa Gainsa) and child are from a Native community near Baracoa, Cuba, whose members today work with researchers to document their history and culture.  National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (N04469). Photo by Mark Raymond Harrington, 1919.

Mark Raymond Harrington

This woman (likely Luisa Gainsa) and child are from a Native community near Baracoa, Cuba, whose members today work with researchers to document their history and culture.

National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (N04469). Photo by Mark Raymond Harrington, 1919.

Also, today, SLC Director Eduardo Diaz was quoted in a New York Times story, "Museums Turn Their Focus to U.S. Artists of Latin Descent."

 An image from Clarissa Tossin’s video “Ch’u Mayaa” (2017), part of the “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay” exhibit that opens on July 13 curated by Marcela Guerrero at the Whitney Museum of American Art.CreditCourtesy the artist

An image from Clarissa Tossin’s video “Ch’u Mayaa” (2017), part of the “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay” exhibit that opens on July 13 curated by Marcela Guerrero at the Whitney Museum of American Art.CreditCourtesy the artist