Encuentro – a National Conference on Latino Heritage and Historic Preservation April 26-28, 2018

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photo: Colombian Festival, Central Falls by Marta V. Martinez

by Sarah Zurier of the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, Rhode Island Latino Arts, and Latinos in Heritage Conservation are proud to present Encuentro 2018, a conference on Latino heritage and historic preservation. Scheduled from April 26-28, 2018 with programs in Providence and the Blackstone Valley, this groundbreaking event brings together the third national convening of Latinos in Heritage Conservation and the 33rd Annual Statewide Rhode Island Historic Preservation Conference.

For the first time, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is bringing a national conversation about Latino historic preservation to New England. Encuentro 2018 features guest speakers from across the country including Dr. Stephen Pitti (Yale)Belinda Faustinos (Nature for All)Eduardo Díaz (Smithsonian)Dr. Ray Rast (Gonzaga), and Dr. Ramona Hernández (CUNY), as well as opportunities to meet and exchange ideas with fellow practitioners and advocates for Latino historic preservation.

Rhode Island Latino Arts, Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission, and local partners have planned an engaging program of tours and special events to round out the schedule. Tours will feature Latino neighborhoods, historic places associated with other underrepresented communities, recent preservation projects, and public art. Sites will include Broad Street, Roger Williams Park, Downtown, and Olneyville in Providence as well as Pawtucket’s Slater Mill and places associated with the Colombian community in Central Falls.

We hope that you will join us for this landmark gathering that will bring together preservationists, scholars, students, design professionals, and community advocates for an unprecedented discussion of the value and future of heritage conservation in New England’s Latino communities and beyond.

The full program is available online, and registration is open at www.preservationconferenceri.com. Registration costs $30 (Thursday-Friday), $50 (Saturday), or $80 (Thursday-Saturday) with discounts for students with i.d. The deadline for registration is April 17.