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Este Es Mi Barrio | This is My Neighborhood

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Residents of the Broad Street and Cranston Street neighborhoods in Providence and Dexter Street in Central Falls are invited to participate in monthly pláticas (community conversations).

Rhode Island Latino Arts | Latino Oral History Project has received grants from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Providence Tourism Council for a public history project that celebrates people, places, and community life in three neighborhoods that are significant to the state’s Latino Community.

RILA is convening a series of bilingual
pláticas (community conversations) that provide a forum for residents to share the rich and diverse layers of human experience that make each neighborhood so distinctive. Participants will create three walking tours that are relevant to their neighborhoods.

Marta V. Martínez, RILA's resident oral historian, will offer basic interviewing techniques, and then participants will set out to collect stories from local residents, who will share memories about places, people and every-day life in their respective neighborhoods.

Here is what has been happening and ways in which you can join us:

Summer & Fall 2018: Led by RILA Community Walking Tours Coordinator Joann Ayuso, we have been exploring Cranston Street and side streets, visiting local businesses and engaging with neighbors on lower West End. On Broad Street, Teresa Guaba and a team of neighborhood residents, have been mapping out places that are significant to Latinos and other residents in South Providence, while Orlando Hernández will be leading discussions to design and dream up activities that will use the arts to highlight places of significance to Latinos on La Broa' and surrounding streets. Read excerpts of these walks on our Barrio Blog


January & February 2019: A team of Central Falls residents are organizing a series of pláticas that will lead to the creation of a map, which will then become a self-guided walking tour of Dexter Street.

March 2019: We will offer a free workshop on How to Give a Public Walking Tour.

Spring 2019: A series of simultaneous bilingual tours in each neighborhood will be led on these dates:

  • Wed. April 3 (National Walking Day).
  • Sat. May 4 and Sun. May 5 (Jane's Walk Weekend).
  • Fri. June 21 (the Longest Day - Twilight Tour), we will host only one tour, which will include stops at the various Chimi Trucks that line Broad Street | La Broa' in South Providence's Latino Cultural Corridor. For this tour, we encourage you to bring your appetite and purchase power!
  • Pre-registration for all tours is strongly advised. Online registration is required and now open. Click here for details and to sign up.

An emphasis will be placed on locations relevant to Latinos in the three targeted communities, but
all are welcome and all community stories will be incorporated.

We guarantee that new and meaningful friendships will happen!
For questions about the project and to find out how you can participate, contact
Marta V. Martínez, Director of the Latino Oral History Project or Joann Ayuso, Coordinator of the Bilingual Neighborhood Walking Tours.

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About the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity. Follow us on Twitter @savingplaces.

About the Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism
The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

About the Providence Tourism Council
The Providence Tourism Council (PTC) is part of the Convention Authority of the City of Providence and established by state statute. The PTC provides support via grants to work collaboratively with businesses, organizations and individuals to build awareness of Providence as an arts and multi-cultural destination.

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