2021 Hispanic Heritage Month

papel picado sign that says hispanic heritage month

Come explore rich history and traditions with us in a variety of programs offered throughout the City of Fort Worth.

 

Join other adults at  six different locations as we  explore a variety of traditional crafts from Hispanic countries. 

Traditional Mexican Crafts at Seminary South

Explore traditional crafts found in and around Mexico in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn traditional craft techniques, meet fellow crafters in your community, and reminisce about your own family traditions and celebrations. A new craft will be featured during each week of Hispanic Heritage Month and all supplies are provided.

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Piñata Making at Meadowbrook

This class occurs three different times, and all supplies are provided. Learn how to design and fabricate your very own piñata – from the basics to advanced techniques – and take your finished project home!

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Papel Picado

Paper arts date back to pre-Hispanic times with the Aztecs using Amatl for writing and painting. Since then, with inspiration taken from significant items of Mexico, papel picado and paper flowers have been traditionally used as decoration for an array of holidays and festivals! 

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Grab the kids and join us to learn  more about Hispanic culture through crafts!

 

Mexican Tin Art at Northwest

On Sept. 15, using thick gauge tin, we'll trace printed designs with pen onto the foil and color with sharpies. This activity is intended for tweens and teens. 

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Alebrije craft at Riverside

On Oct. 13, create an Alebrije pop-up card and learn about the story of how Aljebrijes came into existence.

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Ojo de Dios at Riverside

On Sept. 29, learn about Hispanic heritage and participate in a Ojo de Dios craft with colored yarn paper and popsicle sticks.

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Aztec Sun Stone Art at Riverside

Learn about Aztec culture and participate in an Aztec sun stone drawing and coloring activity.

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Makarapa Hats

Football, better known as soccer in the US and Canada, is the most popular sport in the world and is extremely popular in Hispanic countries. Soccer fans around the world adapted the African inspired, DIY Makarapa  hat to help them cheer on their favorite team and you can make one too!

 

Worry Dolls

According to legend, the Mayan Princess Ixmucane received a gift from the sun god making her able to solve problems both large and small. During this activity, kids are encouraged create a worry doll and discuss or write down their worries.

 

Make Piñatas

Did you know historians believe piñatas originally came from China? Use provided supplies to create your own piñata and discover the goodies that await for you inside! 

 

Papel Picado

Join the library in making some traditional Mexican paper folk art!

 

Paper Flowers

Learn the art of paper flower and the crafts' cultural significance in Hispanic culture.

Fun activities or games anyone in the family can do! Learn about different parts of the Hispanic culture from dance to wrestling!

 

Third Thursday Jazz with OleMano at Northside

Join us for Latin Jazz on Sept. 16 with OleMano.  Originally from Colombia, OleMano came to Fort Worth about 10 years ago. With a background in classic, jazz, folk and world-music, he started working with artist from Fort Worth. 

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Lucha Libre at Diamond Hill/Jarvis

Join us for a bilingual story time all about lucha libre (Mexican wrestling) and a design and create your own mascara (wrestling mask) station.

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Basics of Salsa at Reby Cary Youth Library

Dance is the international language of fun! Come join us to celebrate Hispanic heritage month by learning the basic dance steps of Salsa!  Do you have two left feet? No problem! We will provide you with footsteps on the floor for you to dance your  heart away. While you are here, come check out some fun library music and dance materials to enjoy in the privacy of your own home.  

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Bigote Party at Diamond Hill/Jarvis

Celebrate famous icons in Hispanic culture who had bigotes (mustaches). Includes a bigote-themed family story time, a make your own bigote craft station, a photo booth, and a ‘Pin the Bigote on Salvador Dalí’ game.

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Memory Game - Flags

Use this game to learn to recognize the different flags that represent Hispanic countries-there's even one that looks like the Texas flag!

 

Lotería

The original game has been played since it’s publication in the 19th century and has had many different adaptations since. Our deck will include traditional Mexican Lotería themes with an addition of Texas, Fort Worth, and Fort Worth Public Library icons. 

Available at 14 locations

Central Celebration Oct. 3 

From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. the Central Library will host a series of programs and activities celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.  Join us for Cecilia N. Sanchez Hill's presentation, "Chicanos in Cowtown: Mexican-American Activism in Fort Worth, 1960s-1970s."  We will also have a Ballet Folklorico performance and have take-and-make crafts for kids to create at home.  Be sure to view the traveling exhibit, "In His Own Words: The Life and Work of Cesar Chavez" on display in the west wing.

 

Basic Salsa Lessons

Two locations are hosting an introduction to Salsa for adults. Dance is the international language of fun! Come join us to celebrate Hispanic heritage month by learning the basic dance steps of Salsa!  Do you have two left feet? No problem! We will provide you with footsteps on the floor for you to dance your  heart away.