The Puerto Rican Institute of Arts and Defense, Inc., (PRIAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting civic and cultural awareness of Puerto Rican and Latino culture. PRIAA works with state agencies, city agencies, universities, school districts, museums, galleries, and existing organizations; bringing the best of the Caribbean arts and traditions of Puerto Rico to the state of Rhode Island. We network with other organizations in Connecticut, Springfield, 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 have brought to Rhode Island great ethnic diversity and a growing respect for Puerto Ricans and Latinos in general.