About the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Poster
The 2021 poster was created by teen artists through a partnership with Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, led by artist Edgar Reyes. The artists, Jacqueline Herrera, Jason Reyes, and Samariah Hamilton, created the poster through research and in response to the theme Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. After completing the design, they hand-produced a limited edition of silkscreen prints of the poster to serve as an enduring legacy of their work, the partnership, and cultural traditions. The Department of Parks and Recreation then used the design to print collectible posters, available for free at our staffed locations throughout the county.
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Words About the Design from the Artists
“The theme, Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope, inspired us to create a print design based on the concept of a sustainable future that is inclusive of indigenous traditions and stewardship. We reflected on what it means to be Latinx (Hispanic) and the role art has played in the colonization of the Americas. After reviewing the work of various activists, we decided to create a piece that highlights the distinct cultures that make up the fabric of the Caribbean and the Americas. The imagery in our design is a mixture of different elements meant to highlight our distinct races, in particular, our black and native ties.”
- The central female figure is a representation of mother earth. The foundation and giver of life. She is inspired by many stories shared among the regions such as Pachamama in Andean culture and Tlaltecuhtli, an Aztec belief.
- The figure of the person on the boat represents the journey of hope.
- The mountain range bathed in sunset orange is Machu Picchu. It represents the unique and lush landscapes found throughout the distinct places we are from.
- The river represents power and our ability to create change over time.
- The two birds are the Salvadoran National Bird, the Torogoz, and the Quetzal, the sacred bird of the ancient Mayans and Aztecs.
- The flowers in the river are the Guyanese national flower, the water lily.
- The remainder of the plants depicted represent prosperity.
Participating Student Artists
- Jacqueline Herrera, 18 years of age, is a rising freshman at the University of Maryland College Park. She attended North Western High School and lives in Hyattsville, MD, and is of Peruvian heritage.
- Jason Reyes, 18 years of age, is a rising freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park. He lives in Lanham, MD, and is of Salvadorian heritage
- Samariah Hamilton, is 16 years of age and attends Northwestern High School. She lives in Hyattsville, MD, and is of Caribbean heritage.
Edgar Reyes is a multimedia artist based in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. Reyes earned his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has taught at non-profit organizations, schools, and museums. Many of his projects are autobiographical and a reflection of his personal journey as an undocumented youth in the United States. His work highlights the adversities his family has faced when divided by deportations, the loss of loved ones, and racially motivated crimes.