SOTA to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with events

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                                                                         
For Immediate Release--September 2, 2014


In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from mid-September to mid-October 15, the Society of the Arts (SOTA) has organized a schedule of events to celebrate American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In addition to SOTA's support of free admission this summer, and the Museum's translation of educational materials into Spanish, here's what's happening at the Museum on Sunday, September 7, all FREE:

Noon–4             Latin Music Playing in Orchid Lounge/Auditorium lobby, with
                          lemonade and cookies
Noon–4             Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery: Special Latin/Hispanic art
                          project, Sombrero and Paper Flowers
12:15 p.m.         Spanish-language tour of the Museum's permanent collection by      
                           docent Ari Diaz
1 p.m.                Speaker in Auditorium*: Lehigh University professor Ricardo Viera
                           on "The Latino Presence in American Art" (free tickets, ask for yours
                           at front desk, or call to reserve: 610-432-4333 ext 110)
2 and 2:30 p.m.  Docent-led tour of the exhibition Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, in
2:45 p.m.           Tango dancing** with guitar player, in front of building (weather
                           permitting) or inside in Trexler Gallery

Inspired by the new traveling exhibition and publication by the Smithsonian American Art Museum titled Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, Mr. Viera will be exploring the phenomenon of contemporary art from several angles, "Because art has no country, but the artist does!"  Find out who's who in the current Latin American art scene, and why, how, and what to collect. All images used in the presentation are from the Lehigh University Art Galleries (LUAG) Teaching Collection. LUAG's Latino Collection is one of the largest of private college or university museums in the mid-Atlantic region.


**Tango performers will be Andrew Kaye ( and Svetlana Howells (