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Smithsonian Latino Center

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The Smithsonian Latino Center is the corazón of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. It works toward preserving Latino history and culture, engaging Latino communities, and advancing Latino representation in the United States. Since 1997, SLC has successfully ensured that the contributions of the Latino community are celebrated and represented throughout the Smithsonian.

The Center works collaboratively with Smithsonian museums and research centers, ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, national culture and scientific achievement are explored, presented, celebrated and preserved. We support scholarly research, exhibitions, public and educational programs, web-based content and virtual platforms, and collections and archives. We also manage leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, emerging scholars and museum professionals.

Smithsonian Latino Center's collections

 

Sylvia Rivera, Latinas on Latinas

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Sylvia Rivera: Pushing Boundaries.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p>Sylvia Rivera was a transgender woman living in New York City during the '60s and '70s. She became a fierce defender of LGBTQ+ rights, pushing the movement in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots to vigilantly protect transgender people's rights.</p>
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Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art

<p>These bilingual (English/Spanish) resources feature activities related to Argentine culture through the lens of contemporary art for families, middle school, and high school students. </p> <p>This digital collection is from an exhibition with the same name, organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center with Argentina’s Secretariat of Culture. <em>Southern Identity</em> presented an overview of the major movements and trends in Argentina’s national art scene since 1948 and is organized in four sections featuring political art, landscapes, national identities and abstraction. It was the largest survey of Argentine contemporary art ever organized in the United States and included paintings, drawings, sculptures, video art, photography and prints representing the work of artists working in Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina’s provinces. </p> <p><em>Southern Identity</em> was part of the public program and exhibition series<em> Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010 </em>that commemorated Argentina’s bicentennial.</p>
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SLC Day of the Dead Bilingual Curriculum-Based Resources

<p>The cultural online programs and resources developed by The Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) featuring Dia de los Muertos represent groundbreaking efforts by the Smithsonian to promote a deeper appreciation for Latino heritage and our connections to the ancestral past. In addition to its online festival, complete with bilingual interactive online resources based on Smithsonian scholarly research, is a vehicle for the exploration of this traditional practice which has become a phenomenon of popular American culture today. The online programming is in part a collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) and other key community partners across the country.<br /><br />Generous support for the Smithsonian Latino Center's bilingual digital educational resources provided by the following Education Sponsors: Target and The Walt Disney Company.</p>
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Nuestra América: 30 latinas/latinos que han forjado la historia de los Estados Unidos

<p><em>Nuestra América</em> es una antología completamente ilustrada que ha preparado el Centro Latino Smithsonian. En ella se presentan las inspiradoras historias de treinta latinas y latinos y se celebran sus contribuciones a los Estados Unidos. Muchos de ellos enriquecieron las características culturales, sociales y políticas de la nación. </p> <p></p> <p>Gran parte de las historias recopiladas en este libro van a formar parte de la Galería latina de la familia Molina. Se trata de la primera galería nacional dedicada a los latinos en el Smithsonian.  El Centro Latino dirige este proyecto de galería. </p> <p></p> <p>Las historias de este Learning Lab se encuentran en las colecciones de los museos Smithsonian. Para que puedan verse fácilmente, se han agrupado por temas. </p> <p>¿Cuál es el contenido de una colección? Incluye objetos que una persona utilizó o llevó puestos. Algunos ejemplos son: artículos publicados, fotografías y videos. Estos objetos pueden variar desde una pelota de béisbol hasta una prenda de vestir. ¡Hasta podría ser un transbordador espacial! Los objetos ayudan a que los museos puedan narrar historias más completas. Además, los museos se ocupan de cuidar esos objetos. De esta manera, los futuros visitantes también podrán verlos.<br></p> <p>Cada tema incluye rutinas de exploración que provienen del Proyecto Cero de la Escuela de Graduados en Educación de la Universidad de Harvard. Estas preguntas pueden ayudar a iniciar conversaciones acerca de las historias y los objetos presentados. Este Learning Lab puede ser útil para los estudiantes de la escuela intermedia y de la escuela secundaria, en especial si están interesados en la cultura latina. También podría servir de apoyo en la preparación de un proyecto en español sobre las tradiciones familiares. Para ver una versión en inglés de este Learning Lab, haga clic <a href="https://learninglab.si.edu/collections/nuestra-america-30-inspiring-latinas-latinos-who-have-shaped-the-united-states/MakuDQIEBA5UsG2P#r/">aquí.</a><br></p> <p>Si desea más información acerca del libro, por favor visite:<br></p> <p><a href="https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america">https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america</a></p> <p>También puede ver una versión en inglés del libro. Favor de visitar:<br></p> <p><a href="https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america">https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america</a></p> <p><u>Los temas y las historias presentadas en este Learning Lab son:</u><br></p> <p> Derechos civiles y activismo</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li> César Chávez</li></ul> <ul><li>Dolores Huerta</li></ul> <ul><li>Sylvia Rivera </li></ul> <p> Empresarios</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>C. David Molina</li></ul> <ul><li>La familia Unanue y Goya Foods</li></ul> <p> Moda y cultura popular</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Celia Cruz</li></ul> <ul><li>Óscar de la Renta </li></ul> <ul><li>Lin-Manuel Miranda</li></ul> <ul><li>Rita Moreno</li></ul> <p>Lectura y literatura</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Pura Belpré</li></ul> <ul><li>Julia de Burgos</li></ul> <ul><li>Sandra Cisneros</li></ul> <ul><li>Juan Felipe Herrera</li></ul> <p> Servicio público</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Jaime Escalante</li></ul> <ul><li>Sylvia Méndez</li></ul> <ul><li>Ellen Ochoa</li></ul> <ul><li>Sonia Sotomayor</li></ul> <p> Deportes</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Roberto Clemente</li></ul> <ul><li>Dara Torres</li></ul> <p></p>
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Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States

<p><em>Nuestra América</em> is a fully illustrated anthology from the Smithsonian Latino Center. It features the inspiring stories of thirty Latina/o/xs. It celebrates their contributions to the United States. Many are towards the nation’s cultural, social, and political character. </p> <p>Many of the stories in this book will be included in the Molina Family Latino Gallery. It is the first national gallery dedicated to Latina/o/xs at the Smithsonian. The Latino Center leads this gallery project. </p> <p>The stories in this Learning Lab are in the Smithsonian collections. They are grouped into themes for easier viewing. </p> <p>What is in a collection? It has objects that were used or worn by someone. Examples of objects include articles, photographs, artifacts, and videos. Objects can be anything from a baseball to a piece of clothing. It could even be a space shuttle! Objects help museums tell more complete stories. Museums also take care of objects. That way, future visitors can see them, too.</p> <p>Each theme includes thinking routines. They are from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero. These questions can help create discussion around the stories and objects here. This Learning Lab can serve middle school and high school students. Especially if they are interested in Latino culture. It can help with a Spanish project exploring family traditions. </p> <p>For more information on the book, please visit:<a href="https://www.runningpress.com/titles/sabrina-vourvoulias/nuestra-am%c3%a9rica/9780762471751/"><br></a><a href="https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america">https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america</a><br></p> <p>An Spanish version of the book is also available. Please visit:<a href="https://www.runningpress.com/titles/sabrina-vourvoulias/nuestra-am%C2%BFrica/9780762497485/"><br></a><a href="https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america">https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america</a><u><br></u></p> <p><u>The themes and stories featured in this Learning Lab include:</u></p> <ul><li> Civil Rights and Activism <ul><li>César Chávez</li><li>Dolores Huerta</li><li>Sylvia Rivera</li></ul></li><li>Entrepreneurs<ul><li>C. David Molina</li><li>The Unanue Family and Goya Foods</li></ul></li><li>Fashion and Popular Culture<ul><li>Celia Cruz</li><li>Óscar de la Renta</li><li>Lin-Manuel Miranda</li><li>Rita Moreno</li></ul></li><li>Literacy and Literature<ul><li>Pura Belpré</li><li>Julia de Burgos</li><li>Sandra Cisneros</li><li>Juan Felipe Herrera</li></ul></li><li> Public Service<ul><li>Jaime Escalante</li><li>Sylvia Mendez</li><li>Ellen Ochoa</li><li>Sonia Sotomayor</li></ul></li><li>Sports<ul><li>Roberto Clemente</li><li>Dara Torres</li></ul></li></ul>
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Marge Villa, Latinas Talk Latinas

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Marge Villa: Breaking Gender Barriers.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p>Margaret (Marge) Villa was among the very few women professional baseball players and a record-setting catcher. Villa broke gender barriers in the early '40s at age 16 while playing in East Los Angeles, California.</p>
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Latinas Talk Latinas: Selena, Crossing Over Cultural Boundaries

<p>This Learning Lab is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas: Selena, Crossing Over Cultural Boundaries. </em>This resource is meant to be experienced chronologically, starting with the second title. Learn more about the Smithsonian collections and additional resources on Selena. The goal is for users to 1) learn who Selena was  2) explore the assets on Selena across the Smithsonian Institution, and 3) understand why Selena is so important to Mexican-American women -- and the Latino community at large. </p> <p>Selena Quintanilla was a pioneering performer who started as a young girl within the Tejano music scene and eventually moved into several genres of Spanish-language music and crossed over into mainstream English-language music in the United States. This Learning Lab explores her legacy, across the United States and through the Smithsonian collections</p> <p>A note on the flowery aesthetic of the Lab: flowers hold a special significance for Selena and her fans. The Quintanilla family requested that everyone carry a single white rose to Selena's funeral because it was Selena's favorite flower. The flowers in the titles are also a nod to one of Selena y Los Dinos' greatest hits, "Como la Flor."</p>
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Latinas Talk Latinas, Ellen Ochoa

<p style="text-align: center;">This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Ellen Ochoa: Beyond the Barrier.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Ellen Ochoa was the first Latina astronaut</em> in space and <em>first Latina, only the second woman, </em><em>to serve as the Director of the</em> <em>Johnson Space Center</em><em>, responsible</em> <em>for</em> all astro<em>naut activities for NASA. Find out how this daring and tenacious Latina </em><em>went beyond the barrier and set new heights for young girls to reach for the stars. </em> </p>
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Latinas Talk Latinas: Celia Cruz, The Queen of Salsa

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas: Celia Cruz, The Queen of Salsa.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p><strong>Through the story of Celia Cruz we learn about the complexities of belonging and how her music gave her the sense of “home.” Exiled from Cuba, she succeeded in New York and through the world. She was an icon larger than life taking salsa music beyond borders and musical boundaries.</strong></p>
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Descubra Hispanic Heritage

<p>This collection features bilingual (English/Spanish) activities from<em> ¡Descubra!</em>, the Smithsonian Latino Center’s national public education program for kids, teens, and families. These activities were featured at previous Smithsonian Latino Center Hispanic Heritage festivals celebrating Latino art, music, and cultures. These resources can serve teachers and students grades 2-5, 6-8, and high school Spanish.<br></p> <p>The activities help participants place themselves in the role of an artist, whether a poet, musician, or sculptor. There are also fun activities for caregivers and families in capturing family music memories through oral histories and archiving special memories with photographs. Through active learning and problem solving, students are fully engaged and better able to understand concepts being presented. This collection also includes video performances and interviews with Latino animators, artists, curators, dancers, and even educators, among others.  </p> <p><em>¡Descubra! </em>Hispanic Heritage promotes Latino arts and culture contributions while showcasing opportunities to become involved in cultural representation and different interests in these areas.</p> <p></p> <p>Esta colección resalta actividades bilingües de<em> ¡Descubra!,</em> el programa nacional educativo del Centro Latino Smithsonian para niños, adolecentes y familias. Estas actividades fueron presentadas en festivales de herencia hispana previos del Centro Latino Smithsonian que celebraban arte, música y cultura hispana. Estos recursos les pueden servir a maestros y estudiantes de grados 2-5, 6-8, y de clases de español de preparatoria (high school).</p> <p>Las actividades ayudan a participantes imaginase en un papel de artista, fuese un poeta, un músico o escultor. Encontrará actividades divertidas para cuidadores y familias que captan memorias musicales de familia a través de entrevistas y otra sobre como archivar memorias especiales con fotos. A través del aprendizaje y resolviendo problemas, los estudiantes pueden entender mejor las ideas que se les presentan. Esta colección también incluye videos de presentaciones y entrevistas de animadores, artistas, bailarines, curadores y hasta educadores, además de otros.</p> <p><em>¡Descubra! </em>Hispanic Heritage resalta las contribuciones de la comunidad hispana al arte y la cultura estadounidense mientras promueve oportunidades para involucrarse en la representación cultural y las diferentes áreas dentro del campo. </p>
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Cultural Expressions: Spoken Connections and Poetry

<p>This collection features the Spoken Connections Workshop along with four Smithsonian Latino Center programs celebrating Latino poetry and spoken word. This collection is for middle school and high school students, along with life-long learners, with an interest exploring world cultures, language arts, and creative writing. </p> <p>This workshop PDF includes poetry from Puerto Rican and African American poets, including Martin Espada. The collection includes activities on defining culture and brainstorming your cultural home. Through these activities, learners will develop further understanding on culture characteristics, values, and how culture influences our everyday lives. Skills developed through this collection include interpersonal and intrapersonal conversations, learning how to use graphic organizers, and developing creative writing skills using vehicles such as free response and poetry. <br /></p> <p>This collection also features Smithsonian Latino Center Poetry Programs to complement the activity itself through visual performance. Caridad De La Luz aka La Bruja (New York City) and Francisco X. Alarcón (Los Angeles/Davis) honor memory and ancestors during Day of the Dead, Quique Avilés (Washington, DC), Leticia Hernández-Linares (Los Angeles/San Francisco), Raquel Gutiérrez (Los Angeles/Bay Area), and José B. González (Connecticut) perform at a special <em>enceuntro </em>or encounter of Salvadoran poets. A memorable event of music and spoken word curated by Luis Alberto Ambroggio featured performances by local poets Alberto Avendaño, Quique Avilés, Naomi Ayala, José Ballesteros, Consuelo Hernández, Samuel Miranda, Egla Morales, and Carlos Parada, with music by singer/songwriter Patricio Zamorano and his band. </p>
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Cultural Expressions: Art for Social Change

<p>This collection features civic engagement, language arts, and visual arts activities using posters from the Division of Community Education of Puerto Rico (DIVEDCO). This Puerto Rican Poster Art was inspired by works created during Works Progress Administration (WPA). Scaled bilingual activities for grades 2-5, 6-8, and 9-12.</p>
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