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Hispanic Heritage Month

This guide highlights the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx authors to literature, art, culture, and scholarship.


National Museum of Mexican Art


Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead
Taking place virtually this year
Friday, September 18 through December 13, 2020
Join us for the Virtual Day of the Dead Kick Off on September 18th!

This year’s exhibition pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from our community, Mexico, the U.S. and the entire world that have died from COVID-19. Join us to see new installations, paintings, and prints created by local artists for this, the 34th annual Day of the Dead exhibition. In addition there will be works of art in various media from the growing National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection. These works created by Mexican artists from both sides of the border reveal their interest in preserving and participating in one of the most influential living celebrations from Mexico, which over time has transcended borders.

Este año la exposición rinde homenaje y recuerda a todas las personas de nuestra comunidad, de México, los Estados Unidos y del mundo entero que han muerto por el COVID-19. Acompáñenos a ver instalaciones, grabados y pinturas creadas por artistas locales para ésta, la 34ª exposición de Día de muertos. Así mismo, obras en diferentes técnicas de la creciente colección permanente del Museo Nacional de Arte Mexicano serán también parte de esta exposición. Este conjunto de obras creadas por artistas mexicanos de los dos lados de la frontera manifiesta el interés de ellos por preservar y participar en una de las celebraciones vivas más importantes de México, la cual, a través del tiempo, ha trascendido fronteras.

Curated by Dolores Mercado
Curatorial Assistant, Marilyn Lara Corral

-Description from the National Museum of Mexican Art Website

Events at Triton

Hispanic Heritage Month Events at Triton


Join us for virtual and socially distant outdoor events!

Maracujaz Virtual Concert
Date: September 18, 2020
Time: Noon
Zoom Link - Click HERE
Pour a cup of coffee or grab your lunch and tune into a Latin American jazz concert. Hear about the rich history of Brazilian music, relax to beautiful sounds, and have the opportunity to ask questions of the performers.

Latinx Virtual Poetry Reading
Date: October 1, 2020
Time: Noon
Zoom Link - Click HERE
Listen to or join in by reading your favorite poem by a Latinx author.

Lunch and Folkloric Dance
Date: October 7, 2020
Time: 12:30PM
Location: B Building Pavilion 
Bring a blanket and enjoy a socially distant picnic lunch and watch a live performance of traditional folkloric dance. Complementary lunch is open to the first 100 RSVP participants.
Please RSVP at

Many museums and cultural institutions around the country have digitized their collections for all to enjoy. For self-guided opportunities to explore topics related to Hispanic Heritage Month, visit the links below:

Film Festival



The full program for the Festival, originally scheduled for April and now taking place September 18-27, will be announced in late August CHICAGO (August 3, 2020) – The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago announced today that the 36th Chicago Latino Film Festival will shift to a virtual format and will take place from September 18-27. The Festival was originally scheduled for April 16-30 at the AMC River East 21 Theatres, but was postponed on March 13th when Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot ordered all events of a 1,000 or more attendees to be canceled or postponed.

“We have been closely monitoring developments since we announced our postponement and even though we were hoping to incorporate a live element alongside the virtual one, the recent spike of COVID-19 cases across the nation and the uncertainty that still hangs over most movie theaters opening led us to embrace what feels like a new normal for most film festivals,” said Pepe Vargas, Founder and Executive Director of the International Latino Cultural Center, producer of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, about the decision to go fully virtual.
“Now more than ever, we need to share the stories these brilliant filmmakers from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and the United States have created. If there is one major lesson this pandemic has taught us is that the arts are crucial to our lives. Even though I will miss that human interaction that is such a vital part of the Festival experience, I am also excited about the opportunity a virtual edition of our Festival offers in sharing these stories with a larger audience. The possibilities are endless,” added Vargas.

-Description from Chicago Latino Film Festival website