Building Collective Power for Latinx Arts: Applications open for 2021 NALAC Leadership Institute

The deadline to apply for the 21st NALAC Leadership Institute is March 11, 2021

February 9, 2020, San Antonio – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces an open call for applications from Latinx artists and arts administrators for the twenty-first edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) which will take place July 12-16, 2021.

“The NALAC Leadership Institute is a unique learning space for Latinx arts and culture leaders at all stages of their career. Participants engage in a variety of sessions ranging from board governance and strategic thinking to fireside conversations with elders whose life work has focused on the preservation and elevation of our communities,” said NALAC Director of Programs Adriana Rios. “The NLI invites curiosity, critical dialogue and open exchange while honoring ‘los dichos de casa’ and other cultural values that inform our compass as leaders.”

While the institute is hosted annually in NALAC’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas, this year’s week-long institute will take place virtually. 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 practitioners working in all media or disciplines (i.e. visual, theatre, dance, literary, performance, digital, interdisciplinary). Full tuition scholarships are available.

Last year’s cohort included both independent artists and arts workers as well as leaders at the Houston Arts Alliance, the Whitney Museum, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

“Centering the voices and experiences of Latinx artists, arts administrators and cultural workers allows fellows to connect on a deeper level, build trust, and grow long lasting relationships that often lead to collaborations, network building and empowerment long after the NLI has commenced,” said NALAC Program Manager Monica Sosa.

Interested applicants are invited to attend an informational webinar on Wednesday, February 17 at 12:00pm CST or Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00pm CST. View full details by accessing the guidelines available on the NALAC website. 

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation.

[Image: Pictured above, the NLI Class of 2020]


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

NALAC, Monica Sosa, [email protected]