"Celebrating Latino Cultures," Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA), c. 1998
Suggested Teaching Instructions
ANCLA: Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement
Onondaga Historical Association, OHA_B2_292
Flyer requesting support for "Celebrating Latino Cultures" event, Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA), ca. 1998.
In 1989, the Latino population of Syracuse, New York was growing rapidly. The Spanish Action League (SAL) had been organized in 1969 to help the Spanish-speaking population of the city with social services and assistance in the crucial areas of housing, employment, education, and family services. By the late 1980s, the organization was overwhelmed with direct service needs and had little time to work toward political changes that would help the Latino community move forward. As a result of attending Father Robert Chryst’s Hispanic Forum luncheons and the New York State Assembly Somos Uno conference in 1989, a group of people formed the Association of Neighbors Concerned for Latino Advancement (ANCLA). The grassroots organization has been involved in a number of projects that strengthen and promote the health of the Latino community.
ANCLA is one of the organizations that sponsors celebrations of Latino culture in Syracuse, such as the Celebrating Latino Cultures event and the Una Noche Latina Dinner/Dance. These events enable the Latino community to share Latino culture, create a sense of community, and celebrate their shared experiences and traditions.
Learn more about Latino cultural heritage by investigating one of the four areas that are emphasized in the Celebrating Latino Cultures event. Use the Resources section below. Share your knowledge by creating your own cultural festival.
Art: Investigate the work of several Latino artists. Compare and contrast their methods and styles. Is there a connection between the ethnic heritage of the artist(s), their style(s), and the media used to construct their art? Using the work of Latino artists as inspiration, create your own piece of art in whatever medium you prefer.
Music: Listen to some Latino music. What sounds typify Latino style? What instruments are used in Latino music?
How do immigrant populations support themselves in a new society?
Check for Understanding
Identify the main idea of this document and explain how this organization supported immigrants.
http://www.archives.nysed.gov/projects/legacies/syrlatino/questionsintro.shtml, New York State Archives Legacies Project, “An Anchor for Latino Grassroots Political Activity in Syracuse.” A document-based activity on the work of the ANCLA organization. Also check this site’s link to the history of Latinos in Syracuse for further information on the organization.
New York State Library. "Selected Hispanic and Latino Websites."
http://www.urban.org/publications/311376.html, “How Cultural Heritage Organizations Serve Communities,” Urban Institute policy brief by Carole Rosenstein, November 2006.
http://www.salsa-merengue.co.uk/infodesk/welcome.html, Salsa and Merengue Society.
http://americanart.si.edu/t2go/1la/index.html, Smithsonian Institution, “Arte Latino”
http://delcorazon.si.edu/, Smithsonian Institution, “del Corazon! Latino Voices in American Art”