DEI Spotlight Celebrations

Irvine is proud to be a City that embraces and celebrates diversity and fosters an environment that is inclusive of all cultures, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, perspectives, and ways of thinking. Learn more about celebrations and observances the City has highlighted throughout the year below. 

Hispanic Heritage Month 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 to recognize the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the U.S. 

Manos, an exhibition at the Irvine Fine Arts Center, features sculptural works by José Flores Nava and paintings by Kiara Aileen Machado that share a proposition that sustenance is both a physical and emotional requisite of daily life. 

Nava’s works detail fruits and vegetables native to the Americas, and Machado’s delicately rendered paintings of familial figures and fauna from her family’s native El Salvador and Guatemala, converge to hold homage and space to what nourishes them. You can view their work online here, or visit the Irvine Fine Arts Center through December 18 to view the exhibition in person. 

If you would like to learn more about the artists, read their biographies.

Manos Artist Biographies