Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:43

Reflecting on 2017


2017 has been a year of unsettling times for humanity. In the U.S., we live in a time of divisions, intolerance, fear, and prejudice driven by the country’s dominant racist framework. Proof of this is seen in neglect to the post hurricane circumstance of the 3.4 million citizens in Puerto Rico, the threats of deportation of 1.3 million Dreamers, and how many communities are impacted by racialized policies. People have been motivated into action and resistance and a renewed sense of solidarity often expressed through social aesthetic articulations.


This has been a year of growth and reflection for NALAC. As we approach our 29th year, we renew our commitment to support the Latinx arts and culture sector. In May 2017, we convened a stakeholders’ retreat comprised of a national, intergenerational group of Latinx artists, culture practitioners, and arts administrators to hear directly where we need to focus and strengthen our reach. We learned that there’s an earnest desire for a reciprocal relationship with NALAC as well as opportunities for intergenerational mentorship, increased networking opportunities, sustained communications, and peer learning opportunities as key to success.


After 28 years, we know that our investments stimulate artistic innovation and promote the vitality and diversity of cultural expression in communities across the nation, the results of which are manifested as the Latinx arts field achieves new milestones.


Our future forward view includes strengthening our national and international network, advancing cultural production, building leadership opportunities, and amplifying our advocacy, research, and policy work. To achieve our mission and these goals, NALAC will invest in an integrated internal capacity building framework by putting in place improved revenue development and management systems, evaluation, planning. research, technology, and communications to build our capacity to effectively support the Latinx arts and culture community.


We will continue to work in partnership with you to build and strengthen Latinx arts and culture.


Here is a snapshot of our work in 2017. Also, thank you for supporting our Giving Tuesday campaign. We look forward to your continued support in 2018. íFelices Fiestas!


Maria Lopez De Leon

President and CEO


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NALAC Timeline 1989-2017


 Southern artists represented at the NALAC Regional in Charlotte, NC.


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After the first ever Intercultural Leadership Institute in Mississippi, ILI reunited in Lakota Territory!


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The NALAC Leadership Institute turned 17 years old this July.



We hosted a Stakeholder Retreat at SAY Sí looking to the next 28 years of NALAC.


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Latinx organizers met new political realities at our Advocacy Leadership Institute in DC shaping policy and impacting research


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And we celebrated the fifty artists and organizations across the country who were awarded NALAC grants. Your support makes this possible.






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