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The Molina Family Latino Gallery Opening Next Month

Updated: Jun 3, 2022

Dr. Faustino Bernadett and his wife Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett are excited to announce that The Molina Family Latino Gallery will be opening at the Smithsonian next month. It is the first physical presence of the National Museum of the American Latino.

Exhibitions in the Latino Gallery will present bilingual stories for multigenerational and cross-cultural audiences featuring multimedia, physical objects, and first-person voices.

The Molina Family Latino Gallery is part of an ongoing, integrated Smithsonian-wide effort supporting research, exhibitions, public and educational program, web content, collections and archives, and publications about the Latino experience in the United States.

The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States,” introduces visitors to critical concepts, moments, and biographies that shine a light on the historical and cultural legacy of U.S. Latinas and Latinos.

As the Smithsonian’s first gallery entirely dedicated to Latino history and culture, the Molina Family Latino Gallery embodies what we might someday see in the future National Museum of the American Latino.

Learn more about the Molina Family Latino Gallery here.

Friends of the American Latino Museum is holding its annual design contest with a call for artists to submit their best work that depicts and celebrates Latino history and culture in the United States. This year's theme is "Build it on the National Mall." The top 10 designs will advance to a national round where the public can vote on their favorite design. As in previous years, the submission with the most votes will be deemed the winner and receive a $500 gift card.

In addition, their artwork will appear across the many digital and in-person platforms of the FRIENDS campaign, including posters and promotional materials throughout the remainder of the year.

The deadline for artists to submit their designs is April 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Public voting begins on their Facebook page from May 2 through May 4. The winning artist and design will be announced on Cinco de Mayo, May 5.

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