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Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:35

NALAC Unveils New Funding For Latinx Artists

The 12th funding cycle for NALAC Grants is now open, with new opportunities and updates for Latinx arts and culture initiatives that demonstrate artistic excellence In pursuit of social justice.

Monday, 12 June 2017 22:51

Federal Arts Updates

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 21:15

Meet NALAC's Newest Board Members

Friday, 05 May 2017 16:54

Latinx in the New South

Monday, 13 February 2017 13:57

Standing Strong, Together

Wednesday, 14 December 2016 06:11

Ethics of Development: A Shared Sense of Place

   
For Immediate Release: July 12, 2016
Contact: Michale Reyes, mreyes@nalac.org
 

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Southwest Detroit to Welcome Latino Arts Leaders from Across Michigan

 

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is hosting the Michigan Latinx Arts Summit on October 7, 2016, to provide a space for artists, educators, activists, and youth to strengthen professional networks and share best practices.

 

There’s still time to register for the free one-day event which will take place at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center. Register online at www.nalac.org/misummit

 

NALAC is teaming up with Arts in a Changing America, an organization hosting the free ArtChangeUS REMAP: Detroit convening on October 6, 2016. NALAC and REMAP will host a joint reception on October 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Arab American National Museum. Links to the REMAP event can be found here.  https://artsinachangingamerica.org

 

Yosimar Reyes, an energetic and humorous poet and performance artist who was born in Guerrero, Mexico, and currently resides in California, will deliver the Latinx Summit Keynote: “Documenting Joy: Shifting the Narrative in Undocumented Storytelling.” Reyes is an Arts Fellow at Define American, the media outfit founded by Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas.

 

Other national guests include acclaimed artist Favianna Rodriguez from Oakland, CA, and Arnaldo Lopez of the Pregones Theater in the Bronx, NY, who will present a practical workshop on funding your work and best business practices,

 

“Attendees will want to arrive early to the Summit because a dynamic performance is being planned that morning which will mix musical styles and aesthetics, putting forms like contemporary street dance in conversation with traditional Puerto Rican bomba music,” noted Gabriel Magraner, NALAC Director of Programs. DJ Martha, Lisa Brunk, America del Real of Joyas de America, Motor City Street Dance Academy, poets LadyFireTide and Sam A. Publes of Grand Rapids will participate.

 

Leaders from Detroit including musician Ozzie Rivera (Community Learning Partnership), Amelia Duran (Garage Cultural), and artist Arturo Herrera will join other panelists from Flint, Saginaw, Grand Rapids. Underscoring the importance of arts advocacy, there will be a town hall with Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López and State Representative Harvey Santana.

 

With generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Summit is part of a larger project to build equal voice for the growing Latino population in Michigan through arts and culture. According to the Pew Research Center, Michigan’s Hispanic population represent approximately half a million people. While Hispanics make up only 5% of the state population, they make up 8% of all K-12 students and their median age is 24.

 

This young community has a long future ahead, and there is a need to bolster advocacy efforts by and for Latinos in the state. Michigan’s Latino artists, teachers, and organizers are often the ones on the front lines, responding to our communities’ biggest challenges— cultural equity, immigration reform, and equal rights for LGBTQ individuals.  

 

This past year NALAC has invested in Latino arts and culture leaders in Michigan with the aim that they will share best practices with their peers strengthening the larger field of Latino arts and cultures. Susannah Quintanilla of El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil in Flint and Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, former faculty member at Oakland University, both participated in NALAC’s Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. and met with top-ranking officials at the National Endowment of the Arts, the White House and Congress. 

 

This summer, three Michigan artists- photographer Lisa Luevanos, poet Michael Reyes, and Emilio Rodriguez of the newly formed Black & Brown Theatre project- braved the Texas heat and attended the NALAC Leadership Institute in San Antonio, sharpening crucial arts management skills.

 

Through its grant programs, NALAC has supported a number of Michigan organizations, including the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel in Detroit and El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil in Flint.

 

The Latinx Arts summit is allowing us as cultural workers and creators a space to connect across the state. It is a time for us to build a network and communicate. There is a lot of great work happening in cities like Grand Rapids and Saginaw but if you live in Detroit or Kalamazoo you may not know that the Latinx community is innovating, creating and developing projects, programs and art statewide. The summit will be that time for us to learn and share with each other.”  -Michael Reyes

 

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is committed to providing much needed resources for Latino artists and arts professionals to strengthen their work, deepen their relationships with diverse communities, and develop and sustain safe cultural spaces from which to engage critical issues.

 

The NALAC Michigan Latinx Arts Summit is made possible thanks to generous support from W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Ford Resource and Engagement Center, Matrix Theatre, Living Arts, and La Voz Magazine.

 


Register now and view the agenda online at www.nalac.org/misummit.

About NALAC - The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. Through its programs and advocacy efforts, NALAC serves as a catalyst for communities' cultural development, positive social change, and the ongoing stabilization and sustainability of the Latino arts field. Founded in 1989, NALAC was born from a common vision shared by a group of prominent Latino and Latina artists.

 

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For Immediate Release: July 12, 2016
Contact: Adriana Gallego, agallego@nalac.org,210.432.3982
 

 

NALAC'S Executive Director, María López De León, Named President and CEO of the organization

 

San Antonio, TX - (July 12, 2016) - The board of directors of NALAC - The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, María López De León, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, and Deputy Director, Adriana Gallego, has been named Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Lopez De Leon has exponentially expanded the organization's budget, programs and national profile since she took the reins in 2002. Ms. Gallego joined the organization in 2012 and has worked side by side with Ms. Lopez De Leon to further NALAC's capacity to serve its constituencies. These changes herald NALAC's place as the premier national Latino arts service organization in the U.S.

 

"María López De León has transformed NALAC into a national force and a powerful voice that has had a major impact in improving the Latino arts field and the arts in America. Her leadership, supported by Adriana Gallego, has ushered in a new era of development and success for Latino artists and organizations," said Charles Rice-Gonzalez, the NALAC board chair.

 

"It's an honor to be named as the first President and CEO of the NALAC.  I thank the board of directors for their continued trust in me as together, we lead the organization into its next phase of development and growth to support the Latino arts and culture sector.  Latino artists and organizations are at the forefront of impacting the nation's cultural legacy, and NALAC will continue to lead advocacy and policy efforts to achieve equity for our field," shared Ms. De León.

 

María López De León has been with NALAC for eighteen years and has served as Executive Director for fourteen years. Ms. De León has been involved in all aspects of development and implementation of the NALAC programs and strategic initiatives. Under her leadership, NALAC developed and launched three grant programs, developed sixteen editions of the renowned annual Leadership Institute, six convenings of the Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington, DC; directed the convening of eight NALAC National Conferences and thirty Regional Arts Training Workshops across the country. In January 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. De León was named among the nation's Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.

 

Adriana Gallego was the first Deputy Director of the NALAC, overseeing the organization's services, grantmaking, capacity building initiatives and program development. She is originally from the rural border community of Nogales Arizona-Sonora. Influenced by her experiences on the border, Gallego channeled her social concerns through the arts as a painter, educator and administrator. Before coming to NALAC, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and arts educator throughout the Southwest. In Tucson, she co-founded Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop.

 

About NALAC - The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. Through its programs and advocacy efforts, NALAC serves as a catalyst for communities' cultural development, positive social change, and the ongoing stabilization and sustainability of the Latino arts field. Founded in 1989, NALAC was born from a common vision shared by a group of prominent Latino and Latina artists.

 

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For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016
Contact: Adriana Gallego, agallego@nalac.org,210.432.3982
 

Tipping the scales: The NALAC Leadership Institute Surpasses 300

San Antonio, TX –What do we know about the incoming Class of the 2016 NALAC Leadership Institute fellows? We know that their talents stretch beyond the expressive arts and resonate within community building.  They are makers, artists, thinkers, culture bearers, leaders, changemakers and organizers. They will join us from well-defined points of departure, with destinations that are a work in progress, and for a moment this summer, San Antonio gets to be a part of this springboard of infinite possibility. And so the journey begins.

 

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). We march into this new chapter of leadership development by tipping the scales with an alumni network that is now over 300 strong. Collectively, alumni have come to the NLI from 34 unique U.S. States and Puerto Rico, and many have since moved through and to additional states, amplifying the spheres of influence in pursuit of equity, artistic excellence, evolving aesthetics, advocating, organizing and affecting policy in board rooms and in civic society.

 

Next week, we will welcome Abigail G., Abigail V., Adam, Amada, Baruch, Beatriz, Betty, Bianca, Damian, Emilio, Francis, Gabrielle, Henry, Illya, Jake, Juanita, Lisa, Lizette, Maria Alicia, Mia, Michael, Nicolas, Sergio, Stephen, Yaremis and Yosimar to San Antonio for a six-day endurance exercise in arts management, networking, stewardship, research, policy, artistic practice and leadership through the lenses of Latinx arts and cultural production. The national Core Faculty comprised of Rosalba Rolon (NY), Maribel Alvarez (AZ), and Abel Lopez (DC) will steward the 26 Fellows through the newly revamped curriculum from July 11-16, 2016. The Class of 2016 will debut a modified edition of the NLI curriculum, which was recalibrated this past Spring during a curriculum assessment retreat at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

 

“The 2016 edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute responds to growing expectations in our field for high profile leadership and deepened knowledge of management and artistic competencies. The re-designed Institute curriculum will gear participants towards assessing the current state of the Latino arts field in relationship to the arts field in general and their role within it. It will explore individual and collective actions to ensure equitable participation in local and national conversations concerning arts and culture, as well as in the distribution of material resources that enable the viability of diverse careers within our field.” Rosalba Rolon, NLI Core Faculty

 

In step with our goals and aspirations for the NLI, our Sweet Sixteen will be commemorated with a public keynote address delivered by Judith F. Baca, renown California visual artist, educator, scholar/activist and community arts pioneer founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). “Baca has stood for art in the service of equity for all people and the integration of one’s ethics with creative expression. Baca’s work channels the creative process of monument design to develop models for the transformation of both physical and social environments in public spaces. And they are monumental, both in space and time: The Great Wall of Los Angeles is ‘tattooed’ along a flood control channel in the San Fernando Valley and employed over 400 youth and their families from diverse social and economic backgrounds working with artists, oral historians, ethnologists, scholars, and hundreds of community members. The Great Wall depicts a half-mile long multi-cultural history of California from pre-history through the 1950’s. It was begun in 1976 and plans are underway for its next four decades of evolution.” To learn more about Judy and read her full bio, visit www.judybaca.com.

 

The San Antonio community is cordially invited to attend Judy Baca’s Keynote Address, a free public event, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Bldg., Aula Canaria Auditorium. Escape the summer heat with ice cold paletas and Latino art. To RSVP visit: http://nli2016.eventbrite.com

 

The NALAC Leadership Institute is one of the many strategies NALAC uses to build the capacity of Latino artists and arts organizations across the country, who give voice, define and share what it means to be Latino in America today. The programs under NALAC’s Leadership umbrella benefit the entire field of Latino arts and culture and create unique opportunities for collaborations and alliances across ethnic, geographic, and generational lines.

 

Thanks to strong partnerships and funder relationships we continue to see growth in reaching, engaging and supporting an increased number of established and emerging Latino artists and organizations in diverse regions of the country and expanded opportunities for development of skills, leadership and professional development of the Latino arts field. The 2016 NALAC Leadership Institute is made possible with generous funding support from Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, Chipotle, individual donors, NALAC members and volunteers. Numerous local partners have opened their doors for Leadership Fellows throughout the years. This summer, the Institute will be hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Fellows will have opportunities to visit San Antonio vibrant sights and sounds, among them SAY Sí and San Anto Cultural Arts.

 

Through this work NALAC advocates for improved access to resources, provides opportunities for transformational leadership, helps build a national network that supports the creative process, and helps drive the national dialogue to affect and transform policies impacting the Latino arts and culture field and the communities they serve.

 

About NALAC- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 27 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more info, visit www.nalac.org.

 

NALAC Leadership Institute Class of 2016

Betty Avila | Self Help Graphics & Art | Associate Director | Los Angeles, CA

Henry Brun | Award-winning Percussionist | San Antonio, TX 

Bianca de la Rocha | Brava! For Women in the Arts | Rentals Associate | San Francisco, CA 

Yaremis Felix Colon | Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater | Ensemble Member and Associate | South Richmond Hill, NY 

Lizette Garza | ElevArte Community Studio | Youth and Events Manager | Chicago, IL

Maria Alicia Garza | College of Arts and Sciences Boise State University | Associate Professor |  Boise, ID

Beatriz Gil | Hibridos Collective | Co-founder | Jackson Heights, NY 

Abigail Gomez | Pretty Girl Painting | Owner, Artist, Educator | Winchester, VA 

Stephen GuzmanSAY Sí | Communications Manager | San Antonio, TX 

Illya Haro | Casa Familiar / The Front | Gallery Manager | National City, CA

Damian Kelly | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana | Program Assistant | San Jose, CA 

Juanita Lara | ID Studio Theater | Grant Writer | Sunnyside, NY 

Mia Lopez | Independent Curator, Writer, and Educator | Minneapolis, MN 

Lisa Luevanos | CLAVE Detroit | Detroit, MI 

Francis Parra | ECAS Theater, Inc. | Artistic Executive Director | Cranston, RI 

Baruch Porras-Hernandez | Strut / San Francisco AIDS Foundation | Writer, Performer, and Arts Organizer | San Francisco, CA 

Jake Prendez | Artist and Arts Advocate | Seatac, WA

Michael A. Reyes | Poet / NALAC | Michigan Latino Arts Program Associate | Detroit, MI

Yosimar Reyes | Define American Arts Fellow | Los Angeles, CA 

Adam Rocha | SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival | Executive Director | San Antonio, TX

Emilio Rodriguez | Theater Artist | Hamtramck, MI

Sergio Rubio | Aurora Theater | Program Manager | Lawrenceville, GA 

Amada Torruella | Columbia Film Society (d.b.a The Nickelodeon Theatre) | Development Assistant | Columbia, SC 

Gabrielle Uballez | Working Classroom | Executive Director | Albuquerque, NM 

Nicolas Valdez | Interdisciplinary Artist | San Antonio, TX 

Abigail Vega | Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) | Producer | San Antonio, TX 

   

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Thursday, 09 June 2016 16:51

Advocacy is Not a Spectator Sport

   

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2016


Contact: Adriana Gallego, agallego@nalac.org,210.432.3982
 


Latino artists in San Antonio—and around the region—will gather April 28-30 to connect, respond and present contemporary Latino arts and culture

 

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—What better way to celebrate NALAC’s 27th Anniversary than with a regional gathering of intergenerational artists and cultural thinkers representing multiple Latinidades, arts disciplines and geographies.

 

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures proudly presents the 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop to take place in our hometown of San Antonio, April 28-30. The 3-day multi-media event will activate different culture hubs in the City to bring dynamic, timely, thought-provoking experiences, resources, and more than 40 speakers from the region and across the country.

 

“We are having deep, important, cultural discussions on how we further the Latino arts and culture field in the United States and elsewhere,” explains María López De León, executive director of NALAC. “We aren’t just learning from one another—we are challenging one another about how art and culture makes communities better, how it strengthens economies, and how together, we can do more.”

 

The San Antonio arts community has recently been at the center of public discussions around equity, inclusivity, stewardship and advocacy. No stranger to the urgency of taking corrective action and responding to community, NALAC has curated a series of resourceful, accessible and aesthetically powerful experiences thanks to feedback from the regional artistic community.

 

Investment in Latino arts is an investment in the national arts and cultural landscape. With this in mind, the Regional is sure to inspire and empower members of all artistic communities, from all backgrounds, all are welcome!  Just ask participants from the 2015 Detroit and Miami Regionals: 100% of the attendees surveyed said the gathering was so powerful, that they would recommend it to their peers!

 

The convening of artists, administrators, educators and more is just $20 for NALAC members, and $40 for future members. Youth 18 and under can attend the Regional for free by entering the following code upon registration: FUTURE.

Register now at http://www.nalactienda.org/regionals.

The three-day convening begins with a free public event at the San Antonio Central Library on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The evening will feature pan-Latino artists and scholars from different generations and disciplines, who will launch into a fast-paced multimedia experience responding to the theme: “Nuestras Historias: Latin@s in the Arts.” The core of the Regional Arts Training Workshop will take place at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Friday and Saturday.

 

Featured sessions and speakers include: Keynote with Sheyla Rivera Rios, Artist and Artistic Director of AS220 in Providence, RI- not only an arts organization, but a groundbreaking agent for social change and social justice. Public Art Workshop with Rebecca Blume Rothman (Phoenix Office of Arts and Cultures) and James LeFlore (Public Art San Antonio); Texas Mexican Cuisine in Context: Cooking as an Aesthetic Practice with Chef Adan Medrano of Houston, TX; Art and Social Activism and more!

 

The Regional will close with Future Forward, a panel of youth artists from local arts organizations including SAY Sí and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, as well as 16-year-old Jackelyn “Jackie” Barrera, selected as the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the US” at the 2014 Mariachi Vargas Expo. 

 

The gathering will also feature performances and artwork by El Tallercito del Son, DJ Despeinada, Poet Michael Reyes from Detroit, Azul Barrientos, Conjunto Heritage Taller, and the Multiples Exhibition at Galeria Guadalupe featuring 70 plus artists.

 

“There is a rich community of artists in San Antonio, and we are so pleased to present these artists as part of the workshop,” says De León. “We know they are planning extraordinary performances.”

 

NALAC’s Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened around the country to provide comprehensive professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. These opportunities for relationship-building and networking are essential to the advancement of the Latino arts community, and the nation’s art sector as a whole. Workshop presenters and participants are of diverse backgrounds, representing all artistic disciplines and perspectives.

 

“The workshops are an opportunity to create new networks of cultural workers that bridge stubborn divisions between generations, neighborhoods and cultures,” explains Gabriel Magraner, director of programs at NALAC. “As we have seen most recently in Miami, and Detroit, the workshops have demonstrated great potential for increasing the visibility and organizing Latino artists and arts professionals across the country.”

 

Critical dialogue and creative thinking transpires through interactive workshops, discussion forums, artistic interventions, technical assistance, and performances. Through the workshops, NALAC listens to and learns from the field in order to more successfully understand and advocate for the changing needs of artists and arts professionals across the nation. By empowering the field and providing new opportunities, NALAC can reduce economic inequalities, galvanize multigenerational networks and actualize social change in the realms of racial equity and civic engagement.

 

About NALAC
NALAC is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.

 

The San Antonio Regional Arts Training Workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors and partners: Southwest Airlines, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Surdna Foundation, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio Public Library, 3rd Space Art Gallery, Lone Star Studios, Freight Gallery & Studios and JM Communications.

 

For more information on the workshop or to register, visit www.nalac.org or call Gabriel Magraner, director of programs, at (210) 432-3982.

 

Things to Know When You Go:
What
: NALAC San Antonio Regional Arts Training Workshop
When
: April 28-30, 2016
How much: $20 for NALAC Members, $40 for Future Members

Youth 18 and under can use the code FUTURE
Agenda: http://www.nalac.org/ncloud/index.php/s/etgeVPTgxbmeo2D

Register: http://www.nalactienda.org/regionals

Where:
Day 1 Kickoff Event (Evening)

San Antonio Public Library - Central Library 



Days 2&3 (Daytime)

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

1301 Guadalupe St.

San Antonio, TX 78207



Day 2 (Evening)

Lone Star Studios

Freight Gallery & Studios

3rd Space Art Gallery
   

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Sunday, 06 March 2016 04:20

Latinas in the Workforce

 
 
For Immediate Release: February 1, 2016
Contact: Claudio Dicochea, cdicochea@nalac.org210.432.3982
 

 
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
Awards $328,000 in Grants to 50 Artists and Organizations
 
San Antonio, TX - This year, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is awarding $328,000 in grants to 50 artists and organizations through three different grant programs: NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), Transnational Cultural Remittances Program (TCR) and Diverse Art Spaces (DAS). This marks the largest single distribution of program awards in our 26-year history.
 
"NALAC is committed to supporting artists and organizations in all creative disciplines throughout our country and internationally," says María López De León, NALAC Executive Director, "Each awardee represents a tremendous impact on our communities, placing Latina/o artistic and cultural expression on a path towards a more just, more equitable, and more unifying world today."
 
After a competitive and rigorous process, NALAC awards grants in the US, Mexico and Central America: 20 US based Latino artists and ensembles and 11 Latino arts organizations in multiple disciplines, as well as 12 cultural exchanges in 24 communities between the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. Seven organizations received Diverse Art Spaces awards to present or commission work by Latino artists.
 
NALAC Grants are designed to spur the arts field and the economy by providing financial support to Latino arts and cultural organizations and exemplary work by Latino artists. In the past ten years, NALAC has distributed more than $2 Million to the Latino arts field via 420 grants.
 
NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), established as a two-year pilot with support from Ford Foundation, continues to be the only national fund that provides a variety of grants to support U.S. based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. The 2015 NFA cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development.
 
Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) funding, launched in 2008, supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Since its inception, TCR has provided $456,761 dollars to 59 grantees, reaching over 100 communities. The 2015 TCR cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation and Southwest Airlines.
 
Diverse Art Spaces is a funding initiative open to Ford Foundation Diverse Arts Spaces organizations and to LINC Space for Change Planning and Pre-Development grantees for the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists and ensembles in dance, music, performance, theater or visual arts. The 2015 DAS cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation. 
 
2015 NALAC GRANTEES
 
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Master Artist Grant are:
 
Judith Baca, Visual Arts | Venice, CA
     Mentee: Carlos Rogel
Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes, Music | San Juan, PR
     Mentee: Denise Solis
John Jota Leaños, Media Arts | San Francisco, CA
     Mentee: Crystal Gonzalez
 
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble Grant are:
 
Tanya Aguiñiga, Crafts | Los Angeles, CA
Cecilia Aldarondo, Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Suzan Beraza, Media Arts | Telluride, CO
Alberto Borea, Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Theatre | New York, NY
Paul S. Flores, Theatre | San Francisco, CA
Alixa Garcia, Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Xandra Ibarra, Multidisciplinary | Oakland, CA
Cristina Molina, Visual Arts | New Orleans, LA
Felipe Salles Group, Music | Florence, MA
Rada Film Group (Michèle Stephenson), Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Alexey Taran / Bistoury Inc., Dance | Miami, FL
 
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts San Antonio Artist Grant are:
 
Federico Chávez-Blanco, Music | San Antonio, TX
Anna De Luna, Theatre | San Antonio, TX 
Jenelle Esparza, Visual Arts | San Antonio, TX
Anel I. Flores, Literature | San Antonio, TX
Adriana Maria Garcia, Visual Arts | San Antonio, TX
 
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Organization Grant are:
 
Antiheroes Project, Inc., Theatre | Miami, FL
Arca Images, Inc., Theatre | Miami, FL
Centro Cultural de Mexico, Multidisciplinary | Santa Ana, CA
Cinema Tropical, Media Arts | New York, NY
Conjunto Heritage Taller, Arts Education | San Antonio, TX
Creative Kids, Arts Education | El Paso, TX
GALA Hispanic Theatre, Arts Education | Washington, DC
Intake Organization, Inc., Arts Education | Stamford, CT
Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Theatre | Bronx, NY
San Anto Cultural Arts, Arts Education | San Antonio, TX
Self Help Graphics & Art, Visual Arts | Los Angeles, CA
 
The awardees of the NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant are:
 
El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil, Folk/Traditional Arts | Flint, MI
     Partner: Ixtac Chichimeca Pam, San Juan del Río, Querétaro, MX
ElevArte Community Studio, Visual Arts | Chicago, IL
     Partner: Martanoemi Noriega | Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Habitajes Centro de Estudios y Acciones Sobre el Espacio Público | Mexico DF
     Partner: Michelle Angela Ortiz | Philadelphia, PA
International Sonoran Desert Alliance, Multidisciplinary | Ajo, AZ
     Partner: Medio Ambiente y Comunidad CEDO, AC - Intercultural Center
     for the Study of Deserts and Oceans | Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, MX
Justice for My Sister Collective (Program of Community Partners), 
Media Arts | Pasadena, CA
    Partner: Colectivo Justicia para mi Hermana (EducArte) | Guatemala
La Pocha Nostra, Multidisciplinary | San Francisco, CA
     Partner: La Rendija | Mérida, Yucatán, MX
Latino Theater Company, Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
     Partner: Rosino Serrano | México, DF
Nameless Sound, Music | Houston, TX 
     Partner: Centro de Experimentación y Producción de Música  
     Contemporánea (CEPROMUSIC) | México, DF
Self Help Graphics & Art, Folk/Traditional Arts | Los Angeles, CA
     Partner: Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center | Mexicali, Baja California, MX
Southwest Folklife Alliance, Folk/Traditional Arts | Tucson, AZ
     Partner: Vicam Yaqui Pueblo |  Rio Yaqui, Sonora, MX
The Bisbee Radio Project, Inc. (KBRP), Media Arts | Bisbee, AZ
     Partner: Radio Cultural Naco Sonora | Naco, Sonora, MX
Workers Interfaith Network, Visual Arts | Memphis, TN
     Partner: Antonio Leal Bejarano | Ciudad de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, MX
 
The awardees of the NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces Grant are:
 
Arab American National Museum, Music | Dearborn, MI
     Partner: Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
Ballet Hispanico, Dance | New York, NY
     Partner: Stephanie Martinez
Columbia Film Society (d.b.a. The Nickelodeon), Visual Arts | Columbia, SC
     Partner: Favianna Rodriguez
Hi-ARTS, Music and Visual Arts | New York, NY
     Partner: Izzy Sanabria
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, Theatre | San
Jose, CA 
     Partner: Ricardo Salinas
Miami Light Project, Inc., Multidisciplinary | Miami, FL
     Partner: Carla Forte, Natalia Lassalle Morillo, Charo Oquet and Sandra    
     Portal-Andreu
Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, Music and Theatre | Bronx, NY
     Partner: Producciones En Equipo
 
Click here to learn more about each of the projects. 
 
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 26 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more info, visit www.nalac.org.
  
 
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Michigan Latino Arts Research Associate

Thursday, 10 December 2015 06:27

¡Felices Fiestas! Happy Holidays!

 
 
For Immediate Release: September 23, 2015
Contact: Claudio Dicochea, cdicochea@nalac.org210.432.3982
 
  
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and Core Partners announce Pilot Launch of new Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)
 
San Antonio, TX - This September marks the Pilot launch of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which is part of an extensive, joint leadership initiative that reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers. The ILI itself is a collaborative result of the profound and ongoing core partnership between First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots, PA'I Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. The Pilot launch takes place September 28 -October 1, 2015, at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio's West Side.
 
This facet will host a small group of intercultural artists and administrators from across the continental U.S. and Hawaii to share, test, and generate feedback on possible components of the ILI curriculum, structure and engagement model. The development for this initial phase is an outcome of a decisive intercultural and strategic cooperative process, one based on an ethics of difference, inclusion, and empowerment. The full ILI will be launched as a series of three convenings in the Southwest, the South and the Plains 
 
"The Intercultural Leadership Institute Pilot this September marks a new approach to an evolving idea for us as Core Partners. It is not only a significant new addition to our ongoing programming, which includes the Advocacy Leadership Institute and the NALAC Leadership Institute, but it is also a way for us to tangibly practice intercultural work with our partner organizations as a means of building solidarity, building capacity, and building healthy social narratives for organizations of color across our nation. In this way we foster and together author a catalytic leadership practice, one that compels us forward as movement-builders through genuine equality, through adaptive practices, and through the creativity of our shared communities."
-Maria López De León / NALAC Executive Director 
 
The Pilot Intercultural Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to generous support from our funders, sponsors, and partners: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Express, Southwest Airlines, the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.
  
For additional information on our program and a list of the 2015 participants,  click here.
 
About NALAC- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 26 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more info, visit www.nalac.org.
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Latino artists in Detroit—and around the region—will gather June 5-6 to connect, celebrate Latino arts and culture

 

Registrations still being accepted for two-day workshop and networking event

 

Arts and Culture Leaders Convene In Detroit to Create, Mobilize, and Amplify a National Latino Arts And Cultural Agenda

 

DETROIT, Michigan—While Detroit—and most of the country—was going through one of the roughest winters on record, 79 Latino artists, and arts leaders and advocates were gathered together in sunny, warm Miami, Florida this past January.

 

But it wasn’t for a vacation. It was for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s Regional Arts Training Workshop.

 

“We were having deep, important, cultural discussions on how we further the Latino arts and culture field in the United States and elsewhere,” explains María López De León, executive director of NALAC. “We weren’t just learning from one another—we were challenging one another about how art and culture makes communities better, how it strengthens economies, and how together, we can do more.”

 

One hundred percent of those gathered in Miami said the gathering was so powerful that they would attend another workshop.

 

Those discussions will now happen in Detroit, as NALAC brings its two-day Regional Arts Training Workshop to Detroit June 5-6. The convening of artists, administrators, educators and more is just $20 for NALAC members, and $40 for future members. Register now at www.nalac.org.

 

Magdalena Gómez, an award-winning performance poet, playwright and performer, will give a keynote on reframing the arts and culture conversation.

 

“Magdalena brings a wonderful perspective to the two days of conversations,” says De León. “Her writing and performances have redefined the themes, priorities and ideas that all of us advocate for in the Latino arts and culture field. She’ll pose some ideas on how we can refocus the national cultural dialogue and authentically speak to the complexities of the Latino experience in the United States today.” 

 

Other guest speakers will include Francisco Pacheco, organizing director for the National Day Labor Organizing Network, and Rebecca Blume Rothman, public art project manager for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

 

The gathering will also open with a performance by Detroit’s Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, which brings traditional dances of Mexico’s La Huasteca region to the Detroit community. Detroit’s Michael Reyes, an international poet and hip-hop artist, will perform Friday evening.

 

“There is a rich community of artists in Detroit, and we are so pleased to present these artists as part of the workshop,” says De León. “We know they are planning extraordinary performances.”

 

NALAC’s Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened around the country to provide comprehensive professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. These opportunities for relationship-building and networking are essential to the advancement of the Latino arts community, and the nation’s art sector as a whole. Workshop presenters and participants are of diverse backgrounds, representing all artistic disciplines and perspectives.

 

The workshops essentially create new networks of artists and cultural workers that bridge stubborn divisions between generations, neighborhoods and cultures,” explains Gabriel Magraner, director of programs at NALAC. “The workshops have demonstrated great potential for increasing the visibility and organizing Latino artists and arts professionals across the country.”

 

Critical dialogue and creative thinking transpires through interactive workshops, discussion forums, artistic interventions, technical assistance, and performances. Through the workshops, NALAC listens to and learns from the field in order to more successfully understand and advocate for the changing needs of artists and arts professionals across the nation. By empowering the field and providing new opportunities, NALAC can reduce economic inequalities, galvanize multigenerational networks and actualize social change in the realms of racial equity and civic engagement.

 

Thanks to generous support from the Joyce Foundation and Southwest Airlines, NALAC is proud to offer registration and travel scholarships to help enable participation for arts professionals from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis and chronologically according to the date application is received, until all funds are expended. The application to apply is available online.

 

NALAC is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.

 

The Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors and partners: Southwest Airlines, The Joyce Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Carr Center, CLAVE (Community of Latino Artists Visionaries and Educators), Garage Cultural, Ford Resource and Engagement Center and Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development Inc. (LA SED).

 

For more information on the workshop or to register, visit www.nalac.org or call Gabriel Magraner, director of programs, at (210) 432-3982.

 

IF YOU GO
What
: NALAC Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop
When
: June 5-6, 2015
How much: $20 for NALAC Members, $40 for Future Members
Register: www.nalac.org or (210) 432-3982

 

Where:
Day One
Ford Resource and Engagement Center 
2826 Bagley Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

Garage Cultural
3439 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48210

 

Day Two

 

The Carr Center  
311 E. Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

 

About NALAC
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation.  For over 25 years, NALAC has built a strong foundation for the promotion of Latino arts and culture and its advocacy efforts have advanced issues of cultural equity and raised the visibility and understanding of Latino artistic and cultural expression.  The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. NALAC serves thousands of Latino artists and hundreds of organizations representing a national and international community of multiple Latinidades; a network that crosses many cultures across the Latino Diaspora.

 

For more information visit our website at www.nalac.org or like us on Facebook- www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1.

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Monday, 11 May 2015 09:00

Ongoing Advocacy

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 23:02

Placemaking and unmaking

Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:23

Arts, Culture, and Shifting Demographics