NALAC Announces New Grants to Support Puerto Rican Artists and Latinx Cultural Organizing Projects
The deadline for these additional NALAC Fund for the Arts grants is Thursday, October 25, 2018
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces two additions to the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant portfolio: the NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant and NALAC Pod Grant.
The NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant will support the production of work that will be presented and created by artists residing in Puerto Rico. NALAC anticipates awarding ten Puerto Rico Artist Grants of $2,500 for projects taking place in 2019.
This grant opportunity responds to the continuing need for direct support of artists and cultural workers operating in the natural, urban and political environments shaped by Hurricane Maria and federal austerity plans on the island. NALAC aims to contribute to the restoration and sustainability of artistic and cultural practices in Puerto Rico.
Through a partnership with Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater at least two grant awards will be awarded in the performing arts. The partnership follows the theater’s support campaign, Hurricane María Relief Drive for Artists in Puerto Rico, which provided over 200 artists with emergency micro-grants of $500.
“We are proud to partner with NALAC and applaud its initiative to award grants directly to artists in Puerto Rico,” said Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT. “Following on the heels of our Relief Drive, this new partnership illustrates our company’s longstanding commitment to continue highlighting, supporting, and collaborating with the island’s creative community.”
The NALAC Pod Grant supports mobilizing and organizing projects developed by artists, arts administrators and cultural workers seeking to support NALAC’s mission to promote, advance, develop and cultivate the Latinx arts. Complementing existing NALAC grant opportunities, the $2,500 NALAC Pod Grant will support self-organizing efforts with the potential to drive advocacy efforts, policy change and crucial conversations.
Interested applicants will self-identify their community and have the autonomy to foster community, refine leadership skills, engage in critical or aesthetic dialogue, amplify visibility, or encourage political advocacy. A pod might be organized around geographic lines (Latinx artists in Boise or Sacramento, for example); by discipline, such as a group of writers creating zines or dancemakers experimenting in movement; or across any number of solidarities and affiliations.
“We believe that if NALAC intentionally activates existing NALAC regional networks in different stages of development, the networks will amplify NALAC’s effort in empowering the Latinx field, broadening communications and building support for Latinx arts and culture,” said Adriana Gallego, NALAC COO. “NALAC’s greatest resource is the human relationships and inter-networking that has evolved with careful and intentional nourishment.”
The concept behind a Latinx arts “pod” or organizational satellite emerged from NALAC’s work in 2015 and 2016 with the EmcArt’s Innovation Lab for Arts Development Agencies. During that exploratory phase, NALAC prototyped two pods led by leadership alumni and collaborators—one in Arizona with Casandra Hernandez (CALA Initiatives at ASU Art Museum) and Gabriela Muñoz (AZ Commission on the Arts) and another in New York with Arnaldo J. López (Pregones/PRTT) and Lisandra María Ramos (Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics).
Please note the NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant and NALAC Pod Grant opportunities support individual artists and cultural workers and are not open to organizations.
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.
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