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NALAC and Core Partners announce Pilot Launch of new Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)


For Immediate Release: September 23, 2015

Contact: Claudio Dicochea, cdicochea@nalac.org210.432.3982



The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) and Core Partners announce Pilot Launch of new Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)


San Antonio, TX - This September marks the Pilot launch of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which is part of an extensive, joint leadership initiative that reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers. The ILI itself is a collaborative result of the profound and ongoing core partnership between First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots, PA'I Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. The Pilot launch takes place September 28 -October 1, 2015, at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio's West Side.


This facet will host a small group of intercultural artists and administrators from across the continental U.S. and Hawaii to share, test, and generate feedback on possible components of the ILI curriculum, structure and engagement model. The development for this initial phase is an outcome of a decisive intercultural and strategic cooperative process, one based on an ethics of difference, inclusion, and empowerment. The full ILI will be launched as a series of three convenings in the Southwest, the South and the Plains 


"The Intercultural Leadership Institute Pilot this September marks a new approach to an evolving idea for us as Core Partners. It is not only a significant new addition to our ongoing programming, which includes the Advocacy Leadership Institute and the NALAC Leadership Institute, but it is also a way for us to tangibly practice intercultural work with our partner organizations as a means of building solidarity, building capacity, and building healthy social narratives for organizations of color across our nation. In this way we foster and together author a catalytic leadership practice, one that compels us forward as movement-builders through genuine equality, through adaptive practices, and through the creativity of our shared communities."

-Maria López De León / NALAC Executive Director 


The Pilot Intercultural Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to generous support from our funders, sponsors, and partners: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Express, Southwest Airlines, the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center.


For additional information on our program and a list of the 2015 participants,  click here.


About NALAC- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation's only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 26 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more info, visit



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