You know how important our stories are to the very fabric of America. When our country doesn’t understand it’s history and the diverse communities that have made us who we are, we leave out vital links in the chain of American history – leading to mischaracterizations and misunderstandings of the roles Latinos have played in the shaping of our nation. That is why it is so important that our stories, and the stories of so many others, are shared not only in museums, but in popular culture through film and television media.
We are thrilled to announce that our panel for the SXSW 2020 festival, Media Diversity: The Revolution is Streaming Now, is now up for community voting on the SXSW panelpicker!
This is our time to act and make sure we are represented in our nation’s capital and the retelling of American history!
On Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 our Congressional champions on Capitol Hill reintroduced the National Museum of the American Latino Act to establish a museum on the National Mall dedicated to honoring the contributions of Latinos throughout our nation’s history.
We are grateful to our bill sponsors and supporters, including Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX), Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), José Serrano (D-NY) and Tony Cardenas, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, writer and activist and author Julissa Arce, and the amazing group of bipartisan members of Congress for joining us in the fight to ensure Latino stories are preserved and celebrated on our National Mall.
Show your support today! Here are some easy ways to make a big impact:
– Show your support by sharing this page with your family, friends and colleagues.
– Pick up the phone and call your U.S. Representatives by following these three easy steps:
“Hello my name is (______) and as your constituent, I urge you to support the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act. I believe the creation of this museum is long overdue, and I believe it can educate, inspire, and encourage understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. (insert what an American Latino Museum would mean to you). I hope I can count on you to co-sponsor the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act and make this museum a reality.”]
The contributions of American Latinos to this nation date back to even before its creation, and we are committed to rightfully honoring those stories with a national institution.
Currently there are over 50.5 million Americans of Latino descent in this country, representing more than 16% of the U.S. population. The passing of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum is vital for the development of this growing population that is estimated to total 25% of the U.S. population by 2050.
We are next: It has already been over 7 years since our commission completed its work. The time is now.
We must be on the National Mall: The National Mall is America’s front yard, welcoming more than 24 million visitors each year. This is the place that landmark museums such as the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African American History and Culture currently call home, showing these visitors the contributions of all the peoples that built this great nation. It is where we belong.
We must have the same funding structure as all other Smithsonians: Like all Smithsonian museums before it, this museum will utilize public funds, but not without significant private investment. Private gifts are currently projected to be 50% of the construction costs for our Museum.