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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

09/19/2019 11:00PM ● By Kylie Cooper
By: Jessie Monsivais  

This week marked the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American’s who have inspired others to succeed. According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and later was lengthened to 30-days and enacted into law by President Ronald Reagan.

Embedded throughout both South Texas and the Coastal Bend, Hispanic culture is seen, celebrated, and honored. This weekend and through October, Corpus Christi will hold many celebrations for Hispanic Heritage Month.  

New to this year’s month long celebration at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the Las Muralistas Community Painting event on Friday, September 20 from 5 pm – 7 pm in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom A. Celebrate with prominent Corpus Christi female Muralists, Sandra Gonzalez, Mayra Zamora, and Monica Marie Garcia by adding your own creative twist to the new mural designed by all three artists.

“It is essential to recognize the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino people,” says Muralist Sandra Gonzalez. “We need to teach our traditions to the younger generations to fully embrace our heritage.”

Enjoy complimentary refreshments, while you paint! Afterwards, the completed mural will be on display in the University Center. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu, or call 361-825-2657.

If you’re looking for an inspiring read or history refresher, the DMC Mexican American Studies program and Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education chapter have you covered. Until October 15, Del Mar College’s White Library features a display filled with books and films highlighting Hispanic authors, artists, political activists, and filmmakers. Items are also available for checkout with a valid Del Mar College ID. For more information, call DMC Associate Professor of English Erica Rose Bertero at 698-1433.

Saturday September 28 features a discussion panel with Chicas Rock Founder and Executive Director, Cecy Treviño de Oliveira and members of Chicas Rock, followed by Folklorico dances inspired by La Catrina performed by Folklorico dancer, Teresa Saldivar.

Chicas Rock, created in 2011, is a female exclusive music camp that builds self-esteem through music creation and performance. A Local’s List favorite, along with being one of the top three music schools in 2017 and 2018, the group organizes drives for school supplies and helps numerous organizations such as the Kids Helping Kids Program.

“It is important (and also lots of fun) to get people together and bring cultural awareness to the general public in a space where they can ask questions and network with like-minded individuals,” shares Cecy. “Art, music, and food from other cultures is a great way to bring people together!”

These are just a few of the ways you can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month here in the Coastal Bend. Bringing people together and both honoring and embracing a integral part of the culture and history that makes up our community is so important. Let us know how you are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in the comments below!