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Rhode Island Latino Arts announces weekly pláticas about Latinx experience

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The line-up of speakers include activists, theater-makers, scholars, and artists. This series grew out of the context of local and national protests against the murder of George Floyd and the context of a racist global pandemic.”


Rhode Island Latino Arts announces A Nuestras Raíces // To Our Roots, a series of virtual conversations where speakers from countries throughout Latin America & the Caribbean will share their knowledge, research, and experience. A Nuestras Raíces is an initiative for and by people of color that uplifts indigenous and Afro-Latinx history in response to recent social unrest in our country.

These weekly pláticas, held every Monday during Hispanic Heritage Month, are meant to open up dialogue among all people of color, with an emphasis on the Latinx experience. Participants will learn about, explore, and break-open the construct identities often imposed on individuals who identify as Latin American and Latinx people. The line-up of speakers include activists, theater-makers, scholars, and artists. This series grew out of the context of local and national protests against the murder of George Floyd and the context of a racist global pandemic. We gathered for our first plática in the early summer to hear what folx felt they needed in this moment, and that conversation led us towards focusing on our ancestral histories that have often been silenced and distorted.

The first series of Pláticas are scheduled every Monday during Hispanic Heriatage Month, or September 21, September 28, October 5 and October 12 from 5-6:30PM, and will then continue monthly until next September 2021.

The first speaker on Monday September 21, 2020 is Catarina Lorenzo, Director of AMOR, who will have an informal conversation [plática] about her Guatemalan Maya culture. The pláticas will be bilingual — in Spanish and English. All are FREE and open to the public, however you must register to receive a Zoom link: https://form.jotform.com/202492608315150

Rhode Island Latino Arts promotes, encourages, and preserves the art, cultures history, and heritage of Latinos in Rhode Island. RILA is the state’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of Latino arts.