Rhode Island Latino Arts - Celebrando Los 30!

RILAN post card

2018 marks the 30th Anniversary of Rhode Island Latino Arts! Five years ago, the Hispanic Heritage Committee celebrated its 25th Anniversary, and that year was a major turning point in our organization as we completed a strategic plan that led to a name change for the organization to Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA). The mission of our organization 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 Arts 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 ¡CityArts! Gallery on September 11, 2014
6th Gathering — Por El Amor del Arte ❤︎ on February 12, 2015.
7th Gathering — Music Jam Session on September 18, 2016
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

What’s next for RILA?
It’s hard to believe, that
2018 marks RILA’s 30th Anniversary! Just this year, we’ve made some exciting changes with the addition of a Performing Arts Programs Coordinator, a Latino Books Month Coordinator. We are now in our third year of the Teatro Latino | Rhode Island initiative with Trinity Rep. and Nuestras Raices, our community oral histories project, has received awards and recognition from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Woo hoo!

We feel we’ve got a lot to celebrate and a lot more to share with all our supporters and friends.
Come and celebrate, join us as we kick-off a year-long celebration of RILA’s 30th Anniversary. Visit this
webpage for details and then sign up to receive information about upcoming RILAN events.

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