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Welcome! The Rhode Island Latino Arts was founded in 1988 as the Hispanic Heritage Committee and is the oldest, most distinguished Latino nonprofit arts organization in Rhode Island. We promote the art, history and cultures of the Spanish-speaking people of Rhode Island.

We see ourselves as a cultural mediator at the grassroots level between Latino and non-Latino organizations, specifically those focusing on the arts.

We are an independent non-profit corporation 501(c)(3) (USA) committed to supporting the cultural activities that help in the creation of bridges between cultures.

We celebrate Latino art & artists and each year we coordinate information and activities to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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
Ana Flores - Visual Arts
Lydia Pérez - Performing Arts

Molly Kerker, Project Assistant
Mary Quintas, Project Assistant

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
Watch our video and download a complete schedule for Café Recuerdos 2015 activities, Go here »

Read our BLOG of Café Recuerdos as it is being created by our team: RILA Artist Ana Flores and Tim Ferland & Meredith Younger of Steel Yard. 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
THE RILAN 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 and we are happy to join states around the country and to coordinate events honoring Latino culture 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. We will be partnering with RI Food Fights for this year’s 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.
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.

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