Just in time for Latinx Heritage Month, Google came through for the culture. On Thursday, it launched one of the largest digital archives of Latinx culture, art and history.
From profiles on Latinas who have made history to features on iconic art exhibits and murals throughout history, “Google Arts & Culture: Latino Cultures in the US” provides the public access to Latinx brilliance throughout the years. Google was able to collect and curate narratives, photos, and other archives related to the Latinx experience in the U.S.
The collection includes over 4,300 archives and artworks, with over 90 multimedia exhibits in English and Spanish. Viewers can also take virtual tours of historic sites and culturally significant locations such as Pilsen in Chicago and Calle Ocho in Little Havana, Miami, Florida. The archive will be available online all year.
While we’re definitely excited about the development of this platform, it is worth mentioning that this archive is just beginning to scrape the surface of Latinx identity. Most notably, the intersections of race and class were not addressed in detail in the archive. But we’re looking forward to seeing a development on these archives.