Where you will find everything to do with the arts, history, and cultural heritage of Latinos in Rhode Island

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Our Programs

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Register your event for Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
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.

We celebrate and promote Latino art & artists through our Rhode Island Latino Artists Network events, and each year we coordinate the sharing of information and activities to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Through strategic partnering with local community organizations, including schools, libraries, museums and senior centers in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of our urban centers – we ensure our mission’s fulfillment:
To raise awareness and preserve Latino arts, heritage and cultures in Rhode Island and to build community pride.

Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15-October 15. Hispanic Heritage Month-Rhode Island was started in 1988 by Marta V. Martínez, RILA's founder and it continues to be our signature community event. To participate contact us. To list your event on the Hispanic Heritage Month webpage and poster, go here.
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The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island (Nuestras Raíces) has been collecting personal stories since 1991. It is Rhode Island’s first oral history project that celebrates the stories of our Latino / Hispanic pioneers. More
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RILA’s popular Barrio Tours feature the history of the people and neighborhoods relevant to Latinos in Rhode Island. For more details, visit this page dedicated to these tours. »
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The original Café Recuerdos: A Traveling Memory Café was created by Cuban artist, Ana Flores and is on display at La Galería @RILA. Read the story behind its creation. More
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Join us for the next Artists Meet-Up and become part of our network of Latinx Artists
The Rhode Island Latino Artists Network (RILAN) is an initiative created by RILA to support, create and stimulate artistic activities and cultural interaction among Latino artists and non-Latinos. 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
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La Tiendita @La Galería is an online market where you can buy art made and sold my local Latinx artists and artisans. We carry limited items on site, so check our hours if you'd like to stop by.
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 25118
Providence, RI 02905

La Galería @RILA
Nuestras Raíces: Latino History Archives

209 Central St.
Central Falls, RI 02863

Teatro del Pueblo @RILA Black Box performance space is located behind La Galería @RILA in Central Falls.
Marta V. Martínez
Executive Director and
Community Oral Historian

Latino Books Award
María Cotto,

Alberto Genao,

Teatro del Pueblo @RILA Gabriela López Ruiz, Teatro Programs Assistant
Teaching Artists

Jesús Andujar,
Latin Percussion (2023-2024)

Brandon Contreras,
Bachata Dance Instructor (2023-2025)

Rene Gómez, Visual Artist, Artist-in-Residence (2023-2025)

Sussy Santana,
Writer, Poet-in-Residence (2023)
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Who We Are
❤︎ Volunteer | Wish List:
RILA is always looking for volunteers and donations of household items and for our various programs and activities.
Go here to signup and to learn more
Cultural Partners
Southside Cultural Center
393 Broad St.
Providence, RI 02907
Trinity Repertory Company
201 Washington St.
Providence, RI 02903
Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra
667 Waterman Ave,
East Providence, RI 02914
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Contact Us

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RILA is proud to be a recipient of the
2019 Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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What's Up?
Would you like to support the mission of Rhode Island Latino Arts? Please consider making a donation. Your contributions will help us maintain this website — the only one of its kind in Rhode Island that provides the most comprehensive free cultural and educational information that features Latinos in the arts.

Also consider following RILA on
Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and sharing our posts with your friends. By supporting RILA and sharing our information you are also supporting the many Latino artists in our network.
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