Marta Martinez

Public Humanities Community FellowExecutive Director, RI Latino Arts

Marta Martinez  founded the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI (HHCRI) in 1988 and served as the Chair until 2013, when she was hired as Executive Director of the organization (now Rhode Island Latino Arts).  In August 2014, Marta published a book entitled Latino History of RI: Nuestras Raíces, based on her work with the Latino Oral History Project of RI . In 2004-2005, she was Coordinator/Developer of Coming to Rhode Island – Dominican Gallery, an exhibition featuring Fefa's Marketbased on the history of Dominicans in Rhode Island at The Providence Children’s Museum in Providence. In 2003-2004, she was also Coordinator/Co-Curator of Conexiones a Traves del Tiempo, an exhibition on Latino history of Rhode Island in the gallery of The Rhode Island Foundation. She continues to promote the importance of collecting history as a way to enhance self pride and a sense of place by offering workshops to young people on the art of collecting oral histories, pairing them with elders and individuals who have a story to tell.  Currently, in collaboration with the Providence Preservation Society, Marta is working on a project funded by the National Trust, “Exploring Places of Significance to Rhode Island’s Latino Communities.”