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           SEPTEMBER 2017 ISSUE

 
 
Border Wall Napping (2017), Tijuana, Mexico. Arlene Mejorado and Adriana Monsalve
(NFA '16 Master Artist Grant)
 

Come Together. Resist.

As expected, the White House has ended the DACA program. The lives of almost a million Dreamers are in jeopardy as they face the risk of being deported. Dreamers have taken the leadership role in the immigration fight and we must stand side by side with them and join the fight for their freedom. NALAC stands with you in the struggle to save DACA.
 
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Real Talk: Q&A with NFA Grantees

Advice from William Caballero, Cristina Molina, Adriana Yvette Monsalve, and Adriana Alexander

As the deadline for the next cycle of the NALAC Fund for the Arts approaches next month, we checked in with four past grantees from across the country to hear more about their experience as NFA grant winners, and to get their take on what’s next for them and the Latinx arts field at large. They shared tips for this years’ applicants, and their own struggles and successes.
 

Charlotte Regional Rewind

Earlier this summer NALAC hosted its 31st Regional Arts Training Workshop in Charlotte, NC. We met so many new faces and are delighted that the NALAC family is growing in the Southeast. Emerging Latinx filmmaker Brandon Weiner was there to document this historic convening of artists, scholars, activists, and cultural workers supported in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Check out the video
 

Job Openings at NALAC

Join our team on the ground in San Antonio! We are recruiting for four positions! The first is a Program Assistant who will support our work with grants, leadership institutes, and convenings. The second is a Data Entry Clerk who will support our database and research efforts. The third is the Chief Advancement Officer who will develop and manage diverse resource development strategies.  The fourth position is an Advancement Associate who will serve as a key cultivator and solicitor of donors. Check out the job descriptions if you're interested or might recommend this position to a friend!  
 

Intercultural Arts in Lakota Territory

The second convening of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) will take place in mid-September in Lakota Territory, western South Dakota. The 30 ILI Fellows from across the country will gather to continue work started earlier this year together in Mississippi. “In this political moment, our country’s leadership is skewing male and white,” explains Alternate ROOTS Executive Director Carlton Turner and host of the first convening. “ILI represents a space for leadership development where narratives from indigenous, native and immigrant voices are central.” ILI is a collaborative program that brings together arts & culture leaders for the future, founded by Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation.
 

Head Abroad for Your Project with TCR Grants

NALAC is excited to offer air travel support through our partnership with Southwest Airlines, as part of our Transnational Cultural Remittances program. Artists needing travel support to Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for transnational arts and culture endeavors can apply for up to two international tickets on a rolling basis, and redeem the travel by January 1, 2018.

AltaMed Art Collection in Washington D.C.

The Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico in Washington D.C. with the special patronage of the AltMed Art Collection, Los Angeles, proudly presents the exhibition, Before the 45th Action/Reaction in Chicano and Latino Art.  An opening reception will be on Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8:00 pm at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

Feature Your Work in the e-Boletín

We love featuring the work of artists and performers in our network, and one way we do so is at the top of our e-Boletíns. Are you interested in seeing your work here? To submit your work for consideration, upload a picture of your art, performance, or still via the Submittable platform.

 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Michelle Angela Ortiz (NLI ‘09, Past Grantee & Board Member) was named a Rauschenberg Foundation Artist as Activist Fellow, and will continue her project Familias Separadas, which focuses on the trauma caused to families by detention of undocumented mothers and children.

Sarah Zapata (NFA '16) is featured in Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field, which opened August 22 at the MAD | Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Luis M. Garza (NLI ‘14 ALI '15 / NALAC Database and Tech) captured a stunning timelapse of the 2017 eclipse, which you can view here.

 

WHAT WE'RE READING

Explore USC Riverside Art Center’s “Mundos Alternos,” which is pushing the boundaries on what it means to be a “Latino artist,” what it means to be an “alien,” and where we could all be headed.

Talking about race, racism, and systemic oppression is as important as ever. Colorlines published a thoughtful and important piece on how to talk to kids about white supremacy.  

What does it mean to be a photographer capturing images of people in crisis? When is a journalist just pursuing sensational photos?  Héctor Tobar reflects on preserving the dignity of subjects, and what that can look like.

Recently, growth of the Hispanic population has leveled off, but Hispanics still account for more of the country's population growth than any other race or ethnicity.
 

Please use and forward these links below to help support our artist, arts organizations and DACA youth.

Harvey Emergency Information Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Information
 

OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
 
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NALAC Opportunities

Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries Conferences, Institues & Programs
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!
 

IN MEMORIAM

 
NALAC SUPPORTERS

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings FoundationW. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

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AUGUST 2017 ISSUE

 
 
Daniel Rivera, NFA 2016 Grantee | Tilted Heritage, Inside View
 

New Opportunities for Latinx Artists

NALAC is committed to supporting the creation of new work by Latino artists and arts organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico. This year we launch the twelfth funding cycle of our NALAC grant programs. Applications are being accepted until October 5, 2017 for the NALAC Fund for the Arts including new categories, the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film ($10,000) for emerging artists and the Mentorship Artist Grant ($15,000). The NALAC Fund for the Arts is made possible in part by a new and rewarding partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in support of the NALAC Fund for the Arts through the year 2020. Click the link below to learn more about updates to the grant program for 2017 including international travel support via the Transnational Cultural Remittances: Travel Award.
 
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Equity Issues

The Helicon Collaborative launched a new study "Not Just Money: Equity Issues in Cultural Philanthropy" illustrating that overall arts and culture funding is growing less equitable. The latest numbers show out of 41,000 cultural organizations, just 2 percent received 58 percent of all contributed income. Organizations focused on communities of color represent a quarter of the field but receive only 4% of foundation support.

Responding to this environment, Americans for the Arts released a report entitled Aesthetic Perspectives: Attributes of Excellence in Arts for Change that promotes deeper appreciation of the rigor required for effective creative work and addresses the historical domination of Euro-American aesthetic standards.

In film and entertainment, USC's latest "Inequality in 900 Popular Films" study found that Latinos captured only 3.1 percent of big-screen roles-- the lowest figure since the research project started in 2007.
 

Advocating for a National Latino Museum in DC

At a press conference at the Centro de Artes in San Antonio, Senator Cornyn (TX) introduced the National Museum of the American Latino Act co-sponsored by Sen. Robert Menéndez (NJ) which would authorize the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos.

NALAC's María López de León spoke at the press event in support for the museum while speaking against anti-immigrant sentiment, “I just want to say that I know that many in our Latino communities are living in fear, and I would advocate again to the senator and others to consider this as they do their work in Washington.”

 

NALAC Awarded NEA Research Grant

In its second round of funding this year, the NEA announced funding to support arts activities in all 50 states and five U.S. jurisdictions. The 1,195 grants total $84 million, and support artists and cultural workers in rural towns, urban centers, and everywhere inbetween. NALAC received an NEA Research: Art Works Grant of $10,000 to support the design and implementation of a survey of Latino arts organizations, and a completion of a detailed analysis. The survey will be designed in consultation with the Pew Hispanic Research Center, Americans for the Arts, and an advisory committee of national research experts.
 

Serve on a NALAC Grant Panel

Nominate yourself or a colleague to serve as a potential panelists for the NALAC Fund for the Arts grant panels. Our panels aim to represent a diversity of Latinidades, experiences, generations, disciplines, and aesthetics. Panels are conducted virtually.
 

Want to see your work in the E-Boletín?

We love featuring the work of artists and organizations in our network, and one way we do so is at the top of our eBoletíns. Are you interested in seeing your work here? To submit your work for consideration, upload a picture of your art, performance, or still at this link.

 

 
 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

Casita Nepantla at Boise State University led by Dr. Maria Alicia Garza (NLI '16) is the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment of Humanities for a project documenting Latinos in Idaho’s rural and urban communities.

Ana Rodriguez (ALI/NLI '11) was appointed Director of the Latino Leadership Initiative at Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business.

 

WHAT WE'RE READING

Mexican Modernism Arrives at the MFAH For a Necessary Exhibit
Houston is on a roll with their Museum of Fine Arts hosting an exhibit praised as "a love letter to Mexican culture," and with the University of Houston creating the country's first Spanish-Language Creative Writing Program.

Two Poems by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza
Read Joshua Jennifer Espinoza's 'Hope' and 'Wake Me Up When My Gender Ends' in Hyperallergic's monthly poetry series.

Mean Steets, Kind Cameras
Peek into the Smithsonian American Art Museum's photography "Down These Mean Streets," organized by E. Carmen Ramos, the museum’s deputy chief curator and curator of Latino art.
 

OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
 
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NALAC Opportunities Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about? Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!
 

IN MEMORIAM

Jaime Martinez, San Antonio civil and worker's rights activist
Ebony McKinney, Bay Area Arts Leader
Celso Mireles, Co-founder of Arizona Dream Act Coalition
George Romero, "Night of the Living Dead" Director

 
NALAC SUPPORTERS

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

 
 
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.
 
 
Take a peak into this year's NALAC Leadership Institute!
 

JULY 2017 ISSUE

 
 
Diana Farfan (NLI '17) | Balancing Act
 

BUILDING TOMORROW'S LEADERS

Next week, we are launching our NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) in San Antonio, TX. From July 10-15, 2017, nearly 30 arts and arts administrators will come together to develop their capacities in administration, and advance their knowledge of Latino arts, research, and policy. They will emerge as even more creative, strategic and nimble cultural leaders. You can meet our 2017 NLI cohort here and learn more about what they are up to.

At NALAC, we believe that a critical part of building a bright future for artists and Latinx communities is building the capacity of our leaders. Our NLI is a big part of this. Read more about what underpins the NLI here or by clicking the button below!

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Coming Soon: NALAC Fund for the Arts

We are looking forward to announcing news on the NALAC Fund for the Arts in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes on our website and social media feeds for updates!

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is a national grant program open to US-based Latino artists, ensembles and arts organizations. The NFA provides a variety of grants to assist 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. Stay tuned for more!

 

San Antonio, TX | NLI Keynote featuring Rocío Aranda-Alvarado (El Museo del Barrio)

July 15, 2017 at 2:00pm
McNay Art Museum
6000 N New Braunfels Ave
San Antonio, TX 78209

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Join NALAC and the McNay Art Museum for a keynote lecture by Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, curator at El Museo del Barrio in New York City. This talk is open to the public, and closes the 17th NALAC Leadership Institute, which convenes 28 artists and arts administrators from across the country. A limited number of complimentary tickets are sponsored by Magdalena McCall. You’ll also be able to livestream it on Facebook.
 

New Orleans, LA | Beyond the Canvas: Contemporary Art from Puerto Rico

through July 9th
Woldenberg Art Center, Newcomb Circle
New Orleans, LA

This year marks the centennial of Puerto Ricans gaining U.S. citizenship, and the discussion of statehood and identity is as present as ever. This exhibit follows the art of five different Puerto Rican artists who are pushing the envelope of what it means to be painters.

 

Washington, D.C. | Many Voices, One Nation

Ongoing
The National Museum of
American History
Constitution Avenue, NW, btwn 12th and 14th Streets
Washington, D.C.

This exhibit explores the various ways the peoples of the United States ended up here, and what they have contributed along the way. It includes over 300 artifacts, and touches upon topics like identity, the concept of freedom, inclusion, and equality.

 
 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS

The Kellogg Foundation awarded $1.75 million to a Dallas work group to concentrate on racial healing and transformation in the sectors of Law, Economy and Segregation. Cara Mía Theatre's David Lozano (NLI '14 and ALI '16) will serve as co-chair of the Dallas effort.

 

WHAT WE'RE READING

Dismantling Colonial Fantasies About Puerto Rico
Shey Rivera Ríos (NLI '12, ILI '16) uses sculpture, video, GIFs, sounds, talks and a zine to create a space - both physical and theoretical - where she and her audience can "discuss colonialism’s abuses with sincerity."

Sick and Afraid, Some Immigrants Forgo Medical Care
Accessing healthcare is becoming more and more difficult for America's immigrant communities, no matter their legal status.

Mexican Art Exhibit Drives Record Museum Engagement With Dallas Latinos
The Dallas Museum of Art is seeing one of its most diverse crowds ever, in response to the exhibit: "Mexico 1900-1950: Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, José Clemente Orozco, and the Avant-Garde." Over half of the attendees are first-time visitors to the museum.
 

OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
 

VIEW ALL OPPORTUNITIES

NALAC Jobs Jobs & Internships Call for Artists & Entries
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about? Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!
 
NALAC SUPPORTERS

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

Southwest® is the official airline of the
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

 
 
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.
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JUNE 2017 ISSUE

 
 
 

MEET OUR NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS

This month, NALAC sat down with our newest board members, Gabriel Abaroa and Ramón Rivera-Servera, to hear their perspectives on the field of arts and cultures. We are proud to have the guidance of a dedicated Board of Directors, and are excited to share their perspectives with our communities. As artists, art administrators, scholars, organizers, and more, our board members shape the work we do so that we can best serve Latinx communities around the country. Ramón Rivera-Servera serves as the Chair of Performance Studies Department and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern University, and Gabriel Abaroa is the President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.
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We Have a New Look!

We are very excited to unveil our new and redesigned e-boletín with this issue! We hope you'll enjoy the new look, and that you find it easier than ever to stay up-to-date with NALAC news. As we continue improving our communications, keep an eye out for a survey where we'll learn more about you and your interests!
 

Connecting with Latinx Arts in the New South

Earlier this month, artists, organizers, and scholars from 31 towns and cities in 10 different states convened for the 31st NALAC Regional in Charlotte. The Regional represented an opportunity to listen and connect with cultural workers in the Southeast— particularly those advocating for undocumented, queer, and rural communities. We’re thankful to the North Carolina Humanities Council for their hospitality and collaboration. If you missed the Regional, check out the full agenda here. In next month’s E-Boletín we’ll take a closer look at the themes explored.
Liz Ojeda, Nopalito Studios
 

Federal Arts Updates

Federal funding for the arts is facing many challenges and our advocacy is important to continue to make the case for the investment in the nation’s cultural traditions. Recently, there has been some movement at the Federal level around the arts, and we invite you to consider some of the updates and reach out to your Congressional representatives to support positive legislation! One piece of legislation we are excited about is the American Arts Revival Act of 2017, which helps reduce the massive amount of student loan debt felt by millions of young adults while concurrently encourages participation in the arts- which is scientifically proven to benefit the lives of those who engage. We also support Sen. Leahy's Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017, which would more fairly grant tax deductions artists donating their work.

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Welcome to the NLI Class of 2017!

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. Meet our 2017 Fellows who will be convening in San Antonio, TX, this July.
Dante Alencastre, CA
Nahshon Anderson, NY
Rebecca Beltran, IL
Elisa Bocanegra, OR
Mari Burgos, CO
Alejandra Cisneros, CA
Mario Contreras, IL
Christie Correa, NJ
Diana Farfan, SC
Claudia Femenias, NC
Moises Garcia, CA
Liza Garza, GA
Adriana Gaviria, NY
Jadira Gurule, NM
Jennifer Herrera, TX
 
Alexandra Jimenez, AZ
Dalila Paola Mendez, CA
Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, TX
Valeria Miranda, CA
Claudia Moran, CO
Javier Perez, TX
Mayra Ponce, CA
Angelina Ramirez, AZ
William Ramirez, CA
Annette Ramos, NY
Diana Rivera, MI
Josue Rojas, CA
Ali Toxtli, NJ
Lia Uribe, AR
 

Chicago, IL | Latinx Artists Retreat

NALAC alumni J. Soto (ALI '17), Gibran Villalobos (ALI '16), and Mia Lopez (NLI '16) convened the first Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR) in Chicago at the end of May. The mission of the LXAR was to bring together Latinx cultural producers across disciplines to discuss contemporary issues, and develop strategies to confront systemic oppression. Over 40 artists and arts administrators participated in this years' LXAR, setting the stage for future years' events.

 

Miami, FL | International Hispanic Theater Festival

Multiple venues, July 6-23, 2017

Join Teatro Avante in exploring award-winning theater performance from around the world at the International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami this July. Featured works hail from Portugal, Argentina, El Salvador, and more.

 

South Carolina | Voces Latinas del Low Country

Building upon its efforts to document the experiences of Latino immigrants to South Carolina, The Citadel Oral History Program was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Donnelly Foundation to support the planning of “Los Ecos”—a multimedia art exhibition reflecting key themes in the lives of Latino immigrants of the South Carolina Low Country. Exhibit planning is conducted in partnership with Palmetto Luna, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Latino artists and culture in South Carolina. Twenty South Carolina artists have been selected to create art inspired by first-hand accounts of Latino immigration. Keep an eye out for artist announcements this week!
 

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS



A mural by Adriana Garcia (2015 NFA San Antonio Artist Grantee) was selected to line San Pedro Creek in San Antonio, TX, as part of the development of a linear park. Her work will be 15 feet tall and 120 feet long, and is centered around the theme “from all roads, we are one."

 

WHAT WE'RE READING

Hundreds Protest SB 4 on Final Day of 85th Legislature
Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) would make sanctuary cities illegal in Texas. The Austin Statesman reports on a tense day of protests.

The "Artwashing" of America
A controversial look at the arts & gentrification in the Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Read it with a look at a new development, and an exploration of how Boyle Heights is different

This Latinx Installation Artist is Making Piñatas that Say Something About Race, Culture and Queerness
Artist Justin Favela delves into complex topics with his eye-catching, piñata-inspired works. Las Vegas Weekly takes another look.
 

OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
 
VIEW ALL OPPORTUNITIES
NALAC Jobs Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!
 
NALAC SUPPORTERS

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings FoundationW. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For 28 years, NALAC has built a strong foundation for the promotion of Latino arts and culture and its advocacy efforts have advanced issues of cultural equity and raised the visibility and understanding of Latino artistic and cultural expression. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. NALAC serves thousands of Latino artists and hundreds of organizations representing a national and international community of multiple Latinidades; a network that crosses many cultures across the Latino Diaspora. For more information visit our website at www.nalac.org or like us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/nalac_arts
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Young participants at the Indie Grits Visiones Festival in Columbia, SC. Photo credit: Sean Rayford

 

Latinx in the New South

 

Between 1980 and 2000, Latinx populations in Charlotte grew 932%. The numbers are staggering. They capture how the city, along with other metropolitan areas such as Raleigh and Atlanta, experienced so-called Latinx "hypergrowth." Behind the numbers there are histories of individuals coming to North Carolina to work in migrant labor as well as construction, business, and finance. How does the rapid demographic growth at hand translate to the Latinx arts and culture sector? What does it mean to be Latinx in the South today? These questions inform our next convening-- the NALAC Regional in Charlotte on June 2-3, 2017 in partnership with the North Carolina Humanities Council.

 

Keep reading to explore the interesting dynamics in this growing region.

 

NALAC NEWS

Register for the NALAC Regional in Charlotte, NC

 

Detail: Ballet Hispanico (DAS '15)BalletHispanicoThe online registration page is live for the 31st NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop on June 2-3, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina! It promises to be a great learning and networking opportunity with regional and national leaders, keynote speakers, vibrant performances and engaging community discussion responding to the state of Latinx arts and cultures. Join us on Friday for our kickoff event and on Saturday for a jam-packed day of panels and conversations. We are thrilled to partner with the North Carolina Humanities Council's Journey in the New South initiative. To register, visit this link.

 

Reflecting on ALI 2017

 

2017ALIFellowsNEA2017 ALI Fellows at the NEALast month, fourteen fellows joined NALAC team members in Washington D.C. to learn about and conduct advocacy efforts as part of our 2017 Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). We learned from a diverse group of professionals from Americans for the Arts, Dance/USA, Performing Arts Alliance, the National Portrait Gallery, the Archives of American Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Library of Congress, and the NEA. Our fellows and team members also met with their Senators and Representatives to express their views on the arts, immigration, healthcare and more. We celebrated the ALI with a reception at the Library of Congress honoring Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate. .

 

Take a look at some photos from our journey and read more here.

 

NALAC joins the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda

 

NALAC is proud and excited to join the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of Latino advocacy organizations. We look forward to contributing to NHLA's collective expertise in order to improve the lives of Latino communities around the country. Read the press release here.

 

Rembering Xóchitl Gil0Higuchi: "Love More Fear Less"

 

2017 xochitlI envision a place of beauty and magic where myths and dreams intercept with our everyday life; a place in which borders and identities are transcended, and respect and understanding of our shared humanity begins. - Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi.

 

The NALAC family is saddened to share the news of Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi's passing. Our thoughts are with her husband Shinsuke Higuchi, her family, friends, and communities. Xóchitl's artistic and nurturing spirit touched so many lives and we are honored to count her as a Nalaquera (NLI Alum 2007). Born in Nogales, Sonora, México, Xóchitl grew up along the southern and northern Arizona borderlands connecting with México as well as Navajo and Hopi Nations. Since graduating Cum Laude in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 1996, Xóchitl's work was featured in over 40 exhibitions from New York City to Mexico City, published in both Chicana/o Contemporary Art (Bilingual Press 2003) and Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (Greenwood Press 2004), printed with Self Help Graphics, and awarded the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. In addition to her extensive artistic portfolio, Xóchitl's dedication to community was palpable in her cultural work as co-founder of the Latinx-based arts collective gallery/workshop Raíces Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as Education Outreach Coordinator at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Education Curator at Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, and as director of an experimental neighborhood art and culture facility, Art & Culture Partnership - Art 4 U. As an arts educator, Xóchitl directed over 10 youth mural projects, designed and managed a youth serigraph apprenticeship program, and directed programs and exhibits for the Tucson Children's Museum.

 

GOOD TO KNOW

 

2017 Omnibus Spending Bill increases Funding for the Arts

 

In their omnibus spending bill, Congress recommended increases for the arts for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, including a $1.9M increase to the NEA. President Trump signed the bill last Friday, both averting a government shut down and granting the increased spending for FY2017.

The budget blueprint for 2018 spending still threatens the future of federally funded arts. Take a look at our statement here to learn about how you can take action.

 

Denver, CO | Mi Tierra at the Denver Art Museum

 

Gabriel Dawe Plexus 49through October 22, 2016
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

If you have not made it yet, check out Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at the Denver Art Museum. The praise for the exhibit continues, and is well earned. Mi Tierra addresses questions of place, belonging and identity, contextualizing them within the American Southwest. If you aren't in the area, read Hyperallergenic's in-depth coverage.

 

Virtual Reality | In Danger of Deportation VR series

 

The video team at Univision Digital News pulled together a virtual reality (VR) series on the impacts of current immigration policies and threats. The series, In Danger of Deportation, screened publicly at South Carolina's Indie Grits festival, but is also available to viewers everywhere online.

 

Experience the series for yourself on a VR headset or smartphone on YouTube, here.

 

Podcast | Sangre Celestial, A Radionovela

 

SPANISH celestial blood podcast art 1KCRW, a National Public Radio station member from Santa Monica, California, recently launched Sangre Celestial, a podcast and radionovela created by and for latinx communities. The story follows the love, mystery and drama of a family spread across the U.S., Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, and is an original work by Mexican writer, director and playwright, Mariana Carreno King. Among the voice actors is Mexican and American actress Kate del Castillo.

Listen in on KCRW here, or check it out on iTunes by searching "Sangre Celestial."

 

ALUMNI NEWS

Seattle-based artist Jake Prendez (NLI '16) has a new exhibit "Don't be Self-Conchas" at Boise State University. His art was brought to Boise State by fellow NLI alumna Maria Alicia Garza (NLI '16 and ALI '17), who runs Casita Nepantla.

 


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 FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

The Artist Writers Grant Program is looking for emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. The program issues awards, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, directly to individual authors for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects. They support a broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Click here to learn more and apply.

 

NALAC Jobs

 

Jobs & Internships

 

Calls for Artists and Entries

 

Conferences, Institutes & Programs

 

View all opportunities online here

 

Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!

IN MEMORIAM

Barkley L. Hendricks, Artist
Charlie Murphy, Comedian
Carme Chacón, Politician
Linda Hopkins, Actress & singer
Bruce Langhorne, Musician


 

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by:
the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. 

 

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2016 ALI Joaquin Castro Meeting

 

Tools to be an Advocate in the Fight for the Arts

 

The 45th White House administration has proposed the elimination of agencies that provide critical services and support to our nation's citizens. Among them is the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), an agency established via bipartisan congressional legislation 50 years ago to support the nation's artistic and cultural legacy.

The proposed Budget Blueprint is only the beginning of a long process. Whether you are a seasoned organizer or have never contacted your elected officials, there is a way for you to get involved. By raising our voices we can make sure that the future of publically funded arts is a bright one.

 

We have pulled together some resources for you to get started, take a look here.

 

NALAC NEWS

NALAC launches Resource Guide

 

resource guideThe Special Edition of the NALAC Resource Guide includes additional contributions from a national cohort of panelists who presented at Raices Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as part of a professional development workshop hosted by Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager with the Arizona Commision on the Arts AZ Art Worker Program and moderated by Adriana Gallego, NALAC COO, both alumni of the NALAC Leadership Instute. The Guide is a complementary evolving resource intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to be an exhaustive directory. Download it here.

 

Connect with us in DC

Together with fifteen arts leaders, NALAC will be hosting our Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) in Washington, D.C. from April 24th to the 26th. ALI Fellows will be developing their advocacy skills and reminding our elected officials of the importance of the arts as well as issues specific to their communities. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram for updates! 

 

Register for the NALAC Regional in Charlotte, NC

Detail: Ballet Hispanico (DAS '15)BalletHispanicoThe online registration page is live for the 31st NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop on June 2-3, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina! It promises to be a great learning and networking opportunity with regional and national leaders, keynote speakers, vibrant performances and engaging community discussion responding to the state of Latinx arts and cultures. Join us on Friday for our kickoff event and on Saturday for a jam-packed day of panels and conversations. We are thrilled to partner with the North Carolina Humanities Council's Journey in the New South initiative. To register, visit this link.

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Columbia, SC  |  Indie Grits Visiones

 

April 20-23, 2017
The Nickelodeon Theater
1607 Main Street, Columbia, SC

 

IndieGritsKeep an eye on Indie Grits, the film, art and technology festival organized by The Nick in Columbia, SC. This year's theme, Visiones, is a nod to the Latinx community in South Carolina, among the fastest-growing in the nation. For the first time, Indie Grits opened submissions to Latin America and invited Latinx artists and filmmakers to participate in an intensive, six-month collaborative project creating works centered around the Visiones theme. The festival's keynote will be delivered by artist Favianna Rodriguez. One of the organizers of this year's festival is NALAC alumna Amada Torruella (NLI '16). NALAC is also proud to be among the sponsors of Indie Grits.

 

Life without the NEA

The L.A. Times is taking a close look at what life would look like if the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) were to lose its funding, as proposed by the White House administration. Their series, "L.A. without the NEA" explores the real impact on theaters, museums, and more. 

 

ALUMNI NEWS

Thelma Uranga (NLI '15) accepted the Development Manager position at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. Previously, she spent the last six years creating safe spaces for youth at ElevArte.

 

Leticia Gomez Franco (NLI '15) curated "Ni Solo Mujeres: Intersecting Chicana Identities" at California's Southwestern College Art Gallery. Latina magazine highlighted eleven images from the show.

 


IN THE NEWS 

 

 

OPPORTUNITIES 

 

 FEATURED OPPORTUNITY

The California Arts Council is looking for an Executive Director responsible for providing statewide leadership in order to meet the CAC's strategic priorities, which include: building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California's diverse populations (including but not limited to ethnically, geographically, economically, and socially diverse populations); serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts on both a statewide and national level; and providing effective, and relevant programs and services. Click here to learn more and apply.

 

NALAC Jobs

 

Jobs & Internships

 

Calls for Artists and Entries

 

Scholarships and Grants

 

 Conferences & Programs

View all opportunities online here

 

Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!

IN MEMORIAM

Chuck Berry, Musician
Ishmael Soto, Artist and teacher
Dave Valentín, Musician
Derek Walcott, Poet


 

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by:
the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. 

 

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