Museum Faces: Carlos Tortolero

Carlos Tortolero, President and Founder of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, came to Chicago from Mexico as a small child. For many years he worked as a history teacher, counselor and administrator in the Chicago Public School System.  In 1982, he and several friends started NMMA with just $900.  Initially, the museum had no permanent home, consisting of a series of cultural events and art exhibitions in temporary spaces.  Tortolero, who had been a history teacher, counselor and administrator in the Chicago Public School System had wanted to find a way “… to teach non-Mexicans what we really are like so they understand and honor us. To connect with them, we’ve made our museum a welcoming place. Mi casa, su casa—My house is your house.”  Since 1987, the museum has found a permanent home in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. It is the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.

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Mario Arellano :  I'll see you wedsnday mr.t you're former student mario arellano. Los ojo's bowen high.

posted on 09-08-2016


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