Ocala Museum of Art Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Concerts and Galleries

OCALA, Florida. – The Appleton Museum of Art at the College of Central Florida celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with free and paid events September through October to honor the different cultures and countries that fall under the Latinx umbrella.

In addition to these seasonal events, the museum has installed a new exhibition curated from the permanent collection, “Sintiendo la Exposición”, which shows modern and contemporary Argentine, Cuban and Mexican artists. Guests can view the sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings and paintings on display until January 8, 2023.

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Sandro De La Rosa’s “The Awakening” is just one of many paintings that will be featured at the Appleton Museum of Art during Hispanic Heritage Month. (Appleton Art Museum)

“Our visionary founder and philanthropist, Arthur I. Appleton, envisioned the museum as a reflection of great artistic and cultural traditions from around the world,” Jason Steuber, Appleton’s director, said in a statement. “Our exhibitions of traditional, modern and contemporary Latin American art, musical performances and free events reflect and celebrate our collections and our communities.”

Find more information on events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month below.

Liset Castillo’s Garlic, Spoon, and Rice pieces will also be on display at the Ocala Museum. (Appleton Art Museum)

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Thursday, September 15, 6 p.m.

Maharajah Flamenco Trio Concert

The award-winning Maharajah Flamenco Trio will be in the Appleton Auditorium to perform their music, including a new song, “Escucha el Mar” (Listen to the Sea), inspired by an artwork from the gallery.

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Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at AppletonMuseum.org or in person at the Visitor Services desk. A cash bar will also be available during the event.

Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.

“Latin American music: discovery through sounds”

Dr. Welson Tremura and Grammy winner Dr. José Valentino will present an interactive presentation on the historical and cultural elements of Latin American musical traditions.

The presentation also includes a performance of vibrant musical styles from the Hispanic Southern Cone, Brazil and the Caribbean region, highlighting the importance and richness of its history. Free entry.

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Free first Saturday, Oct. 1, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Festival

The Free First Saturday event, co-hosted by CF Student Affairs, will feature a Hispanic Heritage Festival, which includes art activities, face painting, information booths by Hispanic-owned businesses, trucks catering, music and more.

Admission to the museum and activities are free as part of the Free First Saturday event. Vendor booths will begin closing at 4 p.m.

Saturday, October 8, 11 a.m.

“Treasures of Aztlan: Voices of Hispanic Women”

Oral historian, writer, and podcaster Dr. Rebecca Dominguez-Karimi will host a talk on how Hispanic women view issues of race and ethnicity in their lives.

This discussion includes an audio-visual presentation, oral histories and local Hispanic history. Free entry.

For more information, please call the Appleton Museum at 352-291-4455 or visit their website.

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