Statement: Actos de Confianza

This statement was originally published in the April 2020 E-Boletín.

Hope and faith amid the COVID-19 pandemic drives us to find courage and compassion for humanity. People working in the medical field, providing care, transporting, cleaning, consoling; the farmers and farm workers growing and gathering our food, the truck drivers and grocery store workers, public transportation drivers all taking a stand. Here we are knowing that we must care for each other as we are able.

Our elders, culture bearers and artists point us to the north star to remind us to love and embrace our world. They share their stories and creativity to bring joy and hope to our lives and they too are impacted by this pandemic and we recognize our responsibility to preserve and support the creative spirit.

The world has changed, and we will create a new way forward toward liberation from the systemic racism and inequities that ravage our communities and leave us most at risk.

As the national service organization supporting Latinx artists, cultural workers and organizations, we remain committed to advocate on your behalf and provide support to help you live, take care of yourselves and your families and do your work. We are exploring new and creative ways to carry our leadership programs forward, despite the inability to gather together physically at this time. On NALAC’s website we have a listing of resources available to the arts and culture field.  We launched the NALAC Field Survey to identify and meet the most pressing needs of independent cultural workers and community arts organizations. The survey results are informing our advocacy efforts to private and public philanthropy to re-imagine support with expedited compassion.

To this end, NALAC is launching Actos de Confianza, a crisis relief micro-grant for artists and cultural workers impacted by the loss of income. We are also working with trusted colleagues to establish a larger fund to ensure artists and arts organizations are supported with financial and technological resources to lessen the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on livelihoods, arts businesses and arts organizations.

Con Respeto, Confianza y Esperanza
María López De León
NALAC President and CEO