(MIAMI) – Miami-Dade County Commission Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, the Board of County Commissioners and the Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board invite the public to a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Center (Government Center), 111 N.W. 1st St. in downtown Miami.
The celebration will feature performances by the Lincoln Marti Choir and flamenco dancers Clarita Filgueiras & Co., an art exhibit featuring the works of dozens of locally based Latin American and Caribbean artists, and a presentation by Emilio C. Sanchez, President of España-Florida Foundation 500 Years – a non-profit organization promoting Spain's contributions to Florida in this 500th anniversary year of Ponce de Leon’s official discovery of Florida.
The consuls general of Spain and all Latin American countries with consulates in Miami have been invited to attend and will be presented with proclamations honoring their nations’ contributions to Miami’s rich cultural tapestry.
“This year commemorates the 500th anniversary of Ponce de Leon’s discovery of Florida in 1513, which marked the start of Hispanic heritage and settlement in this beautiful state we call home,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “As we embark on our countywide celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, I can’t think of a better occasion to celebrate the tremendous cultural contributions of Spain and all the Latin American countries that have made our state and County what they are today.”