Leadership

Advocacy Leadership Institute 2017

 

 

ALI LogoApril 24-26, 2017.  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, LULAC, the National Portrait Gallery, the Archives of American Art, the Smithsonian 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 joint event at the Library of Congress honoring Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate. 

 

This was a rewarding experience for all of us. Take a look at Michel Hausmann’s reflection of his experience advocating on the Hill to get a taste for what our fellows learned.

Hausmann MichelIn April, thanks to the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (#NALAC) Leadership Institute, I had the extraordinary opportunity of spending time on Capitol Hill talking to members of congress about two issues dear to my heart; The continuing support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), a vital federal agency that President Trumps proposed eliminating in his latest budget, and of the humanitarian crisis currently undergoing in my home country of Venezuela.

I return home at awe with the beauty of American democracy. My representatives took the time to talk to me, a constituent, because I asked them to. I met with many people who have profoundly different views and position than myself, and I always felt free to express them and was always met with respect. Our democracy is not perfect, but “we the people” grossly underuse our power. It is our right to call our representatives and senators, it is our right to make appointments and talk to them."

~ Michel Hausmann, ALI Fellow, 2017

 

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We had the honor of closing the ALI in joint celebration with the Library of Congress, honoring poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. We heard from Juan Felipe, Martha González, Hugo Morales, Louie Pérez and the Grammy-winning band, Quetzal. At the reception, our COO, Adriana Gallego offered a toast to the field of Latinx arts and to Juan Felipe. Take a look below!

 

"…he preferido hablar de cosas imposibles, porque de lo posible se sabe demasiado"
-canción ‘Resumen de Noticias’ by Silvio Rodríguez, trobador errantre, Cubano

NALAC 20170426 ALI Day3 0094...Today marks a very special occasion not only in the life of Latinx arts & cultures, but in the very fabric of our interconnected American stories, heritages, and futures. Through poetry, song, dance, theater, and visual expressions we produce new forms of understanding and knowledge-building that propel us, compel us, to imagine a new future of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Indeed, it is a poetic gesture for all of us to be here this evening. As we celebrate in community, we channel hope, change, and our highest aspirations through the language of creativity, improvisation, and rhythm. Tonight, the NEA Poetry Out Loud finals are taking place in DC, culminating with the participation of over 300,000 high school students from across the US that learned, rehearsed, and recited poems.

Tonight, as NALAC enters our 28th year of promoting, advancing, developing, and cultivating the Latinx arts field, we celebrate the culmination of the 7th Advocacy Leadership Institute, where fellows from 14 different parts of the country bridged relationships with their elected officials, bringing messages from home to the nation’s capital in the spirit of collaboration and consciousness-raising through the arts.

It brings me great pleasure to offer a toast honoring Juan Felipe Herrera, maestro, poeta, cultural worker, and community leader, for being precise in word, intentional in action, and light in spirit.

~ Adriana Gallego, NALAC Chief Operations Officer 

 

 

INtercultural Leadership Institute

ILI '15 Pilot Convening

 

 

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PILOT

The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is part of an extensive, joint leadership initiative between the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots, and PA’I Foundation. The ILI reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers.

 

The Pilot of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) was convened on September 28 – October 1, 2015 at the Guadalupe Theater. The Pilot assembled a small nominated group to share, test, and gain feedback on possible components of the ILI curriculum, structure and engagement model. 

 

Below are the participants, faculty, supporters and partners who joined us in San Antonio, Texas for the pilot hosted by NALAC.

 

 

PARTICIPANTS

Jason Aragón, Tucson, AZ | Nominated by NALAC

Jose Nicolas Cabrera-SchneiderBoulder, CO | Nominated by NALAC

Rodney CamarcePhiladelphia, PA | Nominated by Asian Arts Initiative

Juliana Clifford, Porcupine, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Kapalaiula de Silva, Kailua, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Tara Dorabji, San Francisco, CA | Nominated by Youth Speaks

Alexander Gibson, Whitesburg, KY | Nominated by Appalshop

Chris James, Little Rock, AR | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Brandie Macdonald, Rapid City, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Busi Peters, Houston, TX | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Davis Price, Honolulu, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Shey Rivera, Providence, RI | Nominated by NALAC

ST Shimi, San Antonio, TX | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Jeremy Staab, Rapid City, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Ka'iu Takamori, Honolulu, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Alejandra Tobar Alatriz, Minneapolis, MN | Nominated by Pangea World Theater

Warren Guss Yellowhair, Allen, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Bethany Yellowtail, Valley Village, CA | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

 

FACULTY

Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Tucson, AZ

Ron Martinez Looking Elk, Albuquerque, NM

Tufura Waller Muhammad, Little Rock, AR

 

PROGRAM MANAGER

Carrie Brunk, Clear Creek, KY

 

ILI PRESENTERS

Adán Medrano, Chef & Author, Houston, TX

Ruben Solis, University sin Fronteras, San Antonio, TX

Jane Madrigal, Artist, San Antonio, TX

 

 

CORE PARTNERS

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.

 

First Peoples Fund

 

First Peoples Fund is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian arts and culture, deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices. We honor and support creative, community-centered Native artists and nurture the Collective Spirit(R) that allows them to sustain their peoples. We accomplish this by providing tools, resources and a voice to Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.

 

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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), is the nation's leading 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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PA‘I Foundation, organized in 2001, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. PA‘I Foundation is the non-profit organization of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, a h'lau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) founded by kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. While the organization is centered around and supported by h'lau members, the purpose of PA‘I Foundation is to address and serve the needs of native Hawaiians and those who make Hawai’i their home.

 

Intercultural Leadership Institute

Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)


A collaborative program of Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and PA’I Foundation. 

 

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Deadline to Apply

January 17, 2018

 

Learn More at WeAreILI.org

 

A LETTER FROM THE ILI CORE PARTNERS

 

The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is a year-long rigorous personal and leadership development program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals.

 

The inspiration to create ILI came from many sources.  A prominent driver was our own experience as leaders within the arts and culture field who have participated in numerous programs to support our personal and professional development.  Most of these programs provided important skills, connections and capacity for us and our organizations.  We also recognized, however, that the programs largely reinforced dominant cultural norms, modes of learning, ways of being and interacting that at times were out of sync with our commitment to cultural equity and to change-making in and with our communities.

 

As we grew in our own leadership and built trust and understanding together over time, we developed a shared analysis of the need for a leadership program of, by and for the artists and culture bearers in our communities. We spent many years discussing the concept among ourselves and with a wide range of allies who have helped to shape the incubation of ILI leading into a 5-day pilot experience in 2015 with more than 40 participants, advisors and faculty and dozens of community members in San Antonio who hosted and supported us.

 

In defining this collaborative program as an “Intercultural Leadership Institute,” we are making an important distinction.  Cross-cultural approaches emphasize comparing and contrasting two or more distinct cultures. Inter-cultural approaches, on the other hand, stress the shared grooves of social memory, co-habitation and mutual accountability at the same time as they allow us to challenge dominant norms as well as honor, empower and find solidarity in the differences of our histories, traditions, identities, vocabularies and more.

 

We believe an intercultural approach to change-making and developing leaders within the arts and culture field is critical to respond effectively to the significant shifts that are underway in nearly every facet of our society, politics, environment and economy at the local, national and global levels.  We have created ILI to foster and support intercultural leaders throughout our communities as well as to promote a shift in the broader arts & cultural field toward greater intercultural awareness, resourcing and action.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Visit WEAreILI.org

 

 

CORE PARTNERS

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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.

 

First Peoples Fund

 

First Peoples Fund mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit of First Peoples artists and culture bearers.  We accomplish this by providing tools, resources and a voice to Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.

 

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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), is the nation's leading 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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PA‘I Foundation, organized in 2001, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. PA‘I Foundation is the non-profit organization of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, a h'lau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) founded by kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. While the organization is centered around and supported by h'lau members, the purpose of PA‘I Foundation is to address and serve the needs of native Hawaiians and those who make Hawai’i their home.

 

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NALAC Leadership Institutes

   
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NALAC Leadership Institute

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) brings emerging and established artists and arts administrators from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts managment and leadership development

 

 
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NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) provides an imersion course on public policy and advocacy training.  Participants train with Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates in Washington D.C.

 
   
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Intercultural Leadership Institute

The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is part of an extensive joint partnership initiative between the Natinal Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, First Peoples Fund, Alternate ROOTS, and PA'I Foundation.

 

 

Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI)

 

Washington D.C. | Spring 2018

 

 

PROGRAM DATES

TBD in April or May 2018. Final dates will be determined based on the Congressional calendar.

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY

February 1, 2018 11:59 PM Central Standard Time

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please review the ALI Guidelines located in the menu to the right and submit your materials online via Submittable (https://nalac.submittable.com).

 

 

OVERVIEW

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. A group of 10-15 participants will be selected to attend the ALI in Washington, D.C., where Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latino arts and culture. The goals of this advanced institute are to: 

 

  • cultivate a deeper understanding of the frameworks involved in shaping cultural policy, and its impact on Latino artistic production and social justice;
  • provide research and instruction on advocacy protocols and strategies;
  • deliver immersion training via preparatory research and assignments, instruction, site visits and consultations;
  • develop competencies for meaningful communication with local and state elected officials, and with national congressional representatives and staff;
  • build relationships and initiate dialogue with policy makers to promote understanding of the Latino arts sector’s needs while asserting the role of the arts in sustaining viable communities;
  • equip Fellows with the necessary tools to lead proactive efforts in their respective communities, and to deliver effective messages that will help broaden support for the arts; and,
  • nurture Fellows as an engaged group of active Latino arts sector advocates. 

 

Highlights of the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute include: meetings with noted political leaders on Capitol Hill and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as meetings with senior staff at the National endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement and Smithsonian Latino Center. 

 

ELIGIBILITY

This training is open to all artists, administrators and cultural practioners, including alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Leadership Institute. Please also note that past attendees of the Advocacy Leadership Institutes are not eligible to apply.  Fellows will be selected to attend through a panel review process.

At the time an application is submitted:

 

  • Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.
  • Visit www.nalactienda.org to renew or establish membership.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please review the ALI guidelines located on the menu to the right and them submit your materials online via Submittable (https://nalac.submittable.com/submit). Your online profile, narrative, and optional work sample must be submitted electronically via the online system by the posted deadline.

 

CURRICULUM

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute curriculum is based on developing the capacity and potential of Latino artists and cultural workers to shape arts policy on the national and international stage. This lens provides the framework for all Institute presentations, discussions, and exercises. Topics and activities include:

 

  • Art and Community Building
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Overview
  • Congressional Visits
  • Legislative Process Overview
  • National Advocacy Organizations
  • National Arts Advocacy Efforts
  • National Endowment for the Arts Meeting
  • Preparation and Advice for Congressional Visits
  • Successful Advocacy Models
  • White House Office of Public Engagement

 

ADVOCACY LEADERSHIP CORE FACULTY

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

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

   
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María López De León is the Executive Director and board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In January 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Ms. De León was named among the nation’s 2012 Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.

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

   

 

ESTIMATED COSTS AT-A-GLANCE

Tuition to attend the 2018 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute is $375 for intensive training tailored.

Most state and local arts agencies will match the cost of tuition and other costs to attend the Institute. Contact your state or local arts agency for details: http://www.nasaa-arts.org/About/State-Arts-Agency-Directory.php.

 

Expenses Covered by NALAC
  • Travel:  Round-trip travel to DC
  • Meals:  Breakfast and lunch; Reception

 

Expenses Covered by Participant
  • Tuition   $375:  Three days of intensive training.
  • Lodging $570:  4 nights of hotel in a shared double occupancy room.
  • Dinner     $75:  Average dinner cost is $25 per day for 3 evenings.

 

Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1,020

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

 

QUESTIONS?

For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or email info@nalac.org.