A significant part of the evening was dedicated to showcasing local Hispanic art, a key aspect of Osceola Arts’ Art in Public Places initiative. Local Hispanic artists displayed their work, offering a glimpse into their unique perspectives and creative expressions. The art, displayed on all five floors of Kissimmee City Hall, vividly depicted the rich heritage and contributions of Hispanic communities to Kissimmee’s cultural mosaic.
Live music, sung and played by local young musicians, including a powerful rendition of our National Anthem sung by Osceola County School for the Arts student Camila Quintero, filled City Hall with diverse melodies that transcended borders and generations. The performances highlighted music as a universal language that brings people together.
Directly after the reception the City of Kissimmee Commission officially declared September 15, 2023, through October 15, 2023, as Hispanic Heritage Month in Kissimmee during its commission meeting. This proclamation was a meaningful recognition of Hispanic Americans’ substantial contributions to the city.
The proclamation, read by City Manager Mike Steigerwald, was presented to the family of ‘Bill’ Guillermo Hansen, who passed away earlier in the year. Hansen was not only the founder of El Osceola Star, but was also a dedicated advocate for the Hispanic community. His commitment to journalism and community service left a lasting impression on Kissimmee.
Kissimmee’s Hispanic Heritage Month Reception showcased the city’s vibrant culture, its diverse community, and the enduring legacy of individuals like ‘Bill’ Guillermo Hansen. It served as a reminder that cultural heritage is a treasure to be cherished and shared.
As the month of celebration continues, residents and visitors are encouraged to explore the rich Hispanic heritage that has shaped Kissimmee into the welcoming city it is today. From art and music to food and traditions, there is much to discover and appreciate during this special time.
The art, sponsored by Osceola Arts, will continue to be displayed on all five floors of Kissimmee’s City Hall through October 15, 2023.