By September 15, 2022 Community
September 15th through October 15th we welcome as Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” as appointed by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers. “The theme encourages us to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help build stronger communities and a stronger nation.” (National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers)
The reason we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and anyone else whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. During this month of celebration we also acknowledge Independence Day for Brazil (September 7), Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras (September 15), and Independence Day for Mexico (September 16).
Looking for ways to support Hispanic and Latinx communities this month and year-round? Below are some suggestions:
- Visit Intentionalist to find local businesses.
- VisitSeattle.org to find different events being held throughout the month as well as local Latinx shops throughout the Seattle area. Here is an example of what events were held last year.
- Hispanic and Latinx Non-Profits in the Greater Seattle Area: Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery – Located on the border of West Seattle and the White Center neighborhood. A local nonprofit the hosts monthly art exhibitions focused on marginalized communities and communities of color. Also serves as a space for events such as arts-related lectures and workshops.
- Latino Community Fund of Washington – Seattle nonprofit that helps cultivate new leaders, supports cultural and community based non-profit organizations and improves quality of life for all Washingtonians.
- El Centro de la Raza – Seattle nonprofit that helps build community through unifying all racial and economic sectors while defending the basic human rights of our most vulnerable and marginalized populations.