Hispanic Heritage Month 2021


“IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF US TO APPRECIATE WHERE WE COME FROM AND HOW THAT HISTORY HAS REALLY SHAPED US IN WAYS THAT WE MIGHT NOT UNDERSTAND.” ​ -SONIA SOTOMAYOR First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice



Hispanic Heritage Events Sept. 15 - Oct 15

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

NAUGATUCK VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLAGE WEBEX VIDEOCONFERENCE Luis Argueta, a distinguished Guatemalan film director, will present on the current issues influencing CentralAmerican migration and he will give the Guatemalan perspective on why there is this considerable influx from that country to the U.S. at this time. This will include an explanation of how the hurricanes of 2020, climate change and COVID-19 have impacted this exodus. You can join the lecture using this link: https://ctedu.webex.com/start/KBallnvcc.commnet.edu


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.MATT MUSEUM LET’S TALK! ART AS A FORM OF ACTIVISM PRICE: $5 MEMBERS / $10 GENERAL Why is art an important form of activism? Find out with Imna Arroyo and Duvian Montoya as they discuss how their artworks have called attention to “women’s energy”, Latin American identity, immigration. Join the conversation with Arroyo and Montoya by asking questions and commenting on why art is an important form of activism. This is the first of five programs celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 2 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.MATT MUSEUM STORY TIME “LATINITAS: UNA CELEBRACIÓN DE 40 SOÑADORAS AUDACES” PRICE: FREE FOR MEMBERS / $5 GENERAL SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.MATT MUSEUM STORY TIME “¡SOLO PREGUNTA!: SÉ DIFERENTE, SÉ VALIENTE, SÉ TÚ” PRICE: FREE FOR MEMBERS / $5 GENERAL


THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.MATT MUSEUM RUM & CIGARS UNDER THE STARS PRICE: $75 BEFORE OCTOBER 11/ $90 AFTER OCTOBER 11 Join us on the rooftop terrace as we sample rums from various Connecticut and new England distilleries, and horsd’oeuvres that blend the flavors of various Hispanic cultures. After, dance the night away while listening toOrquesta Afinke, a Latin-fusion band, in the Museum’sPerforming Arts Center. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.MATT MUSEUM CLOSING CELEBRATION FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH PRICE: $5 MEMBERS/ $10 GENERAL Help us commemorate the end of Hispanic HeritageMonth by enjoying music from Orquesta Afinke, a Latin-Fusion band, in the Museum’s Performing Arts Center and an exhibition of artwork by Hispanic artists on the Foyer.

HISTORY

Every year from September 15 to October 15, the community celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic HeritageWeek under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico andChile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also,Columbus Day is October 12. Website: hispanicheritagemonth.gov


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