During the Rhode Island Latino CommUNITY Celebration of Hispanic Heritage month (September 15th —Â October 15th)Â kids and families will have the chance toÂ participate in an unusual “Treasure Hunt” as big Â as our state.
Instead of the usual “X” marking treasure spots, different–colored stars will mark 13 cultural destinations, from Woonsocket to Newport, on a big, fold out map, in Spanish and English. “This indoor, outdoor exploration is designed to introduce families to some of Rhode Island’s greatest treasures,” said Marianne Ruggiero, the project’s coordinator. “The trail through Providence alone will take explorers to Roger Williams Park Zoo; The RISD Museum; Providence Children’s Museum; Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum; and Knight Memorial Library.” Other destinations include the Slater Mill Museum, Pawtucket; the Museum of Work & Culture, Woonsocket; Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum, Exeter; Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol; Barrington Preservation Society Museum; the Newport Art Museum; and Watson Farm, Jamestown.
All of the destinations on the Treasure Hunt, which is led by TÃºpac the Toucan (named after the Inca emperor TÃºpac Amaru), will be offering special activities (in English and Spanish) for family explorers, many of which connect to Hispanic Heritage: Norman Bird Sanctuary, for example, offers a treasure hunt that highlights Rhode Island birds that take “summer vacations” in Latin American countries. The RISD Museum is creating a special “Young Explorers Guide” that will take families on a gallery quest to different works by Latin–American artists.
“The Roger Williams Park Zoo’s treasure hunt will take families through our Zoo,” said Ben Sibielski, Integrated Media Coordinator. “Guests should also be sure to visit the aracari, a species of toucan that reside in our Tropical America building, before they color their toucan sheets!”
There is a distinct “time travel” feel to the project: two historic farms (Watson and Coggeshall) and two historic mill complexes (Museum of Work & Culture, and Slater Mill Museum) stand as reminders of how families have lived and toiled, whether on the land or in the factory, in our state.
Once families finish their explorations, they can submit their maps to the project coordinators by mail (P.O. Box 25118, Providence RI 02905) or deliver them to any of the museums on the treasure hunt trail. There will be a closing event in late October during which several Treasure Hunt winners will be announced and “Explorer” awards given.
The Treasure Hunt will kick off at the Providence Children’s Museum on Friday, September 16, from 5-8pm, as a special part of the Museum’s MetLife Family Friday program. This free event for the general public will feature the music of “Voces de los Andes,” the Big Nazo Puppets, a live dancing bird, and a Tupac Coloring Contest for kids ages 3—13. Treasure Hunt Maps will be distributed, and the exploring will officially begin!
The project has been made possible through the support of the Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s community foundation, in a partnership with the Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, City of Providence, the RI State Council on the Arts and the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI (HHCRI).
For more details about “AÂ Treasure Hunt as BigÂ as Rhode Island” contact Marianne Ruggiero, HHCRI Family Programs Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org Â or (781)420-6047. To download a sample copy of the map (not Â actual size) and the Toucan Coloring Â Sheet, visit the HHCRI website at: www.hispanicheritageri.org.
For more details about the Rhode Island Latino Community Celebration (RILCC), visit this website: Â www.rilatinocommunitycelebration.com