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March 2018

Slow & Low: Chicago Lowrider Fest via Chicago Lowrider Preservation Project (Photo: Sebastian Hidalgo)

Give Big Today

NALAC is a national organization, and we are proud to be headquartered on the West Side of San Antonio. Today is the Big Give fundraiser in our community, and we invite you to support NALAC as we approach our 29th birthday. 

Latinx artists and community arts and culture organizations lead the way in our communities by redefining narratives, practicing traditions, and shaping futures. 

We're honored to support artists representing all Latinidades and creative disciplines. Through our competitive grants, we made 40 awards earlier this year totaling $232,000 to cultural workers and organizations spanning Tucson to Kalamazoo. Through our leadership programs, we work closely with arts workers at all stages of their careers and connect a national community of changemakers.

Thank you for supporting our work. We hope you'll consider donating to NALAC and help us reach our goal by midnight!


Arts Advocacy Victory in Congress

Because of the work of arts advocates like you, federal funding for the arts is slated to increase despite attempts to slash crucial institutions and programs. Here are some of the new allocations at-a-glance:
  • The National Endowments for the Arts will get $152.8 million, a $3 million increase over the last fiscal year.  
  • The National Endowment for the Humanities will get $152.8 million, a $3 million increase over the last fiscal year.
  • The National Gallery of Art will get $165.9 million, a $1.04 million increase in funding.
  • The Smithsonian Institution will get a billion dollars in funding. 
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will receive $40.5 million, $4 million more than the last fiscal year.
Earlier this month NALAC was on the ground in Washington D.C. with 550 other advocates for Arts Advocacy Day organized by Americans for the Arts. How do your elected representatives stack up when it comes to support for the arts and culture field? We encourage you to review the Congressional Arts Handbook to access data, research, and a congressional report card. Access it here.

Announcing the 2018 ALI Fellows

This April, NALAC will host the 8th edition of the Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. with sessions on Capitol Hill, at Americans for the Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress. Meet the 2018 ALI Class: 

Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Curator (NY)
Mary Elizabeth Cantu, Spare Parts | SAISD Foundation (TX)
Leticia Contreras, Alternate ROOTS | Mujeres Malas (TX)
Amanda Cortes, The Chicago ACT Collective (IL)
Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick, Douglas County Food Policy Council (KS)
Adriana Gaviria, Artist (NY)
Olga Granda, Miami New Drama (FL)
Alicia Guerrero, Nuestro Grupo and Academia Cuauhtli (TX)
Hillary Kempenich, Artist (ND)
Bernardo Mazon, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (CA)
Lauren M. Pacheco, Chicago Lowrider Festival (IL & IN)
Isha Renta, Semilla Cultural (VA)
Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, The University of Texas at Austin (TX)
Yancy Villa, Artist (TN)

Field News

NALAC has signed onto a letter organized by GreenLatinos in support of Chicano Park and the community of Barrio Logan, San Diego, in their fight for respect, safety, and the right to celebrate, preserve, and conserve their history and culture. Read the full letter.

First Peoples Fund, an Intercultural Leadership Institute core partner, has announced their 2018 Community Spirit Awardees. 

The National Hispanic Media Coalition has sent a letter to Netflix supporting the renewal of "One Day at a Time" in order to promote positive representations of Latinos in the media.

Public Art Challenge

The 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge encourages mayors in cities across the country to partner with artists and arts organizations to apply for a grant of up to $1 million for temporary public art projects that enliven neighborhoods and strengthen communities. Three cities will be selected to participate in this program. This Challenge seeks to elevate the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The application deadline is April 19. Watch this video and visit the website to learn more. 


Alumni News

Diana Rivera (NLI '17) has co-curated "Black Velvet: A Rasquache Aesthetic," an exhibition of 86 pieces traveling the state of Michigan. Learn more via Latino USA.



The New York Times looks at high school folklórico organized by ArteAmericas and Danzantes del Valle in California. Senior Jenny Cruz explains, "There are many people who are hating our culture right now. Dancing makes you feel empowered over the hate.” 

We stand with those who amplify the life and work of Marielle Franco, a queer black politician assassinated this month in Rio. 

Puerto Rican artist Jo Cosme created a deck of black and white tarot cards inspired by Hurricane Maria and is interviewed by Hyperallergic: "While creating the deck I came to a sudden realization: Hurricane Maria no doubt was a monster, but the true catastrophe came after the hurricane. And it was the humanitarian detachment from our local and federal government."


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, Institutes & Programs
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, San Antonio Area Foundation and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

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