HISD students exhibit art in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

HISD students exhibit art in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
Posted on 09/29/2017

Fun, relevant and meaningful. Those are the words that Columbia Heights Art Teacher Noe Garza used to describe the artwork created by his students in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The students' drawings of acclaimed Hispanic Americans will be showcased at various locations across San Antonio and Washington D.C. from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

“The art is important because they learn about their culture,” Garza said. “The people that they are drawing are not only famous, but are also making a difference in the community by giving back through their talents, fundraisers or activism – and then, they’re mexicanos or Latinos like us. We need role models like that.”

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Hispanic Americans and their contributions to the United States. Some of the pieces to be featured include portraits of Dolores Huerta, Cesar Chavez, Jesse Treviño, Emma Tenayuca, Vincent Valdez and Joaquin Castro, to name a few.

“Emma Tenayuca, who taught at Harlandale, was an amazing activist in the labor movement here in San Antonio,” Garza said. “These children need people to look up to, so we cover all subjects, and that’s the beauty of this lesson.”

After learning about their subjects' work and accomplishments, the students are now eager to share their works of art.  

“My drawing is of Sandra Cisneros, and I wrote that she is a famous writer all over the world,” fourth grade student Faith Perez said. “I like this assignment because all of these people are helping others, and if people fall down, they’ll help them get back up again.”

The art pieces will be showcased at BilbioTech, Firstmark Credit Union, Walmart (IH 10 and Vance Jackson location) and the office of U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro.
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