The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with virtual programs and an in-person festival highlighting Hispanic history, culture, traditions and stories.
Following Hispanic Heritage Month, on Nov. 2, the museum will commemorate el Día de los Muertos with an indoor festival and an outdoor video and music installation by artists MasPaz and Guache. Admission for both festivals is free.
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Portrait Gallery is cohosting the Fotos y Recuerdos Festival with children’s book publisher Lil’ Libros. This bilingual celebration for all ages will take place in the museum’s Kogod Courtyard and surrounding galleries from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and will include story times, book signings, live entertainment and gallery tours. There will also be arts and crafts inspired by the Lil’ Libros book series “The Life of / La vida de,” which features Latinx sitters from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Throughout September and October, the museum’s weekly virtual and in-person children’s programs will provide opportunities to explore portraits and hear the stories of Latinx sitters, including artist Frida Kahlo and choreographer José Limón. Programs for children and their adult companions include Young Portrait Explorers, in-person at the museum on select Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Virtual sessions take place on select Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Visit the museum’s website for more details.