The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the Latino American has received a $1 million donation from Google.org to support the development of programs, exhibits and construction of the new museum. The donation establishes Google as a founding donor of the National Museum of the Latin American. The tech company previously supported the museum’s Molina Family Latino Gallery and has long supported the Smithsonian Institution.
“We thank Google for their enduring support and commitment to helping us develop a museum that recognizes the achievements, history and culture of Latino communities,” said Jorge Zamanillo, Director of NMAL. “Supporters like Google allow us to share the many stories of Latinas and Latinos whose contributions have shaped and continue to shape the history of the United States.”
“As a Venezuelan American, I know firsthand the richness of Latino culture, its vibrant history, and the community’s many contributions to the fabric of the United States,” said Hector Mujica, head of economic opportunities at Google. org. . “Google is proud to support the National Museum of the Latino American with this grant.”
The Molina Family Latino Gallery is an early iteration of what people will be able to see when the museum opens. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States,” introduces visitors to key concepts, moments, and biographies that illuminate the historical and cultural legacy of American Latinos. The gallery is located inside the National Museum of American History and is open to the public seven days a week.
About the National Museum of Latin American
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the Latin American advances the representation, understanding, and appreciation of Latin American history and culture in the United States. The museum collaborates with other museums to develop scholarly research, public programs, digital content, collections and more. The museum’s Molina Family Latino Gallery is the Smithsonian’s first gallery dedicated to the Latino experience. Legislation creating the National Museum of the American Latino at the Smithsonian was passed on December 27, 2020. Connect with the museum at latino.si.edu and follow @USLatinoMuseum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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