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Celebrating Our Heritage: Thirty Years of Hispanic Themed Art
January 28 @ 8:00 am – March 5 @ 5:00 pm
What began in 1986 as a small sketch for an event invitation has grown into a celebration of Tampa’s vibrant Hispanic heritage. Indeed, each year for three decades and counting, the Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. Poster Contest celebrates Tampa’s Hispanic culture and traditions.
Celebrating Our Heritage: Thirty Years of Hispanic Themed Art opens Saturday, January 28 at the Tampa Bay History Center. The exhibit features 30 original works of art from the organization’s archive.
The colorful originals are all past winners of Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc.’s annual poster contest.
The collection and exhibit are partly an expression of cultural and civic pride and partly an effort to preserve the organization’s legacy. As the poster contest approached its third decade, THH board members began to view the collection as a distinct grouping of Hispanic art. They also realized that if they didn’t begin to properly archive the collection, the artworks may begin to slip away. Indeed, THH, Inc. has been unable to locate several works from the first decade of the contest.
The collected works offer a glimpse of Tampa’s multi-cultural past, from 16th century Spanish conquistadors to 19th century cigar rollers and modern day athletes, all with a distinctly Hispanic flair.
Celebrating Our Heritage: Thirty Years of Hispanic-Themed Art is on view at the History Center through March 4.