Florida Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 through October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.  Florida's Governor Rick Scott, First Lady Ann Scott and the Florida Department of State encourage citizens to learn about Florida’s rich Hispanic history and cultural heritage during this time.

This year, Governor Scott and the First Lady are celebrating Hispanic Heritage through the lens of the theme "Hispanic Culture: Living the American Dream in Florida." In addition to a number of events and resources available through the Governor's Office website at FloridaHispanicHeritage.com, The Governor and First Lady have announced the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Student Scholarship Contests.

 To find out more about Hispanic Heritage Month and the contests, view the press release at dos.myflorida.com

Watch the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Message from Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

There are many events planned between September 15 - October 15, 2014 that celebrate Florida's Hispanic Heritage. A few featured events are listed below and many more can be found on VivaFlorida.org/Events.

Post your 2014 Florida Hispanic Month Event at VivaFlorida.org/SubmitEvent.

2014 Hispanic Heritage Featured Artist- Exhibition

Tallahassee - Though October 15, 2014

This year, Maria Elena Elvira "Manena" was selected as the featured artist for Governor Rick Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Manena was born in Medellín, Colombia and was recognized for her drawing skills at a young age. In 2002 she moved to Bogota, and eventually to Miami. In Florida, Manena has studied art at Miami Dade College and continues to create works of art. She has had numerous national and international exhibitions from the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris to New York's ArtExpo, from Houston to Miami, from Colombia to Belgium. Her artwork is on display in the R.A. Gray Building lobby in Tallahassee through October 15.

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Hispanic Fest 2014!

Fort Walton Beach - September 21, 2014

A family-oriented, cultural and educational festival that will showcase the very best of Hispanic folklore, music and food. Area favorites like Al Alvarado, Reid Soria and Amid Montelongo will perform and over 50 vendors will participate. The “Happy World Kids’ Zone” will ensure that children also have a grand time with entertainment, face-painting, The Home Depot Kids’ Workshop, visits by cartoon characters and dance contests.

To post your Hispanic Heritage Month event for 2014, visit VivaFlorida.org/Submit-an-Event