The Latino Virtual Gallery, the online exhibition outlet of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, has received a $150,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation to further develop its Web site which highlights Latino art and culture.
"These monies will help us to expand our outreach," said Magdalena Mieri, director of Research, Outreach and Educational Resources Program at the Center for Latino Initiatives. "We will be using the Internet as a tool to communicate with a diverse community of users, including students, the general public, scholars and researchers."
The grant will fund both the basic operations and the program development activities of the Virtual Gallery.
"AT&T is honored to partner with the Smithsonian Institution to help showcase the contributions of America's growing Latino population to our nation's history, culture and society," aid Oscar Muñoz, vice president and CFO of AT&T Consumer. "It is our hope that supporting outstanding projects and programs such as the Virtual Gallery will promote a spirit of community, diversity and opportunity for all our citizens."
The Latino Virtual Gallery, which opened in June 2000, hosts two or three major exhibitions a year, curated by guest scholars and Latino artists. Currently it is showcasing photography in "Revealing Personal Identity: the Indigenous Vision of Manuel Carrillo," a survey of the work of the late Mexican photographer, and fashion illustration in "Antonio: 25 Years of Creative Collaboration," a virtual sampling of the work of Puerto Rican Antonio Lopez and his partner Juan Ramos. A curriculum guide, online educational activities and scholarly essays accompany each exhibition.
The Latino Virtual Gallery registers an average of 85,000 online visits per month.
The AT&T Foundation invests globally in projects that address a range of public concerns. Emphasis is placed on programs that serve the needs of people in communities where AT&T has a significant business presence; initiatives that use technology in innovative ways; and programs that AT&T employees are actively involved with as contributors and/or volunteers. Support is focused on the following program areas: Education, Civic and Community Service, and Arts and Culture.
The Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives has as its mission to advance knowledge and understanding of Latino contributions to U.S. history, culture, and society. This is accomplished by generating knowledge through research and scholarship; interpreting and communicating knowledge through exhibitions, public programs, online and electronic capabilities; and by building dialog and relationships among U.S. organizations, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. Additional information is available at latino.si.edu.