Co-founders Mariana Atencio and Mirna Couto join effort to drive the narrative around the Latino experience and advocate for the creation of a National Museum of American Latino History
(Washington, D.C.) – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), a national advocacy campaign striving for the creation of a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum proudly announced today that it is entering into a partnership agreement with GoLike, a production and storytelling company co-led by award-winningjournalist and author, Mariana Atencio. With partner, and longtime producer, Mirna Couto, GoLike is dedicated to using multimedia platforms to bring audiences together through positivity. The partnership was announced at a critical time for the American Latino Museum initiative, as it is currently experiencing the largest number of bipartisan and bicameral supporters for the authorization legislation, the National Museum of the American Latino Act.
The partnership will tap into and continue the FRIENDS Latinos Making a Difference (LMD) campaign, a digital initiative to highlight everyday people and leaders in the Latino community who are taking action to help their communities and the nation in the face of the global pandemic.
“We are honored to partner with these incredible Latina journalists and storytellers to expand our narrative and honor the crucial impact of American Latinos today and throughout our nation’s history,” said Estuardo Rodriguez, President and CEO of FRIENDS. “Latinos are among the hardest hit by COVID-19, experiencing higher health and economic disparities than the overall U.S. population. Yet, despite these challenges, members of our community continue to show up and do their part to keep the nation moving forward. We owe it to them and future generations to honor their resilience by recording and sharing the stories that will one day live in a Smithsonian National American Latino Museum.”
“From day one, GoLike has been committed to bringing people together through stories,” said Mariana Atencio, co-founder of GoLike. “We aim to show the vibrancy, strength, and diversity of the Latino community in the United States, and look forward to this partnership to shine a light on the stories too often overlooked. In these challenging times, ordinary people are doing extraordinary things, and we are excited to tell their stories.”
“The power of positive storytelling crosses cultures, geographies, and backgrounds to unite us all, despite our differences,” said Mirna Couto, co-founder of GoLike. “GoLike and the Friends of the American Latino Museum understand just how important telling our community’s stories can be, and we are looking forward to what we create together.”
On July 27, 2020, the House of Representatives unanimously passed the National Museum of the American Latino Act with over 290 bipartisan cosponsors. With 43 bipartisan cosponsors in the Senate, the push for a museum to recognize over 500 years of American Latino history that has been left out of the Smithsonian Institution is closer to becoming a reality than ever before.