Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. It begins on Sept. 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico, Chile, and Belize also observe their independence during National Hispanic Heritage Month (on Sept. 16, 18, and 21, respectively).
CU Denver is deeply committed to becoming an equity-serving institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), as outlined in our 2030 strategic plan goals, which makes this month that more important to our campus community.
Whether you’re a student, faculty, staff member, or alumni, there are several ways to celebrate this month in the lively city of Denver that we call home. Below are events to put on your calendar.
Created to honor the rich diversity in the Latino community, Latin Fashion Week Colorado showcases the work of fashion designers and artists on a national and international level. Be ready to embark on a one-of-a-kind celebration of colors, textures, savors, and delights on-and-off the runway, the event’s website boasts.
When: Sept. 24 – 30
Where: Denver City and County Building, 1437 Bannock St.
In partnership with the Mexican Cultural Center, the Denver Botanic Gardens will host a monumental sculpture by contemporary Mexican artist Óscar Becerra. Standing nearly 15 feet tall, this sculpture is an alebrije—a hybrid creature from Mexican folklore featuring the tail, wings, horns, and claws from a variety of animals.
When: Oct. 2 – Nov. 7
Where: Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street
Curated by the Chicano/a Murals of Colorado Project, the exhibit will honor the Colorado Chicano, a tradition of using public art and murals in service to the people and communities that are historically dehumanized and oppressed in U.S. society.
When: Oct. 14 – Feb. 26, 2022
Where: Museo De Las Americas, 861 Santa Fe Drive