Latino Resources, Inc. is a non-profit entity that was developed to serve as the umbrella to the Latino Heritage Festival. The goals of Latino Resources, Inc. are to develop an event that will flourish and grow throughout the years to become a family tradition, similar to that within other Latino communities all over the country, but with a flare unique to Des Moines, Iowa.

Our Goals for the Latino Heritage Festival are:

  • Provide the public with a family oriented event filled with learning through music, dance, food, children’s activities, arts and cultural exhibits from various Central and South American countries.
  • To emphasize the uniqueness of our culture by demonstrating that we are a diversity within a diversity in the Latino community.
  • To create a venue to showcase Iowa-based performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen and artifact producers.
  • Through distinct activities and exhibits, educate the youth to a better understanding of the Latino culture and to teach them tolerance and appreciation of diversity.

Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept 15 to Oct 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept 16 and Sept 18, respectively.

There are 22 countries from Latin orgin represented in Iowa.