RILA's Nuestras Raíces receives Creative Community Award

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On June 9, 2017 Rhode Island Latino Arts 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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Theatricizing Oral Histories | Stage Presence: How to Deliver Your Monologue

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Rebecca Noon, Actor/Creator/Producer and Community Engagement Coordinator and Teaching Artist at Trinity Repertory Company, will lead us through this participatory workshop on how to deliver our oral history monologues to a live audience.

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Theatricizing Oral Histories | An Introduction to Scriptwriting

THIS WORKSHOP HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
RESCHEDULED: Join us on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | Southside Cultural Center | 5-7PM

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Mark Valdez, writer and director who has worked at theaters across the country, will lead us through an introduction to scriptwriting workshop.

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The History of La Bodega

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Convenience stores and corner stores are staples of American life, but for Latinos, bodegas are necessary for cultural survival.

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Janes Walk to include Bilingual Walking Tour of La Broa' by Nuestras Raíces

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Join us for a fun, educational and eye-opening Jane’s Walk on Lower Broad Street | La Broa’ — Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor. It will be the only bilingual walk in Providence, and will be led by Nuestras Raíces Director, Marta V. Martínez along with students from Providence College, Global Studies Program.

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La Broa' - El Corazon de Providence | Broad Street: The Heart of Providence

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Theatricizing Oral Histories | The Art of Storytelling

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Valerie Tutson of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) will lead a workshop on best practices and the art of storytelling.

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Theatricizing Oral Histories | Community Plática

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“People’s stories make for moving theater.”
— Viola Davis, upon accepting her Supporting Actress award at the 2017 Oscars“

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Voces Latinas | Latino Voices Continues

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Marta V. Martínez, Director of Nuestras Raíces interviews Victor Capellan, Superintendent
of the Central Falls Schools for the Voices Latinas | Latino Voices project in the
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Returning in 2017

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1st Community Plática | Theatricizing Oral Histories

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Attend the first Community Plática to learn more
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 • 5-6:30pm
Write comment below or
Click here to RSVP

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Latino Oral Histories Will Become Monologues

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Thanks to grants from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, we will be transforming the Latino oral histories into theatrical monologues.

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Senator Jack Reed celebrates Latino History Month with a walking tour of RI Latino historic sites

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On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, Senator Jack Reed’s office reached out to the Project Director of the Latino History Project and asked that asked that we take him to some of the sites listed in the Latino History Walking Tour in Providence.

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Latino History in Rhode Island: Book Talk & Signing

Latino History Talk on Oct 5 2016

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1st Providence Fotohistoria: Fefa's Market


Location: Parkview & Broad Street RIPTA bus shelter.

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Unveiling of First RI Latino Fotohistorias in Providence: Fefa's Market

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In the in 1960s in Providence, a young Dominican woman named Josefina Rosario and her husband, Tony, single-handedly launched a community. They sponsored dozens of Dominicans, rescuing them from tyranny and helping them resettle here.

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Nuestras Raíces and PPS Receive Grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation


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We are pleased to announce that Rhode Island Latino Arts in partnership with the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) was awarded a grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from the Antoinette Downing Fund for Rhode Island. These grant funds will be used to Explore Places of Significance to RI's Latino Communities.

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Fotohistorias • Latino History Banners Unveiled in Central Falls

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Today we celebrated what's good in this world: Immigrants raising a dying industry from the ashes, in a small city one-square-mile in size and making it one giant success story for all of Rhode Island to be proud of.

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Guía Virtual Blingüe • Latino History Rhode Tour

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Information from the Nuestras Raíces archives and collected during the panel discussions of LA500, has been translated into Spanish and added to the Rhode Tour mobile app and website. Guía Virtual Bilingüe will make the Latino histories meaningful, relevant, and accessible to the Spanish-speaking population that serves as the subject of the Latino History Project.

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Cuba & Rhode Island: Then & Now

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This will be a discussion on the complexities of the Cuban-American experience through changing political climates.

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Historic New England Lecture & Book Talk

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Join Nuestras Raíces Program Director and RI Latino Arts Executive Director for an interesting evening in Lincoln, RI

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The History of the Latino Labor Movement in RI

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Join us for a screening of Pride & Prejudice, which features César Chávez and the history of the labor movement in the United States.

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The History of Political Empowerment in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island has seen a rising Latino political tide. In 2015 the state elected its first Latina to a statewide office, its second Latino Providence mayor, and its first Latina City Councilwoman in Pawtucket.

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Foto Historias • Digital Stories

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In 2015 RI Latino Arts, the parent organization of Nuestras Raíces, received funding from the ADD Fund of the Rhode Island Foundation to create digital stories based on the Latino history project.

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RI Latino Voices on Rhode Island PBS

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Nuestras Raíces • RI Latino Arts have partnered with RI public television station WSBE Channel 36 to create and present a series of short videos with leaders of RI Latino community who have contributed to the history of Latinos in RI.

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Latino Oral History Project /RILatino Arts 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 (LA500) grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).


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First Latino Police Officer


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Earlier this year, we received an interesting E-Mail:

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Café Recuerdos – Featuring RI Latino Pioneers

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We have just completed a traveling art installation that will feature the stories of Latin American immigrants in Rhode Island based on the Latino Oral History Project of RI.

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Our Project Director and her new book featured in the Providence Journal!

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Marta V. Martínez, head of Rhode Island Latino Arts, has written "Latino History in Rhode Island: Nuestras Raices," which grew out of an oral history project she started in 1991.



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RI Latino History is now a book

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A hard copy of this oral history? Yes, absolutely!


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May 20 is Cuban Independence Day

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On May 20, 1902 Tomas Estrada Palma took office as Cuba’s first President, elected by the people in fair and free elections. To many Cuban Americans this date commemorates the beginning of Cuba’s sovereignty.

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Got Coffee Cans?


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Do you drink Café Bustelo? Do you know anyone who does? We are collecting 10 oz. cans for an upcoming art exhibit related to the collection of our Cuban Stories project.

Contact us if you can donate. EMPTY cans only, please!

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Love Letters from Latin America …

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We are interested in reading and getting copies of any letters that were exchanged between immigrants who moved to Rhode Island at any time in their lives and a family members, friend or colleague back home.


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Can you identify any of these individuals?

The photo below is of the RI Hispanic Political Action Committee (HPAC) ...

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L-R (back row): Marcos Rico -- Julio Filomeno(??) -- Unknown

Rosario Peña -- Luis Astudillo -- Unknown

(front row) Juán Francisco -- Victor Mendóza -- Millie López -- Unknown -- Elida Araujo

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My memories of seeing snow for the first time ...

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How did you feel when you first saw snow?

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The Cuban Story in RI Unfolds ...

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We are currently focusing on collecting stories of Cubans and writing a general history of Cubans in New England. We recently conducted an interview with Tessie Salabert, who came to the U.S. from Cuba in 1961.

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Can you identify ... ?


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This photo from the archives of the International Institute of RI was taken on June 13, 1965.

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My Christmas Memories ...

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We are collecting Latino holiday memories that include traditions from your home countries. Do you have a special Christmas memory ...

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History made in Central Falls


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James A. Diossa, right, celebrates his win in Tuesday’s Central Falls mayoral election with a hug from campaign worker Bernardo Chamorro.

For Diossa, chance to open new door

On his first visit to mayor’s office, he talks about the need for cooperation and change in Central Falls

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Proud to a Latino?

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It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and we’d like to give you this forum t...

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Looking for Cuban Rhode Islanders ...

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We are looking for stories from Cuban individuals who immigrated to Rhode Island in the 1960s ...

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Latino festivals in Rhode Island ...

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We are looking for stories and photographs from people who attended this and other festivals at the Temple to Music through the years...

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The way my Abuela made it ...

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What Latino food or ingredient do you have a difficult time finding in Rhode Island or New England, and what dish do you miss the way it was prepared in your home country? What do you do to satisfy that hunger for your favorite foods?

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Add your story ...


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The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island would like to offer you, as a Rhode Island Latino, an opportunity to share a story and submit it to this project. We are looking for any excerpts that capture when, why and how you immigrated to the U.S. and then to Rhode Island. Use this Blog to send us your excerpts.

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