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NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, MI

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Latino artists in Detroit—and around the region—will gather June 5-6 to connect, celebrate Latino arts and culture

Registrations still being accepted for two-day workshop and networking event

Arts and Culture Leaders Convene In Detroit to Create, Mobilize, and Amplify a National Latino Arts And Cultural Agenda


DETROIT, Michigan—While Detroit—and most of the country—was going through one of the roughest winters on record, 79 Latino artists, and arts leaders and advocates were gathered together in sunny, warm Miami, Florida this past January.

But it wasn’t for a vacation. It was for the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture’s Regional Arts Training Workshop.

“We were having deep, important, cultural discussions on how we further the Latino arts and culture field in the United States and elsewhere,” explains María López De León, executive director of NALAC. “We weren’t just learning from one another—we were challenging one another about how art and culture makes communities better, how it strengthens economies, and how together, we can do more.”

One hundred percent of those gathered in Miami said the gathering was so powerful that they would attend another workshop.

Those discussions will now happen in Detroit, as NALAC brings its two-day Regional Arts Training Workshop to Detroit June 5-6. The convening of artists, administrators, educators and more is just $20 for NALAC members, and $40 for future members. Register now at www.nalac.org.

Magdalena Gómez, an award-winning performance poet, playwright and performer, will give a keynote on reframing the arts and culture conversation.

“Magdalena brings a wonderful perspective to the two days of conversations,” says De León. “Her writing and performances have redefined the themes, priorities and ideas that all of us advocate for in the Latino arts and culture field. She’ll pose some ideas on how we can refocus the national cultural dialogue and authentically speak to the complexities of the Latino experience in the United States today.” 

Other guest speakers will include Francisco Pacheco, organizing director for the National Day Labor Organizing Network, and Rebecca Blume Rothman, public art project manager for the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The gathering will also open with a performance by Detroit’s Ballet Folklorico Moyocoyani Izel, which brings traditional dances of Mexico’s La Huasteca region to the Detroit community. Detroit’s Michael Reyes, an international poet and hip-hop artist, will perform Friday evening.

“There is a rich community of artists in Detroit, and we are so pleased to present these artists as part of the workshop,” says De León. “We know they are planning extraordinary performances.”

NALAC’s Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened around the country to provide comprehensive professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. These opportunities for relationship-building and networking are essential to the advancement of the Latino arts community, and the nation’s art sector as a whole. Workshop presenters and participants are of diverse backgrounds, representing all artistic disciplines and perspectives.

The workshops essentially create new networks of artists and cultural workers that bridge stubborn divisions between generations, neighborhoods and cultures,” explains Gabriel Magraner, director of programs at NALAC. “The workshops have demonstrated great potential for increasing the visibility and organizing Latino artists and arts professionals across the country.”

Critical dialogue and creative thinking transpires through interactive workshops, discussion forums, artistic interventions, technical assistance, and performances. Through the workshops, NALAC listens to and learns from the field in order to more successfully understand and advocate for the changing needs of artists and arts professionals across the nation. By empowering the field and providing new opportunities, NALAC can reduce economic inequalities, galvanize multigenerational networks and actualize social change in the realms of racial equity and civic engagement.

Thanks to generous support from the Joyce Foundation and Southwest Airlines, NALAC is proud to offer registration and travel scholarships to help enable participation for arts professionals from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis and chronologically according to the date application is received, until all funds are expended. The application to apply is available online.

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.

The Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors and partners: Southwest Airlines, The Joyce Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Carr Center, CLAVE (Community of Latino Artists Visionaries and Educators), Garage Cultural, Ford Resource and Engagement Center and Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development Inc. (LA SED).

For more information on the workshop or to register, visit www.nalac.org or call Gabriel Magraner, director of programs, at (210) 432-3982.

: NALAC Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop
: June 5-6, 2015
How much: $20 for NALAC Members, $40 for Future Members
Register: www.nalac.org or (210) 432-3982

Day One
Ford Resource and Engagement Center 
2826 Bagley Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216

Garage Cultural
3439 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48210

Day Two

The Carr Center  
311 E. Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation.  For over 25 years, NALAC has built a strong foundation for the promotion of Latino arts and culture and its advocacy efforts have advanced issues of cultural equity and raised the visibility and understanding of Latino artistic and cultural expression.  The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's 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. NALAC serves thousands of Latino artists and hundreds of organizations representing a national and international community of multiple Latinidades; a network that crosses many cultures across the Latino Diaspora.

For more information visit our website at www.nalac.org or like us on Facebook- www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1.

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