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Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day

Submitted by Henry Padron
The Family Day at the MAG during Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect opportunity for anyone to come take a walk with us as we celebrate our culture, language, and arts. You will experience exhibits from each of the countries of Latin America; this year the country of focus is Spain. One will make hands-on crafts which involve the family, attend a performance in the auditorium, and listen to children and youth as they perform cultural and folkloric songs and dances. As you stroll throughout the salons in the gallery you will hear the accents which distinguish each of the countries. See the dress that makes each of us unique as a fashion statement. Or perhaps, you will sample a delicacy in harmonic form coming from the Flamenco guitarist.

Celebrate Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day

I grew up with Spanish as the first language spoken in my home.  My mother, Margarita Morales de Padron, was always using sayings to give me advice. I was amazed at how many she had stored waiting for the perfect moment to express it. One that I heard repeatedly was “El amigo es como un dólar en el bolsillo.” “Friends are like a dollar in your pocket.” Another was; ”Dime con quién andas y te diré quien tu eres.” “You are who you walk with.” It is this one that I want to elaborate on…

You will notice, while strolling, that many families are present because this is an important aspect of the day. We want and need to keep our language arts and culture alive. Here you will see a young dad dancing with his daughter, there will be a grandmother explaining something to a grandchild. Smiles and hugs will be occurring everywhere as friends revel in the moment. It’s truly a family affair. These moments are cherished and become part of the local Latino tradition!

It is positive, healthy, powerful, and we thank the Memorial Art Gallery for taking the walk, on this day, with us!

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day
Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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