Dia de Los Muertos @La Galeria



30 events in 30 days: November @ La Galeria del Pueblo

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Dia de Los Muertos | Day of the Dead


30 events in 30 days: November

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Let's Get Coffee


30 Events in 30 Days: Starting in October


The phrase "Let's get coffee" is synonymous with having a conversation. Think of all the great ideas and insights that have come from a conversation over coffee. Having coffee with someone is so simple, yet has endless potential.

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Salsa Sunday in the Park | Domingo Salsero en el Parque



30 Events in 30 Days in October …

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30 events in 2018 to Celebrate 30 years.

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It’s hard to believe, that
2018 marks RILA’s 30th Anniversary!

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10th Gathering of Rhode Island Latino Artists Network

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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).

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RILA Announces Latinx Emerging Artists Mentorships

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RILA is launching an Emerging Latinx Artists Mentorship Program.

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Teatro en El Verano | Summer 2018



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Rhode Island Latino Arts and Trinity Repertory Company announce this year’s free, bilingual theater during summer 2018. The 90-minute performance of Shakespeare’s La Tempestad | The Tempest will tour the following venues in Providence, Pawtucket, and Central Falls.

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Welcome to Orlando!

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Celia Pérez Visits RILA's La Galería del Pueblo

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On Friday, May 18, 2018 we inaugurated our new space in Central Falls with a standing-room-only reception for Celia E. Pérez, author of The First Rule of Punk. The book was selected by both Rhode Island Latino Arts and the Rhode Island Center for Book for Kids Reading Across Rhode Island summer reading program.

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2nd Annual Cultural Celebration of La Batalla de Puebla | Mariachi Festival

Mariachi Festival 2018

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May is Latino Books Month and Reading Challenge for Adults

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We found this list online compiled by Latina magazine, and it inspired us to send out a challenge for Latino Books Month and the Summer Reading Challenge

Do you want to take this challenge?


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What an Amazing Partnership!


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Rhode Island Latino Arts is proud of its partnership with Trinity Repertory Company, Rhode Island’s premier theater company! Check out the press release below that was distributed on March 1, 2018. While there’s a great deal of focus on the appointment of RILA’s Executive Director as an Artist-in-Residence at Trinity Rep, we want to emphasize that the success of this partnership is due to the dedication of theater staff and company members, and the long history of forward thinking by the leadership of both organizations.

To learn more about RILA’s partnership with Trinity Rep, read this blog entry.

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Encuentro 2018 to be hosted by Rhode Island Latino Arts


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Rhode Island Latino Arts is proud to host the 3rd Annual National Convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) in 2018.

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RILA Drummers to Perform @SCC Holiday Event

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RILA drummers will join SCC and community partners for
Multicultural Holiday Market & Cultural Extravaganza

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Redobles de Cultura

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Join Us for a holiday parranda, a send off and an evening of Afro-PuertoRican Bomba featuring

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RILA | Nuestras Raíces Recognized by NEFA @CCX2017



We are extremely proud to share this video created by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and filmed at the recent CCX2017 in New London, CT.

Join us in congratulating our Executive Director, Marta V. Martínez, for her dedication to our organization for over 30 years!
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Just Like Us | RILA responds to DACA Issue

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On September 5, 2017, President Trump ended DACA and left over 2,000 Rhode Island DREAMers in limbo and in a state of shock. Now is NOT the time to be SILENT. This is the time to call upon our resilience and compassion and raise our voices. As Latinos and as artists we must stand side-by-side with those affected by this decision and join in the fight for their freedom.

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Improv Partnership


Rhode Island Latino Arts is excited to partner with Providence Improv Guild (PIG) and the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) to offer a workshop that would give you the tools to go before an audience and improvise.
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Latino Theater in Rhode Island | ¿Qué Onda?

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The relationship between tradition and innovation is not always easy, but it’s in the spirited dialogue between those two values that we continually learn how to reach more people and how to engage audiences more deeply. Trinity Repertory Theater’s bilingual production of Romeo and Juliet in partnership with Rhode Island Latino Arts fits squarely in the heart of that conversation between loyalty and innovation.

The truth is that this project has generated both excitement and concern among Latinos in Rhode Island. I am not surprised, and in fact, I’m excited.
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Shakespeare en El Verano | Roméo y Julieta

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Presented by/Presentado por Rhode Island Latino Arts + Trinity Repertory Company
Written by/Escrito por William Shakespeare

Bilingual English-Spanish Adaptation by/Adaptación Bilingüe en Inglés-Español por Marcel Mascaro

Co-directed by/Co-dirigido por Tyler Dobrowsky, Associate Artistic Director, Trinity Rep and Marcel Mascaro

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1st Bilingual | Latino 6x6 Networking Event

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5th in a series of 6x6 events and the first bilingual one is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center and Rhode Island Latino Arts.

6 x 6 on 12x12 en Español is modeled after RITAC’s fast-paced educational event where six bilingual Latino artists present for six minutes each.

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Drumming Workshops

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Up to 20 slots available. $50 for six classes. Click here to sign up
Bring your own drum. Scholarships available for high school students.

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RILA Recognized at New England Foundation for the Arts 2017 CCX

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On June 9, 2017 Rhode Island Latino Arts and Executive Director Marta V. Martínez received the Creative Economy Award for Excellence in Cultural Community Development in New England at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) 2017 Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) held in New London, CT.
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Día de Los Tres Reyes • Three Kings Day

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Día de Los Reyes or Three Kings Day takes place on January 6th each year, it marks the peak as well as the end of Christmas. While the rest of the world has already packed up their festive mood, Latinos continue their annual celebrations and even turn it up a notch. Besides being a day of fiesta, it holds significant religious importance and age-old traditions.

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Rhode Island’s Latino Artists Get a Place of Their Own

Their gallery in Pawtuxet Village is a small place with big plans

By Liz Klinkenberg | Special to The Journal

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CRANSTON, R.I. -- Tamara Diaz stands between two paintings from very different periods in her life.

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Exciting News About RI Latino Books Month 2016!

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RI Latino Arts (RILA) receives grants from the Episcopal Charities Fund and Coastway Community Bank to expand May is Latino Books Month • RI.

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7th Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network

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On Thursday, September 15, 2015 from 5:30-7:00PM, we will kick-off Latino Heritage Month with our continuing networking gatherings for Latino artists. More details are forthcoming, so come back to read more …

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RILA Awarded Competative NEH Grant


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Rhode Island Latino Arts • Latino Oral History Project, in partnership with Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

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May is Latino Books Month


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Latino Books Month
, celebrated annually in May since 2004, promotes books by and for Latinos. This month-long celebration is sponsored by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), which encourages booksellers, librarians, and teachers to promote books by and for Latinos and encourage their communities to read Latino books in both English and Spanish.

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6th Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network ❤︎ ¡Por El Amor Del Arte!

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On Thursday, February 12, 2015 from 5:30-7:00PM, we will host a very exciting networking event that will continue previous discussion and will give artists an opportunity to show us their stuff! The event will take place at Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad St. in Providence.

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New and innovative ways to teach RI Latino history

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RILA Executive Director promotes Latino history in Rhode Island with book readings and lectures statewide and an interactive art installation taking the form of a coffee cart will travel with her...

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5th Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network - Are you ready for change?

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On Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:30-7:00PM, we will host a very exciting networking event meant for Latino visual artists and their guests. The event will take place at The ¡CityArts! Gallery 891 Broad St. in Providence. Come ready to make change!

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Café Recuerdos – Los Cubanos del Norte

I am working with Marta V. Martínez on a project that will feature the stories of Cuban immigrants in Rhode Island. Marta has asked me to do a visual art component and I'm honored to do it. I welcome the opportunity to connect with other Cubans in RI and New England.
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The National Day of Listening is November 29, 2013

On the day after Thanksgiving, set aside one hour to have a conversation with someone important to you: an older relative, a friend, a teacher, or someone from the neighborhood. Take notes or record your conversation, and post it below.
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Holiday Recipes from our Latin American Homelands

We leave our countries behind, but retain many of our customs. We miss many things: old friends, family that stayed behind, our musica, and our traditional dishes.
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Making Pan de Muertos: Bringing to life the Day of the Dead

One of autumn’s most important Mexican traditions involving food is El Dia de Los Muertos—the Days of the Dead. Marta V. Martínez, RILA’s Founder and Chair shares a family recipe. Read More...
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4th Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network

The fourth and final RILatino Arts Network gathering in 2013 will be a community reception in partnership with the David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center at Brown University. Preceding the reception, join us for a symposium... Read More...
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3rd Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network

The 3rd gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network will featuring performances from local cultural groups, who are part of our consortium. We will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hispanic Heritage Month RI ... Read More...
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Argentinean Flag Raising and Tango Night a Great Success!

The 2nd RI Latino Arts Network event, which took place on Tuesday, July 9th at the Southside Cultural Center in Providence, was attended by more than 200 people!
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2nd Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, we will host the 2nd RI Latino Arts Networking event at our new home at the Southside Cultural Arts Center, located at 393 Broad Street in Providence. The event will begin promptly at 6pm and is scheduled to end at 8pm. Read More...
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Kick-Off of the RI Latino Arts Network A Great Success

The 1st RI Latino Arts Network event took place on Friday, May 17 at the John Hope Settlement House in Providence, where RI Latino Arts formally launched its new logo and distributed a listing of 2013 calendar of events. Read More...
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Join Us for the 1st Gathering of the RI Latino Arts Network

In 2013 the Hispanic Heritage Committee will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary! The mission of our organization is to support Latino art, artists and cultural arts organization, and now we're taking it to heart by organizing community gatherings called the RI Latino Arts Network (RILAN).
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El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros

Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books!
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National Puerto Rican Parade to be dedicated to State of Rhode Island

You are invited to a news conference by Governor Lincoln Chafee at 10am on Thursday, March 21, 2013. The Governor will make history by announcing the dedication of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City to the State of Rhode Island this year. Read More...
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Love Letters from Latin America

The Latino Oral History Project of RI is interested in getting copies of any letters that were exchanged between Latinos who moved to Rhode Island at any time in their lives Read More...
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Latino Oral History Project of RI

The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island would like to offer you, as a Rhode Island Latino. We are looking for any excerpts that capture when, why and how you immigrated to the U.S. and then to Rhode Island.

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RI Latino CommUNITY Bulletin Board

Are you looking to connect with Latino artists, organizations and businesses? Post your note below, share your ideas and make connections.

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