Longoria is a co-chairwoman of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. She hosted several fundraisers for Obama during the campaign and spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.
The Kennedy Center event is part of the Latino Inaugural 2013 — a three-day series of lectures, symposia and cultural gatherings for Latinos, who were one of Obama's biggest voting blocs on Election Day.
Other perfumers at the tribute include Raúl Esparza, José Feliciano, Juan Diego Flórez, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Robert Rodriguez, Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner, Ballet Hispanico, Coral Cantigas, Coro de Niños de San Juan, the Esperanza Azteca youth orchestra and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.
“Latinos played a critical role in this year’s elections and helped tip the scales in President Obama’s victory. But we are not waiting another four years to make an impact on our country’s future, and Latino Inaugural 2013 will set a path for Latino civic engagement in the near term,” Longoria said in a statement. “What better way to establish our presence at these inaugural celebrations than by showcasing the beauty and diversity of our culture at the nation’s premier performing arts center.”
Latino Inaugural 2013 was founded by a partnership of leading Latino groups, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, League of United Latin American Citizens, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, National Council of La Raza and the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda.
The public can purchase tickets for the tribute online and at the Kennedy Center box office. They start at $300.