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RILA's Nuestras Raíces receives Creative Community Award

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.

NEFA's Creative Economy award is presented to an organization in recognition of successful strategies, scope of impact on the creative economy, and possibility for replication in other communities.

Marta V. Martínez, RILA’s Executive Director, presented a workshop on her work with
Nuestras Raices and spoke about how, during a span of 30 years, the project has evolved by using art, community events, community story collecting & storytelling to bring people together to increase neighborhood pride. Her presentation showed how RILA through Nuestras Raices: The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island, engaged and mobilized Latino communities in collecting and preserving their history and built bridges and connected communities: elders and youth; neighborhood and government organizations; the humanities and the arts.