Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off in Orlando with an Exhibit of Works by Latinx Artists
An art exhibit of Latinx artists opened at Orlando City Hall on Thursday as part of the city’s kickoff for National Hispanic Heritage Month.
On the first floor gallery of City Hall, colorful oil and acrylic paintings cover the walls while a life-size paper sculpture of a woman stands in a corner.
The works were created by more than 20 Latinx artists for National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15. The art is on display through Oct. 18.
City of Orlando’s director of multicultural affairs, Luis Martinez, coordinated the exhibit. He’s from Puerto Rico and says when he walks through it, it reminds him of home.
“For Hispanics and Latinos, it’s important to preserve our heritage and culture and pass it onto the new generations.”
He says for the wider community the exhibit is an opportunity to learn about another culture and to celebrate Orlando’s values of diversity and inclusion.
He says Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 2 Commissioner Tony Ortiz will honor the contributions that Latinx leaders have made to the community.
“The Hispanic Heritage Month national theme is ‘Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation,’ that’s why tonight we’ll be recognizing local Latino leaders.”
For more information on other Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Metro Orlando’s website.
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