Audrey Tsai / The Talon
Colorful pieces of papel picado waved in the wind above the heads of Los Altos residents outside the Los Altos History Museum. The organization put on a celebration of Hispanic heritage in its most recent event, Rancho day: Horsemanship in the Hills. The event was complete with Mexican food, informational stations, crafting workshops and live entertainment — all aiming to raise money for the museum’s new permanent exhibition.
The museum set up informational posters with both English and Spanish translations and invited a live Spanish translator to make the event more accessible. Many of the performing groups such as Danza Colibrí and Raíces de Mexico, local dance and music groups, have mission statements that include both performing and educating others about cultural identity.
The festival mirrors the museum’s new focus on amplifying different voices, creating a space to commemorate the many cultures that have lived and grown in Los Altos. Similarly, the museum is in construction to replace the upstairs exhibit with a new one centered around the idea of place titled Making Connections: Stories of the Land…Cont.