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Latino Heritage Festival Family Day and Concert

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1st and 2nd Floor
American History Museum
A bilingual intergenerational festival with enriching educational offerings featuring hands-on activities and performances in celebration of 25 years of Latinidad at the Smithsonian and the opening of the Molina Family Latino Gallery. The event will showcase Latino history, art and culture, highlighting different Smithsonian museums and cultural centers through activities and collections, as well as Latino community partner organizations. Family-fun activities will include a puppet theater and cooking demonstrations as well as pop-culture and adult programming. The day will also spotlight Latinos in sports. Hands-on activities and tours for learners of all ages throughout the day. 

Featured Performances and Participants include: 
Check-In with Madame Mela 
Skating Demonstrations with Oscar Loreto and Itzel Granado Flores 
Batmaking Demonstration with Juan Baret
Cooking Up History with Chef Silvana Salcedo Esparza
Excerpts from GALA Theatre's Play: La Llamada de Sylvia Mendez: Separate is Not Equal 
The Pura Belpre Project Puppet Show from Teatro SEA, New York City
Special screenings of PBS Kids shows Alma's Way and Rosie Rules! 
Latinas in Baseball on-stage conversation with Linda Alvarado 
Transforming the Screen on-stage conversation with Alberto Ferreras, Dan Guerrero, and Melinna Bobadilla

It will conclude with a featured evening concert at 6:00 p.m. of musical performances that capture the diversity of Latinidad, including urban musical traditions with artist JChris, salsa with the DC Cuban All Stars, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, and Batalá Washington. 

Collaborating organizations include: CASA de Maryland, Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School, GALA Theatre, La Clínica del Pueblo, Teatro SEA , and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

Smithsonian museum partners include: Anacostia Community Museum, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of American History, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Science Education Center, Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Service, and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

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