Marta

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Education:
  • B.A. in English from Providence College/minor in Communications from the U. of Texas at El Paso
  • M.A. in Journalism (Publications Specialist) from George Washington University
  • Coursework towards a certificate in Translation/Interpretation Program from Georgetown University
  • Coursework in Sign Language & Interpretation from Gallaudet University

Employment History:
  • Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts | La Galería del Pueblo Cultural Center of Rhode Island | Oral Historian & Director of Nuestras Raíces: Latino History of Rhode Island
  • Adjunct Professor at Providence College, Department of Global Studies
  • Director of Communications at Progreso Latino
  • Partnership Specialist, U.S. Bureau of Census Boston Region • Rhode Island statewide specialist
  • Assistant Director and Communications Director at the Rhode Island Indian Council
  • Director of Publications at the Rhode Island Historical Society
  • Teacher of Spanish and Hispanic culture at St. Peter School, Warwick, RI
  • Writer/contributor (freelance) to The Providence Journal.
  • Executive Director of the Center for Hispanic Policy & Advocacy (CHisPA) (formerly known as the Hispanic Social Services Association [HSSA] of RI)
  • Director of International Publications at Gallaudet University, Washington, DC
  • Production and film crew, WPRI TV-12, East Providence

Special Skills:
  • Publications management, writing, editing, graphic design, web design
  • Oral history best practices, including interviewing, writing, ethics and best practices
  • Fluent in Spanish, English and Sign Language
  • Communications and marketing, including writing press releases and speaking with the media

Founder:
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts | Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rhode Island
  • Nuestras Raíces: The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island
  • César Chávez Scholarship Fund || The Tam Tran Scholarship
  • Coalition of Advocates for Student Opportunities (CASO)
  • Friends of Pawtuxet Village

What Else?

Marta is the founder and executive director of Rhode Island Latino Arts, the oldest Latino non-profit arts organization advocating for Latin American arts, cultural heritage and history in Rhode Island and manages La Galería del Pueblo Cultural Center. She is also a community oral historian and the founder of the Nuestras Raíces: The Latino Oral History Project of RI.

Awards & Honors: Marta received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Providence College in 2019.

In January 2018, Marta was appointed
Artist-in-Residence at Trinity Repertory Company, where she is working on creating the first Bilingual Theater Initiative in Rhode Island. Later that same year, she received the State Society of Rhode Island 2018 Leadership Award for her work documenting Latino history and culture of Rhode Island.

Marta is currently a
Fellow in Public Humanities at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, where she continues to work on a project entitled Exploring Places of Significance to Rhode Island’s Latino Communities and to support the designation of Lower South Providence as the Latino Cultural Corridor of Providence.

She is on the Executive Committee of the
Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) and was the local organizer of Encuentro 2018, the group’s national conference, which was held in Providence, RI on April 26-28, 2018.

Marta received the
2017 Creative Economy Award for Excellence in Cultural Community Development in New England at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) 2017CCX, held in New London, CT and that same year was recognized as the YWCA 2017 Woman of Achievement.

Marta received the
2016 Public Humanities Award from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH).

Other: 2015 -2016 Rhode Island Foundation INE Fellow; 2015 and 2016 Diversity Scholar for the National Trust of Historic Preservation (NTHP); 2014 National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute (NLI) Fellow and also 2015 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) Fellow.

Marta presented at the
2015 New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) Regional Conference in New Hampshire. In November 2016, she presented a Power Session at the 2016 Annual PastForward Conference of the NTHP in Houston and also at the convening of the Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC), where she spoke about her work on the Latino History in Rhode Island project.

Teaching Experience: Teacher of Spanish and Hispanic Cultures, St. Peter’s Catholic School, Warwick, RI; Faculty, Providence College Department of Global Studies; Community Partner & Teaching Artist at Central Falls High School.

Boards and Commissions: Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Community MusicWorks; Chair of Friends of Pawtuxet Village/Merchants Association; board member of the Southside Cultural Center; Chair of the Advisory Board of the Juanita Sanchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation; Member Community Advisory Board of Rhode Island PBS. Marta serves on Congressman Langevin’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and on the City of Providence Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ArtPlace Community Advisory Board. In 2015 Marta was elected as Trustee of the Providence Foundation; in 2016 she was appointed to the President’s Community Advisory Committee at Providence College and in 2017 to the Rhode Island College Presidents’ Committee on Inclusive Excellence.

Marta is a former elementary school teacher, an educator and a community advocate. In January 2015, she was appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to the
Rhode Island State Board of Education, and currently serves on the Council on Elementary & Secondary Education (K-12).

Marta is of Mexican heritage and was raised in El Paso, Texas. She is fluent in Spanish and Sign Language.