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Este Es Mi Barrio | This is My Neighborhood

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Residents of the Broad Street and Cranston Street neighborhoods in Providence and Dexter Street in Central Falls are invited to participate in monthly pláticas (community conversations).

Rhode Island Latino Arts | Latino Oral History Project has received grants from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Providence Tourism Council for a public history project that celebrates people, places, and community life in three neighborhoods that are significant to the state’s Latino Community. The pláticas provide a forum for residents to share the rich and diverse layers of human experience that make each neighborhood so distinctive. Participants will create three walking tours that are relevant to their neighborhoods. The pláticas are held in a bilingual format.

Here is what has been happening and how you can join us:

Led by RILA Community Walking Tours Coordinator Joann Ayuso, we have been exploring Cranston Street and side streets, visiting local businesses and engaging with neighbors on lower West End. On Broad Street, Teresa Guaba and a team of neighborhood residents, have been mapping out places that are significant to Latinos and other residents, while Orlando Hernández will be leading discussions to design and dream up activities that will use the arts to highlight places of significance to Latinos on La Broa' and surrounding streets. Read excerpts of these walks on our Barrio Blog

Beginning in January, a team of Central Falls residents will begin having
pláticas that will lead to the creation of a map that will become a self-guided walking tour of Dexter Street.

In 2019, we will offer these three FREE workshops and all are welcome: Best Practices of Oral History Interviews, How to Give a Public Walking Tour, This is My Neighborhood.

In the Spring of 2019 tours will be led on these dates: April 3, May 4 and June 21 (the longest day) free of charge.

An emphasis will be placed on locations relevant to Latinos in the three targeted communities, but
all are welcome and all community stories will be incorporated.

We guarantee that new and meaningful friendships will happen!
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For questions about the project and to find out how you can participate, contact
Marta V. Martínez, Director of the Latino Oral History Project.

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About the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately-funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is committed to protecting America’s rich cultural legacy and helping build vibrant, sustainable communities that reflect our nation’s diversity. Follow us on Twitter @savingplaces.

About the Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism
The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.

About the Providence Tourism Council
The Providence Tourism Council (PTC) is part of the Convention Authority of the City of Providence and established by state statute. The PTC provides support via grants to work collaboratively with businesses, organizations and individuals to build awareness of Providence as an arts and multi-cultural destination.



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