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Congressman Mike Thompson Recognizes Students’ Contributions to the Hispanic Heritage of Napa Valley
Posted 3/23/23


Hilos Visibles or Visible Threads was launched in 2021 by the Napa Valley Latino Heritage Committee as the Quilt Project. Its purpose was to celebrate the rich Hispanic Heritage of Napa Valley through the artistic expression of quilt squares. Kinnereth Winegarner’s classes at New Tech High School kicked this project off, as featured in the Napa Valley Register, and helped translate instructions used by the participants throughout the valley. Latino communities from American Canyon to Calistoga, including our students at Phillips Magnet Elementary, Snow Elementary, New Tech High School, and Valley Oak High School (Napa / American Canyon), produced over 400 squares, capturing Hispanic culture through icons, color, and statements, making visible the Hispanic Heritage of Napa Valley.New Tech teacher Kinereth Winegarner with student and Mike Thompson

Caption: New Tech student Fernando Diaz was recognized by Congressman Mike Thompson for his contribution to the Hilos Visibles project, which he made as a student in Kinereth Winegarner's class. 


On Saturday, March 18, Congressman Mike Thompson and other locally elected officials joined the organizers and artists at the Napa Historical Society in downtown Napa for a reception. In recognition of their participation in the community-wide Hilos Visibles / Visible Threads project, Mike Thompson presented the artists with a certificate memorializing their contribution to the Hispanic heritage of Napa Valley.

If you haven’t already, we invite you to enjoy our students' quilts on display in the Napa Historical Society in downtown Napa, Tuesday-Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or Friday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. You can view all of our students' quilts in their online catalog. You can also enjoy more pictures from the event in our social media.