Newark Museum Celebrates Latino Heritage Month

NEWARK – Fiestas connecting the vibrant cultures of the Americas and the Caribbean will be held at the Newark Museum during October, celebrated nationally as Latino Heritage Month.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Newark Museum will remain open for Centennial Celebration After Hours with an evening of great food, live music, 3D films, gallery tours and planetarium shows from 6 p.m. to midnight.


“One of the highlights of the Museum’s Centennial Celebration Marathon last April, was an evening party featuring Latino music, dance lessons and ethnic fare,” said Museum Director Mary Sue Sweeney Price.  “Latino Heritage Month presents another opportunity to continue the party and to honor the Latino population, whose contributions have made a significant impact in the Newark and surrounding communities,” she said.

There’s something for everyone during the evening party!  Learn the moves and take a salsa lesson at 7:30 p.m., then join the dance party with live music by Sammy Galvez and the Latin All-Stars from 8 to 11 p.m.  Take a tour of some of the galleries, including “Party Time: Re-imagine America, A Centennial Commission by Yinka Shonibare MBE” and “100 Masterpieces of Art Pottery, 1880-1930,” or watch the “Amazing Telescope” at the Dreyfuss Planetarium at 6:30 and 11 p.m.

Put on a pair of 3D glasses and experience Newark as you never have before with “New Work: Newark in 3D,” a Centennial Film Commission by Marylou Tibaldo-Bongiorno and Jerome Bongiorno.  Set against the backdrop of one of the oldest cities in the country, the film captures the vibrancy of present-day Newark—from the city’s bustling business districts, port and transit hubs to its parks, grand public monuments, places of worship and impressive iron bridges.

Savor the flavors of Latin mixology at the cash bar, or delight in the decadence of dinner with entrees complete with side dishes including, Chicken on the bone with tomatoes, onions, cilantro; Meat Pastelillos with ground beef ; recaito, olives and yucca; Cheese Pastelillos with cheddar cheese, olives and green plantains;  Black bean, corn and cheddar quesadilla triangles, and more.

Throughout the evening, guests will receive 10% off Museum Memberships and purchases made in the Museum Shop.  Admission to the After Hours event is $10, and FREE for Museum members.  There are additional charges for the cash bar, dinner, and planetarium shows.

Everything Latino will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 18 when the Latino Heritage Festival: Fiesta Latina en el Museo runs from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Bring your whole family to the museum for a fiesta of music, mural making and workshops celebrating Latino cultures. Visitors will discover how the arts strongly connect the people and cultures of the Americas and the Caribbean.

Families can enjoy the sounds of salsa, meringue, bachata, cumbia and the Afro-Cuban beat when Cinco Mayor take the stage and performs its Latin music at 2:00 p.m. Guest artist Manuel Acevedo will invite visitors to help him create a mural.

Festival-goers can also meet the Newark Museum’s Director of Science Dr. Ismael Calderon, enjoy hands-on workshops, get up close with scientific specimens and even explore the Newark Museum’s special science exhibitions: “Skies Alive!” and “Dynamic Earth: Revealing Nature’s Secrets.” Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) interactive tours of the museum’s treasures will also be available.

For more information about these events and others, visit, or follow the Newark Museum on facebook: Newark Museum.

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