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Latin Flavor Hits the Nation's Capitol

Washington, D.C. will taste the flavor of Latino popular music when the larger version of the American Sabor exhibition opens at the Smithsonian’s International Gallery on July 11. This is one of two exhibitions—both titled American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music—that celebrate the influence of Latinos in shaping American popular music.

The 5,000-square-foot exhibition, created by EMP Museum in Seattle in partnership with the University of Washington, focuses on five centers of Latino popular music in America since World War II: New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, San Antonio and San Francisco. Hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center, this bilingual exhibition contains 45 interviews with Latino musicians, 100 artifacts such as costumes and musicians’ instruments, interactive elements, including keyboards and a mixing board, and a dance floor where visitors can move to their favorite Latin rhythms. The exhibit is on view through Oct. 9 and includes public programs, tours and a family day during Hispanic Heritage month (Sept. 15–Oct. 15).

The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) is currently traveling a 2,500 square-foot version of American Sabor designed for smaller museums, cultural centers and libraries. The exhibition is on view at the Sacramento Public Library through August 7. It will then move to the San Francisco Public Library August 27 through November 13.