Hispanic Heritage Month
Mes de la Cultura
Nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month, AZPM and other organizations have begun to refer to the weeks between September 15 and October 15 as MES DE LA CULTURA, celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of diverse Hispanic communities across Southern Arizona.

Celebrate MES DE LA CULTURA September 15 - October 15.
Mural Rock Martinez's 'Goddess of Agave' mural on the side of the Benjamin Supply building on 6th Street and 7th Avenue. See an interactive map of local murals by Hispanic artists here. (PHOTO: Michael Gaffney)
Events
Enjoy a special collection of programs that highlight Mexican, Latinx, and Indigenous stories and contributions on PBS 6, PBS 6 PLUS, and NPR 89.1 and station-wide events and activities in the coming weeks.

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September 15 - October 15
Southern Arizona Mexican and Latinx Mural TourOngoing Spend a day exploring part of Tucson's culture through this interactive mural map of works painted by local latinx artists. Explore the Map
September 22
Global Arts Showcase: Mes de la CulturaOnline On September 22, AZPM and the Pima County Public Library presented a special virtual event featuring performances by Tucson’s very own Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos, and Ballet Folklórico Tapatío! Plus, an exclusive first look at a brand new story from Arizona Illustrated about local tile artist, Carlos Valenzuela! Watch Now
Podcasts
DimeloDímeloDímelo: Stories of the Southwest invites you to tell us about the important moments from your life, big or small.
Latino USALatino USALatino USA with Maria Hinojosa is the longest running Latino-focused program on U.S. public media.
Alt.LatinoAlt.LatinoAlt.Latino is a spotlight on the world of Latinx arts and culture through music, stories and conversation.
Video
Celebrate Latino Culture with these stories from AZPM.
Barrio RestorationBarrio Restoration Beautifying streets and neighborhoods in South Tucson. (7:28)
Cuando Estoy ContigoCuando Estoy Contigo Exploring the borderlands through the art of Karlito Espinosa. (8:44)
Muralists on Murals – Johanna MartinezMuralists on Murals – Johanna Martinez Artist Johanna Martinez connects with Tucson’s history and culture through murals. (3:00)
Muralists on Murals – Alfonso ChavezMuralists on Murals – Alfonso Chavez Muralist Alfonso Chavez shares three murals that challenge the dominant cultural narrative in Tucson. (02:55)
Flor de NopalFlor de Nopal Familial ties to the desert, a traditional musical upbringing, and discovery of identity inspire the songs of Flor de Nopal. (07:09)
Sheriff EstradaSheriff Estrada For the first time since the 1990s, Santa Cruz County will have a new sheriff elected to office this November with the retirement of Tony Estrada. (06:28)
The MuralistThe Muralist Jessica Gonzales transforms walls into vibrant art. (8:04)
The Shadow PandemicThe Shadow Pandemic For many victims of domestic violence, sheltering in place with their abusers poses even greater risks to their well-being than contracting coronavirus itself. (7:51)
WyattWyatt Wyatt Macias is a captivating young scholar who shares his take on all things science and more.
Taco SauceTaco Sauce Taco Sauce has been voted ‘Best Punk Band’ for the last two years in Tucson Weekly’s Best of Tucson but the genre hardly defines them.
Santa Cruz ChurchSanta Cruz Church The cultural and architectural significance of Santa Cruz Church after 100 years of community building.
Chess KingChess King Tucson Teen Chess Champion uses the game to create community and empower change.
TumericoTumerico Vegan Mexican food in the heart of Tucson made from scratch using desert plants.
Binational EncuentroBinational Encuentro Artists and activists gather on the border to perform on behalf of border crossers who identify as female.
Martin's on 4thMartin's on 4th Martin Fontes has been a mainstay on 4th Avenue for nearly 18 years, making healthy Mexican food from scratch.
ZairaZaira A profile of Tucson community organizer, Zaira Livier.
Where Dreams DieWhere Dreams Die Honoring the lives of the migrants who have died in the Sonoran Desert
RolliesRollies Chef and Owner of Rollies Mexican Patio, Mateo Otero, uses classic Sonoran-style recipes with a modern twist to create one of Tucson’s most interesting new spots.
A Barrio StoryA Barrio Story A multimedia, multigenerational event by Borderlands Theater
El Tambó FestEl Tambó Fest Bands from both sides of the Mexican-American border come together for the first-ever cumbia summit of the borderlands during El Tambó Fest at Hotel Congress.
The CleanersThe Cleaners After a year of being paid less than the minimum wage to clean for large department stores in Tucson, three immigrant workers decided to fight for their right to fair pay.
Tucson Hip Hop FestivalTucson Hip Hop Festival Tucson Hip Hop Festival organizers Jocelyn Valencia and Pike Romero highlight local talent and bring in national acts to perform for southern Arizona hip hop fans.
Arizona Profile: Baile Folklórico MexicanoArizona Profile: Baile Folklórico Mexicano Three young performers share how Mexican folk dancing helps them gain confidence and self-esteem, share their culture, and build community.
Arizona Profile: Joey "Boom Boom" RiveraArizona Profile: Joey "Boom Boom" Rivera Joey "Boom Boom" Rivera is a mixed martial arts teacher and competitor who trains in boxing, kickboxing, and grappling.
DanzaculturaDanzacultura Carmen Baron fell in love with folklorico when growing up in Altar, Sonora. Ever since she moved to Tucson in 1973 she has been dedicated to pass on her Mexican heritage.
Arizona Profile: EvamariaArizona Profile: Evamaria Meet a freshman at University High School with a unique perspective on learning and life
El Dia de San JuanEl Dia de San Juan Each year, on June 24th,the Tucson community comes together to celebrate the Monsoon and the birthday of St. John the Baptist.
The Talking MuralThe Talking Mural There is a new mural in Tucson and it will talk to you.
CoachCoach Chris Valdez's life’s passion is teaching the art and science of the fight game, and the many life lessons that go along with it.​
Frida's GardenFrida's Garden “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” exhibition at Tucson Botanical Gardens
The ConductorThe Conductor For the first time in more than two decades, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra has a new conductor, Jose Luis Gomez.
Art Life - Adela's First ShowArt Life - Adela's First Show Adela Antoinette has been making a name for herself in the Tucson arts scene for the last few years.
Brian LopezBrian Lopez Singer-songwriter Brian Lopez was born and raised in Barrio Savaco on Tucson’s west side.
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