Celebrating Hispanic Heritage

From September 15 - October 15, we celebrate the significant and far reaching contributions of Hispanic and Latino leaders in New York — contributions that have enriched and strengthened our state.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins in mid-September to coincide with national independence days in several Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on Sept. 15, Mexico on Sept. 16, Chile on Sept. 18 and Belize on Sept. 21.

New York State has the fourth largest Latino population in the United States. Nearly one in five New Yorkers identifies as Latino or Hispanic. Since 2000, the Latino population in the state has grown by nearly 33 percent, today making up 19 percent of all New Yorkers. Every day, members of the Hispanic community help shape New York’s bright future with their hard work, dedication, and ideas. Indeed, the number of Hispanic-owned businesses has increased significantly in the past decade, accounting for 13 percent of all businesses in New York.

Hispanic New Yorkers have made important contributions in all areas of endeavor, leading to a better quality of life for people of all backgrounds. The individuals highlighted in this exhibit have helped improve health care and working conditions, entertained us, enriched our life, and inspired us to dream bigger.

New York State is proud to be home to almost 3.8 million Latino residents, whether their families have lived here for generations or are among the state’s newest residents. This month we celebrate their presence, their voices, and the distinct cultures they bring to the Empire State. In New York, we reaffirm our strong commitment that all immigrants have the opportunity to build lives of dignity and purpose, contribute to our economy, and make our state the strong leader that it is.

Learn more about Hispanic Culture and Arts in New York State

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