PAWTUCKET – Colombian American Cultural Society and Rhode Island Latino Arts are among this year’s recipients of one of the Rhode Island Foundation’s most prestigious awards. The Pawtucket-based organizations shared the 2021 Community Leadership Award with other diverse cultural groups that participated in the Foundation’s Expansion Arts program.

The organizations were honored for celebrating and preserving their cultural traditions and sharing them with the wider Rhode Island community.

“Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program is a multi-year, capacity-building program that offers unrestricted funding to culturally specific organizations that are led by people of color,” said Elena Calderón Patiño, director of the Community Arts Program at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, which supports Expansion Arts along with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Foundation. “Rhode Island is an amazing place where there is a unique mixture of art, people and cultures that creates a beautiful tapestry of collaborations throughout the state.”

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