The Funk Heritage Center is inviting visitors to view handcrafted Mexican masks out on exhibit there through Oct. 15.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, and as part of celebrations at Reinhardt University the center is holding a mini exhibit, "Masks of Mexico."

Co-curated by Jessie Landers ‘22, the exhibit showcases the center’s collection of handcrafted masks from Guerrero, Mexico. Use of masks in Mexican culture dates back thousands of years, well before the arrival of the Spanish. Today masks are still an important part of the culture and are used in traditional dances and ceremonies.

The 30-day period coincides with important dates in many Latin American countries. Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16, Chile celebrates on Sept. 18, and Belize celebrates on Sept. 21. About 18.7% of the United States population is Hispanic or Latino, according to 2020 Census data.

The masks are out on exhibit for the first time in 15 years, according to the university.

Admission is $7 for visitors 18 and up, $5 for children under 18 and $6.50 for seniors over 65. It's free for all Reinhardt students, faculty/staff and alumni.

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