Latino Institute


Dia De los Niños Children 2013

Caption: These school children model some of the new free things received at last years Dia De los Niños


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OUR MISSION: “To enhance the quality of life for all communities through a collective effort that recognizes the richness of the Latino culture, its contributions to society, and its challenges for the future.”

The Latino Institute, a program of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is an alliance of individuals, government agencies, businesses and community organizations dedicated to ensuring the quality of life for all.   Through a unique design that includes various special events and community outreach, the Institute seeks to present lectures, panels, workshops, and/or multimedia presentations that will actively engage participants of all age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds in meaningful dialogue that contributes to the heart of our community.

Since its inception in 2000, the Latino Institute has successfully provided programs that truly celebrate inclusion. The Latino Institute reaches out not only to the Latino base of the City of Phoenix, but to its entire community within our great City. Through this outreach, the community receives value, respect, and is supported with information to enhance their quality of life.

The Executive Committee of the Latino Institute is grateful to the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department for having the foresight to grow and nurture this most valuable program. The Latino Institute continues to draw other city departments, organizations, educators, schools, area agencies, volunteers and generous sponsors allowing the program to be recognized as an award winning design.  It has been honored with the “Best of Phoenix” Latino Program from the New Times Magazine and Art Journal and the “Arizona Parks and Recreation Association” Outstanding Community Program.

View Latino Institute Calendar of Events page

2013 Los Ninos

Caption: The Cat in the Hat entertains at the 2013 Día de los Niños Festival 

Special Yearly Events:
Fourth Saturday, April 26 through June 28
Latino Institute and Bookmans Entertainment Exchange are teaming up to bring their new program "Arts and Smarts in the City" (see flyer performers lineup) to Bookmans Bookstore 8034 N. 19th Ave. in North Phoenix. "Arts and Smarts" in the City takes place at Bookmans Phoenix once a month through June 2014. This free event hosts local music, literacy and learning activities all in one spot. Community partners include Mega Radio 104.3 and Eight, Arizona PBS.  Go to Bookman's Blog.

Friday, April 25, 2014

El Dia De los Niños    
Friday, April 25, 2014 at Hance Park.  9 a.m. - 1 p.m. “El Día de los Niños” celebrates children! Many nations throughout the world and especially within the western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños”. This day is designed to honor children who represent the hopes and dreams of every community. The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Latino Institute produce this event asking all in attendance to celebrate our countries most valuable asset, today’s youth! “El Día de los Niños” festival is in its 14th year, with last year’s event having over 7,000 children and educators participating in activities provided by more than 50 various organizations, exhibitors and educators.
2014 El Dia De los Niños School Registration
2014 El Dia De los Niños Information Table Application

Daniel the Tiger

Preschoolers, Kindergarteners, Parents & Early Childhood Educators!  Join us at Burton Barr Public Library for a free special engagement at El Día de Los Niños with Daniel Tiger starting at 9 am, Friday, April 25.  Space is limited so reserve your space to enjoy time in Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood with stories, songs and fun with your friends at Eight, Arizona PBS!  Register online at:


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Back to School and Health Fair
"The Latino Institute and the City of Phoenix present "The City of Phoenix Back to School and Health Fair". The Latino Institute presents its annual back to school and health fair featuring free backpacks for the first 1000 children (grade school age only).  Over 50 informational tables covering back to school resources, recreation and lifestyle for families. Health screenings and free immunizations. Entertainment, free light lunch and fun activities for all ages. An ending plenary is designed to open up discussions for the surrounding neighborhood with panel members in specialty areas such as parks services, law, health, school issues, consumer products and much more.  Location: Metrocenter, 9617 N. Parkway West, (south east entrance between Macy's and Dillards). 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Back to School Health Fair Information Table Application

 Back to School Health Fair Lunchadores

Caption: Kids learn about healthy eating habits from the "Lunchadores"

If you have an interest in becoming a partner, presenter, information table, booth or sponsor, contact Mary Ortega-Itsell (602) 262-7442 or Carmela Ramirez at (602) 262-7424 or e-mail: or 

Thank you to our generous sponsors Individually, people can make an impact, however, working together, we can move mountains! Please join us. For information regarding Latino Institute or any of it's events, call Carmela Ramirez 602 262-7424, or e-mail us here.