Programs & Projects

Latino Americans [formerly The Latino Americans]

This project uses the personal stories of both historical and contemporary individuals to explore the lives of Latinos in America from the 1800s to the present day and examine a larger narrative about immigration, identity, assimilation, diversity and, ultimately, America’s history. It includes a six-hour television series, scheduled to air in 2013, and is supported by educational outreach and materials, public engagement activities and a digital media campaign. The campaign will include a digital storytelling initiative (Mi Historia) with English and Spanish speakers using the customizable, station-based StoryShare tool. The website will feature rich content, an online film festival of segments from documentaries funded by Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) and short films submitted by users, and an interactive history map. Public engagement will be enhanced through station-sponsored storytelling workshops and a network of partnerships with national Latino and Hispanic organizations. V-me will promote and broadcast the series in Spanish. WETA and LPB are also collaborating with NPR and the Latino Public Radio Consortium to develop a companion radio initiative, although that is not funded by this grant. Latino Americans will chronicle the lives and experiences of Latinos in the United States from 1800 to the 21st century. Through its people, politics and culture, Latino Americans will tell the story of early settlement, conquest and immigration; of tradition and reinvention; of anguish and celebration; and of the gradual construction of a new American identity from diverse sources that connects and empowers millions of people today.

Sabrina Avilés/Bosch and Company, Inc.
Produced by
Public Broadcasting Service (for the benefit of WETA and Latino Public Broadcasting)
Arlington, VA
Total CPB Investment
$1,887,500
Made possible by CPB's
Television Programming Grant