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10th Gathering of Rhode Island Latino Artists Network

RILAN post card

Five years ago, as Hispanic Heritage Committee celebrated its 25th Anniversary, it was a major turning point in our organization. It was at that time when we completed a strategic plan, that led to a name change for the organization to Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA). Our mission did not change, but we made some strategic decisions, one of which is to develop stronger relationships with our network of Latino artists by creating the Rhode Island Latino Artists Network (RILAN).

Through regular gathering events, RILAN supports the many Latino artists that live and work in Rhode Island and offers opportunities for the exchange of information, the formation of intercultural partnerships and creates events for artists to meet one another.

Invited guests have included people from many walks of life, Latino and non-Latino: artists, arts educators and professors, museum directors and staff, arts council and tourism representatives, gallery owners and community arts activists.

Here is a listing of past events:
1st Gathering — KickOff event in conjunction with Community MusicWorks on May 17, 2013
2nd Gathering¡Mi Argentina! • Tango Night on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, which helped launch the first organization of Argentinos en Rhode Island!
3rd Gathering — Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month RI on September 19, 2013
4th Gathering — The opening of Vincent Valdez | The Strangest Fruit on October 18, 2013
5th Gathering — Networking with museum and gallery administrators and staff at the ¡CityArts! Gallery on September 11, 2014
6th GatheringPor El Amor del Arte ❤︎ on February 12, 2015, where we created an open mic opportunity for Latino artists to perform.
7th Gathering — Music Jam Session on September 18, 2016, which launched our weekly Latino Percussion drumming sessions at SCC.
8th Gathering — Let’s Go to The Theater! on February on February 20, 2016
9th Gathering — Grand Opening of La Galería del Pueblo on December 2, 2016

Our 10th Gathering will serve as a launching pad for RILA’s 30th Anniversary. For more information and to register,
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