On this page we will tell you about ourselves.
Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island (LCC) was founded in 1997. The Laotian
Community Center of RI, Inc. was established in 2000 as a non-profit organization under 501 (c)
3 tax law. The organization has evolved into an organization whose members support community development and youth programs.
The organization has been supported by the general public; Laotian communities from Lowell, Bridgeport, Worcester, Providence and Woonsocket; the Vietnamese Temple of Braintree; the Thai Association of Boston; the Hmong United Association of Rhode Island; the Sri Lanka Association; the Rhode
Island School of Design Museum (RISD); Autumn Festival of Woonsocket; Unity Coalitions, and other non-profit organizations.
In 1998, the Laotian community
asked the community leaders to construct a Community Center to maintain a healthy community through art, culture, education
and extracurricular activities to nurture youth learning and integrate the community. The current activities at the center
are funded by the general public, private sector and community citizens. The programs are used to strengthen our cross-cultural
understanding, facilitate the process of acculturation, and promote goodwill and cultural pride among all Americans.
The LCC has been partially supported by the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, Bank of America, Amica
Foundation, Amgen Foundation, and Sodexo USA.
Our mission is to support community development by strengthening children's priority needs through the arts and culture;
to promote pride and knowledge of Laotian history; to advocate for children, and to encourage and inspire community members
to become productive engaged citizens.
The vision is to provide
a place to experience, explore, and learn about Lao history and culture; to make a center a vital meeting place for communities
of all ages on many different levels.
place where social justice demonstrated; advocate for individuals of all ages, from children to seniors; encourage art and
culture; arts and music cherished. The new space will also enhance and strengthen
cross-cultural understanding by facilitating the process of acculturation and promoting goodwill and cultural pride.