Free Programs for Families at 5 Rhode Island Museums during 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month

[ 0 ] September 4, 2012 |

This September 15 – October 15, during Hispanic Heritage Month, kids and families can visit five museums to learn about the many Latin-American artifacts or paintings found in these sites. Latino families can explore participating museums to find something that reminds them of their homeland.

These museums will be offering special FREE programs, tours and bilingual self-guided tours for families: Johnson & Wales Culinary Arts Museum in Providence, Museum of Work & Culture in Woonsocket, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, the Providence Children’s Museum and the RISD Museum, Providence. Additionally, all the Providence Community Libraries have scheduled programming for families featuring Latin American themes and activities, including Knight Memorial, Mt. Pleasant, Olneyville and South Providence libraries. For more details about all these events, visit the Family Programs page on our website at

Kids can enter a coloring contest, featuring Arturito the HHCI Family Programs toucan mascot, also known as “Art.” Visit the HHCRI website to download an Arturito coloring sheet and bring it with you to any Providence Community Library between September 15-October 15, 2012 to enter a Toucan Coloring Contest. Copies of these sheets will also be available at the Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence (check their website for hours:

The statewide kick off of Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 is scheduled on Monday, September 17, from 5;30-7:30pm at front lawn of the  Knight Memorial Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue, Providence . This free event for the general public will feature the music of “Voces de los Andes,” performance from the Grupo Folklorico Colombiano and Grupo Arcoiris: Youth & Children’s Talent Connection, family arts & crafts, face painting, a sampling of Latin-American food, a bilingual short film and more!

Voces de Los Andes

The project has been made possible through the support of the Rhode Island Foundation, the state’s community foundation and from the Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, City of Providence.

For more details about Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 contact Marta V. Martínez, To download a schedule of events and Hispanic Heritage Month coloring sheets, visit the HHCRI website at:

Photo credits:
Top: Erik Gould for the RISD Museum of Art
Bottom: Voces de Los Andes

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