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Rhode Island Latino Arts (Providence, RI 02907-1353)
Marta V. Martinez (Project Director: May 2020 to present)
Stories of Our Ancestors • Historias de Nuestros Antepasados: Theatrical Monologues

A series of community conversations and archival story collection with members of the Latino community in Rhode Island.

Nuestras Raices @Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) has been collecting the community history by organizing a series of community conversations (pláticas, or the Spanish word for “to talk or chat”) with members of the Latino community in Rhode Island. With a Challenge grant from the NEH, we were able to purchase equipment that allowed us to scan documents, film/record stories and then file them in our archives. During this phase, we are seeking funds to continue our very successful community pláticas and story collection. These stories will become source material for the creation of a series of dramatic readings/monologues based on the transcripts of the pláticas. In partnership with Trinity Repertory Company, the monologue/stories will be presented during our 6th season of Teatro en El Verano, in the summer of 2021. Additionally, the oral histories may become a full play and added to Trinity Rep's season calendar on a date to be determined in 2022.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History

Cooperative Agreements and Special Projects (Public Programs)

Public Programs

$10,000 (approved)
$9,650 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/15/2020 – 2/28/2021


Rhode Island Latino Arts (Providence, RI 02907-1353)
Marta V. Martinez (Project Director: May 2018 to present)
Nuestras Raíces: Community Pláticas & Story Gatherings

Three digitization events to collect local history materials and a series of complementary public programs (pláticas or talks) focused on the Latino community in Rhode Island.  The events would be managed by Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA), a community-based organization that has been collecting oral histories in the state since 1991, many of which are available online through support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.  The proposed project would support a collaboration between RILA and the Providence Preservation Society, faculty and students at Roger Williams University, two public libraries, and one social services agency to document the history, language, and heritage of Rhode Island Latinos through the digitization of documents, such as photographs, personal papers, business documents (menus, business cards, and brochures), and objects, such as woven spools of yarn.  With donor permission, the digitized materials would be used to create a visual complement to RILA’s oral histories through, among other projects, an expansion of a photo mural project featuring Rhode Island Latino history on bus shelters in Providence.

To collect, document and preserve RI Latino history through community conversations and the arts. The first Community Archive on Latino History will be created, indexed and made accessible to the public.

Project fields:
History, Other; Immigration History

Common Heritage

Preservation and Access

$12,000 (approved)
$12,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 12/31/2020