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Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Salvadoran Community
June 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am - September 27, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
The Aurora History Museum, Aurora Sister Cities International, and the Office of International and Immigrant Affairs celebrate Aurora’s Salvadoran population with a new exhibition, “A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Salvadoran Community.” This exhibit educates the public about the Salvadorans living in Aurora as well as highlights individuals, businesses owners, and their cultural traditions and history.
Aurora is home to over 3,000 Salvadorans, constituting the third-largest foreign-born population living here. This unique community tremendously impacts the cultural fabric of our city. The Salvadorans who call Aurora home come from all walks of life and each has their own story of immigration or growing up here in the United States. Many traditions and values were carried to Colorado and continue to be passed on to new generations. Several characteristics of this culture are present throughout the city. This exhibit explores these characteristics, such as popular music, art, dance, religion, and popular foods.
This exhibition highlights that in May 2017 the El Salvadoran consulate opened its doors as the first international consulate in Aurora. The new diplomatic office was the culmination of over two years of work by Aurora and El Salvadoran policy makers, which included a trip by Mayor Steve Hogan to the Central American nation. Additionally, in August 2016 the community of Anitguo Custcatlán signed an official friendship city agreement with Aurora.
By exploring the impact of Salvadorans have here in Aurora, whether that be cultural, economic, or diplomatic – the Aurora History Museum hopes to showcase this very vibrant and important aspect of our community.