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LatinX - Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

Guide about Hispanics in Dance, Poetry, Theatre, Plastic Arts and others

Our America: the Latinx influence in the arts



Welcome to the Truxal Library guide in honor of LatinX - Hispanic Heritage Month 2023! This guide highlights library resources about LatinX - Hispanic contributions to the arts, in support of AACC's 2023 theme, Our America: The LatinX Influence in the Arts. If you are on campus, please visit the second floor of the library to see the accompanying exhibit. 

This guide features:

Background Information about LatinX in the Arts

Selected Articles from Credo Reference

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Reference Books

Fast Facts

  • Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. -
  • Hispanic and Latino Americans are the largest ethnic minority, comprising 18.9% of the population, while Black Americans are the largest racial and the second largest ethnic minority, making up 12.6%. - USA 
  • Latinx is a term for a group identity used to describe individuals in the United States who have Latin American roots. Other names for this social category include Hispanic, Latino, Latina/o, Latine, and Latin@. Another term is simply "Latin", which by itself is of a neutral gender, and can be stated in the plural as "Latins." Latinx is used as an alternative to the gender binary such as Latina/o and Latin@, and is used by and for anyone of Latin-American descent who do not identify as either male or female, or more broadly as a gender-neutral term. -  Wikipedia.
  • La Asociación Nacional de Artes y Culturas Latinas offers opportunities for scholarships to LatixnX Recipients in the USA and Puerto Rico. Nalac is the main organization for the artistic realm.

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