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Monday, September 26th, 2016

National Book Festival Highlights Prominent Latino/a Authors

*From the article: “Among the more than 120 authors were Latino writers from the United States and a variety of Latin American countries, including some who specialize in ‘crossborder’ themes.” VL By Patricia Guadalupe, NBC News (4.5 minute read) Latinos figured prominently at the 16th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival in downtown Washington,

Monday, September 26th, 2016

These Latinos Were Honored with National Medals for Art, Humanities

By Ericka N. Hernandez, NBC News (5 minute read)  Some of the most notable Latino artists, musicians and writers were recognized by the White House for their cultural contributions. President Barack Obama awarded the National Medal of...

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

President Obama will award National Medals of Arts to 3 Latinos

*This is great news! Sandra Cisneros, Santiago Jimenez Jr., and Luis Valdez will be honored by President Obama. VL By National Endowment for the Arts Washington, DC — President Barack Obama will present the 2015 National Medals...

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

National Portrait Gallery Announces First Commission of an American Latino

*This is great news, but, why did it take so long? VL By NY Arts (1 minute read)  The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has recently added new portraits of prominent Latino figures and artists to its permanent...

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Among the tacos and Mariachis, tiny youth orchestra blossoms in Boyle Heights

By Mary Plummer, KPCC Mayte Castro’s bedroom door is decorated with stickers that read,”In a world where you can be anything, be yourself.” Three sets of butterfly wings made out of fabric hang on the wall above...

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Chicanísima Chicago Cultural Calendar: April 2013

By Teresa Puente, Chicanísima We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers....

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Kennedy Center Commission to Include Latinos

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Remember all the commotion about Latinos and the Kennedy Center Honors a few months back? Back in September sharp words were launched back and forth between Center director Michael Kaiser and Felix Sanchez,...

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Blanco First Latino Poet to Recite at Inaugural

By Pete Burn, CNN Click on picture to read story.

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

The Biggest Latino Story of the year by Felix Sanchez

By LIN@R Felix Sanchez, Chairman of the National HIspanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) talks with the Latino Information Network at Rutgers (LINAR) about the Biggest News Story for the Latino community and the NHFA on 2012....

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Negotiating Identity, Diversity and Recognition

By Eduardo Diaz, Huffington Post Latino Voices Many may have read about the recent flare-up between Michael Kaiser and Felix Sánchez. Kaiser is President of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Sánchez directs the National Hispanic Foundation for...

Monday, October 8th, 2012

MacArthur Foundation Fellow: Natalia Almada, Mexican American “genius”

By Susana G. Baumann, Voxxi A genius is someone whose unparalleled intellectual ability and creativity has allowed them to understand the inner nature of things and reach mastery in their activity or discipline. For Natalia Almada, a 2012 MacArthur Foundation...

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Viva Kennedy? The Latino Lockout at the Kennedy Center

By Lalo Alcaraz, Pocho Ñews Service “Latinos can go “blank” themselves!”  This is what Kennedy Center director Michael Kaiser must have been thinking when he screamed, “Go F___ yourself!” into the telephone when confronted by Felix Sanchez, director...

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Bien Hecho: Carmen Tafolla Is San Antonio’s First Poet Laureate

Earlier this month, the city of San Antonio, Texas inaugurated its first Poet Laureate, UTSA scholar Dr. Carmen Tafolla. Tafolla, currently the university’s writer-in-residence for Children’s, Youth, and Transformative Literature was selected by Mayor Julián Castro for her...

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Bien Hecho: California Swears In First Latino Poet Laureate

California Governor Jerry Brown swore in Juan Felipe Herrera as the state’s new Poet Laureate last week.  Herrera currently serves as Chair in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. Aside from being...

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