Carolina Briones, PCL’s Latino Program Coordinator, received a well deserved Latino Community Leadership award on October 15 from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), in recognition of her tireless work to advance and promote Latino arts and culture in Rhode Island.
October was a special month for Carolina! On October 3-4, she and her team welcomed more than 30 Latino writers to the 2015 Feria del Libro y Las Artes de Providence at the Providence Career and Technical Academy. The Hispanic book and arts festival also featured storytelling, lively discussions, poetry, music and dance. Additionally, Carolina curated an intergenerational visual art display, “Somos Latinos in America,” at RISCA’s Annual Latin American Art Exhibit. Both Feria del Libro and the related art display received funding from RISCA, the American Library Association, PBS Latino Americans and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
As Latino Program Coodinator, Carolina has established classes in English as a Second Language (ESL), General Education Diploma (GED) in Spanish and regular bilingual story times. She co-founded a long-running Spanish Book Club and “Dia de los Ninos, Dia de Los Libros,” an annual celebration of children’s books, is yet another of her many innovations.