Above Left: No Somos Inmigrantes, screenprint by Jesus Barraza.
Above Right: ALI Fellows at the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Influencing Policy 
 
A vital part of the work all of us do in the field of Latino arts and cultures that can, for several reasons, deliberately appear overlooked or under-seen has to do with how our individual practices influence and effectuate larger issues of policy. 
As it happens, the facts regarding our involvement with policymaking can be made less apparent when projected upon oversimplified or reduced portrayals of that activity. That is, through the idea that state, national, and international policies are only an effect of work between State representatives, governmental agents/agencies, lobbyists, foundation leaders or magnates of commerce. 
But what happens if we rotate that view a little so that the ability to influence policy is understood as a fundamental gesture and attitude that we can all access--that we can all possess and realize through the work we already do? Read our thoughts
 
ALUMNI UPDATE
Congratulations to the New Americans Museum on the opening for their site-specific and interventionist project, INSCRIPTION: A Monumental Installation by artist Shinpei Takeda.
 
Curated by Leticia Gomez Franco, Director of Programs and NLI 2015 Alumnus, the artistic monument literally and metaphorically weaves together the voices of participants into a 50-foot installation that enters into dialogue with the legacy of San Diego's former Naval Training Center, a physical monument in its own right. We are excited for and applaud the completion of this yearlong process!
 
OPPORTUNITIES
Call for Entries, 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition, The Kennedy Center
Fellowship, Kresge Foundation 
Executive Director, El Sistema Colorado
Professor and Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, University of Central Florida 
Jurors Sought, IMTour
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), California State University 
View more opportunities online here
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! 
NEWS
Art grant offers students insight into Latino culture
Plans underway for largest Latin American Art Museum
These Latino street artists are transforming Los Angeles
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#GivingTuesday     
On Tuesday, we embarked on our first #GivingTuesday fundraising project, and we are so happy to share with you that, because of you, we surpassed our goal! Thank you for believing not just in our mission, but also in the power that Latino/a artists and arts organizations can have to enhance our world today. If you didn't get a chance to give Tuesday, there's still time! Give online by clicking here (we'll call it #GivingThursday!) 
Thank you to the following donors who made a gift for our #GivingTuesday campaign:
Alejandra Tobar
Alissa, Amie, Andee Menchaca Dicochea
Arlene Davila
Arnaldo J. López
Arturo Madrid
Juan Castano
Carlos Gallego
Carlton Turner
Carol Rodriguez
Casandra Hernandez
Derek Matus
Beatriz Muniz and Ebo Okokán
Erick and Luca Zumaya Dicochea
Evonne Gallardo
Frances Guajardo
Gabriel and Gladys Magraner
Gilberto Cardenas
Hilda Curran
John Jota Leaños
Jose Manuel Dominguez
José Rubén De León
Joseph Araiza
Juan Dies
Luis Avila
Magda Martinez
Maria D Castro
Maria De Leon
Mario Contreras
Matt Ehlman
Rosa Killips
Betsy Andersen
Olga Garay-English
Paddy Bowman
Patricia Cazorla
Patrick Schmadeke
Abigail Gomez
Rosa Maria Bayram
Ruben Martinez
Sherry and Richard Gambitta
Soraya Henao
Sussy Santana
Thelma Uranga
Theodore Stephens III
Valerie Aranda
Victoria Takamine
Wendy Shenefelt

NALAC Hosting National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu in San Antonio    
Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will visit San Antonio, Texas, next week, at the invitation of our very own Maria Lopez De Leon, member of the NEA's National Council on the Arts, and executive director of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). We'll be holding a reception and town hall with the chairman on Wednesday, December 9 beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street, in San Antonio. The event is free and open to the public. Please join us. Download the invitation here
Help Us Find the Next Great NALAC Intern 
We've had wonderful interns over the years, and we're looking for the next generation of leaders! Through a NALAC Internship, individuals gain experiential knowledge of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, and understand the role of the arts in communities, while developing "real life" business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. This position is ideal for non-profit and business management, technology and web design, bicultural studies and students interested in organizational development. Get details here and please refer us to your friends! 
Become a Member of NALAC

NALAC is the only national service and advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to promoting Latino arts and culture-across disciplines and ethnicity in the United States. Your membership is critical to our work, strengthening our capacity to advocate and make the case for increased public and private funding for Latino artists.  

Join today for as little as $35 and get amazing benefits, like discounted admission to our workshops, and eligibility to apply for the NALAC Fund for the Arts and NALAC Leadership Institute.  Become a member online today 

THE MORE YOU KNOW
Investing in Hispanics to Fulfill America's Future   
In honor of the 25th Anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for HispanicsThe White House produced A National Education Blueprint: Investing in Hispanics to Fulfill America's Future to highlight two and a half decades of progress Latinos have made in education and to provide policy recommendations on how to address persistent challenges Latinos face from cradle-to-career. Through the inclusion of research, key data and Latino student voices, the blueprint can be leveraged by leaders across the nation who are working to help close the education and opportunity gaps that still exist between Hispanics and their non-Hispanic counterparts.  
 
IN YOUR WORDS
"The support, respect and encouragement I have received from NALAC over the years has been invaluable in my work as an artist and activist. They have a very personal way of outreach that makes one feel seen, valued and respected--especially important in these challenging times for those of us who choose to live our lives in the fullness of who we are as creatives."

-Magdalena Gomez
NALAC Fund for the Arts Grantee (NFA)

NALAC Speaker, Presenter, and Member
FEATURED OPPORTUNITY
Become a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is always looking for individuals with experience and expertise in one or more of the arts to serve as grant review panelists. If you're interested in becoming a NEA panelist, send an email to panelistforms@arts.gov for additional information.
 

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For over 26 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 at  www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1.