Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts will Kick Off National Hispanic Heritage Month with Canto y Grito

Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts will Kick Off National Hispanic Heritage Month with Canto y Grito

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The Oak Cliff Coalition for the Arts (OCCA) will kick off the Dallas National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations with Canto y Grito, a cultural expression of Hispanic heritage with a ceremonial grito or cry for independence, and commemorate the collective historical call for justice and liberty. Canto y Grito will be held at the Latino Cultural Center Plaza on Wednesday,
September 15, 2021, from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
Canto y Grito features performances by local poets, Ballet Folklórico Hispano de Dallas, Mariachi Lone Star, and Deejay Epocha. Parking is free, and there will be food and drink vendors.
The National Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. It became a law on August 17, 1988. President Ronald Reagan expanded it in 1988 to cover 30 days beginning on September 15 and ending on October 15, when many community groups from across the nation celebrate their history, culture, and contributions to society.
September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico (including Texas and the
southwest US), and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Día de la Raza, which is October 12, also falls within these 30 days.
OCCA’s purpose is to promote the arts and education in a bilingual format. One of their approaches is through community events supporting local artists and representing Latin American cultures. In observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month, OCCA is proud to present Canto y Grito in collaboration with the Latino Cultural Center (LCC).
The suggested donation is $5. For more information, visit Canto y Grito’s Facebook page or Eventbrite.

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