Don't miss the job opportunities in this edition of the E-boletín and meet the NLI Class of 2016.
2015 NLI fellows in class.  Photo: Luis M. Garza
Tipping the Scales
What do we know about the incoming Class of the 2016 NALAC Leadership Institute fellows? We know that their talents stretch beyond the expressive arts and resonate within community building. They are makers, artists, thinkers, culture bearers, leaders, changemakers and organizers. They will join us from well-defined points of departure, with destinations that are a work in progress, and for a moment this summer, San Antonio gets to be a part of this springboard of infinite possibility. And so the journey begins.

This year marks the 16th anniversary of the NALAC Leadership Institute. We march into this new chapter of leadership development by tipping the scales with an alumni network that is now over 300 strong. Collectively, alumni have come to the NLI from 34 unique U.S. States and Puerto Rico, and many have since moved through and to additional states, amplifying the spheres of influence in pursuit of equity, artistic excellence, evolving aesthetics, advocating, organizing and affecting policy in board rooms and in civic society. 

Meet the NLI Class of 2016

Here is this year's NALAC Leadership Institute cohort that will be convening in San Antonio. If you're an artist or cultural worker, maybe we'll see you on this list next year! 

Betty Avila | Self Help Graphics & Art | Los Angeles, CA

Henry Brun | Award-winning Percussionist | San Antonio, TX 

Bianca de la Rocha | Carnaval San Francisco / Brava! Theater | San Francisco, CA 

Yaremis Félix-Colón | Pregones Theater + PRTT | South Richmond Hill, NY 

Lizette Garza | ElevArte Community Studio | Chicago, IL

Maria Alicia Garza | Boise State University |  Boise, ID

Beatriz Gil | Hibridos Collective | Jackson Heights, NY 

Abigail Gomez | Pretty Girl Painting | Winchester, VA 

Stephen Guzman | SAY Sí | San Antonio, TX 

Illya Haro | Casa Familiar / The Front | San Diego, CA

Damian Kelly | MACLA | San Jose, CA 

Juanita Lara | ID Studio Theater | Sunnyside, NY 

Mia Lopez | Independent Curator, Writer, and Educator | Minneapolis, MN 

Lisa Luevanos | CLAVE Detroit | Detroit, MI 

Francis Parra | ECAS Theater, Inc. | Cranston, RI 

Baruch Porras-Hernandez | Strut / San Francisco AIDS Foundation | San Francisco, CA 

Jake Prendez | Artist and Arts Advocate | Seatac, WA

Michael A. Reyes | Poet / NALAC |  Detroit, MI

Yosimar Reyes | Define American Arts Fellow | Los Angeles, CA 

Adam Rocha | SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival | San Antonio, TX

Emilio Rodriguez | Theater Artist | Hamtramck, MI

Sergio Rubio | Aurora Theater |  Lawrenceville, GA 

Amada Torruella | Columbia Film Society (d.b.a The Nickelodeon Theatre) | Columbia, SC 

Gabrielle Uballez | Working Classroom | Albuquerque, NM 

Nicolas Valdez | Interdisciplinary Artist | San Antonio, TX 

Abigail Vega | Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) | San Antonio, TX 

Keynote Speaker for the 2016 NALAC Leadership Insitute at the UTSA Downtown Campus
Designer Credit: Alejandra Maria Salazar
Save the Dates



Judy Baca will deliver the 16th NALAC Leadership Institute Keynote Address on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the University of Texas at San Antonio. For more information and to RSVP, please click here and visit the Facebook event



NALAC will convene the 31st Regional Arts Training Workshop in Charlotte, NC. We are holding the dates of September 16-17, 2016. The upcoming Regional in Charlotte will actively reach the states of Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. 



NALAC will convene a statewide Michigan Latino Arts Summit in Detroit, MI on October 7, 2016 in collaboration with Arts In A Changing America ArtChangeUS Remap: Detroit on October 6. 


Michelle Angela Ortiz, NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances grantee and former board member, was recognized by Americans for the Arts as a Public Art Network Year in Review honorees for her project Familias Separadas in Philadelphia. Read more of her profile and see images of her mural work at

Join the Thunderclap!

First Peoples Fund, Alternate ROOTS, PA'I Foundation and NALAC have been working collaboratively to develop the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) over the past few years. We are excited to announce that applications for the first ILI fellows will open on July 12, 2016. Click the link to learn more and to sign on to help us amplify the news on social media!

Now Hiring: Grants

Administrator, Research

Associates & Interns

We're hiring for the following positions: a

Grants AdministratorHouston Research Associate and Michigan Research Associate. For complete job descriptions please visit our website and apply now.

Next generation leaders can also apply for an

Internship to gain experiential knowledge of the work involved in nonprofit arts administration, understand the role of the arts in communities, and develop "real life" business skills that can be put to use in their future careers. Click here for more info.

In the News 


The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is seeking a qualified consultant to conduct a capital needs assessment and feasibility study that will inform the development of a Latino cultural institution in the City of Phoenix. Deadline: Monday, August 8, 2016 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time). For more information, download the Request for Proposals


Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post it on our Opportunities section of the NALAC website. It's free!

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is always looking for individuals with experience and expertise in one or more of the arts to serve as grant review panelists. If you're interested in becoming an NEA panelist, send an email to  for additional information.

In Memoriam 

We are 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