DAS Grant Recipients


During its inaugural year, the NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces grant program awarded $50,000 to six arts organizations for the presentation or commissioning of Latino artists and ensembles.. We invite you to learn more about the award winning projects.


2013-2014 DAS Grantees

2012-2013 DAS Grantees

2011-2012 DAS Grantees




Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, Michigan)
Partner: Francisco Mora-Catlett and AfroHORN
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Global Fridays presents Francisco Mora-Catlett and AfroHORN! | Music

To support a workshop and concert featuring renowned Afro-Latin musician Francisco Mora-Catlett and the AfroHORN project at the Arab American National Museum.


Dance Place (Washington, District of Columbia)
Partner: Rueda All Stars
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Cuba to DC, Dance | Music

To support Dance Place's relationship with the Latin community and enhance the authenticity of our Cuban dance program, the Rueda All Stars will be in residence to teach master classes and perform in interactive performance/socials. We will make special efforts for the company to engage with nearby schools and organizations including Latin American Youth Center, George Mason University, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools and Gala Hispanic Theatre. This project is meant to be an affordable way for our DC community to understand Cuban cultural traditions through dance and music.


Hi-ARTS (New York, New York)
Partner: Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $9,000
Mi Gente | Visual Arts

To support "Mi Gente" ("My People"), a photography installation to take place in Hi-ARTS' galleries in East Harlem, NYC and Pine Ridge, SD in September 2014. The piece's curator and lead artist is Carlos "Mare139" Rodriguez, an internationally acclaimed Latino sculptor and a pioneer in the art and culture of graffiti. "Mi Gente" supports Hi-ARTS' mission of engaging contemporary cultural and social-political issues directly through art. The piece, inspired by French artist JR's "Inside Out" project, will showcase large-scale, black and white portraits of the residents of Pine Ridge and East Harlem, displayed in the opposite community from which they were taken.


MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, California)
Partner: Rafael Vargas-Suarez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8,000
COSMOS CODEX | Visual Arts

MACLA proposes an unprecedented collaboration between Vargas-Suarez and NASA Ames Research Center, that will culminate with COSMOS CODEX, the artist's first-ever California exhibition. MACLA will commission new work for the exhibition as well as commission a temporary site specific outdoor mural besides including exiting work. A small number of artists focus on transforming and translating current science into art, only a few of these artists are Latino, and just one —Rafael Vargas-Suarez—addresses space technology.


Youth Speaks, Inc. (San Francisco, California)
Partner: Gabriel Cortez
Diverse Art Spaces Award $10,000
The Gabriel Cortez Book Project | Literature

To support the development and publication of a collection of original written work that reflects and represents the voices of the Bay Area's young Latin American population. This project aims to engage these young writers and their communities in critical conversations around race, identity, and culture. To achieve this, Youth Speaks will commission young writer and spoken word artist Gabriel Cortez, to create new work, facilitate creative writing workshops for other Latino youth, and present his published collection, resulting from this project, at a culminating public event.




AS 220 (Providence, RI)
Omni ZonaFranca Tour and Residency
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6838
Artistic Partner: Omni ZonaFranca | Multidisciplinary 

To support in bringing three members of the Cuban artist collective Omni-Zonafranca as visiting artists to La MaMa in Manhattan and AS220 in Providence, RI.  The residencies by Omni-Express members: Amaury Pacheco del Monte, David Escalona Carrillo and Luis Eligio Perez Meriño will bring exciting opportunities for intercultural exchange, engaging audiences and the artist communities of AS220 and La MaMa with interactive crossover events that fuse experimental music and sound with visual art and theater, public workshops, talkbacks and collaborative creation.
Website: www.as220.org


Ballet Hispanico of New York (New York, NY)
Danzon with live music at the Apollo Theater
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8082
Artistic Partner: Paquito D'Rivera | Dance

To support Paquito D'Rivera's artist fee for live accompaniment of BH Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro's "Danzón" at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, December 1, 2012.
Website: www.ballethispanico.org


Efforts of Grace (New Orleans, LA)
The African Presence in Mexico
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6970
Artistic Partner: National Museum of Mexican Art | Visual Arts

To support African Presence in Mexico educational panels and related public programs September 12 - November 3, 2013. Artist Hugo Montero will exhibit work and conduct lecture/demonstrations during the run of the exhibition and Dr. Sagrario Cruz, a leading expert on people of African descent in Mexico, will serve as the project's educational consultant.
Website: www. http://www.ashecac.org/main/


Hip-Hop Theater Festival (Brooklyn, NY)
Fat Boy
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6290
Artistic Partner: Teo Castellanos | Dance

To support Fat Boy, a non-linear story based on American consumerism and waste, juxtaposed against world hunger and poverty. The work takes a journey through a rice cultivation ritual, surreal character narration, voiceovers, Zen ritual movement and B-Girl/Boy (Breaking) choreography. Elements of the piece are influenced by cultural and sub-cultural phenomena of the 1980s. This includes not only Breaking, but also reggae dub music (composed by Grammy-nominated DJ Le Spam), sounds of thunder and lighting used by Jamaican dancehall DJs, and stylized text (i.e., Spoken Word or Toasting). The work is also influenced by the visual art of Kara Walker.
Website: http://www.hi-artsnyc.org/


Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San Jose, CA)
Grados Inefables
Diverse Art Spaces Award $6885
Artistic Partner: Desmar Guevara | Music

To support Grados Inefables (Ineffable Degrees), a 50-minute chamber music work in four movements by seasoned New York-based Puerto Rican composer and pianist Desmar Guevara. We will present a residency with him including public performance, youth engagement and community engagement.
Website: www.maclaarte.org


PA'I Foundation (Honolulu, HI)
Kūka'i: A Cultural Learning Exchange
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7275
Artistic Partner: El Teatro Campesino | Theatre

To support the cultural learning exchange between El Teatro Campesino, PA'I Foundation and the community of Honolulu will feature three components centered on the notions of preservation and perpetuation of culture: a) a theatrical demonstration of El Teatro Campesino's activist-orient Chicano Theater, b) a public dialogue addressing cross-generational community leadership, and c) a "Theater of the Sphere" workshop – a theatrical training method based on the thought and culture of the Americas and built on the nexus between artistic excellence and community activism.
Website: www.paifoundation.org


Pregones Theater (The Bronx, NY)
Artistic Residency - March Is Music 2013
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7710
Artistic Partner: Quinteto Latino | Music

To support the artistic residency by Quinteto Latino and Guillermo Galindo as part of Pregones Theater's March Is Music series in 2013, including the NY premiere of "Voces del Desierto". Dates of engagement: March 12-17, 2013. Location: The Bronx, NYC. Public events in weeklong residency: 1 evening-length concert, 2 meet-the-artist lecture demonstrations, and 3 school/family concerts. Activities serve a diverse, largely Latino audience.
Website: www.pregones.org





Amigos del Museo del Barrio, Inc.-dba El Museo del Barrio
New York, NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7600
Artistic Partner: Speak Up!/Speak Out!

Featured artists include: Tito Luna, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs, Bonafide Rojas,Sheila Maldonado and Emanuel Xavier The major project activities will consist of six spoken word recitals on the third Saturday evening of the month, from September 17, 2011 through May 19, 2012 (except for December 2011, and January and February 2012). Each session will be organized and hosted by a guest poet, who will curate the event by selecting four additional poets to perform. There is an open mic session at the beginning of the program, when audience members are invited to participate.
Website: www.elmuseo.org


Asian Arts Initiative
Philadelphia, PA
Diverse Art Spaces Award $10,000
Artistic Partner: Illuminate Me featuring Las Gallas

The goals of the project are to: 1) Explore the larger human connections and experiences between Asian and Latino cultures; 2) Celebrate our respective anniversaries (launching with Las Gallas 10th anniversary in Fall 2011 and culminating with Asian Arts Initiative's20th anniversary in 2013); 3) Demonstrate an integrated model of addressing social issues while maintaining a process of quality art-making and artistic production; and 4)Premiere the work of the project during the 2012 NALAC Conference in Philadelphia, to bring the dialogue to a national level.
Website: www.asianartsinitiative.org
Grant Award: $10,000


Intersection for the Arts-(Campo Santo)
San Francisco, CA
Diverse Art Spaces Award $7600
Artistic Partner: Alleluia, The Road

Intersection for the Arts' resident theatre company Campo Santo will work with MacArthur Genius Award Winning writer Luis Alfaro to create an outreach process and a new play, Alleluia, The Road, inspired by August Strindberg’s The Road To Damascus, exploring seven stops on California’s Highway 99 from Disneyland to the Golden Gate Bridge. Alfaro will show us a tale that spans time. Overall this project is a study of California through the lens of our Central Valley cities, the rural towns, the churches, the bars, the meetings places that run through the heart of California from top to bottom.
Website: theintersection.org


La Mama Experimental Theatre Club
New York, NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $8075
Artistic Partner: Urban Odyssey featuring Federico Restrepo, LOCO7 Dance Puppet Theatre Company founder

Urban Odyssey depicts the experience of immigration to America through movement and visual theatre. It is a new work that is the culmination of a ten year investigation. The aim of this project is to foster tolerance and broaden the human perspective. Immigration is and has always been the cornerstone of American culture and this work aims to give that cornerstone a voice and meaningful recognition.
Website: lamama.org

Miami Light Project Inc.
Miami, FL
Diverse Art Spaces Award $5862
Artistic Partner: Third World Trinity (working title) featuring Teo Castellanos

In keeping with the Teo Castellanos D-Projects mission of fusing world culture, religion and music to examine social issues via performance, Teo Castellanos (actor, director) will collaborate with Tarell McCraney (playwright) to create a new performance work steeped in ritual and filled with musical language/era related songs to tell a unique story of Puerto Rican Nationalism, the Drug wars of the late 1980s and the timeless tale of brotherhood. Based on real events, this project promises to be a powerful retrospective of growing up and out as a Hispanic in post Regan-era America.
Website: www.miamilightproject.com


Teatro Pregones Theater
The Bronx,  NY
Diverse Art Spaces Award $5862
Artistic Partner: Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra @ March Is Music featuring Bobby Sanabria

Pregones Theater will present master percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, a resident professional project of the Manhattan School of Music, as part of its March is Music series in 2012. The 3-day artistic residency will harbor 1 evening-length concert and 2 meet-the-artist conversations. Maestro Sanabria's Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra is the outcome of a sustained 30-plus year inquiry into the evolution of the Latin jazz big band after Mario Grandfather of Afro-Cuban Jazz Bauzá.
Website: www.pregones.org