Buildbox is joining the nation in celebrating National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, which kicked-off September 15 and continues through October 15. This month is observed each year to honor and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our culture and society.
Latinx Heritage Month’s traditional celebrations include events focused on food, music, costumes, dance, film, and more. But as with most of the traditionally exuberant public celebrations since March, the coronavirus pandemic has limited in-person activities in 2020.
However, we’re not going to let that stop us from honoring Latinx Heritage Month here at Buildbox. We’ll be hosting virtual screenings of Hispanic films and music performances for our internal staff. We encourage you to celebrate virtually too.
Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
We’ve compiled a list of some fun and creative ways that you can celebrate Latinx Heritage Month this year.
Attend a Latinx Digital Concert
There are virtual events that you can attend, like ¡Viva Broadway! Hear Our Voices, a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month and Latinx milestones in theatre. This concert, presented by Playbill and the Broadway League, features a fantastic roster of award-winning stage and screen Latinx talent. The event will premiere on Playbill.com, Playbill’s YouTube Channel, and on The Broadway League’s website (Viva.Broadway) on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 8 PM ET and remain available for viewing until Monday, October 5 at 8 PM ET.
Virtually Explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The virtual exhibition of ‘Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art, is available to view online at the Smithsonian American Art Museum website. It explores 92 pieces from 72 modern and contemporary Latinx artists who have helped shape American art and culture.
Throw a Party En Casa
Another fun way to celebrate is to throw your own little party at home. Cook a new spanish-inspired dish. You can find plenty of authentic Hispanic recipes online to try out yourself at home. Growing Up Bilingual has a great roundup of various recipes to try in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. You can also discover new music and artists with the World Cafe’s Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist. All the songs take you through a musical journey throughout Latin America. With each track you get to explore new Latinx voices and different sounds that you haven’t heard of before. You can also have a spanish speaking movie marathon via Netflix.
Read Hispanic Literature
For those book lovers out there, why not expand your reading list by discovering some great Latinx writers in honor of Latinx Heritage Month this year. Goodreads has a curated list of books by Latinx authors in every genre category that you can check out. They even have comics and graphic novel suggestions. You can immerse yourself in the works of the great writers of the past or the new upcoming authors sharing their voice and perspective.
Donate to the Community
You can donate to organizations like the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Latinos for Education. They both have excellent programs focused on providing more opportunities for the next generation of students. There are also social justice groups like RAICES and Latino Equality Alliance that call attention to important causes like immigration. Voto Latino is uniting and empowering the Latinx community through voter registration, and United We Dream is a national, immigrant, youth-led organization dedicated to elevating immigrant voices.
Support Latinx Game Developers
Along with supporting local, latinx-owned businesses in your community or online, you can also support the next generation of game developers. There are platforms like Latinx in Gaming, and an upcoming Latinx Games Festival committed to spotlighting creators in the gaming space.
We also have some incredible members in our Buildbox community, like Brazilian developer Edson Junior from TicJoy Studios, who organizes yearly game jams to teach young kids how to make games using Buildbox.
At Buildbox, we’re committed to honoring and celebrating the cultures and heritages of not only each other but our diverse community of no-code creators as well. We encourage you to learn, discover, and celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.