Rhode Island Latino Arts

Where you will find all things to do with the celebration of Latino art, cultures & heritage in the State of Rhode Island

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La Galería del Pueblo • The Village Gallery

Help us raise funds to open and sustain Rhode Island's only Latino gallery and cultural hub.

Rhode Island does not have a permanent gallery or venue where Latino artists can expose their handmade art be it paintings, jewelry or a place to offer small demonstration workshops in a bilingual format . . .
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Welcome! The Rhode Island Latino Arts was founded in 1988 as the Hispanic Heritage Committee and today is Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of Latino arts, including the art, culture, history and heritage of Rhode Island Latinos.

We are committed to supporting the activities that help in creating bridges between cultures and are strongly assisted by a dedicated team of volunteers who serve as Board members and ambassadors, and who help us engage with the community at all levels.

We celebrate and promote Latino art & artists through our RI Latino Arts Networking events, and each year we coordinate information and activities to celebrate
National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Through strategic partnering with local arts organizations, including schools, libraries, museums, community and senior centers in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of our urban centers – we ensure our mission’s fulfillment:
To raise awareness about Latino arts and cultures in Rhode Island and to build community pride.

To contact us by E-Mail, go here »

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25118
Providence, RI 02905

393 Broad St. Suite 106
Providence, RI 02907

Executive Director
Oral Histories Project Director:

Marta V.Martínez

Funds Development Director:
Marianne Ruggiero

Artistic Director:
Saúl Ramos

Programs • Teaching Artists:
Carlos Santiago Arroyo - Santos Wooden Carvings
Lydia Pérez - Performing Arts

Staff Interns • Latino History & Heritage:
Eduardo Robles
Bárbara Elmúdesi

Board of Directors
Winifred Lambrecht, Co-Chair
Michelle DePlante Acosta,
Ingrid Ardaya,

Yamil Baéz
Sandra Cano
Nuria García Alonso
José Ramírez
Tia Ristaino Siegel
Rafael Zapata
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The first Spanish-English bilingual Rhode Tour app will launch in June. Go here for more details »
Latino Books Month • RI Latinos Read. Each year during the month of May, we encourage schools and libraries to participate in Latino Books Month. Young people can vote for their favorite bilingual book found on our list, and we promote Latino authors and illustrators as role models. We also offer an adult reading challenge. More »
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The Latino Oral History Project of RI (Nuestras Raíces) was started in 1991. It is Rhode Island’s first oral history project that celebrates the stories of our Hispanic pioneers. Our research is on-going and we are always looking for community stories to add to our collection. More »
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Nuestras Raíces • Community Conversations
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Support our work. Make a donation and help us grow our programs. When you support RILA, you support Latino artists along with Latino art, cultures and history in Rhode Island.

The easiest way to donate is through the United Way or SECA. You can pledge to send us any amount from your paycheck on a monthly basis.

RILA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
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The Rhode Island Latino Arts Network (RILAN) is an initiative created by RILA to support, create and stimulate artistic activities and cultural interaction among Latino artists and non-Latinos. More »

Our Family Programs
The RILA Family Program is dedicated to providing information about activities and programming specifically for Latino families. We work with libraries, schools and museums with a focus on promoting activities for and about Latino culture. More »

Latino Artists Directory
The Latino Artists Directory is a listing of Rhode Island (and some neighboring New England states) Latino artists who are willing to share their art and traditions to a wider audience. Sign up if you are an artist, or see our list of local artists for your programs. More »

Latino Festivals & Events
A listing of events celebrating the art and culture of Rhode Island’s Latino community. Post your events or read what’s going on! More »

Cultural Groups and Community Resources
Visit this page for a listing of cultural groups and Latino organizations in RI More »

Hispanic Heritage Month »
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. HHCRI was founded with the purpose of celebrating RI's diverse Hispanic or Latino Heritage. It is our signature community project as we continue to join states around the country to coordinate events honoring Latino culture & heritage during these dates. To participate contact us. To list your event for Hispanic Heritage Month, go here.

NOTE: All events for Hispanic Heritage Month are listed on this website: www.hispanicheritageri.org
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Sabor Latino is our signature fundraiser which takes place every fall, during Hispanic Heritage Month. It is meant to be a culinary tour of Rhode Island’s Latin-American restaurants. We take you behind-the-scenes in local kitchens owned by Latinos to meet talented chefs, learn insider info, and at the end, have a full belly and a true appreciation for Latin-American food.
Funding for our programs and activities has been provided in part by grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), the Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism (AC+T), the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Foundation and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Our Executive Director is an alumnus of the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute and also the Advocacy Leadership Institute.

RI Latino Arts is proud to be a cultural community partner with the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, as a recipient of a placemaking grant from ArtPlace America for ILLUMINATING TRINITY. To learn more about this project, go here
The Kick-Off reception for our Café Recuerdos art installation was made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association as part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programs in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities; funding for the creation of Café Recuerdos coffee cart was made possible with a grant from the City of Providence PopUp Providence Program, the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the Hassenfeld Foundation, the Juanita Sánchez Community Fund at the RI Foundation and the Taco/White Family Foundation.

We are proud to be founders of May is Latino Books Month • Rhode Island and to receive a grant from the Episcopal Charities Fund of RI and sponsorship support from Coastway Community Bank and Navigant Credit Union to expand the program in 2016.

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RILA is proud to be a Partner Organization located in the Southside Cultural Center.
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