In this month's e-Boletin, we announce opportunities to particiapte in our Regional
via livestream, the launch of NALAC's Michigan Initiative
and the 2016 Advocacy Leadership Fellows. 
Designer credit: Greg Zaragoza 
Celebrating 27 Years of NALAC and 30 Regionals

What better way to celebrate NALAC's 27th Anniversary than with a regional gathering of intergenerational artists and cultural thinkers representing multiple Latinidades, arts disciplines and geographies.  NALAC proudly presents the 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop to take place in our hometown of San Antonio, April 28-30. The 3-day multi-media event will activate different culture hubs in the City to bring dynamic, timely, thought-provoking experiences, resources, and more than 40 speakers from the region and across the country.


There's still time to register online or on-site. . Youth 18 and under can attend for free using the code FUTURE. 


The first session, Nuestras Historias: Latin@s in the Arts, is free and open to the public. Speakers include scholar Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, author Anel Flores, and artist Agustina Woodgate. RSVP here .


Our Regional is Crossing Borders with Howlround

NALAC is proud to work with Howlround to broadcast our Regional around the globe. Four sessions will be livestreamed from the convening: the plenary panel  Art and Social Activism , the  Keynote Address "Our Powerful Cultural Currents: Strengthening Collaborations"  by Shey Rivera (AS220, Providence); a presentation and cooking demonstration  Texas Mexican Cuisine: Cooking as an Aesthetic Practice  by Chef Adán Medrano; and a panel featuring presentations and performances by youth artists entitled  Youth Leading Forward: Aesthetics Invervention . To watch the livestream and learn more about each session visit the Howlround  site. 

Livestream Schedule:

Friday, April 29, 2016
12:15pm EDT (New York) / 11:15am CST (San Antonio) / 9:15am PDT (Los Angeles)

Plenary Session: Art and Social Activism

Friday, April 29, 2016
1:45pm EDT (New York) / 12:45pm CST (San Antonio) / 10:45am PDT (Los Angeles)

Keynote Address with Shey Rivera- Our Powerful Cultural Currents: Strengthening Collaborations (Please note the Keynote will be preceded by a 30 minute performance by Conjunto Heritage Taller.)

Saturday, April 30, 2016
10:00am EDT (New York) / 9:00am CST (San Antonio) / 7:00am PDT (Los Angeles)

Texas Mexican Cuisine: Cooking as an Aesthetic Practice, presented by Chef Adán Medrano
Saturday, April 30, 2016
4:45pm EDT (New York) / 3:45pm CST (San Antonio) / 1:45pm PDT (Los Angeles)Youth Leading Forward: Aesthetic Intervention


Performance Exchange at Grace in Action in Detroit, MI
Building Equal Voice for the Growing Latino Population in Michigan through Arts and Culture 

With generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, NALAC is making strategic investments in Michigan to bolster leadership development, grow networks and partnerships locally, regionally and nationally and provide financial resources for those front line artists and organizations involved in effecting change through arts and culture.

While NALAC has had a presence nationally, we believe that building locally is paramount to the real, long-term and sustainable outcomes we seek alongside our communities, as such, we seek to build out capacity and encourage advocacy for and by Latino communities in Michigan through the following objectives: building a field and leadership conduit for Latinos in Michigan; strategic grantmaking; fostering connective tissue; amplifying advocacy and research.

In the past year, NALAC has already hosted a Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, awarded two grants to the El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil from Flint and the Arab American National Museumin Dearborn to bring in artist Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet. 

Most recently NALAC hired Detroit artist Michael Reyes as the Michigan Latino Arts Program Associate. Together in partnership with University Musical Society, Grace in Action and Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán we  co-hosted a residency with young female Mariachi vocalists from Texas and Detroit multidisciplinary youth artists where they had an opportunity to network, discuss their arts practices and perform with eachother. Additionally, we  welcomed community artists, organizations and audience members to a Pre-Concert Reception at the Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. View event photos here. 

Michigan Research Associate Position - Open until filled

NALAC is recruiting an experienced Research Associate to identify the existing ecosystem of Latina/o arts communities and efforts throughout the State of Michigan, conduct asset mapping, and consequently expand the Latina/o voice in the Region. Access job description and application requirements here.
Announcing the 2016 Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellows 

2016 marks a significant year for the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) as we broadened eligibility by lifting the Alumni requirement and welcoming applications from all professional artists, culture bearers and arts leaders. Representing the largest ALI class to date, Fellows of the 2016 cohort hail from 14 congressional districts around the country. The sixth Advocacy Leadership Institute will take place  May 17-19, 2016 in Washington D.C.; it is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field.   

The ALI underscores NALAC's commitment to continue developing the capacity and potential of Latino artists, cultural workers and allies to shape arts policy on the national and international stage. As Latinos continue to grow as a recognizable voice of advocacy, we can do our part in the arts to shape American politics and convert electoral clout into meaningful, comprehensive social change.

Sandra Andino, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Erika Arakaki, Foundation of Latin American and Latin@ Culture Arts (Lexington, KY)

Rossana Espinoza, Latino Economic Development Center (Silver Spring, MD)

Abigail Gomez, Pretty Girl Painting (Winchester, VA)

Jon Hinojosa, SAY Sí (San Antonio, TX)

Mari Hernandez, Blue Star Contemporary (San Antonio, TX)

Stephen Ingle, Creative Kids (El Paso, TX)

David Lozano, Cara Mia Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX)

Vagner Mendonca Whitehead, Oakland University (Ferndale, MI)

Alberto Mejia, Dougherty Arts Center/Parks and Recreation (Austin, TX)

Rebecca Nevarez, Latino Arts Network of California (Pasadena, CA)

Susana Quintanilla, El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil (Flint, MI)

Michael Reyes, NALAC (Detroit, MI)

Anthony Rodriguez, Aurora Theatre, Inc. (Lawrenceville, GA)

Gibran Villalobos, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
The Big Give S.A. in San Antonio 

This Sunday, May 1, we turn 27 years old (we're looking good for 27, yes?!). Help us celebrate our birthday with a donation this Tuesday, May 3. For the first time ever, we are participating in The Big Give S.A. in San Antonio, a community-wide giving challenge to collectively help our community's nonprofits make a greater impact. When you give at this link on Tuesday, we even have a chance to win up to $10,000 to support our programs. 

Every dollar makes a difference. It's not just the amount you can give, but the number of donors who support us. Please consider supporting us this Tuesday.
NALAC NFA Grantee Cecilia Aldarondo was interviewed by Gawker for her upcoming film Memories of a Penitent HeartRead it here.  
In the News 


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In Memoriam   

We were saddened to hear of the passing of artists and activists who paved the way for our work today. We honor the below, and remember all those who have died at the hands of injustice.

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For 27 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 or like us on Facebook at
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