National Hispanic Heritage Month
Did you know it’s National Hispanic Heritage Month? During National Hispanic Month, observed September 15 to October 15, America celebrates the contributions—historic, cultural or otherwise—made by American citizens with Hispanic ancestry. Whether their roots hail from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean or Central or South America, this gives us an opportunity to honor their influence on who we are as a culture today.
The History of National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month originated as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. 20 years later, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded Hispanic Heritage Week to the month-long celebration that it is today. But why did he expand it from September 15 to October 15 instead of a calendar month?
According to hispanicheritagemonth.gov, the September 15 to October 15 time frame was chosen for a few reasons:
- September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
- September 16 is when Mexico celebrates their independence day.
- September 18 is when Chile celebrates their independence day.
- October 12 is when Mexico celebrates Dia de la Raza or what we call, Columbus Day. Dia de la Raza means Day of the Race and just as we do in America, it is a day of remembrance of when Christopher Columbus came to the Americas.
All these memorial events fall perfectly within the National Hispanic Heritage Month time frame!
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we wanted to shine some light on local nonprofit organization, Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin.
Their mission is to:
“Promote a better understanding of the Mexican-American culture by the teaching, study, practice, and performance of the arts.” -Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin fulfills their mission by offering a place for kids, community members and people from surrounding areas to express their love of these cultures through the arts!
Programs Offered by Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin offer many exciting programs to children, teenagers and adults of all ages, including:
- Ballet Folklorico De La Rosa– Put on your dancing shoes! This program offers the opportunity to learn and study the art of Folklórico dance.
- Mariachi Juan Seguin- Have a jam session at the Mariachi classes offered on Thursdays! This program teaches students music theory, the reading of music, playing of a mariachi instrument and helps build self-esteem and confidence.
- Noche De Gala – Show off your talents in front of a sold-out crowd! Noche De Gala translates to “GALA EVENING.” Private classes are offered for Noche De Gala participants. These classes are a great way to meet local artists in the Seguin Community.
- Summer Agriculture & Art Camp- Who doesn’t love summer camp? From exploring the garden to learning about food, this 5-day camp teaches students about Mexican-American culture through agricultural, artistic and cultural experiences.
- Community Based Programs– The options are limitless! These programs offer lectures, book clubs, poetry readings, authentic Mexican food cooking classes, Dia De Los Muertos presentations and many other fun opportunities for people of all ages!
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin Making a Splash Around Texas
Because of the work they are doing, Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin has been featured in not just one, but two videos. The first video is local—the City of Seguin asked them to be a part of their promotional video which shows why Seguin is Real.
The second video, however, was national! The Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin was featured in this National Endowment for the Arts Video, below.
Fun fact: this video was nominated for an Emmy and the Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin has a pretty great scene!
The Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin is featured from 1:09 to 1:43 and from 3:30 to 3:43.
Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin is a Power Up Grant Recipient
GVEC contributed to Teatro in support of the organization’s facilities master plan: As a nonprofit organization, Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin qualified for and earned a Power Up Grant from GVEC in October of 2017! They were awarded $20,000 for building improvements including an AC unit from GVEC Home. We are proud to contribute to such an astounding and impactful nonprofit organization.
Want More Information?
Visit our Power Up page to learn more about GVEC’s Power Up grant program.
To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month visit Hispanicheriatgemonth.gov.
Check out Teatro De Artes De Juan Seguin’s fall event calendar below and visit teatrodeartes.org to learn more!