NALAC Michigan Initiative

Building Equal Voice for the Growing Latino Population in Michigan through Arts and Culture




With generous support from the Kellogg Foundation, NALAC is making strategic investments in Michigan to bolster leadership development, grow networks and partnerships locally, regionally and nationally and provide financial resources for those front line artists and organizations involved in effecting change through arts and culture.


NALAC serves to build Latino communities and their connection to broader communities, particularly those most impacted by societal inequities. NALAC believes that if we are to achieve equity for all there must be opportunities for organizations and artists to strengthen their work, deepen their relationships, and develop and sustain cultural spaces from which to engage the public with diverse artistic expression. Furthermore, we believe that arts and culture are uniquely positioned to spark and sustain community change. While NALAC has had a presence nationally, we believe that building locally is paramount to the real, long-term and sustainable outcomes we seek alongside our communities, as such, we seek to build out capacity and encourage advocacy for and by Latino communities in Michigan through December 2016 through the following objectives: building a field and leadership conduit for Latinos in Michigan; strategic grantmaking; fostering connective tissue; amplifying advocacy and research.


In the past year, NALAC has already hosted a Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, awarded two grants to the El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil from Flint and the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn to bring in artist Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet, and most recently hired Detroit artist Michael Reyes as the Michigan Latino Arts Program Associate.


Opportunities and Events


Research Associate Position

NALAC will recruit an experienced Research Associate to identify the existing ecosystem of Latina/o arts communities and efforts throughout the State of Michigan, conduct asset mapping, and consequently expand the Latina/o voice in the Region.


NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)

The NALAC Leadership Institute brings emerging and established artists and arts administrators from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development. Deadline now closed.  Applications under review.


Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)

The ILI reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers. The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is a joint leadership initiative between NALAC, First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots and PA’I Foundation. Guidelines and deadline forthcoming.


 Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI)

The Advocacy Institute provides an immersion course on public policy and advocacy training. Participants train with Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates in Washington DC. Deadline now closed.  Three Michigan artists were selected to attend.


Regional Arts Training Workshop

NALAC convenes Regional Arts Training Workshops nationally to assist in strengthening local networks of Latino artists, leaders and organizations, while fostering active engagement between NALAC and its constituents. Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop held June 5-6, 2015.  Check out Detroit Regional highlights here.


NALAC Fund for the Arts

Open to US-based Latino artists, ensembles & Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through art. To date, the NFA has awarded over one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. Guidelines and deadlines forthcoming.



Identify existing ecosystem of Latina/o arts communities and efforts throughout the State, conduct asset mapping, and consequently expand the Latina/o voice in the Region. Prepare surveys, conduct interviews, create data visualizations and conduct analyses to serve as a tool for research, advocacy, and policymaking. Ongoing.


Statewide Michigan Convenings

Multi-faceted capacity building initiative throughout the State of Michigan. Convene and provide resources that meet the needs of the Michigan Latino arts and culture communities, including organizational and career development, policy and advocacy, design/implementation, and community organizing. Establish key partnerships with diverse organizations and public and private stakeholders.


Detroit Performance Exchange- March 31, 2016- Detroit

NALAC, the University Musical Society and Grace in Action in Detroit, co-hosted a residency with young female Mariachi vocalists from Texas and Detroit multidisciplinary youth artists, where they had an opportunity to network, discuss their arts practices and perform with each other. View event photos here.


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán Pre-Concert Community Reception - April 1, 2016- Ann Arbor

NALAC and the University Musical Society welcomed community artists, organizations and audience members to a Pre-Concert Reception at the Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI. View event photos here.


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