It’s Hispanic Heritage month and every year since 1968, we take a month to celebrate the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. According to 2010 statistics, 17 percent of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino heritage. This year, do more than bop your head along to “Despacito” and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the group’s heritage and culture.
We’ve compiled a list of things to do, see and watch to immerse yourself in the culture of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Premiering in 2013, The Latino Americans was the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos. The six part series features interviews from nearly 100 Latinos, exploring the richness of a culture which has helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.
Streaming service Kanopy has made more than 100 Latino Movies available for free during Hispanic History Month! Watching films is a great passive way to gain a better understanding of language. Some of our favorites on the site are 1983 drama El Norte, and Cubamerican, which details Cuban experiences in the US.
More info here
Want to watch more Spanish language films? Check out our latest Netflix round up here!
University of Oregon this week unveiled and hosted a re-dedication of the Aztlan Topializti mural. Painted by Martha Ramirez Oropeza in 1989, you can check it out inside the Erb Memorial Union.
Explore cinematic, literary and visual contributions by Hispanic artists at El Museo del Barrio on Fifth Ave NYC, which has a collection of artifacts spanning 800 years! The museum was founded in 1969 by artist Raphael Montañez Ortiz to preserve and celebrate Caribbean and Latin-American art.
Dive Into Google’s Huge Latino Art and History Archive
The multi-faceted project explores Latino history and culture from the 1500s to the present day. Its exhibits range in focus from colonial Mexico, to food, to queer Latinx (a gender-neutral term) in Los Angeles, to the contributions of Latinos and Latinas during WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam war.
Hispanic Day Parade
5th Avenue, New York, NY
Date: Oct. 8, 2017 at 12 p.m.
The 53rd Annual Hispanic Day Parade marches up 5th Avenue on the Sunday before Columbus Day. It is a culmination of Hispanic Heritage Month. Since 1985 the parade has celebrated New York City’s diverse Latin culture. In 2016 representatives from 20 Latin countries, including Spain, participated. Beginning from 43rd to 47th Streets, the parade finishes on 69th and 5th at 5 p.m.
Room28 Comedy: A Night at El Museo
Fri, October 6, 2017
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
Enjoy a night of comedy at El Museo Del Barrio. The Latino sketch group, Room 28, will present a showcase filled with their most popular live comedy sketches as well as a compilation of their videos. Look out for cameos from notable personalities, too. This group of diverse actors and comedians are committed to sharing the Latino experience through culturally relevant information as well as plenty of realness.
And brush up on your Spanish speaking skills with Fluent City classes starting on October 10th!
Make sure to take some time this month to enjoy in the lively activities of Hispanic Heritage Month happening now through October 15th.