Though Cinco de Mayo is familiar to many, the true time to celebrate is on Sept. 16, Mexico’s Independence Day, with the period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 marking Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrate Mexico’s freedom from Spanish rule and a month of activities that pay homage to the Hispanic culture and history.
Epworth United Methodist Church
9008 Rosemont Drive
Gaithersburg, Md. 20877
Date: Oct. 5, 2013
The Baltimore-Washington Conference Committee, devoted to spirituality as well as social action, will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the Epworth UMC on Oct. 5. Here you can become immersed in all the aspects of the Latino community. A service led by Bishop Marcus Matthews kicks off the day’s events at 4 p.m. with a fellowship and dinner to follow. With headquarters in Fulton, the BWC is comprised of 200,000 members spanning across 640 churches within Maryland, D.C., West Virginia and Bermuda. American Methodism itself has deep local roots as it was actually founded in Baltimore in 1784.
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
During Hispanic Heritage month, pay special attention to the Ancient Americas exhibit at the Walters. Co-founder Henry Walters began with a collection of just under 100 gold artifacts purchased from the Chiriqui region of western Panama in 1911. Since then, and thanks to generous donations in the form of both loans and gifts, the exhibit now features art from Mesoamerica, Central and South America, of the Aztec and Mayan cultures as well as from the Incan and Moche people. Notable themes incorporate agriculture, fertility and the natural and supernatural world; some objects have even been extracted from tombs which were believed to accompany the dead on their journey to the afterlife. You will also find beautiful pieces, including games, jewelry, masks, ritual objects, sculptures and vases composed of such materials as clay, gold, jade, shell and turquoise.
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CHCI Hispanic Heritage Month
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dates: Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, 2013
Thousands from across the country are expected to gather together from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 as part of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s annual conference. CHCI hosts a Public Policy Conference among elected officials, community supporters and leaders of both corporate and nonprofit businesses to discuss policies affecting the Latino people of this nation. Topics include education, immigration, health, the economy and more. Though the “Reyes of Comedy” show, highlighting Hispanic comedians, is by invitation only, and the 36th Annual Awards Gala is a ticketed event, volunteers are needed for the duration of the convention as well as the weeks leading up to the events. Sign up today to participate and help make an impact on your community. Salma Hayek will be honored this year.
Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20009
Established in 1990 and located next to the Mexico Tourism Board, the Mexican Cultural Institute is dedicated to establishing solid U.S.-Mexico relations and delves into Mexico’s cultural past to enlighten its present community. The MCI maintains an artistic presence with its Artist-in-Residence program, giving Mexican artists the opportunity to find inspiration to put toward their craft while exposing this rare art to this nation’s capital. The “Guerrero: 7 Regions of Art & Tradition” exhibit runs through Oct. 15 and highlights the heritage, crafts, clothing and art from the state which is home to four major ethnic groups and seven artistic cultures. World-renowned pianist Alberto Cruzprieto will perform a concert Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in which he interprets a selection of Gershwin’s works.
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