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September 15-October 15 marks the recognition of Latinx Heritage Month, honoring the history and contributions of Latinx people within the U.S. including celebrating histories and cultural identities rooted in Latin America. This year, Otis College has several exciting events, guest artists, and student programs that are designed to celebrate, uplift, and educate our community about Latinx history and culture.

List of Events

Ana Serano

September 18, 9:30 a.m. - Guest Artist Talk: Ana Serrano

Location: Forum

Ana Serrano is a first-generation Mexican American and is inspired by the intersection of her dual cultural identities. She is best known for creating work that references the built environment using brightly-colored cardboard and paper. While her work highlights the socio-cultural and architectural elements of urban life found in Latino neighborhoods all across the US, she is very much inspired by her hometown of Los Angeles, California. She is especially captivated with how residents alter and adorn their dwellings, as well as the connections between plant life and man-made constructions.

Co-Sponsored by Graphic Design/Illustration Department & Office of DEI

Mariachi Romanza

September 21, 11 a.m. -  12 p.m. – Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Location: Commons

Join us in the commons for live music from Mariachi Romanza and free Empanadas in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month!

Co-Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board (CAB), and Office of DEI

Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture Community Center

October 7, 9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m – Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture Community Museum Visit

We are excited to offer a Community Museum Visit to The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art and Culture. This event is FREE and open to all students, faculty, staff, and alumnx, with limited tickets available. A shuttle will be provided for those who get confirmed tickets. To request a ticket and confirm your spot on the shuttle, please complete this RSVP form. The artwork of Otis alumnx Judithe Hernandez, Eloy Torrez, Patssi Valdez, and others were featured when "The Cheech" opened on June 18, 2022 in a long overdue celebration and institutionalization of Chicanx art. Read more about our alumnx in the collection here.

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Webpage banner artwork created by Sofia Enriquez, ‘14 Communication Arts. Sofia is a Mexican-American Fine Artist based in California. She creates works that explore her intercultural identity, symbolism, and feminism. Her practice consists of murals, largescale paintings, and her fashion collection MUCHO, that consists limited series of painted garments. Enriquez’s visual language includes simplified portraiture that is inspired by androgyny, traditional catholic paintings, and “Spanglish” phrases that are used as captions on some of her paintings to comment on her cultural diversity growing up in the United States.