Ballet Hispánico is one of the premier Latino dance organizations in the United States. They bring individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through dance. Today Ballet Hispánico is led by Vilaro, an acclaimed choreographer and former member of the company, whose vision of social equity, cultural identity and quality arts education for all, drives its programs.
“We’ve been bringing individuals and communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures and the shared human experience through dance for more than 45 years,” said Vilaro. “Our Hispanic Heritage Month events and activities will bring the celebration to the Upper West Side neighborhood, which has been our home from the very beginning of Ballet Hispánico.”
The celebration begins Friday, Sept. 15—which is the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month —with the PBS broadcast of “Lincoln Center at the Movies Presents Ballet Hispánico” (at 9 p.m.).
THE HISPANIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA | NEW YORK, NY
The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer Milton Huntington (1870-1955) with the object of establishing a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of the Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. The collections of the Hispanic Society are unparalleled in their scope and quality outside of Spain, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America, into the 20th century.
With more than 900 paintings and 6,000 watercolors and drawings, the Hispanic Society offers a comprehensive survey of Spanish painting and drawing, including masterworks by El Greco, Velázquez, Goya, and Sorolla. Similarly, the collection of sculpture contains outstanding pieces from the first millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Magnificent examples of ceramics, glass, furniture, textiles, ironwork, and jewelry abound among the more than 6,000 objects in the Society’s varied collections of decorative arts.
Among the works on paper, 15,000 prints afford a unique view into the graphic arts in Spain from the seventeenth to the early 20th century. More than 175,000 photographs from 1850 through the early 20th century document the art, culture and customs of Spain and Latin America. The Library offers unrivaled resources for researchers interested in the history and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines, with more than 300,000 books and periodicals, including 15,000 volumes printed before 1701, along with over 250,000 manuscripts, letters, and documents dating from the 11th century to the present. (Website).