Latinos: Also part of Montreal’s History
Once again, LatinArte a cultural and artistic event is celebrating the achievements and contributions of Latin Americans living in Montreal
By Sergio Martinez
Under the title “You Are Part of History” an exhibition was officially inaugurated September 27 and will remain open until October 20 at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal. This is only one of the many events with which LatinArte every year marks the Latin American cultural presence in Montreal.
At the opening of the exhibition, the director of LatinArte, Angela Sierra and the director of the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, Jean-François Leclerc highlighted the importance of Montreal’s cultural diversity and how this diversity contributes to the richness of the city and the whole province.
This celebration of Latin American culture in Montreal also includes an arts exhibition called “Visions périphériques” to be held at 421 St. Roch in the Park Extension district until October 13. Other activities were the 5th Encounter of Latin American Bloggers in Montreal, which took place at the MAI Centre this past Tuesday, a symposium titled “Bridging Quebec-Latin America-Quebec” held this Wednesday at McGill University, a Bohemian Night featuring poetry and literature in Spanish this Friday at the Maison des écrivains, and a movie presentation which is being held this Saturday October 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Concordia University’s Fine Arts Pavilion, 1396 Rene Levesque West, room VA-114, metro Lucien L’Allier.
LatinArte organizers also took this occasion to underline some interesting pieces of statistical information about the Latin American community in the Montreal area, for example that its adult population is more likely to hold a college or university degree than the rest of the population. And on that educational aspect another interesting note: in recent years young Latin American women have been more likely to attend an educational institution than their male counterparts. In terms of family life, Latin Americans prefer marriage over common-law arrangements in contrast to the rest of the population. In general living alone doesn’t seem to be their choice, the elder are more likely to share everyday life with their children and family more often than other members of society. A large part of the Latin American families also speak French or English. According to 2011 data, there were 113,830 persons of Latin American origin living in the Montreal metropolitan area and their numbers continue to grow. In the last decade most of them have come from Mexico, Peru, Chile, and Colombia.
The main exhibition “You Are Part of History” takes place at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal, situated at 335, Place d’Youville in Old Montreal, near the Square Victoria metro station. Free admission, and for more information call 514-872-3207.