Smithsonian Latino Center

The Smithsonian Latino Center serves as the corazón (heart) of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. Through its exhibits, initiatives and programs, it unlocks the dynamic Latino stories that shape national experience and identity in the U.S. In preserving and presenting these stories, the center empowers a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to the country in a way that celebrates Latino presence in American history and culture and convenes inclusive conversations about the stories that continue to inspire generations to come. For more information, visit

Young Ambassador, Mia Cooper and her supervisor Cathy posing with the cast of the superhero show

Taking a Walk on the “Science” Side of Life

October 19th, 2018, 12:16PM
Smithsonian Latino Center Director, Eduardo Diaz, accepts award on behalf of the center. Photo credit: Kelly Carnes
Young Ambassador, Yesenia Muñoz at the children’s baile folklórico performance. (Courtesy of the National Museum of Mexican Art.)

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

October 5th, 2018, 9:35AM
During the reception that closed the program “Taíno: A Symposium in Dialogue with the Movement,” presenters and audience members formed an areíto, or ancestral group dance, to celebrate community, resilience, and regeneration. 
El programa “Taíno: Un simposio en diálogo con el movimiento” se cerró con una recepción durante la cual los presentadores y el público formaron un areíto, o baile ancestral en grupo, para celebrar la comunidad y su capacidad para resistir y regenerarse.

The Renaissance of a Native Caribbean People: Taíno Ethnogenesis

October 3rd, 2018, 3:13PM
Indigenous community leaders Panchito Ramírez and Reyna Ramírez share knowledge and craft for making cutaras (sandals) from royal palm leaves (jagua) and other fibers to José Barreiro.
Los líderes comunitarios indígenas Panchito Ramírez y Reyna Ramírez le muestran a José Barreiro el proceso para hacer sandalias (cutaras) de la hoja de la palma real (jagua) y otras fibras.

Taíno: Valuing and Visibilizing Caribbean Indigeneity

August 28th, 2018, 3:21PM
Amanda learning about documents used to create exhibitions and serve as learning tools for the public. Courtesy of the Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte.

The Story within a Story

August 22nd, 2018, 5:06PM
The Witte Museum on the first day of Hernandez’s internship. Courtesy of Estrella Hernandez.

Chili Queens and Fiesta Gowns

August 15th, 2018, 4:32PM
Young Ambassador Samantha meeting with individuals that work at the museum. Courtesy of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Love What You Do and Give Back

August 2nd, 2018, 10:31AM
Unidentified Native child near Baracoa, Cuba, 1919. Detail of photo by Mark Raymond Harrington. NMAI N04470
Carlos Francisco Parra