Photo: American Museum Latino Museum
US Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Majority Leader Reid (D-NV), US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), US Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and US Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House of Representatives to authorize the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries building on the National Mall as the designated location of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.
The authorization of the museum follows the recommendations of the May 2011 report of the bipartisan Commission to Study the Potential Creation of the National Museum of American Latino, a Commission that was established by law in 2008.
The legislation gives the Board of Regents 18 months to conduct a plan of action study to determine the best way to plan, design, fund and construct the Museum of the American Latino. The bill also authorizes a site to allow for private fundraising to begin for the planning, designing and construction of the museum.