Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
On View Through October 13, 2023
Governor's Reception Room, 2nd Floor
New York State Capitol
Celebrating one’s own culture and heritage alongside a quest for identity amidst a broader group is a characteristic found in each community across the state and, when woven together, creates the rich, vibrant, and exceptional tapestry of "One New York."
Hispanic Heritage Month is historically observed as beginning on September 15, a significant day celebrating the independence of the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Fittingly, the month is inclusive of a much broader Hispanic and Latino diaspora. Today, nearly one in five New Yorkers identifies as Latino or Hispanic. Historically, immigration to New York State from Hispanic and Latino origins can be traced back to the early 17th century.
This exhibition focuses on individuals with distinct accomplishments in the arts, entertainment, journalism, and academia. Each of these trailblazers have unique backgrounds and histories that have informed distinct accomplishments. They capture a slice of the diversity and achievements of the state's many Hispanic and Latino communities, and contribute to lasting and unique narratives, at once personal and public. Their originality has helped shape and redefine the cultural mosaic of New York.