For immediate release: July 23, 2014 historymiami’s newest exhibition explores influence

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Miami’s musicians and musical styles prominently featured in interactive exhibition
MIAMI (July 23, 2014) ― HistoryMiami’s newest exhibition, exploring the profound influence of Latino artists and Latin music’s distinctive genres on American popular music, will open to the public next month. American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music presents the contributions from Latino artists to traditional American musical genres like jazz, R&B, rock and hip-hop, as well as how the Latino experience helped create new styles like salsa and reggaetón. Developed by EMP Museum and the University of Washington, and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services (SITES), the exhibition and its programs are made possible by from Ford Motor Company Fund.
More than 200 of Miami leaders in the arts, entertainment and media industries, politicians and local business leaders have joined the Community of Honor in support of the American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music exhibition. Participants include President of Miami-Dade County College Eduardo Padron, musician Tito Puente, Jr. and Cuban-American Grammy® Award-winning musician and producer, Emilio Estefan who has lent his support to the project as Honorary Chairman. The Community of Honor is a community outreach element incorporated into American Sabor in order to maximize the impact and educational value by increasing awareness in the community to the widest possible audience. The Community of Honor list can be found at
“Ford is a long-time supporter of Hispanic arts and culture and it’s an honor to be associated with a program that celebrates this country’s rich, Latino heritage,” said Joe Avila, Community Outreach Manager of Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services. “It is gratifying to see so many Miami-area leaders join the Community of Honor and embrace this exciting exhibition, especially given Miami’s musical influence.”

Three artists featured in American Sabor: Celia Cruz, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan. Image courtesy Frank Micelotta/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images.
The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, which includes guided listening stations and a 15-foot dance floor outfitted with a working jukebox, focuses on the five cities that have served as centers of production for Latin musicians since World War II: New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Antonio and Miami. HistoryMiami will also have exclusive artifacts on display from Cachao Lopez, the Celia Cruz Estate and Willy Chirino.

“We are proud to partner with the Smithsonian Institution and Ford Motor Company Fund to bring the history and vibrancy of Latin music and dance – its sabor – to Miami” says Ramiro Ortiz, President and Chief Executive Officer for HistoryMiami. “In addition to celebrating an important and beloved chapter in Miami’s cultural history, American Sabor will also inaugurate our expanded building on the Miami-Dade Cultural Plaza as its flagship exhibition.”

American Sabor will be installed in the third floor east gallery of the museum’s new building, the former home of the Miami Art Museum, and will be on view through October 26. In addition to its 2,500 square foot footprint, HistoryMiami will also offer the following public programs related to American Sabor:

  • Family Fun Day: Latin Beats Extravaganza: Special event for families featuring interactive live music and dance presentations, an instrument “petting zoo” and children’s craft activities. August 9, 1pm – 4pm. Admission is Free.

  • Latin Music and Miami: Panel discussion on the development of Latin music in Miami, featuring some of Miami’s most celebrated musicians, producers and other speakers as panelists. October 4, 2pm – 4pm. Admission is Free.

  • SalSabor Competition: In partnership with local dance schools, HistoryMiami will host a salsa competition for 13 to 17 year olds at the museum. Judged by local dancers and instructors, the contest features $10,000 prize money for the top competitors. September 6, 1pm – 4pm

View American Sabor at HistoryMiami, 101 West Flagler Street in Downtown Miami. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 10 – 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. General museum admission is free for HistoryMiami members and children under 6. Admission for adults is $8, seniors and students are $7 and $5 for children 6 – 12 years old.

About HistoryMiami

HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas. We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. Visit to learn more.

Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at
EMP Museum is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretive, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock ’n’ roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rock’s influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres. Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their stories.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest state-supported institutions of higher education on the West Coast and is one of the preeminent research universities in the world.
Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life.  For more than 60 years, Ford Motor Company Fund has operated with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company. The award-winning Ford Driving Skills for Life program teaches new drivers through a variety of hands-on and interactive methods. Innovation in education is encouraged through national programs that enhance high school learning and provide college scholarships and university grants. Through the Ford Volunteer Corps, more than 25,000 Ford employees and dealers work on projects each year that better their communities in more than 40 countries. For more information, visit


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