With expectations high for the Arkansas Arts Center’s biggest exhibition of the year, the pressure was on to host an equally impressive opening reception for Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art. And impress they did!
On October 15, more than 500 guests were treated to live music by Viva Jalisco, a local mariachi band, and delicious frozen Margaritas, Piña Coladas and an assortment of Mexican beer. Before the reception, E. Carmen Ramos, curator of Latino art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, delivered a lecture to a sold out crowd of 150 members and guests.
“We were pleased to see so much youth and diversity represented at the lecture and reception,” said AAC Executive Director Todd Herman. “Our partnerships with ¡Hola! Arkansas, Telemundo Arkansas and the Mexican Consulate really helped to heighten awareness of Our America within the central Arkansas Latino community.”
The Arkansas Arts Center would like to extend a special thank you to all of its in-state sponsors: Donna and Mack McLarty, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Consulate of Mexico in Little Rock and Alan DuBois Contemporary Craft Fund. Media sponsors include ¡Hola! Arkansas and Telemundo Arkansas.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, the Honorable Aida M. Alvarez; Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for “Treasures to Go,” the museum’s traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art opened to the public October 16 and will remain on display through January 17, 2016.
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