About Us

Encuentro is a national conference on Latino heritage and historic preservation, organized by three partners

Latinos in Heritage Conservation

Founded in 2014, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is a national organization of professionals, educators, and advocates dedicated to promoting historic preservation in Latino communities throughout the United States. We seek to elevate Latino historic places and stories as part of a more inclusive American narrative and to sustain the living cultural heritage of the country’s diverse Latino communities.

Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission is the state agency for historical preservation and heritage programs. The Commission operates a statewide historical preservation program that identifies and protects historic buildings, districts, structures, and archaeological sites. The Commission also develops and carries out programs to document and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Rhode Island’s people. In 2018, the Commission celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Rhode Island Latino Arts

Rhode Island Latino Arts was founded in 1988 as the Hispanic Heritage Committee and today is Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of Latino arts, including the art, culture, history and heritage of Rhode Island Latinos. We celebrate and promote Latino art & artists through our RI Latino Arts Networking events, and each year we coordinate the sharing of information and activities to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Through strategic partnering with local community organizations, including schools, libraries, museums and senior centers in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of our urban centers – we ensure our mission’s fulfillment: To raise awareness and preserve Latino arts, heritage and cultures in Rhode Island and to build community pride.