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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, click on the "Contact Us" link on the sidebar.

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

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

Staff Interns • Café Recuerdos:
Eduardo Robles
Bárbara Elmúdesi

Board of Directors
Winifred Lambrecht, Chair
Michelle DePlante Acosta, Vice Chair
Marcela Betancur, Secretary
Ingrid Ardaya, Secretary/Treasurer

Tony Aristy
Yamil Baéz
Sandra Cano
Nuria García Alonso
Joshua Giraldo
José Ramírez
Tia Ristaino Siegel
Rafael Zapata
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Café Recuerdos
To see a complete schedule for Café Recuerdos 2015 activities, go here »
Latino Books Month • RI Latinos Read
Each year during the month of May, we encourage schools and libraries to participate in Latino Books Month. We offer an adult reading challenge, young people can vote for their favorite bilingual book found on our list, and we promote Latino authors and illustrators as role models. 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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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)
s an initiative of RILA and it was created in 2013 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:
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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.

Taco Mania 2015. RILA partnered with RI Food Fights for our 2015 Sabor Latino experience. More »
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 and Advocacy Institutes.

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 event for our Café Recuerdos art installation has been made possible in part with funds from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association and also from the City of Providence PopUp Providence Program.

Café Recuerdos will be featured at the opening event scheduled as part of Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programs in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities More »

We are proud to be a Partner Organization located in the Southside Cultural Center.

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