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Latino Virtual Gallery

About LVG

Conceiving and designing exhibitions in cyberspace presents different challenges opposed to working in physical space. It demands a different set of parameters, knowledge, and language. It forces us to think about access to technology, the "digital divide," and the complicated issues of images, their context, and their use. It is here that we converge in the dynamic development of a new culture.

The Latino Virtual Gallery (LVG) approaches Latino/a contributions to America's history, arts and culture from a Latino/a perspective.

The Latino Virtual Gallery is an electronic virtual environment. It invites the viewer to explore and discover. It provides a dynamic interactive space for both the creators of the exhibitions and the Internet visitors. Our intent is to provide unique experiences, transmit emotions, and provoke reflection.

LVG draws from new scholarship. Each LVG exhibition is the result of an interdisciplinary exchange. We work in teams that include guest curators/scholars, educators, artists, and development staff. The group decides as a team on the images to be used, the text to be included, sound and design issues, and issues of access and audience.

LVG creates partnerships with other Smithsonian units, with Latino museums, cultural centers, and organizations.

The Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives has partnered with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) via the Latino Virtual Gallery to enhance and promote its educational resources to educators on a national platform.

LVG is a project produced by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives' team Magdalena Mieri and Melissa Carrillo. LVG was launched online in June 2000 with its first exhibition "Revealing Personal Identity: the Indigenous Vision of Manuel Carrillo".

The Latino Virtual Gallery has received support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, and the ATT Foundation.
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