Cultural and Artistic Diversity

Currently, Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States among people over 5 years of age. Nevertheless, the Hispanic cultural impact goes beyond the language. Especially when it comes to art. There are plenty of literature festivals, photography, and museums that provide room for Latin American art. But also, the support from the Hispanic community makes it possible for some of these places to exist. An example of this is the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). It was built with the donation of several millions of dollars by Latino, Jorge Perez. 

Jorge Perez is an Argentinian entrepreneur of Cuban descent. He made it possible for the museum to be a space for modern and contemporary art of the 20th and 21st century. The museum displays pieces from America and the rest of the world. 

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The Mexican Museum of San Francisco, California is another example. This museum was created with the purpose of showing Mexican and Latin American art. The museum displays over 17 thousand art pieces by artists like Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Zuniga, Manuel Neri, Vicente Rojo, and hundreds of pre-Columbian pieces. 

In the literature field, there are outstanding Latin American writers who migrated to the U.S. as well as writers of Latin American descent. Such is the case of Peruvian, Daniel Alarcon, who has lived in several cities in the U.S. since he was little. A major part of his work revolves around migration and capturing Latino culture in the U.S. He is one of the most renowned professors at Columbia University in New York. Another example is Junot Diaz. He was born in Dominican Republic and grew up in the U.S. He is one of the few Hispanics to win the Pulitzer Prize. His award-winning novel is La Breve y Maravillosa Vida de Oscar Wao. Díaz’s work depicts migrant families, the American Dream, and Caribbean culture.

 

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