The Puerto Rican Institute for arts and Advocacy, Inc. (PRIAA), changed its name in 2004, when it was then known as Puertorriqueños Unidos. Puertorriqueños Unidos celebrated an amazing traditional Puerto Rican festival in Central Falls, Woonsocket and Providence called "Fiesta de Pueblo", between 1996 and 2005. "Fiesta de Pueblo" was more than a festival- its was "a gathering in which the Puerto Rican and the Latino communities merged", the Rhode Island Monthly Magazine 1996, page- 31.
PRIAA is an outstanding non-profit organization dedicated to promote civic and cultural awareness of Puerto Rican and Latino culture through the performing arts, visual arts, literature, crafts and fine arts.
PRIAA works with state agencies, city agencies, universities, school districts, museums, galleries and existing organizations; bringing the best of Caribbean arts and the traditions of Puerto Rico to the state of Rhode Island. Working as a network with others organization of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. PRIAA has brought authentic folklore from Puerto Rico with a significant number of artists directly from the island.
PRIAA's efforts in the arts has brought to Rhode Island a great ethnic diversity and a growing respect for the Puerto Rican and Latinos in general.
The Caribbean Arts program is a "Fiesta de Pueblo" (Village Party).
Since 1996-2005, our organization sponsored the Fiesta de Pueblo in Central Falls, Woonsocket and Providence and collaborated with great leaders in the Puerto Rican and other ethnicity Community. Among them: Olga Silva, Founder and Director of the Blackstone Valley Association, Melody Love, Coordinator of Fiesta de Pueblo in Woonsocket. We were also able to introduce Fiesta de Pueblo, in FirstWorkKids and CCRI.
Since 2005 we have brought our Fiesta de Pueblo (Village Party) under the Caribbean Arts program for Education throughout New England.