Hispanic Heritage Month – Day THREE – Challenge to Write

Day Three – Inspired by an Artist (Inspirado por us Artista)

Hispanic Heritage month, September 15 — October 15 is a time of year to pause and reflect on the rich history, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino (LatinX) Americans to the United States. The goal this week is to expand our scope and see Hispanic/LatinX Americans as “More than Migrants”.

 A native of Detroit, Michigan, I learned early about the art of muralist Diego Rivera, whose magnificent paintings of Motor City history grace the walls of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).  We had school trips to view the Rivera frescos, and as a college student at Wayne State University, I worked at the DIA. Today, I invite you to view a painting by an artist of Hispanic heritage whose artwork is making history by capturing the current or past events.  Here is a link for inspiration from the Hispanic American collection at the Smithsonian Art Museum in DC. 

Please include in the introduction to your poem, the link to the painting that inspired it. Pick a picture; enter the art; explore it as though you were there. What do you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell? How do you feel? Capture that experience in eight to ten lines using poetic devices to be concise. 

Include link to your painting so others can view it as they read your poem.

Here’s my poem.

Flights of Imagination inspired by Painting by Scheherazade García The Dominion York, from the series Islands of Many Gods (2006) acrylic, charcoal, ink and sequins on paper

Here’s my poem.


I invite you to POST YOUR POEM in the comments box.  


This invitation to write was posted originally on from Sarah J. Donovan’s Website Ethical ELA.org.  Visit her site to see what others posted in response to this prompt.


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