While the physical museums and National Zoo run by the Smithsonian Institute might currently be closed down thanks to the Government Shutdown, their websites are still up and fully accessible. With Hispanic Heritage Month coming to a close soon, why not take a look at all these different online galleries and resources that the Smithsonian have put together on various topics?
¡del Corazón! Latino Voices in American Art is a website put together to celebrate the work of Latino American artists and to educate others in the traditions and influences of these artists. The site is filled to the brim with pictures, biographical entries, video interviews and more for artists such as María Castagliola and Pepón Osorio.
To supplement that, also check out the Arte Latino gallery, which has 73 different artworks you can view online, and learn a bit about each piece as well.
The Museum of American History also has a nice web presence for its Mexican America artifacts, another great gallery full of pictures and a wealth of information to delve into.
Finally, for those who want to listen as well as see, there is the Folksways page for Hispanic Heritage Month, which gathers information and audio on all sorts of different Latino musical genres. You can easily lose an afternoon or more going through everything the Smithsonian has to offer. If you don't have a home computer to look at it all, remember that computer access is available at your local library branch. Stop in today!