NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)

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The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. The dynamic learning environment cultivates a familiar, inclusive cultural space that provides multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions.

The goals of the Institute are to:

    • develop core capacities in the areas of arts management, networking, marketing, fund development;
    • deliver training via interactive group learning, consultations, and leadership simulations;
    • advance knowledge in the field of Latino artistic expressions, research and policy;
    • contextualize the frameworks that inform and affect Latino cultural production;
    • strengthen and expand the NALAC professional network;
    • promote awareness for planned organizational legacy and artistic/executive succession;
    • provide effective tools and research that optimize leadership competence; and,
    • prepare creative, strategic and nimble cultural leaders.

Applicants to the NLI are accepted from multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development.  A group of 15-25 participants will be selected to attend the NLI in San Antonio, TX.

 The 2015 NLI Guidlines are now available. The online appilication system will open November 20, 2014     


      Complete applications must be submitted online no later than February 26, 2015.
      March 31, 2015

      July 13-18, 2015, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas

Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development may apply. Fifteen to twenty-two individuals will be selected to attend the Institute.

At the time an application is submitted:
    • Applicant must be an arts professional, artist and/or administrator;
    • Applicant must be not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program; and
    • Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.
      to renew or establish membership.

Applications must be submitted electronically via Submittable, as per the NLI Guidelines, no later than Thursday, February 27, 2013, 11:59 pm Central Time (CT).

The Leadership Institute curriculum is based on the historical overview and analysis of Latino arts and cultures in the U.S., including the vital role of community involvement. This lens provides the framework for all Institute presentations, discussions, and exercises.

Class topics include:
Advocacy Capacity Building Evaluation Strategic Planning
Budgeting Grant Writing Fundraising Mission & Vision
Governance Management Programming Marketing


Tuition to attend the NALAC 2014 Leadership Institute is $500 for one week of intensive training tailored to Latino artists, arts administrators and key staff of Latino arts organizations. It includes the opportunity of training, networking and learning about the San Antonio Latino arts community.

Most state and local arts agencies will match the cost of tuition and other costs to attend the Institute. Contact your state or local arts agency for details:


Expenses Covered by NALAC
Travel:  Air travel
Meals:  Breakfast and lunch

Expenses Covered by Participant
Tuition    $500:   A week of intensive training.
Lodging  $500:   7 nights of hotel in a shared double occupancy room.
Dinner      $90:   Average dinner cost is $15 per day for seven days.

    Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1090

The Institute Faculty consists of nationally recognized professionals and leaders in the arts and cultural field. In addition to the core faculty, the Institute includes several guest faculty members.

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Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. is Associate Research Professor at The Southwest Center and the English Department at the University of Arizona. She is a Trustee of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center and serves as a leading folklorist and Chair of the Board for the folklife festival “Tucson Meet Yourself.”

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Abel López is Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre, and a frequent lecturer and consultant on workshops on board development, cultural diversity, and public relations and marketing.  Lopez is Chair of Americans for the Arts; past president of the Helen Hayes Awards, Theater Communications Group, the Performing Arts Alliance, and Leadership Washington and various organizations. He is a former chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and past chair NALAC.

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Rosalba Rolón is Artistic Director of Pregones Theater, based in The Bronx, NY, which she co-founded in 1979. Ms. Rolón is a 2008 United States Artists Fellow, a Ford Foundation New Works Visionary Fellow and a performer, director and dramaturg. She favors the art of stage adaptation in an ensemble setting, working from non-dramatic texts. She is a Board Member of NALAC and of the United States Artists.

Past Faculty

Jesse Borrego   Actor, Producer, Writer
Ernest Bromley   Chairman/CEO Bromley Communications
Norma Cantu   Writer, Professor, University of the Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Antonia Castañeda   Former Associate Professor, History Department, St. Mary’s University
Sandra Cisneros   Writer, Novelist, Poet
Maria De Leon   Executive Director, NALAC
Romelia Escamilla   RE: Consulting & Facilitation
Tony Garcia   Executive Artistic Director, El Centro Su Teatro
Guillermo Gomez Peña
  Performance Artist, Writer, Activist, Educator
Johnny Irizarry   Director, La Casa Latina, University of Pennsylvania
Arturo Madrid   Professor of Humanities, Trinity University
Dr. Amelia Malagamba   Asst. Professor, School of Art and Transborder Studies, Arizona State University
Pablo Miguel Martinez
  Poet, Writer
Russell Roybal   Senior Consultant with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)
Raul R Salinas
  Poet, Activist, Resistencia Bookstore (1934-2008)
John Philip Santos   Author, Media Producer
Kathy Vargas   Photographer, Professor, University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto   Retired Associate Director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, Scholar, Arts Consultant

NALAC’s work is made possible with generous support from Southwest Airlines; Surdna Foundation; The Castellano Family Foundation; The Nathan Cummings Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Open Society Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Our Lady of the Lake University; members of NALAC and our volunteers.

For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or



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