Ford Motor Company's Mercury brand has signed on to sponsor "Terra Nostra: Solamente Salma," a series of actress Salma Hayek paintings by renowned film director Robert Rodriguez and accomplished muralist George Yepes. The exhibition features 16 acrylic on canvas paintings, each eight by five feet in size and will be on display at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas, from April 7 until June 18, 2006.

The sound of salsa music vibrated through the halls of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as thousands celebrated the opening of Azúcar! The Life and Music Celia Cruz exhibit on May of last year.

MThe National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will host the exclusive U.S. showing of Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Mexico and Peru (March 3-May 28, 2006), a major international loan exhibition focusing on women in pre-Columbian and early post-contact Mexico and Peru.

San Jose's Mexican Heritage Plaza (MHP) launches an innovative new season of visual and performing arts redefining its cultural and arts programming at the First Annual "Una Noche de Honor"--"Evening of Honors, presented by Comcast" on March 29, 2006.

Opera Colorado Education and Outreach Director Katherine Myers announced that Opera Colorado has commissioned Texas-born composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez and librettist Mary Medrick to create a new family opera based on Latin American themes. The new opera, entitled La Curandera (The Sorceress), will have its world premiere at the Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre at the King Performing Arts Center on the Auraria Campus this coming spring. La Curandera will be performed in Spanish and in English.

Everyone has something to say. Unfortunately, in our society everyone has not had the same opportunity to be heard. Many ethnic and multicultural writers become frustrated when they fail to find appropriate vehicles for their work.

In this generously illustrated book, world- renowned Yale art historian Robert Farris Thompson gives us the definitive account of tango, the fabulous dance of the past hundred years-and the most beautiful, in the opinion of Martha Graham.

From its syncretic evolution in the nineteenth century-partaking of European, Andalusian-Gaucho, and, unbeknownst to many, African [Kongo] influences-to its representations by Hollywood and dramatizations in dance halls throughout the world, Thompson shows us tango not only as brilliant choreography but also as text, music, art, and philosophy of life.

The philosophically and spiritually inspired works of Xul Solar, one of Argentina's most important proponents of avant-garde art, are the focus of an exhibition to be shown for the first time in the United States at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Opening January 29, 2006, Xul Solar: Visions and Revelations features more than 90 paintings in oil, tempera, and watercolor, many of which have never before been exhibited, and includes Jefa (Patroness) (1923), newly acquired for the MFAH's Latin American art collection.

The Alameda National Center for Latino Arts and Culture graciously accepted a $5.5 million donation from the Ford Motor Company. The gift will go toward the completion of the Museo Americano and the restoration/renovation of the historic Alameda Theater.

Ethnic food gets turned on its ear with the release of the cookbook, Viva Mexican Food! These are the recipes of Martha Gonzalez Franco originally from Veracruz who currently lives in Mexico City.

Latin Chic: Entertaining with Style and Sass captures the best pan-Latin flavors and the unique spirit of Latin entertaining. Picture high heels, sexy women, handsome hombres, salsa music, exotic cocktails and irresistible food. Playful and practical, Latin Chic follows effervescent journalists Carolina Buia (Venezuelan) and Isabel González (Cuban-American) as they host parties in fabulous locations across Latin America.

Antonia Pantoja: Abriendo Camino (Forging a Path) is the remarkable portrait of a woman who changed the New York City educational system – and the lives of Puerto Ricans throughout the nation.

In a bold move that reflects the growth of the Hispanic market across the country, International Galleries Inc. (IGI) launches their first advertising campaign in Spanish -- targeting the Hispanic consumer instead of so-called mainstream America.

Following the success of the Maya exhibition in 2004, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco continues its commitment to showcase pre-Hispanic art at the new de Young museum, opening in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in October 2005.

Olga Viso, currently deputy director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, has been named director, effective Sept. 1. Viso succeeds Ned Rifkin, who became director of the Hirshhorn in 2002 and has served concurrently as Smithsonian Under Secretary for Art since January 2004.

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