Tony Ortega & Sylvia Montero, keynote speakers
Friday, Sept. 16 at 5:30pm
Each year, the United States honors the contributions that Latinos have made to our country with a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration that runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
Once again this year, the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Colorado Minority Business Office and The Art Center, will host the annual kick-off celebration for National Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m. at The Art Center.
This is a free event for the community, featuring music and dance performances, the presentation of the Hispanic Advancement Award, and keynote speakers Tony Ortega and Sylvia Montero. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Art Center will feature an exhibit of Ortega and Montero’s work, as well as a second exhibit of Latinx artists from the Western Slope.
Since the Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce’s inception in 2013, the organization has collaborated with the Mesa County Public Library District, the Hispanic Affairs Project, the Western Colorado Congress, Migrant Education and the Latin Anglo Alliance, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in the Grand Valley. This year the WCLCC welcomes The Art Center as a sponsor for the 2016 festivities.
In addition to the Sept. 16 Kick-Off, ongoing events in the month-long celebration include the Colorado National Monument Naturalization Ceremony (Sept. 14), bilingual puppet shows at the Clifton and Central Libraries (Sept. 15 and 23), the LAA Golf Tournament scholarship fundraiser (Sept. 17), National Voter Registration Day (Sept. 27), and a mural painting at Las Colonias park (Oct. 15).