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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

NEW HAVEN - Arte Inc. and Registro have collaborated on a photography exhibit entitled "Progreso Latino" that celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and opens with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in the atrium at City Hall, 165 Church St. Refreshments will be provided.

The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 18, includes photographs of Latinos from all walks of life, who have made or will make positive contributions to their community and the state. Ideally, this photo exhibit will also be displayed in several cities around the state during the coming year.

The exhibit also highlights contributions of a growing Latino population in Connecticut. Along with the photography by Amanda May of Registro, the show also includes text provided by the participants about what they feel their greatest accomplishment has been. All text is in English for this exhibition.

Each person that was chosen, of the some 140 participants, has a different story to tell and brings a different contribution to society, be it large or small, public or private.

From butchers in Fair Haven to the Mayor of Hartford, their personal success stories come from many different countries and backgrounds and will truly inspire those who visit the exhibit. Through their hard work and personal successes, they help make up the thriving Latino population here in the state. Individually, these are personal accounts. Together, they tell the story of the progress of a people.

For more information about this, and the many other, mostly free, Hispanic Heritage Month events put on by Arte Inc., visit www.arte-inc.com and click on "Events." Arte Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Latino art and culture.

These photos, by Amanda May, which will be on display at New Haven City Hall, show Ángel Díaz, butcher, La Supermarqueta; Sandra Treviño, executive director, Junta for Progressive Action; and Ruben Felipe, deputy chief of staff, Bridgeport mayor's office.

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