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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 in the Coastal Bend

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Del Mar College and other organizations to host community events in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, featuring the 2021 Mariachi & Folkórico Showcase Celebrating Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions Hispanic Americans have brought to this country. The celebration and representation of the undeniable enrichment found in Latinx and Hispanic communities’ cultures, traditions and legacies extend from September 15 to October 15.

A variety of organizations in the Coastal Bend have planned events throughout the month to honor the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMU-CC) celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with a variety of cultural events on campus. Most of the events throughout the month are free and open to the public. Here are a few events TAMU-CC is hosting this month.

Sept. 20 – Campus Conversations: United, Not Divided

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Division of Student Engagement and Success and the Islander Cultural Alliance will host a discussion addressing issues related to the Latinx community and the importance of collaboration between various ethnic groups. The event is from noon to 1 p.m. in the University Center Lonestar Ballroom C and will feature students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu.

Sept. 27-Oct. 2 – Dr. Hector P. Garcia Play

TAMU-CC’s Department of Theatre & Dance presents the world premiere of a new play about the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Hector P. Garcia from Tuesday, Sept. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 2, in Warren Theater, Center for the Arts. Written by visiting guest artist and professional playwright Iraisa Ann Reilly, the play’s cast features numerous Island University students and is directed by Assistant Professor Marco Muñoz.

The play dramatizes the story of Corpus Christi’s own “Dr. Hector.” Learn about the world-changing events that happened right here in Corpus Christi. For more information, contact Meredith Melville at meredith.melville@tamucc.edu or visit the Department of Theatre & Dance website for ticketing information. 

Oct. 6 Latinx Matrix

Latinx Matrix is a panel presenting artists who utilize printmaking, print-related and multimedia formats, such as performance, film, social media, etc., to disseminate diverse ideas and perspectives. Their personal stories and creative works will provide inspiration and discussion for Islander students and faculty, attendees from the state of Texas and beyond. The event will take place from 2-3:30 p.m. in University Center Oso room 221. In addition to HHM programming, this panel is featured as part of the Oso Bay Biennial XXII Printmaking Symposium. A complete list of events can be found here – Oso Bay Biennial

TAMU-CC’s month-long programming of events includes panel discussions and keynote speakers on a myriad of topics; art exhibitions exploring various themes; workshops; late night Lotería; poetry readings; a cooking presentation from Vianney Rodriguez; and so much more. For a full rundown of TAMU-CC’s Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit the website.

Del Mar College (DMC) will also celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a roundup of events. DMC, the DMC Mexican American Studies (MAS) Program and the college’s chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE-DMC) present a lineup of on-campus and virtual events. Here are a couple of Hispanic Heritage Month events hosted by the college.

Sept. 22, Sept. 28 & Oct. 6 Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series

Join the MAS Program for a month-long film series with the screening of three works celebrating Hispanic heritage. Under the Same Moon (Thursday, Sept. 22), Who is Dayani Crystal? (Wednesday, Sept. 28) and Justice for My People (Thursday, Oct. 6) will be shown inside the MAS Center (CB 133) at 11:30 a.m. each day. For additional information, contact Professor of Spanish and MAS Coordinator Javier Morin at jmorin@delmar.edu or 361-698-1582.

Oct. 13 – Reading and Book Signing with Award-winning Author Diana Lopez

Join DMC for a reading and book signing event with Diana Lopez on Oct. 13 at 11:30 a.m. on the Heritage Campus. Diana Lopez, a DMC graduate and Corpus Christi native, has written several books, including Coco: A Story about Music, Shoes, and Family, the novel adaptation of the Academy Award-nominated film Coco that won the Oscars for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song. She will read from two of her most recent works: Sing with Me: The Story of Selena Quintanilla and Lucky Luna, and will sign books after the reading.

Del Mar’s programming also includes a variety of online offerings to be accessed all month long. The Encore Presentations include seminars, virtual art displays, and more. For a full rundown of DMC’s Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit the website.

Looking for more? Here are several other Hispanic Heritage Month events happening throughout the Coastal Bend. 

Oct. 6-8 – Bailando International Dance Festival

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, TAMU-CC hosts the Bailando International Dance Festival, featuring evening dance concerts and master classes in a variety of dance styles. Masterclasses will be held during the day, and evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. 

Oct. 11 – Mariachi & Folkórico Showcase

Celebrate the pageantry and beauty of the music of the Mariachi de la Isla and traditional dances of Alcorta’s Compañía de Danza Folklórica as the company celebrates 25 years of dance instruction and performances. On Tuesday, October 11, experience the beautiful and traditional mariachi music and Folkórico dances at Mariachi de la Isla at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public. 

Oct. 15 – CCSO’s Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Concert

The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra recognizes the enormous contribution of Hispanic heritage by playing an array of phenomenal music from Cuba, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, and Argentina and featuring the young Mexican pianist Eli Manzo performing one of the most beloved piano concertos ever. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online or at the PAC box office. 

Outside of attending any of these incredible events, getting out into the community and supporting artists, businesses, restaurants and shops owned by members of the Hispanic and Latinx community is a great way to celebrate and honor this month!

Are you hosting an event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month? Email tyler@thebendmag.com the details and we’ll add it to this event roundup!