Apr 13, 2010

National Museum of the American Latino Commission Hosts National Public Outreach Sessions in Albuquerque

Community input from weekend session to be incorporated in Commission’s Report to Congress

Washington, DC – This past Saturday, April 10th the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico in Albuquerque was the setting for the second in a series of six regional public forums being held around the country by the National Museum of the American Latino Commission (NMALC) http://americanlatinomuseum.gov. The first regional public forum took place last month in Chicago.

The NMALC was appointed by the President of the United States and bi-partisan Congressional leaders and is tasked to provide a report on the creation of a potential National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C. The Commission will be gathering input from the general public over the next several months, which will be included in its final report to Congress slated for September 2010. Albuquerque was tapped as the second city in the six-city listening tour because of its rich history, culture and vibrant arts scene within the southwestern United States.

The NMALC was appointed by the President of the United States and bi-partisan Congressional leaders and is tasked to provide a report to Congress on the creation of a potential National Museum of the American Latino in Washington, D.C. The Commission will gather input from the general public over the next several months, which will be included in its final report to Congress slated for September 2010. NMALC Commission members in attendance will included: Henry R. Munoz, Carlos Ezeta of Nevada, Raul Danny Vargas of Virginia, Sean D. Reyes of Utah, and Dr. Emma Sepulveda.

A local Welcoming Committee consisting of several prominent area leaders will assist the Commission with its forum in Albuquerque. Welcoming Committee members included:

Governor Bill Richardson, U.S. Representative Martin Heinrich, House Speaker Ben Luján, Congressman Ben Ray Luján, State Senator Eric Griego, Bianca Ortiz Wertheim, Roberto Mondragon, Donna Pedace, Stuart Ashman, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, Ed Luján, Clara Apodaca, Frederico Vigil, Vanessa Alarid, Ralph Arellanes

A select group of prominent local leaders also served as panelists of the forum: Dr. Joseph Sanchez, Theresa Cardenas, Roberto Mondragon, Dr. Estevan Rael-Galvez, Frederico Vigil and Matt Martinez .

The potential museum would pay tribute to the art, culture, and history of the Latino community in the United States.

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