Thursday, 12 September 2013 20:32

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Awards Over $196,000 in Grants to Artists and Organizations through Three Different Grant Programs in FY2013



NALAC Grant Programs include the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), Transnational Cultural Remittances Program (TCR) and Diverse Art Spaces (DAS).


SAN ANTONIO – (September 13, 2013) – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) awards over $196,000 in support of Latino arts and culture through three different Grant programs in 2013: NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), Transnational Cultural Remittances Program (TCR) and Diverse Art Spaces (DAS). NALAC Fund for the Arts awarded grants to twelve US based Latino artists and ensembles and seven Latino arts organizations in eight disciplines from six states. Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant program supported nine cultural exchanges between the U.S., El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico. NALAC also awarded Diverse Art Spaces grants to seven different organizations and their artistic partners.


NALAC Grants stimulate artistic innovation and promote the vitality and diversity of the Latino arts field by providing financial assistance to Latino arts and cultural organizations and supporting innovative and exemplary work by Latino artists. These strategic initiatives ensure that the Latino arts and culture sector is recognized and valued as integral to the cultural landscape of the country. To date, more than $1.4 million has been distributed via 325+ grants to the Latino arts field through NALAC’s three funding programs.


“NALAC is committed to supporting artists and arts and cultural organizations in all creative disciplines across the country and internationally.  Our diverse funding strategies help Latino artists and organizations build and sustain work and enhance their capacity for success.” -María López De León, NALAC Executive Director.


During the 2013 grant cycle, NALAC received 440 applications from 34 states and 7 countries requesting more than $2.6 million dollars in funding through its three grant programs. All applications were evaluated through a rigorous grant peer review process. The panels provide an important mechanism for evaluating proposals based on best practices and a solid understanding of a project’s relationship to the Latino artistic canon. For each grant program and cycle, five to seven panelists representing a balanced diversity of gender, ethnicity, geography and artistic perspectives are invited to be a part of several review panels. Panelists are selected based on expertise and leadership in a given discipline or arena of Latino arts and culture. The peer panelists include artists, arts administrators, critics and/or scholars from across the country, with a wide range of knowledge and experience in the field. The peer panels review qualifying applications and participate in discussion about each application at the panel meeting. Applications are evaluated strictly on the basis of the criteria specified in the published grant guidelines.


NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) 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 NFA, which was established in 2005 as a two-year pilot with support from the Ford Foundation, is designed to help Latinos develop their creative talents and make lasting contributions to communities across the country and society as a whole. Nearly a decade later, the NFA remains the only national funding source solely dedicated to supporting Latino artists/ensembles and small and mid-size Latino arts and cultural organizations. The NFA is a flagship program that has supported the creation and presentation of important and innovative artistic works in every discipline and region of the country. The 2013 NFA cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation and Southwest Airlines.


Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) funding 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.


The Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant program funds individuals, collectives and community-based organizations that have continuous and ongoing exchange between communities in two or more countries in the U.S., Mexico and Central America.


The Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant program (TCR) was launched in 2008 and is funded by the Ford Foundation. Since its inception, TCR has provided over one-quarter of a million dollars to 39 grantees, reaching over 74 communities.


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.


About NALAC- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 24 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities and professional development 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.


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For a detailed list of the 2013 NALAC Grantees and their projects,

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 For a Complete list of 2013 NALAC Grantees- See List Below


FY2013 NALAC Grantees

2013 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grantees

Artist/Ensemble Project - Betty Bastidas, Brooklyn, New York, Film and Television

Artist/Ensemble Project - Patricia Cazorla and Nancy Saleme, New York, New York, Visual Arts

Artist/Ensemble Project - Edgar Endress, Lynchberg,Virginia, Visual Arts

Artist/Ensemble Project - John J. Valadez, Warwick, New York, Film and Television

Artist Fellowship - Yosvany Cordero Varela, Nashville, Tennessee, Music

Artist Fellowship - Frances Negrón-Muntaner, New York, New York, Film and Television

Artist Fellowship - Sonia Otalvaro, San Francisco, California, Performance

Artist Fellowship - Jaime Permuth, New York, New York, Visual Arts

Artist Fellowship - Amy Sanchez, San Diego, California Multidisciplinary Arts

Artist Fellowship - Patricia Tinajero, New York, New York, Visual Arts

Artist Fellowship - Mark Valdez, Los Angeles, California, Theater

Master Grantee - Felipe Lara, Jersey City, New Jersey, Music

Organization Project - Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Inc., Jackson Heights, New York, Music

Organization Project - ElevArte Community Studio, Chicago, Illinois, Multidisciplinary Arts

Organization Project - El Taller Latino Americano/ Latin American Workshop, New York, New York, Multidisciplinary Arts

Organization Project - MACLA/ Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose,California, Multidisciplinary Arts

Organization Project - Union City Music Project, Union City, New Jersey, Arts Education

General Operating Support - The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, Brooklyn, New York, Music

General Operating Support - CONTRA-TIEMPO, Santa Monica, California, Dance


2013 Transnational Cultural Remittances Grantees

International Sonoran Desert Alliance and Colegio De Bachilleres Del Estado De Sonora (COBACH)

Ajo, AZ and Sonoyta, Mexico

Carlos Valladares and Arpas En Armonia

New Orleans, LA and Guatemala City, Guatemala

Media Arts Center San Diego and Centro Cultural de Tijuana

San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras and iiK'

Los Angeles, CA and Guatemala

Fuerza Unida and K'Inal Antsetik

San Antonio, TX and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

Claudia Bernardi/ Walls of Hope and The International Commission of the Red Cross ICRC

Berkeley, CA and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

Son en Movimiento and Colectivo Altepee

Austin, TX and Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico

Intake Organization, Inc. and Marimba Union Musical

Stamford, CT and Antigua. Guatemala

Borderlands Theater and Circulo Teatral

Tucson, AZ and Mexico, D.F.


2013 Diverse Art Spaces Grantees

AS 220(Providence, RI), Multi./ Music, Artistic Partner: Omni ZonaFranca

Ballet Hispanico of New York (New York, NY) Dance/Music, Artistic Partner: Paquito D'Rivera

Efforts of Grace(New Orleans, LA), Visual Arts, Artistic Partner: National Museum of Mexican Art

Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Dance, Artistic Partner: Teo Castellanos

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana(San Jose, CA) Music, Artistic  Partner: Desmar Guevara

PA'I Foundation (Honolulu, HI), Theatre, Artistic Partner: El Teatro Campesino

Pregones Theater (The Bronx, NY), Music, Artistic Partner: Quinteto Latino

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