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The mission of the New World Museum is to convey to all generations the significance of Hispanic Art, to promote and encourage scholarly research and academic inquiry in the field of Hispanic Art, to recognize and honor Hispanic artists, to develop cultural exchanges between artist and the community, to advance education about Hispanic Art among adults and children everywhere, and to preserve and protect for future generations the rich heritage and vibrant tradition of Hispanic Art.
The New World Museum has joined the ranks of great museums across the globe over the last decade that acknowledges the rich and diverse contribution to the Performing and Visual Arts by the Hispanic culture. Among the array of Houston's Arts Museums, only New World Museum is devoted to the presentation and interpretation of Hispanic Modern Art on a world class level. Chartered in 2000 as the city's only major Hispanic Museum, New World Museum is solely dedicated to presenting and interpreting the art from the 70's to the present. New World Museum is one of only a few non-colleting Art Museums in the United States. New World Museum is located at 5230 Center Street, in the West End, in what has historically been known as a 'barrio' with a large Hispanic population providing an important niche in the cultural life of Houston. Houston has several well defined Art Districts in various parts of the city, creating cultural neighborhoods with distinct personalities with their residents. The choice to locate the museum in this ethnic environment responds to that desire to connect with the residents. Together the contribution to a cultural landscape is dynamic and tremendously exciting to residents and visitors alike. New World Museum received a non-profit 501(c) (3) status in 2002. The vision was conceived in 1998 by Mr. Armando Palacios. After many years of wanting to see Hispanic Art whether from Spain, Cuba, Paraguay or East L.A. little was available. As the fourth largest city in the nation Houston had a tremendous void in showcasing Hispanic Art. In 2001 the Houston MFA hired Mari Carmen Ramirez a scholar in Latin American as its first curator in that department. Her vision is to collect Latin American from the 1920- 1970's and build upon that collection as time goes by acknowledges the importance of the Hispanic contribution to the art world. The mission of the New World Museum to focus entirely on Hispanic Art is a response to a void that existed in the Houston art world.
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