NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)


San Antonio, TX | July 10-15, 2017 





NALAC and the McNay Art Museum present a keynote lecture by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. This talk on Saturday, July 15 is open to the public and wraps up the 17th NALAC Leadership Institute convening 28 artists and arts administrators from across the country. RSVP here.



Dante Alencastre, California LGBT Arts Alliance, CA

Nahshon Anderson, New York State Council on The Arts, NY

Rebecca Beltran, United States Artists, IL

Elisa Bocanegra, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, OR

Mari Burgos, Su Teatro Cultural and Performing Arts Center, CO

Alejandra Cisneros, Center Theatre Group, CA

Mario Contreras, The Contreras-Gabriel Project, IL

Christie Correa, University Settlement, NJ

Diana Farfan, Palmetto Luna Arts, SC

Claudia Femenias, Casa Azul of Greensboro, NC

Moises Garcia, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, CA

Liza Garza, GA

Adriana Gaviria, NY

Jadira Gurule, National Hispanic Cultural Center, NM

Jennifer Herrera, KLRN, TX

Alexandra Jimenez, AZ

Dalila Paola Mendez, CA

Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, Texas Woman's University, TX

Valeria Miranda, Santa Cruz Art League, CA

Claudia Moran, Museo de las Americas, CO

Javier Perez, Talento Bilingue de Houston, TX

Angelina Ramirez, AZ

William Ramirez, MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana), CA

Annette Ramos, Rochester Latino Theatre Company, NY

Diana Rivera, Michigan State University, MI

Josue Rojas, Acción Latina, CA

Ali Toxtli, People's Collective Arts, NJ

Lia Uribe, AR




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.




Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development may apply.

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.
  • Visit to renew or establish membership.



Applications must be submitted electronically via Submittable, as per the NLI Guidelines



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.  This estimate is subject to change based on final lodging costs.

Class topics include:


Capacity Building


Strategic Planning


Grant Writing


Mission & Vision








Tuition to attend the NALAC 2017 Leadership Institute is $525 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    $525:  A week of intensive training.

Lodging  $610:  7 nights of hotel; shared double occupancy room

Dinner      $90:  Average dinner cost is $15 per day for seven days

Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1225




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.



Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. is an anthropologist, folklorist, curator, and community arts expert who has documented the practice of more than a dozen of the country's leading emerging and alternative artistic organizations. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Associate Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona.

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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 of 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



The 2017 NALAC Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to generous support by Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, McNay Art Museum, SAY Sí, Magdalena McCall, individual donors, NALAC members and volunteers.



For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or