The Program in Latino History and Culture publishes yearly program reports to summarize and evaluate its various efforts towards strengthening the Latino prescence in the National Museum of American History.
Washington Metropolitan Area Latino Research Study
PLHC is responsible for helping incorporate Latino history throughout the Museum’s activities and initiatives. As part of audience development efforts, Garibay Group conducted research within Latino communities. The main goal of this research was to deepen understandings of Latinos in the local D.C. area—which could, in turn, inform the development of PLHC strategies and programming.
Last year, PLHC helped bring Clotilde Arias's Spanish translation of the Star-Spangled Banner to life with the help of award-winning choir Coral Cantigas, who recorded the song for exhibition use and performed it in front of 300 museum visitors. The 2012 report also mentions Claudia Acuña's appearance at Jazz Appreciation Month, a Central American Traditions Festival, a panel about food politics, and more.
Highlights from 2011 included acclaimed musician and teacher John Santos and his presentation of his newest work called Filosofia Caribeña, a round-table conversation about the legacy of Operation Pedro Pan and a short theater skit presented in the museum daily based on the life and work of Fabiola Cabeza de Baca and her radio show La Buena Vida.
In 2010, the program sponsored a three-day symposium commemorating the centennial of the Mexican Revolution, a presentation by Pablo Aslan, an Argentine-born bassist and producer who directs Avantango in New York, and a panel entitled “More than Malbec: The Story of Argentine Wine.”
The 2009 report details a performance by Danilo Pérez, extraordinary Panamanian pianist and composer, and PLHC's partnernship with the Theatre Program, which facilitated the presentation of the life and story of David Farragut, the first U.S. Navy Admiral and a little known Hispanic hero.
Programming highlights from 2007 included celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month with Latin jazz artist Omar Sosa and his Afreecanos Quartet and presenting a three-day Dia De Los Muertos festival with the National Museum of the American Indian.
In 2006, PLHC organized and presented the Central American Traditions Festival and “A Case for Equal Education: Los Angeles High School Walkouts in 1968,” which welcomed audiences to a screening of Moctesuma Esparza’s film “Walkout.”
Programming highlights from 2005 included celebrating the opening of the exhibiton, “¡Azucar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz” with a festival that included concerts and dancing. Additionally, PLHC and NMAH presented four concerts featuring traditional music related to salsa in July as part of the American Music and American history summer concert series.