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Smithsonian Latino Center Legacy Awards To Be Held September 5th
Published August 27, 2007

The SLC and The Mexican Cultural Institute will celebrate the best of Mexican and Mexican American culture in an award ceremony honoring groundbreaking Latin artists including Los Tigres del Norte.

On September 5th, The Smithsonian Latino Center Legacy Awards will be celebrating the best of Mexican and Mexican American culture. The cornerstone of the ongoing Mexico at the Smithsonian program series (in partnership with The Mexican Cultural Institute), to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Smithsonian Latino Center the SLC will recognize groundbreaking Mexican and Mexican-American artists, scholars and community leaders by the presentation of Legacy Awards which honor Latino individuals who have made a significant contribution to U.S. culture through their work, vision and commitment to their heritage.

Set to be recognized this year are: art historian/scholar Guadalupe Rivera Mari, actor & activist Richard “Cheech” Marin, architect Enrique Norten, fashion designer David Rodriguez, director Alejandro Monteverde, actor Eduardo Verastegui, director Arturo Ripstein, film producer Moctesuma Esparza, poet and National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Gioia, scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, author Laura Esquivel, playwright Luis Valdez, music legends Los Tigres del Norte, photographer Graciela Iturbide, artist Carmen Lomas Garza and Lifetime Achievement award honoree: civil rights leader Raul Yzaguirre.

The event will take place from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC and will be hosted by Univision anchorwoman Maria Elena Salinas.

Award recipients listed by category:

Arts Advocacy
Guadalupe Rivera Marín, Richard “Cheech” Marin

Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, Dana Gioia

Enrique Norten, David Rodríguez

Laura Esquivel, Luís Valdez

Emerging Talent
Alejandro Monteverde, Eduardo Verástegui

Los Tigres del Norte

Arturo Ripstein, Moctesuma Esparza,

Visual Arts
Graciela Iturbide, Carmen Lomas Garza

Lifetime Achievement Award
Civil rights leader Raul Yzaguirre