Events celebrate Hispanic heritage

ROCHESTER — Children traveled to the moon and back — in their imaginations, of course — during an acting workshop led by members of the Rochester Latino Theatre Company.

The workshop was part of the Hispanic/Latino Heritage Family Day held Oct. 7 at the Memorial Art Gallery. Other offerings included musical and dance performances representing Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Panama and Mexico. Visitors also learned about Latin America’s 23 countries at tables in the museum’s ballroom.

Danielle Del Valle and Myah González, both 12, were among those visitors touring the tables to fulfill a research requirement for reports on two of those countries — Uruguay and Venezuela. Both are seventh-grade students at Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School and were visiting Family Day for the first time.

"You can learn more about each place and their cultural stuff," Danielle said of the table exhibits.

Other events throughout Hispanic Heritage month included a Latino Film Festival, a youth talent show and art exhibits.

During an opening ceremony for Hispanic Heritage month at City Hall on Sept. 14, Councilwoman Jackie Ortiz urged Latinos to stand united not only during the month that celebrates their achievements but all year long. The ceremony included unfurling of Latin American flags on railings that hang above the building’s atrium.

"We must support one another every single day," she noted."We are one people."

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