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AUGUST 2017 ISSUE

 
 
Daniel Rivera, NFA 2016 Grantee | Tilted Heritage, Inside View
 

New Opportunities for Latinx Artists

NALAC is committed to supporting the creation of new work by Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. This year we launch the twelfth funding cycle of our NALAC grant programs. Applications are being accepted until October 5, 2017 for the NALAC Fund for the Arts including new categories, the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film ($10,000) for emerging artists and the Mentorship Artist Grant ($15,000). The NALAC Fund for the Arts is made possible in part by a new and rewarding partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the NALAC Fund for the Arts through the year 2020. Click the link below to learn more about updates to the grant program for 2017 including international travel support via the Transnational Cultural Remittances: Travel Award.
 
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THE LATEST

 

Equity Issues

The Helicon Collaborative launched a new study "Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy" illustrating that overall arts and culture funding is growing less equitable. The latest numbers show out of 41,000 cultural organizations, just 2 percent received 58 percent of all contributed income. Organizations focused on communities of color represent a quarter of the field but receive only 4% of foundation support.

Responding to this environment, Americans for the Arts released a report entitled Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change that promotes deeper appreciation of the rigor required for effective creative work and addresses the historical domination of Euro-American aesthetic standards.

In film and entertainment, USC's latest "Inequality in 900 Popular Films" study found that Latinos captured only 3.1 percent of big-screen roles-- the lowest figure since the research project started in 2007.
 

Advocating for a National Latino Museum in DC

At a press conference at the Centro de Artes in San Antonio, Senator Cornyn (TX) introduced the National Museum of the American Latino Act co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Menéndez (NJ) which would authorize the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos.

NALAC's María López de León spoke at the press event in support for the museum while speaking against anti-immigrant sentiment, “I just want to say that I know that many in our Latino communities are living in fear, and I would advocate again to the senator and others to consider this as they do their work in Washington.”

 

NALAC Awarded NEA Research Grant

In its second round of funding this year, the NEA announced funding to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions. The 1,195 grants total $84 million, and support artists and cultural workers in rural towns, urban centers, and everywhere inbetween. NALAC received an NEA Research: Art Works Grant of $10,000 to support the design and implementation of a survey of Latino arts organizations, and a completion of a detailed analysis. The survey will be designed in consultation with the Pew Hispanic Research Center, Americans for the Arts, and an advisory committee of national research experts.
 

Serve on a NALAC Grant Panel

Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a potential panelists for the NALAC Fund for the Arts grant panels. Our panels aim to represent a diversity of Latinidades, experiences, generations, disciplines, and aesthetics. Panels are conducted virtually.
 

Want to see your work in the E-Boletín?

We love featuring the work of artists and organizations in our network, and one way we do so is at the top of our eBoletíns. Are you interested in seeing your work here? To submit your work for consideration, upload a picture of your art, performance, or still at this link.

 

 
 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Casita Nepantla at Boise State University led by Dr. Maria Alicia Garza (NLI '16) is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities for a project documenting Latinos in Idaho’s rural and urban communities.

Ana Rodriguez (ALI/NLI '11) was appointed Director of the Latino Leadership Initiative at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.

 

WHAT WE'RE READING

Mexican Modernism Arrives at the MFAH For a Necessary Exhibit
Houston is on a roll with their Museum of Fine Arts hosting an exhibit praised as "a love letter to Mexican culture," and with the University of Houston creating the country's first Spanish-Language Creative Writing Program.

Two Poems by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Read Joshua Jennifer Espinoza's 'Hope' and 'Wake Me Up When My Gender Ends' in Hyperallergic's monthly poetry series.

Mean Steets, Kind Cameras
Peek into the Smithsonian American Art Museum's photography "Down These Mean Streets," organized by E. Carmen Ramos, the museum’s deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art.
 

OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
 
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NALAC Opportunities Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about? Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!
 

IN MEMORIAM

Jaime Martinez, San Antonio civil and worker's rights activist
Ebony McKinney, Bay Area Arts Leader
Celso Mireles, Co-founder of Arizona Dream Act Coalition
George Romero, "Night of the Living Dead" Director

 
NALAC SUPPORTERS

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

 
 
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's premier 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.