La Galería @RILA
About This Site
Come meet Marta V. Martínez, founder and Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA), who will launch you on your exploration of Central Falls! She can tell you all about the local history and culture of this community she knows so well. An oral historian of Mexican heritage, Marta lives and works in Rhode Island where she specializes in teaching young people best practices of oral history and how to become “Junior Docents and Historians” in their communities. You will find Marta at La Galería del Pueblo – Rhode Island’s only Latino-based, non-profit, cooperative art and culture gallery. La Galería showcases artists of all disciplines, including poets, oral historians, visual artists, musicians, and more. While you’re there, view La Galería’s fall exhibition, featuring new work created by Rhode Island-based artists, including Tamara Díaz, a Cuban-American artist; Pablo Youngs, a Mexican-American artist; and Francisco Hernández from the Dominican Republic.
RILA’s mission is to promote, encourage and preserve the art, history, heritage and cultures of the Latino communities of Rhode Island. Founded in 1988 as the Hispanic Heritage Committee, RILA has become Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of Latino arts. RILA is based in Central Falls which (according to the 2010 U.S. Census) is the only ‘majority minority’ city in Rhode Island.
Behind The Scenes
The sites and stories of Central Falls will come alive for you in conversation with community leader, Marta Martinez.
Photographs courtesy of RI Latino Arts.