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The Quinceañera I never had. Laredo, TX. May, 2017 by Adriana Monsalve (NFA '16)

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 practioners, 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
See More: Year in Review



Apply now for 2018 Leadership Opportunities

A rigorous year-long leadership program for artists, culture bearers and other arts professionals created by Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, PA'I Foundation and NALAC out of our shared commitment to pursue cultural equity.

Deadline to apply: January 17, 2018
Dates: September 12 - 18, 2018; January 23 - 29, 2019; May 1 - 7, 2019
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A three-day intensive, hands-on training open to all artists and cultural workers that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field.

Deadline to apply: February 1, 2018
Dates: April/May 2018 in Washington, D.C.
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A week-long intensive program in arts management and leadership development that provides multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions.

Deadline to apply: February 15, 2018
Dates: July 16 - 21, 2018 in San Antonio, TX
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San Antonio | NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

The New York Foundation of the Arts is now accepting applications for the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in San Antonio. It's open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in the San Antonio area and provided free of charge to accepted participants. NALAC is excited to serve as a partner alongside SAY Sí, Blue Star Contemporary, Artpace, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

Deadline to apply: Monday, January 8. Learn more here.

Funding Equity Work

Artplace America has announced 23 awards for creative placemaking projects where arts and culture strategies play an integral role in strengthening the social, physical, and economic fabric of communities. Awardees include Southwest Folklife Alliance (AZ), Garage Cultural (MI), and Re:Vision (CO).

The Surdna Foundation is celebrating its 100th birthday with the announcement of a new $4.5 million investment in equitable community development led by community members. Surdna's catalytic contribution to the Amplify Fund will seed a multimillion-dollar pooled fund to put neighborhood development in the hands of the residents of those communities.

LA | Mano-Made: New Expression in Craft

Visit the Center for American Craft between December 2, 2017 and January 20, 2018 to view fiber artist Consuelo Jimenez Underwood's latest site-specific installation. Assisted by LA artist, Sheila Rodriguez, students from nearby Fairfax High School and Clinton Middle School will construct flowers and power wands to be included in her latest Flower/Power Borderline. This project is supported by a 2016 NALAC Fund for the Arts Master Artist Grant.

San Antonio | Chicana Feelings Y Más

Three San Antonio NALAC Fund for the Arts grantees open shows this month:

Entre Orillas is a photography exhibition with parallel works by Arlene Mejorado and Adriana Monsalve. The exhibition aims to create a space for conversations around the borderlands, existing binaries, femme queerness and women themes. This project is supported by a 2016 NALAC Fund for the Arts Master Artist Grant.

Opening in conjunction with Entre Orillas at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, artist Sarah Castillo presents Chicana Feelings, an autoethnographic project that works to actualize a tactile reality of Mestiza Consciousness.

See Artist Raul Gonzalez's work at Doing Werk at Freight Gallery. The project illuminates two subjects that deeply inform his practice: being the progeny of hard-working immigrants and being a stay-at-home father to two vibrant girls.

Hurricane María Relief Drive for Artists

Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre proudly stands with Puerto Rico's artists as they begin the long process of rebuilding and maintaining their vital cultural voices. Your gift helps put emergency cash in the hands of artists with whom Pregones/PRTT has a history of exchange and collaboration, and who are also invited to identify subsequent micro-grant recipients. Learn more and donate here.
PRTT Hurricane Maria Relief Drive


Photographer Laura Aguilar's self-portraits underscore her body "as subject and symbol" in exploring Mexican-American and lesbian identity.

Illustrator Emerald Pellot speaks with Remezcla about her work celebrating WOC: “I’ve always felt … out of place as a Latin person, because I’m Afro-Latinx, and so I don’t read as Latino even to other Latinos even though so many of them look like me. It makes absolutely no sense."

A Latina in Museums seeks to uplift Latinx voices in museum spaces.

The new tax bill puts low-income artist housing at risk. An amendment proposes removing artists’ housing from the list of qualified groups who can benefit from federally subsidized low-income housing.


Shey Rivera Ríos (ILI'17) is interviewed by Vagabond City about her work as a poet, artist, curator, and director. Shey is the Artistic Director at AS220, an internationally renowned arts center in Providence, RI.



Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
Open Positions at NALAC Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries Conferences, Institues & Programs
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In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

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