FRIENDS’ National Awareness Campaign Continues to Build Support and Excitement around Creation of American Latino Museum
Events in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Miami have generated increased support and momentum for the creation of an American Latino Museum in our nation’s capital
Washington, D.C. – With a series of regional awareness and fundraising events successfully hosted in the key cities of New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Miami, the nonprofit organization at the heart of the movement, to build an American Latino Museum, Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), has made significant progress in growing its base of community and fundraising support. These events mark the beginning of a national campaign led by the FRIENDS to inform the nation about the value of this museum and further consolidate the base of community support for an American Latino Museum that will highlight the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.
With each new event, attendance numbers continued to rise as interest from the community spread and multiplied. Jonathan Yorba, Chair of the FRIENDS, praised the national campaign, stating, “After visiting these key markets, it is evident that the American Latino Museum is strongly desired by Americans from coast to coast. We are happy to provide museum supporters with a venue, through our regional events, and a vehicle, through our national campaign and the FRIENDS organization as a whole, to discuss, come together as a community, and learn more about the movement to build an American Latino Museum.”
Henry Muñoz, Chair of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission (NMAL), has made it a priority to attend several of the regional events, outlining for attendees the Commission’s Final Report “To Illuminate the Story for All,” which was researched, authored and presented to the President and Congress on Cinco De Mayo of this year. This report was completed almost a year before its original deadline.
Aida Levitan, newly appointed FRIENDS Board Member and National Museum of the American Latino Commissioner, spoke of the most recent event in Miami that she led as primary organizer, stating, "Hispanics in Miami have demonstrated their strong support for the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. More than 140 leaders contributed to the Friends organization and attended the reception at Miami's historic Freedom Tower, and NMAL Commission Vice Chairman Emilio Estefan's support and presence at the event was invaluable. We are very pleased with the response and publicity generated and hope that Congress will soon authorize the creation of the museum."
Representatives from the nonprofit, corporate and public sectors have attended the FRIENDS’ four regional events. These new supporters and others will be added to the organization’s ever-growing network, which already boasts over 60,000 loyal Facebook followers and a database of over 100,000 supporters.
With the recent addition of seven prominent and accomplished new board members, FRIENDS is poised to continue its momentum toward the creation of an American Latino Museum in Washington, D.C. Following the most recent event in Miami, the FRIENDS’ national fundraising and awareness campaign will continue, with events being planned in Chicago, Dallas, and Las Vegas.
The events have been made possible with generous support from our partners: Pfizer, DirecTV, Time Warner Cable, AARP, Telemundo, Warner Bros., Time Warner, TELACU, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), Artes Miami, and Miami Dade College.
Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (www.americanlatinomuseum.org) Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, Inc., a 501(c)(3) incorporated in Washington, D.C., strives to create a museum in our nation’s capital to educate, inspire and encourage respect and understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. and its territories by highlighting the contributions made by Latino leaders, pioneers and communities to the American way of life.
Estuardo Rodriguez: (202) 631-2892
Laura Rodriguez: (310) 956-2425