Cuban dominos, a photo by Michele Edelson, documents the history of Miami.
TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Center for Gulf Coast Folklife announces the opening of Latin American Folk Culture in Florida on Friday, Sept. 20. The exhibit runs through Nov. 30 in the Folklife Gallery.
The exhibition begins with a reception on Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. that includes a performance by Trio Amistad Huasteco from Clearwater.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
Florida has had strong continuous connections with Latin America since colonial times. According to the 2010 census, the state's Latino population was 4.2 million or 22.5 percent — the state’s largest minority group. Cubans were the most numerous (1.2 million), followed by Puerto Ricans (828,000) and Mexicans (610,000). The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce notes that Florida has the most diverse Latin American population of any state.
As a prelude to the exhibit, a panel of scholars will share their fascinating insights into Latin American history and culture in Florida at a “brown bag” event on Sept. 20 at the Cultural Center. Bring your lunch and hear speakers Dr. Gary Mormino (USF) on Ybor City, Dr. Ella Schmidt (USF) about Mexicans in Florida and especially Clearwater, and Dr. Jose B. Fernandez (UCF) regarding Latin American influence from the Spanish colonial period to the present. Event is free.
The city of Tarpon Springs’ Center for Gulf Coast Folklife, 101 S. Pinellas Ave., focuses on local, Gulf Coast region and Florida folklife through exhibits, festivals, performances, workshops, and other programming founded on ethnographic research. Its mission is to identify, document, present, and preserve our unique traditional culture. The Center is curated by Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts and Historical Resources for the city.
Call 942-5605 for more information. The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife and the exhibition are funded in part with grants from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program and the Florida Humanities Council.