This is the third in a series of public outreach sessions to seek input and feedback from the public on the development and design of a museum that would pay tribute to the art, history and culture of U.S. Hispanics; the potential impact on regional Latino museums and general interest in the creation of a Museum of the American Latino to be located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C..
Austin was one of only six cities chosen for the tour because of its rich history, culture and vibrant arts scene.
Among the members of the commission that will be present are Henry Muñoz III, a leader in Latino art and architecture, politically active entrepreneur Raul “Danny” Vargas, lawyer Sean D. Reyes, professor and international consultant Carlos Ezeta, writer and professor Dr. Emma Sepulveda, and Dominican American advocate Cid Wilson.
The 23-member NMALC was formed according to the House of Representatives bill 512/Senate bill 500 and signed into law by the President on May 8, 2008.
Based on their finding, the commission will create recommendations and deliver an official report to Congress in September 2010.
Welcoming the commission members will be Austin Welcoming Committee Honorary Chairs Texas Secretary of State Esperanza “Hope” Andrade and City of Austin Mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez.