About the Center

The Smithsonian Latino Center was created in 1997 to promote Latino presence within the Smithsonian. The Center is not represented in one physical location; rather, it works collaboratively with the Institution's museums and research centers, ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, national culture and scientific achievement are explored, presented, celebrated and preserved. We support scholarly research, exhibitions, public and educational programs, web-based content and virtual platforms, and collections and archives. We also manage leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, emerging scholars and museum professionals.

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Are there exhibitions on display at the Smithsonian Latino Center?
The Latino Center is an education and outreach unit of the Smithsonian. We support Latino exhibitions and collaborate with Smithsonian museums in bringing them to the public. Please visit our exhibitions page for current exhibitions as well as information on previous ones.

Can I donate an art piece or object to the Smithsonian Latino Center?
The Latino Center does not collect art, artifacts or other, but support Latino collecting efforts at some of the museums.Please call the Smithsonian main line at (202) 633-1000 to be connected to a Smithsonian curatorial department at the museum or archive best suited to assist with your material.

Does the Smithsonian Latino Center focus on Latin America?
The Smithsonian Latino Center's primary focus is on highlighting the U.S. Latino experience, ensuring that the contributions of Latinos in the history, art, culture and scientific achievement of the U.S. are researched, documented, presented and preserved.

Can someone on staff come speak at our Hispanic Heritage Month event?
Hispanic Heritage Month is one of the Latino Center's busiest months of the year, making staff less available to respond to these external requests. Please connect with the Latino Working Committee (LWC), the Smithsonian's Latino Employee Resource Group, for additional potential leads at lwc@si.edu.

Can I get Hispanic themed posters and other educational material for my classroom?
Please visit our SLC Education portal for downloadable classroom resources.

Who can I speak to for press related interviews?
For any media/press inquiries, please e-mail Maria Anderson, Public Affairs Specialist AndersonM@si.edu

Where can I find the Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum?
The Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum is a transmedia hub found on various online platforms. Please visit the LVM portal for more information.

Does the Smithsonian offer fellowship or internship opportunities for Latinos?
There are multiple opportunities. Please visit the homepage of the Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships.

Are there volunteer opportunities at the Latino Center?
We welcome members of the community to share their special expertise and skills with us. Please contact Emily Key, Education Programs Manager, at keye@si.edu.