Our aim is not just to show the richness of Latin American culture through art – ranging from dance, song, music, to visual art and poetry- but also to demonstrate the essential contributions of Latinos in the United States. The marginalized state of many of the members of our community, we affirm, makes the creation of cultural and intellectual spaces imperative. Ultimately, the show serves as a venue for students of all backgrounds to express their culture and to educate the Harvard community and the rest of the world.
In past years we have been excited to recognize the success of such international superstars as Raymond Ayala—also known as Daddy Yankee—along with fashion model Jaslene Gonzalez, and iconic music producers Francisco Saldana and Victor Cabrera, together identified in the music industry as Luny Tunes. Harvard’s Presencia Latina has honored each star with the Latino/Latina of the Year Award. The award was established with the intent of honoring successful artists who serve as ambassadors of Latino culture all around the world and devote time to improving the conditions of disadvantaged members of their communities.