MCPS celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month recognizing the contributions to the US

Heather Jauquet

The Smithsonian American Art Museum provides educators with free bilingual posters to use in their classroom

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Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated September 15 through October 15 in the United States, recognizes how Hispanic Americans have contributed and influenced the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

“Hispanic individuals have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service.” —Dr. Monifa McKnight in a letter to the Montgomery County Board of Education

In a letter to the Montgomery County Board of Education, interim superintendent of schools Dr. Monifa McKnight laid out the importance of the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans. As a result, the Montgomery County Board of Education and the interim superintendent of schools officially declared September 15 through October 15, 2021, as Hispanic Heritage Month in Montgomery County Public Schools. MCPS school will spend the month celebrating, "the unique cultures and traditions of students, teachers, staff, and community members who trace their roots to the culture of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, Spain, Africa, and Spanish-speaking countries in the Caribbean." 

“They [Hispanic Individuals] have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their communities” —Dr. Monifa in a letter to the Montgomery County Board of Education

One of the great things about living so close to Washington, DC, is the free admission to all Smithsonian Museums. As an educator, it has been wonderful to take my students to museums to introduce them to art and history. Now, as a mother, I do the same thing with my children. We walk around and talk about all the exhibits. 

The Smithsonian is supporting Hispanic Heritage Month by providing free bilingual posters to educators. The Latinx Art teaching posters feature Chicano graphics. In addition, the artwork feature full color reproductions of five screenprints from the significant collection of Latinx curated art in the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 

The teaching posters are a part of a project produced by the Education department of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now. The posters are accompanied by supporting texts and exercises for teachers to share with their students. In addition, the artwork is accompanied by information about the artwork and the artist. The posters include supplemental images, questions, interdisciplinary extensions. The accompanying information offers students insights into the vibrant graphic arts tradition among the artists and collaborators and how the artwork attended to social justice causes throughout the world.  

You can order your posters and supplemental text and exercises from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Visitors can also participate in a digital bilingual tour of the ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now exhibition.

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Heather Jauquet writes articles centered around the DMV and her adventures in other local communities. Follow her to get information about Montgomery County education, government, and community news. When she's not writing, she's running. Got a story to share? Email her: hjauquet@gmail.com

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