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El Museo del Barrio Celebrates 40th Year

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El Museo del Barrio New York celebrates its 40th anniversary Saturday, October 17.

The East Harlem museum has festivities planned all day to celebrate, including Latin music, street theater, children's book readings, art-making workshops, and a preview of Soledad O'Brien's upcoming documentary Latinos in America.

Two exhibits, Nexus New York: Latin/American Artists in the Modern Metropolis and Voces y Visiones, will also open on Saturday. The installations will feature hundreds of works from Latino, Caribbean and Latin American artists.

El Museo was founded 40 years ago by artist Raphael MontaƱez Ortiz and a coalition of parents, educators, artists, and activists who found mainstream museums had ignored Latino artists. El Museo has a permanent collection of over 6,500 objects spanning more than 800 years of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino art, documentary film and video.