All cities have a heart. That heart is not just a place, but a story, a community, and one that is sometimes hidden. In Providence, that heart is called El Corazón.
This month presents a chance to peek inside this lesser known side of the city. Este Es Mi Barrio is a series of resident-led community walking tours that take participants on an adventure straight to the corazón (heart) of two of the city’s barrios (neighborhoods) that are significant to the Latino community on the South Side and on the West Side. Learn about the first bodega on Broad Street, established by Josefina Rosario in 1960 as Fefa’s Market. Step into Sanchez Market for a Country Club Frambuesa. Dine at La Gran Parada, the first Puerto Rican restaurant to open in RI, or enjoy fresh besitos de cocó at Carmita’s Puerto Rican bakery on Cranston Street while hearing stories from local residents, who share their perspective on what makes those neighborhoods so special today, and how they have changed over time.
Marta Martínez, the project curator and Executive Director of RI Latino Arts, explains that she recruited residents because “they are giving tours from their perspective, as residents of these communities. They are talking from the heart, from their own lives.”
They say to understand you must walk a mile in another’s shoes, and while Providence may be small, it’s global. A walk here, and you can go more than just a mile – you can traverse the world.
Cranston Street: April 3 at 4pm & May 4 at 10:30am
Upper Broad Street: April 3 at 6pm & May 5 at 12pm (ends with Mariachi Festival and Cultural Celebration of Cinco de Mayo).
Free but pre-registration is required here.
Year of the City: The Providence Project is an unprecedented year-long exploration of the history, life, and culture of Providence’s 25 neighborhoods through exhibitions, walks, lectures, and conferences produced by 50+ different curators. Together, these projects reveal new stories and new ways of thinking about the city we love.