February 2, 2018
Friends of the National American Latino Museum Launch Chairmans Advisory Council
"I have been incredibly moved and touched by the outpouring of support for our efforts to create a National American Latino Museum. The wonderful people that make up our Chairman's Advisory Council will help us achieve our goals of getting Congressional authorization, securing financial donations and pledges, as well as build upon the already massive public demand for this museum," said Danny Vargas, Board Chairman for FRIENDS. "Working in collaboration with our board of directors, staff, former NMAL Commissioners and many other supporters, the Chairman's Advisory Council will help ensure we have a more complete account of American history, honor the contributions of Latinos throughout the last 500 years, celebrate the vitality and complexity of today's American Latino communities, and inspire future generations. Working together, we will soon witness the opening of the National American Latino Museum within the Smithsonian Institution on the National Mall."
Estuardo Rodriguez, executive director at FRIENDS said "The launch of the CAC will help FRIENDS connect with their Congressional and public supporters to ensure they understand the importance and benefit of creating a National Latino museum. For far too long, contributions of Latino/Hispanic Americans have been underrepresented within the narrative of our American history. We are thrilled to have the commitment of some of our nation's leading Latino and Latina figures from business, media, museum arena and public service. The CAC members combined influence will help us amplify the critical void this museum will fill within the Smithsonian Institution for the benefit of the more than 30 million visitors to our National Mall every year."
While additions will be made to the CAC in the future, initial members beginning in 2018 include:
SOURCE Friends of the American Latino Museum]]>