A cross section of the states Hispanic leaders came together to form the Latinas: The Spirit of California steering committee which includes: Maria Contreras-Sweet (chairwoman), Susana Bautista, Elmy Bermejo, Carolyn Brucken, Stephen Chavez, Alycia Enciso, Giselle Acevedo-Franco, Yolanda Gipson, Alicia Gonzalez, Maria Gutierrez, Stella Hopkins, Norma Orcí, Oscar Ortega, Barbosa Polverini, Maricela Rodriguez, Rodri J. Rodriguez, Sara Rubalcava-Beck, Citlali Sosa-Riddell, Connie Spenuzza and Helen Torres. Esteemed members of the California Legislative Caucus serve as the Honorary Co-Chairs.
Latinas: The Spirit of California runs from September 29 through June 2006 and is part of the California’s Remarkable Women exhibit presented by The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.
“Latinas have had a huge impact on California’s history,” said Maria Contreras-Sweet, Chairwoman of the steering committee. “They have been foundational in the development of the California culture. From cuisine to clothing, from family to fiestas, from labor to laboratories -- these extraordinary women from every walk of life have strengthened, shaped and served our great state. The Latinas: The Spirit of California exhibit honors their significant roles and achievements, drawing its inspiration from past and present achievements of California Latinas and ensures that the historical contributions of Latinas to California’s history are not forgotten.”
Against a backdrop of nineteenth-century artifacts, the exhibit’s historical centerpiece illustrates lifestyles typical of early California. The exhibit then follows the story through the activism of the 1930s-1940s, showcasing the role Latinas played in shaping California’s history and influencing the nation. The second part of the exhibit is devoted to contemporary Latinas. The exhibit presents thematic groupings of art and culture, entrepreneurs, science and health, music, sports, politics and education. The section is rich with photographs, archival documents, original art, and artifacts that illustrate the contributions and achievements of the many Latinas showcased in the exhibit.
Bank of America is the lead sponsor for the exhibit, which is also supported by various other corporations, community leaders and individual contributors.
About The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts
The California Museum is a non-profit, historical and cultural institution dedicated to telling the rich history of California and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. The Museum seeks to engage, educate and enlighten a broad public audience about California history through exhibits and programs incorporating the experiences of women and other underrepresented groups. The Museum seeks to inspire men, women, and children to dream the California dream and dare to make their mark on history. For more information about the museum visit: http://www.californiamuseum.org