This Arab American Heritage Month in the U.S., we’re highlighting a few of the many exceptional Arab-Spanish voices in Spain. With nearly one million Spanish residents born in Arab countries, Arab immigrants and the Spanish-born generations that have followed them have made an indelible impact on our country.

Photo credit: Getty Images, Fundación Tres Culturas, Ara Malikian, Muhsin al-Ramli, Ruben Ortega

Mina el Hammani

As Women’s History Month comes to an end, take a look back at all the wonderful women, campaigns, and achievements we’ve been able to highlight this March!

The Embassy’s Wonderful Women in Leadership

Starting on International Women’s Day, we began highlighting the vital everyday work of some of the wonderful women in leadership at the Embassy. Take a look at the playlist above to learn more about them, starting with Major Cristina Andreu of the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), the first ever woman to be a Spanish Home Affairs Attaché abroad.

Breaking Barriers and Making History: Dr. Margarita Salas

This Black History Month, we’re highlighting exceptional Black voices in Spain, in music, journalism, sports, and activism.

Buika

A lot has happened this year between Spain and the U.S.! Here are some highlights.

1. Rafa Nadal Wins the U.S. Open

Have you ever wondered what to call the time spent at the table after a meal? Someone with the same name as you? The space between your eyebrows? That’s one more reason to learn Spanish!

ESTADOUNIDENSE

From the red carpet at the Met Gala to “Sex and the City,” the White House, and Beyoncé’s Instagram, Spanish fashion designers have left their mark on the U.S.

Lady Gaga in Balenciaga at the 2015 Met Gala

1. LOEWE

Founded in Madrid in 1846 by a group of Spanish leather craftsmen, King Alfonso XIII of Spain granted Enrique Loewe Hinton, a descendant of the original brand founder, the title of Supplier to the Royal Court. The story of Loewe is built on a history of craftsmanship and passion.

In the late ’80s, the fashion house founded the Loewe Foundation, which nurtures talent and builds educational programs in fields including poetry, dance, and craft, all in an effort to uphold Spanish heritage.

In Spain, we love to shop Spanish and with all of the Spanish brands and stores now in the U.S., from clothing to wedding dresses to jewelry, you can too!

Luke Stedman & Patrick Schwarzenegger for MANGO S/S ‘19 Campaign (Photo by Ben Weller)

1. ZARA

With work published and displayed around the world, from Spain to the pages of the New York Times, Sergio García Sánchez talked to us about his creative journey.

“Lost in New York: A Subway Adventure” by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio García

Talk to us a little bit about “Lost in New York.” Where did the idea for this book and illustrations come from?

It all started with a proposal from Françoise Mouly, editor at Toon Books. She wanted to do a version of a book that Lewis Trondheim and I published in France, “Les Trois Chemins” (“The Three Paths”). In the end, we realized that the book adaptation was not possible, so we decided to develop a new project from scratch. We now had writer Nadja Spiegelman to craft a script. Considering that Toon Books is a comic publisher of a…

From the American Revolution and 19th century immigration to monuments and modern fascination with Spain, the Spanish influence in the United States and the nation’s history has had a strong and lasting impact on the U.S., contributing to a thriving modern relationship between the two countries. Learn more through these books:

1. El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America, Carrie Gibson (2019)

When speaking about the origins of the United States, Great Britain generally dominates the conversation, given the two countries’ shared history and language. In her book El Norte (The North), Carrie Gibson aims to demonstrate the deep-seeded Spanish roots in the modern-day United States, preceding the British presence and influence in the country.

In her narrative, the author shows the main cultural issues that have been there since the beginning, but which are still unresolved today. These problems are: language, belonging, community, race, and nationality. El Norte offers a chronology of the dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the…

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are highlighting five women, pioneers, and trailblazers from different periods of Spanish history.

Concepción Arenal (1820–1893)

Embassy of Spain USA

Highlighting the successes of U.S. - Spain relations

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