Summary: This bill establishes the National Museum of the American Latino in the Smithsonian Institution.
The purposes of the museum are to (1) illuminate Latino contributions to the story of the United States; (2) provide for the collection, study, research, publication, and establishment of exhibitions and programs related to Latino life, art, history, and culture; and (3) provide for collaboration with Smithsonian Institution museums and research centers and other museums and educational institutions in the United States and abroad to promote the study and appreciation of Latino life, art, history, culture, and its impact on society in the United States.
The bill establishes a Board of Trustees for the museum to advise and assist the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian on all matters related to the administration and preservation of the museum.
The Director of the museum shall manage the museum and may carry out educational and liaison programs in support of its goals.
The Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services shall establish and carry out specified grant programs and a scholarship program, including a grant program to promote the understanding of the Latin American diaspora in the United States.
The Board of Regents shall designate a site for the museum and is authorized to design and construct it.
ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION: Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/19/19.
STATUS: Introduced 4/30/19 by Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15].
INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:
- “Latinos have played an integral part in America’s history since its founding. Their stories, contributions, and sacrifices deserve a place in Washington, D.C. that honors and showcases an important part of our shared history. With passage of this legislation, we will be one step closer to making the American Latino Museum a reality. This is one of a few truly bipartisan and bicameral efforts in the Congress that honors Latinos’ diverse contributions to the American story. I am proud to work with Congressman Hurd to lead this effort in the House, and thankful for Senator Menendez’s and Senator Cornyn’s leadership in the Senate,” said Congressman Serrano (D-NY15). (Source: Rep Serrano, Press Release, 5/01/19)