Marta Martinez founded of the Hispanic Heritage Committee of RI (HHCRI) in 1988 and served as the Chair until 2013. She is Executive Director of Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA) and is the founder and director of the Nuestras Raíces: The Latino Oral History Project of Rhode Island. She is a member of the National Oral History Association, the National Storytellers Network and the American Folklife Society. In August 2014, Marta published a book entitled Latino History of Rhode Island: Nuestras Raíces, based on her work with the Latino oral history project and is currently writing a children’s book on the same topic.
She was Coordinator/Developer of Coming to Rhode Island – Fefa’s Market, an exhibition based on the oral history project of Dominicans in Rhode Island at The Providence Children’s Museum in Providence, RI. In 2014, she was also Coordinator/Co-Curator of an exhibition entitled “Latino History of Rhode Island” at the gallery of The Rhode Island Foundation.
She has served on the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Community MusicWorks; currently chairs the Friends of Pawtuxet Village/Merchants Association; serves on the Board of the Southside Cultural Center; chairs the Advisory Board of the Juanita Sanchez Community Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation and sits on the Community Advisory Board of Rhode Island PBS. Marta serves on Congressman Langevin’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and is a trustee of the Providence Foundation.
Marta lives in Warwick, RI (Pawtuxet Village). She is fluent in Spanish and is of Mexican heritage. She is also fluent in Sign Language.