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 was at the Providence Children’s Museum. Family activities led by museum staff will encourage young people to create a coffee-can wall.

The cart now also has a permanent home at La Galería del Pueblo, RILA’s new cultural center in Central Falls. We have already set up a community space inside and invite visitors to contribute to the oral histories. Marta continues to host regular Pláticas | Conversations and invites individuals to sit with her to share a story. These pláticas are open to the public — to learn more go here

In Spring and Summer of 2019, we will schedule three bilingual community pláticas — two in Central Falls and one in Providence. These events will bring people together to show us personal papers and/or photos and to contribute items to our collection. The Nuestras Raíces | Café Recuerdos cart will be on display at each location, and Marta, RILA's Executive Director and oral historian, will be available to listen and record your stories of immigration to Rhode Island.

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