Hear from our newest boardmembers, and check out our new look!
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This month, NALAC sat down with our newest board members, Gabriel Abaroa and Ramón Rivera-Servera, to hear their perspectives on the field of arts and cultures. We are proud to have the guidance of a dedicated Board of Directors, and are excited to share their perspectives with our communities. As artists, art administrators, scholars, organizers, and more, our board members shape the work we do so that we can best serve Latinx communities around the country. Ramón Rivera-Servera serves as the Chair of Performance Studies Department and Director of Graduate Studies at Northwestern University, and Gabriel Abaroa is the President/CEO of The Latin Recording Academy.
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We Have a New Look!

We are very excited to unveil our new and redesigned e-boletín with this issue! We hope you'll enjoy the new look, and that you find it easier than ever to stay up-to-date with NALAC news. As we continue improving our communications, keep an eye out for a survey where we'll learn more about you and your interests!

Connecting with Latinx Arts in the New South

Earlier this month, artists, organizers, and scholars from 31 towns and cities in 10 different states convened for the 31st NALAC Regional in Charlotte. The Regional represented an opportunity to listen and connect with cultural workers in the Southeast— particularly those advocating for undocumented, queer, and rural communities. We’re thankful to the North Carolina Humanities Council for their hospitality and collaboration. If you missed the Regional, check out the full agenda here. In next month’s E-Boletín we’ll take a closer look at the themes explored.
Liz Ojeda, Nopalito Studios

Federal Arts Updates

Federal funding for the arts is facing many challenges and our advocacy is important to continue to make the case for the investment in the nation’s cultural traditions. Recently, there has been some movement at the Federal level around the arts, and we invite you to consider some of the updates and reach out to your Congressional representatives to support positive legislation! One piece of legislation we are excited about is the American Arts Revival Act of 2017, which helps reduce the massive amount of student loan debt felt by millions of young adults while concurrently encourages participation in the arts- which is scientifically proven to benefit the lives of those who engage. We also support Sen. Leahy's Artist-Museum Partnership Act of 2017, which would more fairly grant tax deductions artists donating their work.

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Welcome to the NLI Class of 2017!

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. Meet our 2017 Fellows who will be convening in San Antonio, TX, this July.
Dante Alencastre, CA
Nahshon Anderson, NY
Rebecca Beltran, IL
Elisa Bocanegra, OR
Mari Burgos, CO
Alejandra Cisneros, CA
Mario Contreras, IL
Christie Correa, NJ
Diana Farfan, SC
Claudia Femenias, NC
Moises Garcia, CA
Liza Garza, GA
Adriana Gaviria, NY
Jadira Gurule, NM
Jennifer Herrera, TX
Alexandra Jimenez, AZ
Dalila Paola Mendez, CA
Vagner Mendonça Whitehead, TX
Valeria Miranda, CA
Claudia Moran, CO
Javier Perez, TX
Mayra Ponce, CA
Angelina Ramirez, AZ
William Ramirez, CA
Annette Ramos, NY
Diana Rivera, MI
Josue Rojas, CA
Ali Toxtli, NJ
Lia Uribe, AR

Chicago, IL | Latinx Artists Retreat

NALAC alumni J. Soto (ALI '17), Gibran Villalobos (ALI '16), and Mia Lopez (NLI '16) convened the first Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR) in Chicago at the end of May. The mission of the LXAR was to bring together Latinx cultural producers across disciplines to discuss contemporary issues, and develop strategies to confront systemic oppression. Over 40 artists and arts administrators participated in this years' LXAR, setting the stage for future years' events.


Miami, FL | International Hispanic Theater Festival

Multiple venues, July 6-23, 2017

Join Teatro Avante in exploring award-winning theater performance from around the world at the International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami this July. Featured works hail from Portugal, Argentina, El Salvador, and more.


South Carolina | Voces Latinas del Low Country

Building upon its efforts to document the experiences of Latino immigrants to South Carolina, The Citadel Oral History Program was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Donnelly Foundation to support the planning of “Los Ecos”—a multimedia art exhibition reflecting key themes in the lives of Latino immigrants of the South Carolina Low Country. Exhibit planning is conducted in partnership with Palmetto Luna, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Latino artists and culture in South Carolina. Twenty South Carolina artists have been selected to create art inspired by first-hand accounts of Latino immigration. Keep an eye out for artist announcements this week!


A mural by Adriana Garcia (2015 NFA San Antonio Artist Grantee) was selected to line San Pedro Creek in San Antonio, TX, as part of the development of a linear park. Her work will be 15 feet tall and 120 feet long, and is centered around the theme “from all roads, we are one."



Hundreds Protest SB 4 on Final Day of 85th Legislature
Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) would make sanctuary cities illegal in Texas. The Austin Statesman reports on a tense day of protests.

The "Artwashing" of America
A controversial look at the arts & gentrification in the Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. Read it with a look at a new development, and an exploration of how Boyle Heights is different

This Latinx Installation Artist is Making Piñatas that Say Something About Race, Culture and Queerness
Artist Justin Favela delves into complex topics with his eye-catching, piñata-inspired works. Las Vegas Weekly takes another look.


Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
NALAC Jobs Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries
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!

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 FoundationW. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For 28 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 premier 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 www.nalac.org or like us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1 and Instagram at www.instagram.com/nalac_arts
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