You don’t have to look hard to find DARTable Latinx culture in North Texas. Join DART in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and the important role it plays in the culture of our region. Here are a few DARTable ways to do just that.
The Latino Cultural Center, just steps from the Green Line’s Deep Ellum Station, tells the story of Hispanic heritage through both visual and performing arts. The free institution will be hosting events throughout the heritage month, as well as throughout the year.
On Sept. 15, catch Canto y Grito, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month that includes poetry readings and performances by Ballet Folklorico Hispano de Dallas, Evilio Flores’ Danza Azteca, and more.
Carrollton’s World of Foodies, a festival this weekend in Historic Downtown Carrollton, lets you explore the cuisines and cultures of the world – including authentic offerings from Mexico, El Salvador, and the Caribbean. There will be cultural crafts and live performances, as well. Don’t miss one of North Texas’ coolest foodie events on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 3-9 p.m. on the historic square. The event is a short walk from Downtown Carrollton Station on the Green Line.
Viva Farmers Branch is a free fiesta being held on Sept. 25 at The Grove at Mustang Station. Like similar fiestas across the country, our event is dedicated to honor the cultures and contributions of both the Hispanic and Latino communities. Performers will include Mariachi Santa Cecilia and Kumbala Salsa. The Grove at Mustang Station is just right next to Farmers Branch Station.
The Dallas Museum of Art is a great place to immerse yourself in Latino history. The Ancient American collection represents Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Colombia and Peru, among others. The museum is just a few blocks from of St. Paul Station on all four DART Rail lines.
The Meadows Museum on the SMU campus is one of Dallas’ best-kept secrets, and it has a stellar collection of Spanish art. The collection ranges from the early Renaissance to modern giants such as Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, and Juan Gris. Get there by taking the Bush Center/Meadows Museum shuttle (Bus Route 743) from SMU/Mockingbird Station on the Red, Blue, and Orange lines.
And while you’re out and about on DART, stop by Westmoreland Station on the Red Line. The art and design of this Oak Cliff rail station was inspired by Spanish colonial-era architecture as found throughout Mexico. Columns are clad in patterns reminiscent of Mexican tile and masonry. Vividly colored windscreens depict events in Mexican mythology. And a huge limestone monument has elements that recall a Mayan pyramid.