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The 23-member National Museum of the American Latino Commission (the commission) is tasked by Congress to provide a report on the creation of a potential Museum of the American Latino, which would focus on American Latino life, art, history and culture.

The commission members were selected by the president and bi-partisan congressional leaders in 2008 and 2009. The commission will report on possible sites for the museum, potential content, suggested structure/governance and fund-raising strategies.

The commission also seeks input and feedback from the public on the development and design of the museum; American Latino art, history and culture; potential impact on regional Latino museums; and general interest in the creation of a potential Museum of the American Latino.

The Commission made gathering public input a high priority while exploring the potential creation of the National Museum of the American Latino. From the beginning, every decision has been tied to the perspective of the United States public. Since September of 2009, the Commission has carried out an extensive process to receive the input, ideas and sentiments of Americans throughout the nation, regarding the feasibility of the potential creation of an American Latino museum in Washington, D.C. Traveling across the United States and its territories, the Commission held public forums in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Miami, Austin and San Juan Puerto Rico. The Commission heard from thousands of people throughout the entire country. The community spoke, and the Commission listened. One primary theme resonated clearly throughout the forums — Latinos are part of the fabric of this nation, and there is an urgency, desire, and need for a museum to highlight and preserve this great heritage for the benefit of all Americans.Americans throughout the nation, regarding the feasibility of the potential creation of an American Latino museum in Washington, D.C. Traveling across the United States and its territories, the Commission held public forums in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Miami, Austin and San Juan Puerto Rico. The Commission heard from thousands of people throughout the entire country. The community spoke, and the Commission listened. One primary theme resonated clearly throughout the forums — Latinos are part of the fabric of this nation, and there is an urgency, desire, and need for a museum to highlight and preserve this great heritage for the benefit of all Americans.

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