The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the Latino American received a founding gift of $5 million from Walmart to support the planning, design and construction of the museum and to help launch engaging virtual public programming. The company joins a growing list of companies, organizations and individuals who have provided significant support for the new Smithsonian Museum.
“We are grateful for Walmart’s commitment to telling deeper stories about the Latin American experience in the United States,” said Jorge Zamanillo, director of the National Museum of the Latin American. “With Walmart’s early support, the museum can plan and develop innovative ways to enhance the learning experience for future museum visitors.”
The National Museum of the American Latino will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery on June 18 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The inaugural exhibition “¡Present! A Latin American History“, introduces visitors to key concepts, moments and biographies that illuminate the historical and cultural heritage of Latino Americans. The exhibit tells the stories of Latinas and Latinos who shaped the United States, and the gallery helps visitors imagine what they might see when the National Museum of the American Latino opens in its own building.
Walmart’s donation goes through the Walmart.org Center for Racial Equity and builds on the company’s longstanding support of the Latin American community.
“As the first Smithsonian museum dedicated to showcasing the contributions of Latinos and Latinas who have shaped the United States, the National Museum of the American Latino will play an important role in telling a fuller story of who we are as nation,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, executive vice president and chief sustainability officer for Walmart and president of the Walmart Foundation. “We share the Smithsonian’s belief that our communities are stronger when we embrace diversity, equity and inclusion and seek to appreciate more deeply each person’s history and lived experiences.”
About the National Museum of Latin American
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino advances the representation, understanding, and appreciation of Latino history and culture in the United States. The museum provides financial resources and collaborates with other museums to develop scholarly research, public programs, digital content, collections and more. The museum’s Molina Family Latino Gallery will be the Smithsonian’s first gallery dedicated to the Latino experience. Legislation creating the National Museum of the Latin American at the Smithsonian was passed on December 27, 2020. Connect with the museum at latino.si.edu
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