In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, History Fort Lauderdale, celebrating 60 years of being the proud steward of our community’s past by making our heritage accessible and engaging to residents and visitors, will present “Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture” from September 18 through October 2. This first-ever fine art exhibit solely celebrating the contributions of our multicultural Latin community will feature work from local artists including Leonardo Montoya (Colombia), Lifrancis Rojas (Venezuela), Isabel Perez Salazar (Venezuela), Florencia Clement de Grandprey (Spain), Hernan Rodriguez (Cuba) and others. The exhibit will open with an artist group meet and greet reception at noon on September 18 at the New River Inn (231 Southwest Second Avenue). “History Fort Lauderdale is delighted to present ‘Viva Fort Lauderdale Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture,” an exhibition of extraordinary award-winning Hispanic artists spanning a variety of mediums of styles,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “Our great city owes much to the contributions of our Latin community, past and present, and we’re fortunate to share these globally born expressive pieces that capture the lively and multicultural essence of our community with admirers of all ages.” All of the works will be exhibited in a newly renovated art space on the first level of the New River Inn. In addition to “Viva Fort Lauderdale: Celebrating Hispanic Art & Culture,” History Fort Lauderdale hosts a variety of engaging multicultural experiences, year-round. Permanent exhibits include “From Dugouts to Dream Yachts,” a visual narrative weaving the story of the ever-changing use of Fort Lauderdale’s waterways by following the strokes of the first people to today’s sightseers, “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale” which allows visitors to experience the story of the City of Fort Lauderdale as told through the pioneer family that shaped its development from an agricultural outpost in 1896 to a bustling city in the 1920s to its current status as a leading Metropolis, “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo Soprano,” a fashion and lifestyle glimpse of the socially prominent Fort Lauderdale resident with a lauded career as a star vocalist of musical comedy, plus “Archaeology of the New River” and a multitude of stories and photos sharing the history of other founding families of Fort Lauderdale.