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Sep 21, 2021

We are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting our Latino city leaders and inviting our residents to enjoy family-friendly events that capture the essence of Latin culture.  

City Manager Jorge Cervantes

As our first Latino City Manager, Jorge Cervantes shares his thoughts about why it is important for our community to recognize Hispanic Heritage Month.

Latino Leaders

We have seven senior leaders in various city departments that are of Latino decent. 

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Pictured: Vince Zamora, human resources director, Diana Paul, deputy communications director, Arcelia Barajas, deputy community services director, Louis Molina, department of public safety director. Others not pictured: LuAnn Holmes, city clerk, Michael Sherwood, chief innovation officer/director of information technology, and Jorge Cervantes, city manager.

Artwork

The Fruits of Our Labor Exhibition by Justin Favela

Open 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, through Nov. 4, 2021.

Free and open to the public.

Mayor’s Gallery, Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

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Award-winning international artist Justin Favela brings his trademark piñata paper technique to the Mayor's Gallery at the Historic Fifth Street School to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and the Las Vegas Book Festival. Inspired by Mexican still-life fruit of the 19th century, and paying homage to "cartoon fruit" and to the Sandra Cisneros vignette "The Monkey Garden" from her award-winning book, “The House on Mango Street,” Justin Favela created piñata-style depictions of fruit objects in both two- and three-dimensional forms.

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience, Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, “Latinos Who Lunch” and “The Art People Podcast.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Exhibición de Versiones de una Ofrenda Familiar / Versions of a Family Ofrenda Exhibition

Curated by Natalie Delgado

Sept. 16 - Nov. 4, 2021; hours Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Charleston Heights Arts Center Gallery, 800 S. Brush St.

During the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, many families honor the death of family members by setting up an ofrenda, which is an alter to pay respect and remember those who have passed away. This exhibit will be curated by local artist and educator Natalie Delgado, and will include artists from the city and region who are of Hispanic background. For more information, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

Events

Hispanic Heritage Month and NEA Big Read Kickoff with Councilwoman Olivia Diaz and “The Art People Podcast” LIVE

Friday, Sept. 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Kickoff on Centennial Plaza; Podcast begins at 7:30 p.m.

NEA Big Read Kickoff is free and open to the public; The Art People Podcast is pay-what-you-wish.

Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St.

Join Councilwoman Diaz to kick off the National Education Association (NEA) Big Read program in Las Vegas! Celebrate Sandra Cisneros’ novel “The House on Mango Street” with a mini-festival of music, dancing, activities for kids, and a Big Read Book Giveaway on Centennial Plaza at the Historic Fifth Street School.

As part of the NEA Big Read, and Hispanic Heritage Month, artist Justin Favela will record an episode of “The Art People Podcast in front of a live audience in the Historic Fifth Street School Auditorium. The episode will feature Latinx authors, artists and poets who will discuss the themes of “The House on Mango Street” novel and his exhibition in the Mayor’s Gallery at the Historic Fifth Street School. For more information and to reserve tickets for the podcast, visit www.ArtsLasVegas.org or call 702-229-ARTS (2787).

XXI Bi-National Health Week and Family Fiesta

Saturday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. health fair; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. family fiesta.

Free and open to the public.

East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave., 702-229-1515.

R.E.A.C.H., Ventanilla de Salud and the city of Las Vegas invite you to celebrate Hispanic heritage while taking care of your health. Bring the family for free health screenings, family friendly entertainment, music and games. Refreshments will be available to purchase.

Ward 3 Hispanic Heritage Movie in the Park

Friday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Gary Reese Freedom Park, 850 N. Mojave Road.

Enjoy the 2021 live-action PG-13 musical movie, “In the Heights,” under the stars. Bring a blanket and low-back chair to be more comfortable on the lawn. Food trucks will offer refreshments for sale.

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