NLI Class of 2001

22nd Edition of NALAC Leadership Institute: Applications Now Open

The deadline to apply for the 22nd NALAC Leadership Institute is April 22, 2022.

April 4, 2022, San Antonio – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces an open call for applications from Latinx artists, arts administrators and cultural workers for the 22nd edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI).

The institute historically held in-person transitioned to a virtual format in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year the institute returns in-person and will take place between July 11-16, 2022, in NALAC’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas.

“We are excited to return in-person for the 22nd edition of the NLI. One of the many highlights of our in-person institute is the opportunity for fellows to create a shared space and build connections with each other, along with NALAC faculty and staff. Latinx artists, arts organizations, and cultural workers have faced unprecedented challenges over the past two years. This year’s institute returns in anticipation of continued growth for Latinx leadership within the arts,” said Mari Hernandez NALAC Program Manager, Leadership, Institutes & Convenings.

Core faculty returning to lead the program include Rosalba Rolón (Pregones/PRTT), Dr. Maribel Álvarez (University of Arizona), Abel López (GALA Hispanic Theatre), Evonne Gallardo (arts consultant), and Charles Rice-Gonzalez (BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance).

Participation in the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico based Latinx artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers. Artists and arts administrators working in all media or disciplines (i.e. visual, theatre, dance, literary, performance, digital, ) are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an informational webinar on April 12, 2022,1:00 PM CST.  Registration details will be available soon on the NALAC website.

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) application is now open. The application closes on April 22, 2022, 11:59 PM. CST. View the 2022 NLI guidelines and application.

NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable FoundationNational Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, San Antonio Area Foundation, and the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.

[Image: Pictured above, NALAC Leadership Institute’s first cohort, Class of 2001]


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. For more information about NALAC and its programs please visit

Program Contact

Mari Hernandez, Leadership Program Manager,