Nuestras Raíces | Café Recuerdos • 2016

a traveling arts installation of RI Latino History inspired by Nuestras Raíces: Latino Oral Histories of RI

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a painted narrative inspired by the Latino Oral Histories Project of Rhode Island

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We have gone back to using our original name — Nuestras Raíces — to celebrate and focus on teaching Latino-Rhode Islanders about their immigrant roots.

We have been to Woonsocket, Pawtucket and Central Falls, where we worked with recent ELL immigrant youth. Bilingual workshops and story collecting taught students about their local communities and neighborhoods, and helped them find a sense of place in their new homes.

Do you have a story to tell? We want to hear from you. Go here, fill out a preliminary form, submit and we will follow up.

Some of the previously collected stories have been posted online, on the website of Nuestras Raíces. To read them, go here


We are happy to announce that Nuestras Raíces | Café Recuerdos will begin traveling again! From October 6-20, 2018 we will be at the Providence Children’s Museum. Family activities led by museum staff will encourage young people to create a coffee-can wall.

The cart will also have a permanent home at La Galería del Pueblo, RILA’s new cultural center in Central Falls. We are setting up a community space inside and encouraging visitors to contribute to the oral histories. Marta, RILA’s Executive Director, will be hosting Pláticas | Conversations every Wednesday from 11:30-1pm and will be reaching out to individuals to sit with her to share a story. These pláticas are open conversations and participants will be encouraged to invite others to come along.

The first plática is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2018 — come back later to see who will be the first to be interviewed.

To learn more or to participate, send Marta an E-Mail:

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