The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Embassy of Peru present Kaypi Perú, a festival highlighting the South American nation’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts, Friday, July 26, through Sunday, July 28. Kaypi Perú, which means “This is Peru” in the indigenous Quechua language, includes various cultural demonstrations such as crafts and arts by Peruvian artisans, music and dance performances, hands-on activities for kids, a film screening, traditional plants and Peruvian cuisine. The festival is free and open to the public.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has received a nearly $2 million grant from Art Bridges and the Terra Foundation of American Art to support a five-year exhibition partnership with five museums in some of the fastest growing cities and states in the western region of the United States. The partner museums, known collectively as the American West Consortium, are the Boise Art Museum; the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon; the Utah Museum of Fine Arts in Salt Lake City; and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington.
The Smithsonian Latino Center welcomed 18 graduating high school seniors from across the country to participate in its annual Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) June 24. Through the support of Ford Motor Company Fund, the program offers a unique opportunity for young Latinos to become community-conscious leaders and lifelong learners.