Grants

NALAC Grant Recipients

 

OVERVIEW

NALAC has awarded millions of dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. We invite you to learn more about previous award winning Latino artists, ensembles and arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts.

 

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NFA

     
Grantee Galleries

Artists/Ensembles 2015-2016

Organizations 2015-2016

 

Artists/Ensembles 2014-2015

Organizations 2014-2015

     
Grantee Lists

Grant Recipients 2013-2014

Grant Recipients 2012-2013

 

Grant Recipients 2011-2012

Grant Recipients 2010-2011

 

Grant Recipients 2009-2010

Grant Recipients 2008-2009

 

Grant Recipients 2007-2008

Grant Recipients 2006-2007

 

Grant Recipients 2005-2006

 

 

TCR

Grantee Galeries

Grant Recipients 2015-2016

Grant Recipients 2014-2015

     
Grantee Lists

Grant Recipients 2009-2014

 

 

DAS

Grantee Galeries

Grant Recipients 2015-2016

Grant Recipients 2014-2015

     
Grantee Lists

Grant Recipients 2011-2014

 

 

Grant Programs

 

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NALAC Fund For The Arts (NFA)

NALAC Fund For The Arts provides a variety of grants to support US-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.

   
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Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR)

Transnational Cultural Remittances funding supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico and Central America.
El programa de Subvencion Remesas Culturales Transnacionales apoya intercambios culturales ejemplares que promuevan la colaboración artística comunitaria y fortalece las redes sociales entre los Estados Unidos, México y América Central.

   
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Diverse Arts Spaces (DAS)

Diverse Arts Spaces was 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.

   
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NALAC Grant Recipients

Since 2006, NALAC has been providing invaluable yet tangible support through direct funding to artists and organizations for projects, general operating support and master/mentee collaboration.  Click the logo at left, to view the list of  grantees and get to know their projects and use it as a talent resource for recommendations to your communities and networks.

   
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Resources for Current Grant Recipients

Resources posted here offer current grant recipients information related to managing NALAC grants. Grantees may download funder logos, acknowledgement statements, information about grant process timeline, forms associated with grant payment claims, reporting and copies of award packet materials.

Grant Writing Resources

 

Tips for writing a grant proposal

Artists and Organizations: Seize the moment and take note of NALAC funding opportunities.  Maximize your time and project ideas by submitting applications to NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) and/or the NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) grant programs.  To incentivize your participation, this article will outline techniques and resources to help develop strong applications.  There is no time like the present to research new opportunities, update your application materials and sharpen your grant-writing skills.

 

Things to keep in mind when developing a proposal

One of the first steps in writing a grant proposal is to choose the appropriate funding opportunity. If your proposal fits the interest of a funding organization and matches the goals of the grant program, then your proposal has a better probability of being financed. Because proposal writing is a time and energy consuming process, it's important to be sure that your proposal is eligible, timely, complete and well written. Review the published guidelines thoroughly. Afterwards, take the opportunity of communicating with funders early in the writing process to identify any lingering questions that are not answered in the guidelines.

 

A successful proposal will convince the reviewer of the importance and feasibility of your project. Reviewers in general have little time, and they may not be completely familiar with the type of project you are proposing. For these reasons, your proposal should be concise. Submit a complete application and write in a precise form; avoid philosophizing and using complex terms. Try not to be repetitive. Well in advance of the deadline, have your proposal reviewed by trusted sources that can edit for grammar, completeness, quality and clarity.

 

Preparing artistic work samples

“People will know you more through representations of your work than your actual/live work.”  Artistic work samples allow the reviewer an opportunity to evaluate the artistic quality of your work.  The presentation style of the work samples not only showcases your aesthetic vision, but it can also reveal something about your commitment to professionalism.  Therefore, your artistic work samples must be of the utmost quality. The following tips appear in “Essential Tools for Grantwriting” produced by the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Project.

 

Quality of artistic work sample: Invest in professional documentation and presentation of your work.

Selection of artistic work sample: Present a coherent body of work. Prioritize strongest, most relevant work.

 

Quality of Work Samples for Still Images

 

Clear image

 

Fills the frame

 

Presents the art on a neutral background

 

Consistent lighting

 

Representation of scale

 

Consistent sizing and cropping

 

Include installation shots when appropriate

 Quality of Video Work Samples

 

Clear video and audio

 

Use a tripod


See the performance space before documenting performance

 

Use multiple cameras to show perspective

 

Test work sample before sending

 Quality Literary Work Samples

 

Alwaysput your best poem/literary work sample first.

 

Capture a peak moment in the text right away; avoid lengthy build-up

 

Show strong command of the literary style: formal, aesthetic, and conceptual

NFA Grant Recipients

 

OVERVIEW

The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) has awarded nearly one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. We invite you to learn more about previous NFA award winning Latino artists, ensembles and arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts.

 

Grant Recipients 2005-2006

Grant Recipients 2008-2009

Grant Recipients 2011-2012

Grant Recipients 2006-2007

Grant Recipients 2009-2010

Grant Recipients 2013-2014

Grant Recipients 2007-2008

Grant Recipients 2010-2011

 

 

 

2013-2014 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Download details of 2013-2014 awardees

 

Artists

 

Organizations

 

Jose Luis Hurtado & Carmina Escobar

Master Artist Grant

Albuquerqe, NM

MIcheal J. Garces & 
Ana Maria Alvarez

Master Artist Grant

Cuklver City, CA

Artes de Mexico en Utah

Genaral Operating Support Award

Salt Lake City, UT

Cara Mia Theatre Co.

Genaral Operating Support Award

Dallas, TX

Alma Leiva &

Adriana Corral

Ensemble Project Grant

Miami, FL

Annie Lopez

Artist Project Grant

Phoenix, AZ

Cornerstone Theatre & Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras

General Operating Support Award

Los Angeles, CA

Latino Theatre Commons

General Operating Support Award

Chicago, IL

Denise Frohman

Artist Project Grant

Aurora, CO

Elisha Miranda
"E-Fierce"

Artsit Project Grant

South Orange, NJ

Cafe Cultura

Project Grant Award

Denver, CO

Coral Contigas

Project Grant Award

Rockville, MD

Gonzalo Pinilla

Artist Project Grant

Iowa City, IO

Marc David Pinate

Ensemble Project Grant

Tucson, AZ

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

Project Grant Award

San Antonio, TX

Group .BR

Project Grant Award

New York, NY

Michelle Angela Ortiz

Artist Project Grant

Philadelphia, PA

Raquel Z. Rivera & \Ojos de Sofia

Ensemble Project Grant

Albuquerque, AZ

IBA–Inquillonos Boricuas en Accion

Project Grant Award

Boston, MA

Latino Public Broadcasting

Project Grant Award

New York, NY

Ruben Martinez

Artist Project Grant

Los Angeles, CA

Stephanie Diaz

Artist Project Grant

Chicago, IL

Su Teatro Inc.

Project Grant Award

Denver, CO

Teatro Vision de San Jose

Project Grant Award

San Jose, CA

Vero Majano

Artist Project Grant

San Francisco, CA

Violeta Luna

Ensemble Project Grant

San Francisco, CA

   

William D. Caballero

Artist Project Grant

Newark, NJ

Yara Travieso

Artist Project Grant

Brooklyn, NY

   

Caborca Theatre

Ensemble Project Grant

Brooklyn, NY

     

 

 

2012-2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Download details of 2012-2013 awardees

 

Artists

 

Organizations

 

Edgar Endress

Artist Project

Lynchburg, VA 

Patricia Tinajero

Fellowship Artist

New York, NY 

Calpulli Mexican   Dance Company, Inc.  

Project Grant Award

Jackson Heights, NY

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance

Project Grant Award

Brooklyn, NY

Felipe Lara

Master Artist

Jersey City, NJ

Yosvany Cordero Varela

Fellowship Artist

Nashville, TN

ElevArte Community Studio

Project Grant Award

Chicago, IL

 

John J. Valadez

Artist Project

Warwick, NY

Betty Bastidas

Artist Project

Brooklyn, NY

El Taller Latino Americano/Latin American Workshop

Project grant Award

New York, NY

 

 

Jaime Permuth

Fellowship Artist

New York, NY

Patricia Cazorla & Nancy Saleme

Artist Project

New York, NY

 

Union CIty Music Project

Project Grant Award

Union City, NJ

 

 

Sonia Otalvaro

Fellowship Artist

San Francisco, CA

Frances Negrón-Muntaner

Fellowship Artist

New York, NY

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA)

General Operating Support Award

San Jose, CA 

 

Amy Sanchez

Fellowship Artist

San Diego, CA

Mark Valdez

Fellowship Artist

Los Angeles, CA

CONTRA-TIEMPO

General Operating Support Award

Santa Monica, CA

 

 

 

2011-2012 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Download details of 2011-2012 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Daniel Eduvijes Carrera

Fellowship Artist    

Los Angeles, CA

Daniel Fetecua Soto

Artist Project

Brooklyn, NY

Cuba Caribe

Festival Grant Award

San Francisco, CA

Su Teatro

Project Grant Award

Denver, CO

Magdalena Gomez

Fellowship Artist

Springfield, MA

John Jota Leaños

Artist Project

San Francisco, CA

Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Operating Support Grant Award

Los Angeles, CA

 

John Santos

Master Artist

Oakland, CA

Hector Morales

Artist Project

Leonia, NJ

Thalia Spanish Theatre

Operating Support Grant Award

Long Island City, NY

 

Jesus Barraza

Artist Project

San Leandro, CA

Monika Navarro

Artist Project

Ventura, CA

Cara Mia Theatre

Operating Support Grant Award

Dallas, TX

 

Guillermo Bert

Artist Project

Los Angeles, CA

Antonio Ramos

Artist Project

Brooklyn, NY

Flamenco Vivo with Carlota Santana

Project Grant Award

New York, NY

 

William D. Caballero

Artist Project

Brooklyn, CA

Ingrid Contreras

Artist Project

San Francisco, CA

Galeria Studio 24

Project Grant Award

San Francisco, CA

 

Jorge Cortiñas

Artist Project

Jackson Heights, NY

Carlos Sandoval

Artist Project

New York, NY

Puerto Rican

Traveling Theater

Project Grant Award

New York, NY

 

Paul Espinosa

Artist Project

Scottsdale, AZ

Gary Soto

Artist Project

Berkeley, CA

San Anto Cultural Arts

Project Grant Award

San Antonio, TX

 

Evalina Fernandez

Artist Project

Los Angeles, CA

Merian Soto

Artist Project

Philadelphia, PA

Sones de Mexico

Project Grant Award

Chicago, IL

 

   

 

2010-2011 GRANT RECIPIENTS

Download details of 2010-2011 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Miguel Alvarez

Fellowship Artist

Austin, TX

Seme Jatib

Artist Project

San Antonio, TX

About Productions

Pasadena, CA

Taller Puertorriqueño

Philadelphia, PA

Michelle Ortiz

Fellowship Artist

Philadelphia, PA

Mario Marzan

Artist Project

Carrboro, NC

Cuban Classical     Ballet of Miami

Miami, FL

Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural

Sylmar, CA

Josefina Lopez

Master Artist

Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Meller

Artist Project

Los Angeles, CA

El Teatro Campesino San Juan

Bautista, CA

 

Manuela Arciniegas

Artist Project

New York, NY

Criselda G. Rivas

Artist Project

San Antonio, TX

En Foco, Inc

Bronx, NY

 

Isaac Artenstein

Artist Project

San Diego, CA

Favianna Rodriguez

Artist Project

Oakland, CA

Los Pleneros de la 21

New York, NY

 

Culture Clash

Artist Project

Los Angeles, CA

Nelly Rosario

Artist Project

San Marcos, TX

MACLA

San Jose, CA

 

Virginia Grise

Artist Project

San Antonio, TX

Samuel Valdez

Artist Project

San Diego, CA

Red Salmon Arts

Austin, TX

 

Lisa & Janelle Iglesias

Artist Project

Hollis, NY

Agustina Woodgate

Artist Project

Surfside, FL

Safos Dance Theatre

Tucson, AZ

 

 

 

2009-2010 Grant Recipients

Download details of 2009-2010 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Ana Maria Alvarez

Culver City, CA

John J. Leanos

San Francisco, CA

AMLA

Philadelphia, PA

Mission Cultural Center

San Francisco, CA

J.M. Aragon

Tucson, AZ

Cherrie Moraga

Master Artist

Oakland, CA

Avenue 50 Studio

Los Angeles, CA

Pachamama Peruvian Arts

New York, NY

Melissa Calderon

Bronx, NY

Dulce Pinzon

Brooklyn, NY

borderOUT

San Francisco, CA

Pan American Music Arts Research

New York, NY

Paul S. Flores

San Francisco, CA

Ray Santisteban

San Antonio, TX

Brazz Dance Theatre

Miami, FL

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Chicago, IL

Felipe Galindo

New York, NY

John Santos

Oakland, CA

Galeria Studio 24

San Francisco, CA

Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre

New York, NY

Magdalena Gomez

Springfield, MA

Adrian Vargas

San Jose, CA

Guakia

Hartford, CT

Self Help Graphics

Los Angeles, CA

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Roswell, NM

Marco Villalobos

Long Beach, CA

La Raza Galeria Posada

Sacramento, CA

Society of Educational Arts

New York, NY

Raquel Gutierrez

Los Angeles, CA

Leila Gomez Woolley

Brooklyn, NY

Latino Writers Collective

Kansas City, MO

Sones de Mexico

Chicago, IL

   

Los Cenzotles

San Pablo, CA

SPARC

Venice, CA

   

Macondo Foundation

San Antonio, TX

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Houston, TX

     

Teatro Vista

Chicago, IL

 

 

2008-2009 Grant Recpients

Download details of 2008-2009 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Brent Beltran

National City, CA

Abinadi Javier Meza

Minneapolis, MN

Arte Inc.

New Haven, CT

La Casa de la Raza

Santa Barbara, CA

Marlene Ramirez Cancio

Brooklyn, NY

Elisha Miranda

New York, NY

Association of Hispanic Arts

New York, NY

MACLA

San Jose, CA

Ana De Orbegoso

New York, NY

Michelle Ortiz

Philadelphia, PA

Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

Bronx, NY

Providence Latin Amer Film Fest

Providence, RI

Nicole Elmer

Austin, TX

Laura Perez

West Hollywood, CA

Calpulli Mexican Dance

Jackson Heights, NY

Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Los Angeles, CA

Nicolas Dumit Estevez

Bronx, NY

Omar Ramirez

Las Vegas, NV

Conjunto Heritage Taller

San Antonio, TX

Serie Project

Austin, TX

Michael John Garces

Los Angeles, CA

Ruben Salazar

Waco, TX

El Centro Su Teatro

Denver, CO

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Houston, TX

Guillermo Gomez-Pena

San Francisco, CA

Sandra Pena Sarmiento

San Antonio, TX

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

San Antonio, TX

Taller Puertorriqueño

Philadelphia, PA

Sandra Guardado

Austin, TX

Minerva Tapia

Chula Vista, CA

Fiesta DC

Washington D.C.

Teatro IATI

New York, NY

Eren McGinnis

Tucson, AZ

Juana Valdes

New York, NY

 

Teatro Vision

San Jose, CA

Esau Melendez

Chicago, IL

Vito Jesus Valdez

Detroit, MI

 

 

Elio Villafranca

Master Artist

Bronx, NY

     

 

 

2007-2008 Grant Recipients

Download details of 2007-2008 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Ana Maria Alvarez-Lowe

Los Angeles, CA

Abinadi Javier Meza

Minneapolis, MN

Art for Change

El Barrio, NY

MACLA

San Jose, CA

Alex Alvear

Roxbury, MA

Elena Minor

Los Angeles, CA

Arte Americas

Fresno, CA

Miracle Theatre Group

Portland, OR

Francisco Aragon

Arlington, VA

Monika Navarro

Jamaica Plain, MA

Avenue 50 Studio

Highland Park, CA

Museo de las Americas

Denver, CO

Betsy Bastidas

Brooklyn, NY

Gigi Otalvaro-Hormillosa

San Francisco, CA

Borderlands Theater

Tucson, AZ

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Chicago, IL

Rolando Briseño

San Antonio, TX

Ruby Nelda Perez

Houston, TX

Brazz Dance Theater

Miami, FL

PLAFF

Providence, RI

Roberto Delgado

Los Angeles, CA

Sandra Rodriguez-Barron

Milford, CT

Calpulli Mexican Dance

Jackson Heights, NY

Santa Cecilia Orchestra

Los Angeles, CA

Ana Teresa Fernandez

San Francisco, CA

Artur Silva

Indianapolis, IN

Centro Cultural de la Raza

San Diego, CA

Serie Project

Austin, TX

Nancy Friedmann

Brooklyn, NY

Merian Soto

Philadelphia, PA

Conjunto Heritage Taller

San Antonio, TX

Tango Nashville

Nashville, TN

Felipe Galindo

New York, NY

Luis Valderas

San Antonio, TX

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

San Antonio, TX

Teatro del Pueblo

St. Paul, MN

Rigoberto Gonzalez

Forest Hills, NY

Laura Varela

San Antonio, TX

Galeria Studio 24

San Francisco,CA

Teatro Luna

Chicago, IL

Yasmin Hernandez

Elmhurst, NY

Perry Vasquez

San Diego, CA

La Micro Theater

New York, NY

Teatro Vivo

Austin, TX

Veronica Jaeger

Pharr, TX

Deborah Vasquez

San Antonio, TX

Los Cenzontles

San Pablo, CA

Theatre Flamenco 

of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

   

Luna Negra Dance Theater

New York, NY

Urban 15

San Antonio, TX

 

 

2006-2007 Grant Recipients

Download details of 2006-2007 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Sigfrido Aguilar

Nyack, NY

Juan Valle Orozco

Sacramento, CA

Art Oak Cliff

Dallas, TX

En Foco

Bronx, NY

Quique Aviles

Washington, DC

Jaime Permuth

Brooklyn, NY

Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance

Bronx, NY

Floricanto Dance Theatre

Pasadena, CA

Gerardo Cabrera

San Antonio, TX

Nelly Rosario

Brooklyn, NY

Calpulli Mexican Dance

Jackson Heights, NY

MACLA

San Jose, CA

Dominique Garay

Lincoln, NE

Xenia Ruiz

Chicago, IL

Cara Mia Theatre Co

Dallas, TX

Miracle Theatre Group

Portland, OR

Tammy Melody Gomez

Fort Worth, TX

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

New York, NY

Centro Cultural de Mexico

Santa Ana, CA

NALIP-SA

San Antonio, TX

Lillian Mendez

Buffalo, NY

Avisael Hernandez Velasquez  

Fort Worth, TX

Chica Luna Productions

New York, NY

Puerto Rican Arts Alliance

Chicago, IL

Mariscela Mendez

San Antonio, TX

Vagner Mendonca Whitehead

Ferndale, MI

Conjunto Heritage Taller

San Antonio, TX

Talento Bilingue de Houston

Houston, TX

Bonny Elena Osterwalder

Columbus, OH

Guillermina Zabala

San Antonio, TX

El Centro Su Teatro

Denver, CO

Teatro Circulo

New York, NY

 

 

2005-2006 Grant Recipients

Download details of 2005-2006 awardees

 

Artists
 
Organizations
 

Hector Aristisabal

Pasadena, CA

Maria Jose Calderon Grau

Oakland, CA

Arte Americas

Fresno, CA

National Association of Latino Independent Producers

San Antonio, TX

Jose Arjelio Benavidez

Chandler, AZ

Cristina Ibarra

Brooklyn, NY

Conjunto Heritage Taller

San Antonio, TX

National Hispanic Cultural Center

Albuquerque, NM

Carlos Callejo

Canutillo, TX

Max Carlos Martinez

Brooklyn, NY

El Comité Cultural del Pueblo

El Paso, TX

PR Project

New York, NY

Javier Cambre

Newark, NJ

Jaime Mendoza

Chicago, IL

Esperanza Peace & Justice Center

San Antonio, TX

Raíces (Harbor Conservatory for the Performing Arts)

New York, NY

Adrian Castro

Miami, FL

Joaquin Alejandro Newman

Oakland, CA

Full Circle Productions

Bronx, NY

Raíces Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

Tucson, AZ

Angie Cruz

New York, NY

Victor Orozco Ochoa

San Diego, CA

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Washington D.C.

Serie Project Inc.

Austin, TX

Linda Cuellar

Pipe Creek, TX

Ruby Nelda Perez

Houston, TX

Galería de la Raza

San Francisco, CA

SPARC

Venice, CA

Nicolas Dumit Estevez

Bronx, NY

Ariel Robello

St. Petersburg, FL

Loco Bloco Drum & Dance

San Francisco, CA

Society for the Educational Arts

New York, NY

Jose L. Galvez

Durham, NC

Anthony J. Rocco

Philadelphia, PA

MECA

Houston, TX

Talento Bilingüe de Houston

Houston, TX

Ana Rokafella Garcia

North Bergen, NJ

Ray Santisteban

San Antonio, TX

Mexic-Arte Museum

Austin, TX

Teatro IATI

New York, NY

Magdalena Gomez

Springfield, MA

Sergio Santos

Houston, TX

Mission Cultural Center

San Francisco, CA

Teatro Visión

San Jose, CA

 

Jose Torres Tama

New Orleans, LA

 

Xicanindio Artes

Mesa, AZ

 

TCR Grant Recipients

 

OVERVIEW

In its first two years, the TCR grant program delivered nearly $200,000 in twenty-two international communities. We invite you to learn more about TCR award winning projects that build upon and extend cultural knowledge across borders and result in an ongoing exchange of knowledge, customs and creativity from one country to another.

 

2013-2014 TCR Awardees

2012-2013 TCR Awardee

2011-2012 TCR Awardees

2010-2011 TCR Awardees

2009-2010 TCR Awardees

 

 

2013-2014 TCR Grant Recipients

 

Reyespoetry (Saginaw, Michigan)
Partner: Quilomboarte (Mexico City, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $4,000
Culture Creators Redefining Chican@/Mexican Identity, Music

To support the transnational cultural exchange of twelve Mexican and Chican@ spoken word/hip hop artists, Culture Creators will utilize the internet, social media, video, music, digital technology, and performance to feature, document, and provide an artistic platform for Mexican and Chican@ artists. As a result, Culture Creators will serve as a forum to discuss issues of social justice, identity development, and culture creation that are relevant in both communities.
Culture Creators will accomplish this by using poetry, story-telling, and hip-hop to create an online virtual experience designed to share work and ideas throughout the various stages of the project.

 

Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel (Lincoln Park, Michigan)
Partner: Trio Los Reales de Colima (Colima, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $8,000
La Huasteca Experience, Folk and Traditional Arts

To support the cultural experience of La Huasteca, a region consisting of six states in Mexico. A Huasteca trio plays huapangos. Each state interprets it with a unique style and costume. We, as folkloric dancers and would like to bring a professional trio huasteco to Detroit for our community to experience La Huasteca with live music and dance. In turn, we would like to take our folkloric dancers to experience La Huasteca in Mexico. One of the largest Huasteca events is hosted in Queretaro, Mexico. Thousands of people participate in this Huasteca event as experts are brought in from all areas of Mexico to judge authenticity.

 

Casa Familiar, Inc (San Ysidro, California)
Partner: Agentes de Arte Contemporaneo/ACA-Agents of Contemporary Art (Tijuana, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $7,000
Translocality: Tijuana/San Ysidro, Multidisciplinary Arts

To support the dynamics of mobility,migration,sociospatial dynamics & processes that inform simultaneous identity formation transcending boundaries. Our collaboration encourages binational connections among cultural agents to kick start dialogues, prioritize common critical issues & promote a contemporary cultural movement. Casa Familiar/The Front collaborating w/Agents of Contemporary Art/ACA will host a series of binational Art Labs/Bi-Labs as the underpinning of the TransLocality exhibition project. Consisting of a transdisciplinary group show & a laboratory of dialogue & critical thinking, between San Ysidro & Tijuana w/trans-border activities through a porous & contested environment,ripe for creative placemaking & dialogue.

 

Colectivo Altoparlante (Silver Springs, Nevada, Nevada)
Partner: the young women and midwives from Xogapan (Tuxtla, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $9,000
EL SAGRADO FEMENINO: Saberes Que Curan El Cuerpo Y El Alma, Multidisciplinary Arts

To support women and youth in the community of Xogapan, Veracruz by documenting and preserving traditional midwifery practices. Teaching media skills to young women and including them in the documentation process. Working with women and girls to produce a free health resource (book of recetas) for other women in the community. Produce a documentary and literary resource that can be shared with women in Texas that are interested in learning about traditional and natural ways of care throughout pregnancy and childbirth. Have a product that can be sold here (dvd and book of recetas) to support the midwives community work.

 

Crossroads Gallery, Center for Arts & Culture, University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana)
Partner: El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) (Tijuana, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $5,000
Bordering the Line: A Visual Discourse on the Migration Experience, Multidisciplinary Arts

To support the efforts of Notre Dame Center for Arts & Culture (NDCAC) to work w/ MX & US partners to launch a new border art & cultural initiative. This multi-yr. initiative will involve artists & print studios from MX & the US. Yr. 1 funding provides support for 3 bi-national planning meetings involving key partners, artists, print studios & univ. based Latino centers.
We will explore ways that art can communicate & change perceptions about reified categories that continue to obscure communication & learning about the social realties of borders & migration experiences. Artists & scholars will work together to establish rational platforms leading toward re-imagination of complex issues.

 

Encuentro de Jaraneros of the Midwest (Chicago, Illinois)
Partner: Los Cojolites (Jaltipan, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $7,000
Encuentro de Jaraneros of the Midwest, Music

To support the Son Jarocho Movement, a transnational musical movement involving a resurrected genre of Mexican folk music, by hosting a transnational 5-day festival featuring music workshops, roundtable discussions and performances by Son Jarocho musicians from Mexico and the United States.

 

Fuerza Unida (San Antonio, Texas)
Partner: K'inal Antsetik (San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $7,000
Conectando Hilos de Justicia, Folk and Traditional Arts

To support fair trade and economic development through the trans-national collaboration of women-led sewing and weaving cooperatives, Hilo de la Justicia and Jolom Mayaetik. Both cooperatives are housed in women-led social justice organizations, Fuerza Unida, a women's worker center in San Antonio, TX and Kinal Antsetik, "Tierra de Mujeres," a center for the capacity building of indigenous women in San Cristobal, Chiapas, MX. Both cooperatives address women's rights and provide business and leadership opportunities for women. Connecting Threads of Justice expands trans-national markets while creating a space for women to share ethnic traditions in garment production and women's empowerment.

 

Radio Ambulante (San Francisco, California)
Partner: El Faro (San Salvador, El Salvador)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $9,000
Taller de radio narrativa para periodistas de El Faro, Radio and New Media

Para apoyar el intercambio cultural entre Radio Ambulante, un programa de radio narrativo en Estados Unidos, y El Faro, un periódico digital de prensa escrita de El Salvador, solicitamos el apoyo de NALAC. Proponemos un intercambio de talento y conocimiento entre dos proyectos de alta calidad periodística y narrativa: El Faro se ha destacado como uno de los medios digitales independientes más importantes y Radio Ambulante ha renovado el género de la radio narrativa para América Latina. El intercambio consistirá en talleres de radio narrativa para periodistas de El Faro, produciendo nuevo contenido y entrenando nuevos corresponsales para Radio Ambulante.

 

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Cornerstone Theater Company) (Los Angeles, California)
Partner: iiK (Esquintla, Guatemala)
Transnational Cultural Remittances Award $9,000
TJSF - iiK' Exchange 14-15, Theater

To support the second phase of an international community-engaged theater exchange focusing on returning Guatemalan emigrants. TJSF will travel to Guatemala and work with iiK' to tailor "El Otro lado de la moneda," the piece resulting from the community-engaged collaboration in 2013-2014, to a new region, Escuintla, in south central Guatemala, in which there is a dense population of deported youth and parents.

 

 
2012-2013 TCR Grant Recipients

 

International Sonoran Desert Alliance and Colegio De Bachilleres Del Estado De Sonora (COBACH)
Ajo, AZ and Sonoyta, Mexico
Building Transnational Community through the Arts

To support two international festivals in parntership with the International Sonoran Desert Alliance (based in Ajo, AZ) partners in Sonoyta, Mexico including COBACH (lead partner), DIF, the Casa de la Cultura, and the Sonoyta Mayor's Office. ISDA will introduce new language through song workshops and will hold cultural crafts/traditional practices workshops in both Ajo, AZ and Sonoyta, MX. In addition, ISDA will exhibit a multimedia, border-themed installation in Sonoyta that was developed in an Ajo-Sonoyta-Tohono O'odham collaboration, but it has never yet been shown in Mexico.

Grant Award: $10,000

 

Carlos Valladares and Arpas En Armonia
New Orleans, LA and Guatemala City, Guatemala
New Orleans/Guatemala Music Education Project

To support artistic exchanges and participation in a series of performances & educational workshops in Guatemala & New Orleans. The project includes two festivals and a series of ongoing virtual and in-person workshops.

Grant Award: $5,000

 

Media Arts Center San Diego and Centro Cultural de Tijuana
San Diego, CA and Tijuana, Mexico
Frontera Filmmakers Transnational Masters Project

To expand and deepen the infrastructure of the Frontera Filmmakers initiative via a new partnership with the Centro Cultural de Tijuana (CECUT) for the purpose of increasing the capacity to strengthen the development, presentation, networking and appreciation of the transnational San Diego/Tijuana film and media community. This project aims to double membership; to strengthen the impact of the Frontera Filmmakers website; and to promote exchanges between the transnational media production communities through special presentations, networking opportunities, screenings and intergenerational workshops with master filmmakers from and influenced by the San Diego/Tijuana region.

Grant Award: $8,200

 

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras and iiK Theater Group
Los Angeles, CA and Guatemala
TJSF Guatemalan Collaboration

To support a collaboration with iiK Theater Group in Guatemala. TJSF hopes to further arm themselves with performance techniques and stories to better bridge the cultural divides they face, while at the same time working in a performance and cultural exchange with an up-and-coming Guatemalan theater company. The desired impact is to strengthen the bonds between immigrants that have been deported and those living in the US. We hope to shed light on the experiences of both groups, through cultural exchange, story telling, and artistic expression. Each applicant, iiK and TJSF, will learn new perspectives on collaborative theater-making and hone their existing skills by teaching each other in their own areas of expertise. The project will yield a short play, which will be documented in video and shared with the day laborer and immigrant community in Los Angeles as well as the returning emigrant community in Guatemala. This will spread the work of both theater groups and will plant seeds, we hope, for future artistic collaborations between other organizations, as well as promoting the skill and mission of iiK and TJSF both.

Grant Award: $8,200

 

Fuerza Unida and K'Inal Antsetik
San Antonio, TX and San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico
Conectando Hilos de la Justicia - Connecting Threads of Justice

To support the expansion of markets trans-nationally, while strengthening individual economic participation by providing jobs to women of color, ranging in ages, experiences and sewing skills. In the coming year, we'd like to expand our collective learning through more in-depth capacity building with several sewing cooperatives in Chiapas.This project started three years ago, between three women-led sewing cooperatives in Mexico and the U.S. This year, Fuerza Unida is partnering with Jolom Mayaetik and four other women-led cooeratives in Chiapas via K'inal Antsetik, "Land of Women," a center for the capacity building of indigenous women in Chiapas, Mexico.

Grant Award: $8,100

 

Claudia Bernardi/ Walls of Hope and The International Commission of the Red Cross ICRC
Berkeley, CA and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
ART AGAINST BRUTALITY, Walls of Hope, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

To create a mural designed and painted by youth directly affected by violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in collaboration with three Salvadoran artists and one Argentine artist from the School of Art in Perquin, El Salvador. The young participants of this mural were small children at the time their mothers, sisters, cousins and young aunts, were murdered victims of femicides. This mural will constitute the first effort to provide a venue to remember what happened in Ciudad Juarez, seen from the perspective of youth that, up until this moment, have remained voiceless.

TCR Grant Award: $5,700

 

Borderlands Theater and Circulo Teatral
Tucson, AZ and Mexico, D.F.
Una Frontera:Dos Lados/One Border:Two Sides

To support the development and production in Tucson and Mexico City of two plays in transnational collaboration between lead applicant Borderlands Theater and partner applicant El Circulo Teatral. The project will also lead to the establishment of the first Arizona Border Performance Encuentro. The project will provide artists with strategies for dramaturgical research, trans-national collaboration and community engagement.

Grant Award: $5,000

 

Son en Movimiento and Colectivo Altepee
Austin, TX and Acayucan, Veracruz, Mexico
Sustainable Development in Transnational Fandango Communities

The strengthen a transnational partnership between two grassroots organizations that build community through the musica de jarana and fandango traditions of southern Veracruz, Mexico. Son en Movimiento and Colectivo Altepee will work together through cultural immersion, construction of traditional instruments, media documentation of indigenous experiences, and support for handmade craftwork.

TCR Grant Award: $7,800

 

Intake Organization, Inc. and Marimba Union Musical
Stamford, CT and Antigua. Guatemala
Marimba: the National Sound of Guatemala (Marimba, el Sonido Nacional de Guatemala)

To support two professional music instructors to travel to Zacatepéquez and study native repertoire on the marimba, taught by ear by Unión Musical bandleader. Given the lack of sheet-music and method books, traditional repertoire for the marimba risks being lost. A native marimba will be brought back to Stamford, and taught to Native Instrument Academy students. A concert partnership will occur in Stamford.

Grant Award: $7,700

 

 

2011-2012 TCR Grant Recipients

 

Fuerza Unida and Jolom Mayaetik
USA and Mexico
Project: Connecting Threads of Justice

Description: The project "Connecting Threads of Justice" is an initiative between three cooperatives including Fuerza Unida in San Antonio, Dignity and Justice Maquiladora in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico and Jolom Mayaetik in San Cristobal, Mexico. Through exchange of cultural skills, creative ideas and technical support, the project aims to expand markets transnationally, while strengthening individual economic participation by providing jobs to elder women of color who have working experience and sewing skills.

Grant Award: $6,054

 

Federacion de Clubes Michoacanos and Fundacion Cultural Alfredo Zalce A.C.
USA and Mexico
Project: Migrantes: La Identidad Mas Alla De La Frontera

Description: "Migrantes: La Identidad Mas Alla De La Frontera" will integrate the creation of visual and literary artworks focusing on contemporary interpretations of migration. The exchange and collaboration will result in a series of exhibitions in Michoacán and Illinois.

Grant Award: $11,054

 

Michelle Angela Ortiz and Colectivo Rezizte (y Colective Madrono)
USA and Mexico
Project: Aqui y Alla

Description: "Aqui y Alla" is a public art project that will explore the impact of immigration in the lives of Mexican immigrant youth in South Philadelphia and Chihuahua Mexico. This project seeks to work simultaneously on both sides of the border, Chihuahua and Philadelphia, and join the two cultural worlds through the vision of young people in communities across the United States and Mexico.

Grant Award: $11,563

 

Futuro Media Group and The GraciasVida Center for Media
USA and Guatemala
Project: El Mapa

Description: To support the research, development and production of a special thematic series of arts and cultural programs designed to illuminate the cultural diversity and transnational connections between multicultural communities reshaping the American cultural map. "El Mapa" - The Map will be broadcast nationally via National Public Radio on Latino USA.

Grant Award: $6889

 

Nameless Sound and Escuela Nacional de Música, UNAM
USA and Mexico
Project: Acuerdo de Música Libre/Free Music

Description: The Acuerdo de Música Libre/Free Music Agreement is an international festival of improvised music featuring seven musicians from México City and Houston, Texas, with activities that include six public performances and six community workshops in México City and Houston, organized in collaboration with the Escuela Nacional de Música, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (ENM-UNAM).

Grant Award: $8,000

 

La Pocha Nostra and La Perrea Laboratorio de Arte Re-Activo
USA and Mexico

Description: Funding for San Francisco's Performance Art Institute in January 2012 and at facilities of La Perrera in Oacaxa, Mexico in August 2012.

Grant Award: $10,250

 

Galeria de La Raza and El Frente en Defensa de Wirikuta
USA and Mexico 

Description: The collaborative project will consist of an artist residency, a traveling exhibtition and panel discussions addressing the impact of global corporations in the region of Wirikuta. The exhibition and residency will feature contemporary Mexican artists who incorporate Wixarika (Huichol) craft and iconography into their practice.

Grant Award: $9,313

 

Escuer Collective/ONIX Ensamble and San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF)
Mexico and USA
Project: Viva Zapata

Description: Viva Zapata is a collaborative effort resulting in a multidisciplinary experience that fuses music, video, projections and new media to interpret the idea of land ownership and migration.

Grant Award: $8,938

 

2010-2011 TCR Grant Recipients

 

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Inc. and Escuela Regional de Danza Pedro Cano
USA and Mexico
Project: Dance Re/Creation: Artistic Development of Suite from Two Perspectives

Description: Calpulli will partner Escuela Nacional de Danza Pedro Cano in the state of Guerrero in Mexico on the creation and recreation of a dance suite exchange based on the partner's roots in Mexico and Calpulli's home in New York City.
Websites: www.calpullidance.org

Grant Amount: $8,200

 

Cara Mía Theatre Co. and El Laboratorio de la Máscara
USA and Mexico
Project: US-Mexican History through Folk Masks from Michoacan

Description: To develop an artistic partnership between Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas and El Laboratorio de la Mascara in Mexico City which will create a theatrical adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's "Bless Me, Ultima" using traditional Mexican folk masks.
Websites: www.caramiatheatre.com, www.laboratoriodelamascara.org.mx

Grant Amount: $11,000


 

Centro del Obrero Fronterizo Inc. (dba La Mujer Obrera) and Los Utrera
USA and Mexico
Project: Enlaces de Resistencia Cultural Mexicana

Description: To strengthen marginalized Mexican communities and their organizations on the US-Mexican border and the state of Veracruz by deepening and documenting community-based practices as both an act of resistance to globalization's destruction and as a vehicle for building sustainable communities.
Websites: www.mujerobrera.org, www.losutrera.blogspot.com

Grant Amount: $5,000


 

Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education and Habla
USA and Mexico
Project: 2010-2011 CAPE/Habla Community Engagement Project

Description: To co-develop cultural exchanges and deepen community involvement among young people, artists, educators and marginalized groups from Chicago and Merida, Mexico through collaborative projects and internet exchanges.
Websites: www.capeweb.org, www.habla.org

Grant Amount: $10,000


 

Cornerstone Theater and Alcalde Municipal Ciudad de San Julian
USA and El Salvador
Project: Cruzando Fronteras

Description: To create an exchange between Teatro Jornaleros Sin Fronteros in Los Angeles and the municipality of San Julian, El Salvador to increase understanding of the realities of the migrant experience through theater workshops, video documentation and internet dialogue.
Websites: www.cornerstonetheater.org, www.sanjulianalcaldia.org


Grant Amount: $11,600


 

Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and Taller Leñateros
USA and Mexico
Project: Taller Lenateros y Cooperativa MujerArtes Collaboration

Description: To strengthen cultural exchange between Taller Lenateros in Chiapas and MujerArtes inSan Antonio via community education, workshops, cultural grounding, bridge-building through storytelling and the development of independent economies through promotion and support of cooperativas.
Websites: www.esperanzacenter.org, www.tallerlenateros.com


Grant Amount: $8,200


 

ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, Inc. and Caja Ludica
USA and Guatemala
Project: Caja Ludica/ID Studio Theater Community-Based Theater Collaboration (CBTC)

Description: To organize and advance a cross-cultural exchange between ID Studio in New York and Caja Ludica in Guatemala City to train actors in "Theater for the Street" methodologies to empower immigrant communities to address issues of social justice, human rights and transnational diaspora.
Websites: www.idstudiotheater.org, www.cajaludica.org

Grant Amount: $3,200


 

Institute for Social and Cultural Practice and Research, Inc. and Instituto de Investigacion y Practica Social y Cultural A.C.
USA and Mexico
Project: Tequitilis.TV

Description: To consolidate and strengthen communication, education, community organizing, commerce and trans-local solidarity between Tlaxcalan migrant communities in New haven, CT and and their families in Tlaxcala, Mexico through the creation of the Tequitilis.TV website.
Websites: www.iipsocultaus.wordpress.com, www.iipsoculta.wordpress.com

Grant Amount: $5,000


 

Macondo Foundation, Elena Poniatowska and ELIAC
USA and Mexico
Project: Translingual Poetics and Prose

Description: To conduct a three-day writers' workshop in Oaxaca City, Oaxaca as a partnership between Sandra Cisneros' Macondo Institute, Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska and ELIAC (Escritores en Lenguas Indigenas Asociacion Civil).
Websites: www.macondofoundation.org, www.nacionmulticultural.unam.mx/eliac

Grant Amount: $9,900


 

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts and La Casa del Tunel
USA and Mexico
Project: DF>SF>TJ

Description: To support DF>TJ>SF, a series of workshops, interventions and a travelling exhibition which will deepen cultural exchange between the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco; La Casa del Tunel and the Torolab Collective in Tijuana; and artists and curators from Mexico City.
Websites: www.missionculturalcenter.org, www.lacasadeltunelartcenter.org

Grant Amount: $5,400


 

National Day Laborer Organizing Network and La Central Del Pueblo Centro de Artes Libres, AC
USA and Mexico
Project: Paper Tigers (Tigres de Papel)

Description: To create a bi-national project with artists from the US and Mexico City aimed at elevating the voices of migrant workers via hand-printed posters and online tools; and to conduct online gatherings to discuss role of political poster art and the current migration climate on both sides of the border.  
Websites: www.Favianna.com, www.NDLON.org, www.centraldelpueblo.org

Grant Amount: $7,500

 

2009-2010 TCR Grant Recipients

 

Anthony Turok and Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame
Mexico and USA
Project: Oaxaca: A Changing Society

Description: In this project, Turok will work with two institutions in the United States, the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Los Angeles and the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS) at the University of Notre Dame, to create an interactive website that will be available to virtually anyone interested in learning about the Oaxaqeños, the issues they face during these challenging times, and their traditions, art, culture and religious and social rites. The project will include: media documentation of transnational art and cultural practices; creation of new works reflecting transnational influences; oral histories that emphasize community traditions; the interactive website; capacity-building efforts aimed at strengthening exemplary transnational cultural activities; and workshops and lectures on the project.
Grant Amount: $10,000

 

Chicago Arts Partnership in Education and Habla: The Center for Language and Culture
USA and Mexico
Project: CAPE - Habla Exchange Project

Description: This is an educational exchange project that seeks to serve marginalized communities and schools in Mexico and the United States by deepening and documenting an international artistic collaboration, based in multi-lingual and arts integrated teaching techniques. In one aspect of this project, students, teachers, artists, and parents from Telpochcalli Elementary School in Chicago will collaborate with artists, students, teachers, and parents working within the Mayan community served by the Habla Center in Merida, Mexico. By creating professional dialogues among Mexican and Mexican-American artists about contemporary and traditional Mexican art practice they will provide students with access to a wide range of culturally-based contemporary expression and inspire the creation of substantive, challenging and engaging curriculum, weaving together contemporary and traditional arts, cultures, languages and histories.
Grant Amount: $10,000

 

Claudia Bernardi, Walls of Hope and Equipo de Capacitación y de Ayuda Psicosocial (ECAP)
USA and Guatemala
Project: Walls of Hope: Guatemala

Description: This project works with victims of political violence in Guatemala, teaching art and mural making. Project artist/teachers from El Salvador, Guatemala and Argentina all share the experience of surviving civil strife and violence and work to bring creativity and healing to participants. Renowned Argentine artist Claudia Bernardi is expanding “The Perquin Model” beyond The School of Art and Open Studios of Perquín in Morazán, El Salvador to Guatemala. This is a community based project that engages children, youth and adults in the creation of art as a component of community building and cross cultural exchange.
Grant Amount: $10,000

 

Consejo Fronterizo de Arte Y Cultura and Avenue 50 Studio
Mexico and USA
Project: "Home Intervention Mural" (HIM) Project

Description: In this project, two groups, “El colectivo 4” in Tijuana and “Uno9siete colectivo” in Los Angeles, will work together in the neighborhoods of Colonia Federal, Tijuana, Mexico and Highland Park, Los Angeles to create eight “Home Intervention Murals” within a two-year period. The nature of the exchange is to expand an existing COFAC program in Tijuana, “Transferencia,” funded by CONACULTA, the Federal government in Mexico, by duplicating it in Highland Park. Artists from Tijuana will be teamed with artists from Los Angeles to produce exterior murals on homes. Home owners will be active participants in the design, content, and caretaking of the mural.

Grant Amount: $10,000

 

Cornerstone Theater
USA
Project: Teatro Jornaleros Sin Fronteras: Cruzando Fronteras

Description: Goals for the planning project include: Determine who is engaged in acts of cultural remittance and what is the nature of these exchanges; Identify how TJSF might formalize these processes into a program that still serves TJSF's mission to improve the lives of day laborers everywhere; Investigate potential international partners for the Cruzando Fronteras program; Use its findings to inform the articulation and advocacy of a progressive immigration agenda.

Grant Amount: $9,000

 

DESGUA/Desarollo Economico por una Sustentable Guatemala, Grupo Maya K’iche and Grupo Mujeres Maya
USA and Guatemala
Project: Grupo Maya k’iche/Grupo Mujeres Maya 

Description: This is an artisanal economic exchange project; the goal is to develop sustainable fair trade small businesses in Guatemala and connect them with immigrants from those communities in the U.S., both for import/export potential and to create stronger cross-border cultural and economic ties. Grupo Mujeres Maya, mostly single mothers of an older generation in Guatemala who seek to retain their traditional textile patterns in their woven products, will send those goods to Grupo Maya K’iche in NYC who will fit them into products that will sell in the U.S. marketplace.

Grant Amount: $12,000

 

Fuerza Unida and Jolom Mayaetik
USA and Mexico
Project: Connecting Threads of Justice

Description: This is a cultural and economic exchange project. The two organizations met three years ago during the Women & Fair Trade Sale & Cultural Gathering. Since then they have exchanged ideas each year when they see each other at the Fair Trade Sale. They seek to enrich their craftsmanship and expand the market for their wares through a cultural exchange, by way of regular visits to their workplaces in Chiapas, Mexico and San Antonio, Texas, to learn from each other and offer workshops and presentations to their local communities.

Grant Amount: $15,000

 

La Pocha Nostra and La Perrera
USA and Mexico
Project: Transbordador: Pocha-Perrera

Description: This performance art project will consist of a series of two, two-week international performance art schools for up to 30 artists, activists, scholars and curators at the facilities of La Perrera in Oaxaca, Mexico in August 2010 and at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona in January 2011. Participants will work intensively for six to eight hours per day in La Pocha’s pedagogic model with artistic director Guillermo Gómez-Peña and troupe members/instructors Michele Ceballos, Violeta Luna and Roberto Sifuentes. Workshops will culminate in public performances at La Perrera and MOCA.

Grant Amount: $10,000

 

Macondo Foundation, Inc. and Elena Poniatowska
USA and Mexico
Project: Translingual Poetics and Prose

Description: This Translingual Poetics and Prose planning grant would be used to bring contemporary Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska to San Antonio, Texas to dialogue with author Sandra Cisneros and develop a grant proposal for 2010 in collaboration with the Macondo Foundation to hold a series of translingual and transnational writing workshops with professional writers in Mexico and the U.S. Initial workshop and seminar topics would include topics such as translation, translingual poetics, testimonio genre, storytelling and more. International exchanges, especially with Mexican writers, are a natural next step for the Macondo Writers’ Workshop group, which has been successfully organizing writing workshops for more than ten years.

Grant Amount: $2,500

 

Michelle Angela Ortiz and La Semilla Proyecto de Creatividad Infantil S.C.
USA and Mexico
Project: El Viaje

Description: “El Viaje” is a cultural exchange project that focuses on Mexican families that have migrated to South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania by initiating a shared dialogue about their struggles, sacrifices, triumphs and realities as immigrants in the US. The first phase of this project involves a collaboration with artist Nora Hiriart Litz, providing 10 intensive workshops to eight families which were engaged in: open dialogue, writing, basic printmaking, painting techniques and video to record their stories as members of the emerging immigrant community in South Philadelphia. The second phase of this project is to deliver the documentary video, personal letters and a narrative book created by our participants to their families residing in San Mateo Ozolco, Puebla, Mexico. Those families will be offered a series of intensive art-making (mural, mosaic, printmaking, painting) workshops. The workshops will be geared to exploring their reactions to being left behind by family members who have immigrated to the United States. These workshops will be documented in video and photographs, and the families in Mexico will have an opportunity to respond to the artwork created by their families in the United States.

Grant Award: $3,500

 

Nameless Sound and Escuela Nacional de Música from Universidad Autónoma de México
USA and Mexico
Project: Acuerdo de Música Libre/ Free Music Agreement (working title)

Description: The request is for a music festival to be held in Mexico City and Houston. Utilizing Creative Music, project goals are: to foster and encourage long-term transnational musical collaboration among U.S. and Mexican musicians; to shed light on Mexican improvised and Creative Music; present community workshops that use Creative Music as a tool for addressing issues of diversity, group-awareness, self-awareness, problem solving and creativity.

Grant Award: $15,000

 

DAS Grant Recipients

DAS Grant Recipients

 

During its inaugural year, the NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces grant program awarded $50,000 to six arts organizations for the presentation or commissioning of Latino artists and ensembles.. We invite you to learn more about the award winning projects.

 

2013-2014 DAS Grantees

2012-2013 DAS Grantees

2011-2012 DAS Grantees

 

2013-2014 DAS GRANT RECIPIENTS

 

Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, Michigan)
Partner: Francisco Mora-Catlett and AfroHORN
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Global Fridays presents Francisco Mora-Catlett and AfroHORN! | Music

To support a workshop and concert featuring renowned Afro-Latin musician Francisco Mora-Catlett and the AfroHORN project at the Arab American National Museum.

 

Dance Place (Washington, District of Columbia)
Partner: Rueda All Stars
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Cuba to DC, Dance | Music

To support Dance Place's relationship with the Latin community and enhance the authenticity of our Cuban dance program, the Rueda All Stars will be in residence to teach master classes and perform in interactive performance/socials. We will make special efforts for the company to engage with nearby schools and organizations including Latin American Youth Center, George Mason University, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools and Gala Hispanic Theatre. This project is meant to be an affordable way for our DC community to understand Cuban cultural traditions through dance and music.

 

Hi-ARTS (New York, New York)
Partner: Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Mi Gente | Visual Arts

To support "Mi Gente" ("My People"), a photography installation to take place in Hi-ARTS' galleries in East Harlem, NYC and Pine Ridge, SD in September 2014. The piece's curator and lead artist is Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez, an internationally acclaimed Latino sculptor and a pioneer in the art and culture of graffiti. "Mi Gente" supports Hi-ARTS' mission of engaging contemporary cultural and social-political issues directly through art. The piece, inspired by French artist JR's "Inside Out" project, will showcase large-scale, black and white portraits of the residents of Pine Ridge and East Harlem, displayed in the opposite community from which they were taken.

 

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, California)
Partner: Rafael Vargas-Suarez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8,000
COSMOS CODEX | Visual Arts

MACLA proposes an unprecedented collaboration between Vargas-Suarez and NASA Ames Research Center, that will culminate with COSMOS CODEX, the artist's first-ever California exhibition. MACLA will commission new work for the exhibition as well as commission a temporary site specific outdoor mural besides including exiting work. A small number of artists focus on transforming and translating current science into art, only a few of these artists are Latino, and just one —Rafael Vargas-Suarez—addresses space technology.

 

Youth Speaks, Inc. (San Francisco, California)
Partner: Gabriel Cortez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $10,000
The Gabriel Cortez Book Project | Literature

To support the development and publication of a collection of original written work that reflects and represents the voices of the Bay Area's young Latin American population. This project aims to engage these young writers and their communities in critical conversations around race, identity, and culture. To achieve this, Youth Speaks will commission young writer and spoken word artist Gabriel Cortez, to create new work, facilitate creative writing workshops for other Latino youth, and present his published collection, resulting from this project, at a culminating public event.

 

2012-2013 DAS GRANT RECIPIENTS

 

AS 220 (Providence, RI)
Omni ZonaFranca Tour and Residency
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6838
Artistic Partner: Omni ZonaFranca | Multidisciplinary 

To support in bringing three members of the Cuban artist collective Omni-Zonafranca as visiting artists to La MaMa in Manhattan and AS220 in Providence, RI.  The residencies by Omni-Express members: Amaury Pacheco del Monte, David Escalona Carrillo and Luis Eligio Perez Meriño will bring exciting opportunities for intercultural exchange, engaging audiences and the artist communities of AS220 and La MaMa with interactive crossover events that fuse experimental music and sound with visual art and theater, public workshops, talkbacks and collaborative creation.
Website: www.as220.org

 

Ballet Hispanico of New York (New York, NY)
Danzon with live music at the Apollo Theater
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8082
Artistic Partner: Paquito D'Rivera | Dance

To support Paquito D'Rivera's artist fee for live accompaniment of BH Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's "Danzón" at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, December 1, 2012.
Website: www.ballethispanico.org

 

Efforts of Grace (New Orleans, LA)
The African Presence in Mexico
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6970
Artistic Partner: National Museum of Mexican Art | Visual Arts

To support African Presence in Mexico educational panels and related public programs September 12 - November 3, 2013. Artist Hugo Montero will exhibit work and conduct lecture/demonstrations during the run of the exhibition and Dr. Sagrario Cruz, a leading expert on people of African descent in Mexico, will serve as the project's educational consultant.
Website: www. http://www.ashecac.org/main/

 

Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
Fat Boy
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6290
Artistic Partner: Teo Castellanos | Dance

To support Fat Boy, a non-linear story based on American consumerism and waste, juxtaposed against world hunger and poverty. The work takes a journey through a rice cultivation ritual, surreal character narration, voiceovers, Zen ritual movement and B-Girl/Boy (Breaking) choreography. Elements of the piece are influenced by cultural and sub-cultural phenomena of the 1980s. This includes not only Breaking, but also reggae dub music (composed by Grammy-nominated DJ Le Spam), sounds of thunder and lighting used by Jamaican dancehall DJs, and stylized text (i.e., Spoken Word or Toasting). The work is also influenced by the visual art of Kara Walker.
Website: http://www.hi-artsnyc.org/

 

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA)
Grados Inefables
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6885
Artistic Partner: Desmar Guevara | Music

To support Grados Inefables (Ineffable Degrees), a 50-minute chamber music work in four movements by seasoned New York-based Puerto Rican composer and pianist Desmar Guevara. We will present a residency with him including public performance, youth engagement and community engagement.
Website: www.maclaarte.org

 

PA'I Foundation (Honolulu, HI)
Kūka'i: A Cultural Learning Exchange
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7275
Artistic Partner: El Teatro Campesino | Theatre

To support the cultural learning exchange between El Teatro Campesino, PA'I Foundation and the community of Honolulu will feature three components centered on the notions of preservation and perpetuation of culture: a) a theatrical demonstration of El Teatro Campesino's activist-orient Chicano Theater, b) a public dialogue addressing cross-generational community leadership, and c) a "Theater of the Sphere" workshop – a theatrical training method based on the thought and culture of the Americas and built on the nexus between artistic excellence and community activism.
Website: www.paifoundation.org

 

Pregones Theater (The Bronx, NY)
Artistic Residency - March Is Music 2013
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7710
Artistic Partner: Quinteto Latino | Music

To support the artistic residency by Quinteto Latino and Guillermo Galindo as part of Pregones Theater's March Is Music series in 2013, including the NY premiere of "Voces del Desierto". Dates of engagement: March 12-17, 2013. Location: The Bronx, NYC. Public events in weeklong residency: 1 evening-length concert, 2 meet-the-artist lecture demonstrations, and 3 school/family concerts. Activities serve a diverse, largely Latino audience.
Website: www.pregones.org

 

 

2011-2012 DAS GRANT RECIPIENTS

 

Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc.-dba El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7600
Artistic Partner: Speak Up!/Speak Out!

Featured artists include: Tito Luna, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Bonafide Rojas,Sheila Maldonado and Emanuel Xavier The major project activities will consist of six spoken word recitals on the third Saturday evening of the month, from September 17, 2011 through May 19, 2012 (except for December 2011, and January and February 2012). Each session will be organized and hosted by a guest poet, who will curate the event by selecting four additional poets to perform. There is an open mic session at the beginning of the program, when audience members are invited to participate.
Website: www.elmuseo.org

 

Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia, PA
Diverse Art Spaces Award $10,000
Artistic Partner: Illuminate Me featuring Las Gallas

The goals of the project are to: 1) Explore the larger human connections and experiences between Asian and Latino cultures; 2) Celebrate our respective anniversaries (launching with Las Gallas 10th anniversary in Fall 2011 and culminating with Asian Arts Initiative's20th anniversary in 2013); 3) Demonstrate an integrated model of addressing social issues while maintaining a process of quality art-making and artistic production; and 4)Premiere the work of the project during the 2012 NALAC Conference in Philadelphia, to bring the dialogue to a national level.
Website: www.asianartsinitiative.org
Grant Award: $10,000

 

Intersection for the Arts-(Campo Santo)
San Francisco, CA
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7600
Artistic Partner: Alleluia, The Road

Intersection for the Arts' resident theatre company Campo Santo will work with MacArthur Genius Award Winning writer Luis Alfaro to create an outreach process and a new play, Alleluia, The Road, inspired by August Strindberg’s The Road To Damascus, exploring seven stops on California’s Highway 99 from Disneyland to the Golden Gate Bridge. Alfaro will show us a tale that spans time. Overall this project is a study of California through the lens of our Central Valley cities, the rural towns, the churches, the bars, the meetings places that run through the heart of California from top to bottom.
Website: theintersection.org

 

La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
New York, NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8075
Artistic Partner: Urban Odyssey featuring Federico Restrepo, LOCO7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company founder

Urban Odyssey depicts the experience of immigration to America through movement and visual theatre. It is a new work that is the culmination of a ten year investigation. The aim of this project is to foster tolerance and broaden the human perspective. Immigration is and has always been the cornerstone of American culture and this work aims to give that cornerstone a voice and meaningful recognition.
Website: lamama.org

 
Miami Light Project Inc.
Miami, FL
Diverse Art Spaces Award $5862
Artistic Partner: Third World Trinity (working title) featuring Teo Castellanos

In keeping with the Teo Castellanos D-Projects mission of fusing world culture, religion and music to examine social issues via performance, Teo Castellanos (actor, director) will collaborate with Tarell McCraney (playwright) to create a new performance work steeped in ritual and filled with musical language/era related songs to tell a unique story of Puerto Rican Nationalism, the Drug wars of the late 1980s and the timeless tale of brotherhood. Based on real events, this project promises to be a powerful retrospective of growing up and out as a Hispanic in post Regan-era America.
Website: www.miamilightproject.com

 

Teatro Pregones Theater
The Bronx,  NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $5862
Artistic Partner: Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ March Is Music featuring Bobby Sanabria

Pregones Theater will present master percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, a resident professional project of the Manhattan School of Music, as part of its March is Music series in 2012. The 3-day artistic residency will harbor 1 evening-length concert and 2 meet-the-artist conversations. Maestro Sanabria's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra is the outcome of a sustained 30-plus year inquiry into the evolution of the Latin jazz big band after Mario Grandfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz Bauzá.
Website: www.pregones.org