NMOA Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Saturday, September 18, 10am - 5pm
Washington Park, Newark, New Jersey (across from the Museum)
Rain date: Saturday, September 25, 10am-5pm
Kick off National Hispanic Heritage Month at our festive outdoor celebration! Featuring live music, dance, and a variety of hands-on activities, there will be fun for the whole family! Learn how to dance salsa, express yourself through metalwork, contribute to a Frida Kahlo-inspired community project, enjoy a traditional Ecuadorian folk dance performance, and so much more!
Many of our community partners will be on-site with activities and information. Don’t forget to pick up something delicious from our visiting food trucks!
Pick up a travel passport by the museum’s entrance, collect 3 stamps at different activities during the day, and receive a surprise!
- Ecuadorian Folk Dance Performance, with Balcón Andino de Chunchi (at noon)
Balcón Andino is famous for its ability to educate the outside world on Ecuadorian traditions through expression and dance. You’re invited to a joyful cultural performance by this Newark-based group.
- Salsa Dance Lessons, with Yoselyn Sanchez (throughout the day)
A great opportunity to learn salsa dancing from exciting young talent Yoselyn Sanchez, Business and Dance student at Rutgers University, Newark.
- Latin Percussion Making and Techniques, with Mai Imakhu (throughout the day)
Get ready for a fun, educational session with storytelling, movement, and relaxation. Participants will create their own instrument made from a wide variety of differently sized recycled containers and learn playing techniques.
- Repoussé Metalworking (throughout the day)
Join one of our museum educators to learn the techniques of Repoussé, an art form that dates to antiquity and was widely used for finely detailed metalwork. ‘Constructive Nueva York’ (1960) by Francisco Matto, from the Museum’s collection, serves as inspiration.
- Music by DJ Ricky Gutierrez Mancilla (noon-4pm)
DJ Ricky Gu plays the best hits of Latin music.
- Community Project: Live Colorfully! (throughout the day)
Make a colorful flower to add to our community tribute to Hispanic culture, representing identity, resilience, unity, love of our families, neighbors, and heritage! We’ll be focusing on an icon of Mexican Art, Frida Kahlo.
Be sure to visit the Museum for FREE during this event! Restrooms will be available for attendees who present a copy of vaccination card or photo or show a negative Covid-19 test from the last 72 hours. Portable restrooms will be stationed in Washington Park.
This month, we will partner with Latinos Cámara Acción for two virtual programs in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Latinos Cámara Acción was born with the purpose to UNITE all the people who are part of this universe that is the Art of Film, Radio, Television, Theater, and more. From makeup artists, cameramen, technical team, actors, and all those who make possible the development of programs which are projected in various media for people to EDUCATE and/or ENTERTAIN. In each interview, we will introduce the work of our guests while fostering a collaborative spirit in this program. Hosted by Amelia Diaz.
These programs will be in Spanish only and will be available on the following channels:
Wednesday, September 15, 7pm
In this interview, host Amelia Diaz sits down with Alexander Fernández & Soschy Rodriguez.
Alexander Fernández is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer, producer and award-winning independent filmmaker. Known for the critically acclaimed web series Body Jumpers and Dawn, and short Films such as Aurora Chronicles of a hero, AlexFernandez's Sasha and others. Alex creates radically engaging stories as an endless wellspring of interesting new ideas. He graduated from film school in 2008 and immediately launched his career directing documentaries and creating the award winning web series Body Jumpers. During his educational career, Alex learned to create engaging, stimulating stories with little-to-no crew or outsourced work—a talent proved invaluable throughout his career.
Born in the USA of Hispanic parents from Mexico and El Salvador. Lives in Los Angeles, proud of her roots she represents the Hispanic youth. She participated in the filming of the soon to be released movie Los Campeones. She hosts a program on YouTube where she teaches floral arrangement design and together with her mother she is in charge of the family business of selling flowers.
Wednesday, September 29, 7pm
In this interview, host Amelia Diaz sits down with José Ramón Mañeru & Alex Rodrigo.
José Ramón Mañeru
Filmmaker, Coordinator of the Festival "BELCHITE DE PELÍCULA", Spaniard, lives in Zaragoza. Together with the City Council of Belchite José Ramón is the technical responsible and coordinator of Belchite De Película, an Express film contest that aims to promote the development of the audiovisual sector in Aragon among the youngest, this event already has four editions counting this year.
Director, Creator and Scriptwriter, Spaniard from Zaragoza. He is one of the groundbreakers of the new fiction narrative, specialist in TV series and social narratives. He directed TV series, Veneno TV Mini series 2020, El Ultimo Show TV series 2020, La Casa de Papel TV series 2017-2020, and many more.
Tuesday, October 5, 7pm
Join us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by exploring the work of celebrated Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Hosted by Jennifer Dasal, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art and host and creator of the award-winning ArtCurious podcast.
This program will be available on the following channels: