E-boletín   May 2015 EDITION

Ongoing advocacy
When it comes to advocacy, NALAC has made it an utmost priority to be active in furthering our collective vision of a more just, equitable, and democratic society while, at the same time, actively pursue ways in which all Latinos can participate in advocacy efforts. This means our definitions of advocacy must remain open to shifts or fluctuations in how the spheres of arts and cultures are progressively mapped, so that our own efforts remain agile enough to respond to and, often more importantly, anticipate emerging trends in funding, policy, and overall development.  
So we ask: How do we as advocates prompt our field to be more nimble? Find out what we think... and act with us right now by sharing this article on Facebook and Twitter.  
Advocate from home right now
No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do, if you believe art and artistic expression is an important part of our cultural landscape--and is an economic driver in your communities--you can make your voice heard. Americans for the Arts cultivates and supports the arts in America to ensure that every American has access to the transformative power of the arts. They offer wonderful tools for people like you to advocate from your computer. Check out these links for individuals and organizations.
Bobby Lefebre is an alumni of both the NALAC Leadership Institute (Class of 2011) and Advocacy Leadership Institute (Class of 2014). This month he was named part of the "100 Colorado Creatives" by the Denver Westword and we wanted to share his interview. Next month he will be participating in the fourth International Poetic Zone Festival in La Habana Cuba. We're all excited for you Bobby!
Project Manager, Artspace
Assistant Lighting Supervisor, The Public Theater
Professional Development Grants, Arizona Commission on the Arts
Executive Director, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra
Marketing AssociateMark DeGarmo Dance
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! 
Reflections of a black female scholar: I know what it feels like to be invisible
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Latino artists and scholars who paved the way for new artists today. We honor the below, and remember all those who have died at the hands of injustice.

Eduardo Galeano, award-winning Uruguayan writer and leading leftwing intellectual


"NALAC's grants are invaluable services to Latino cultural groups nationwide. On behalf of Arturo O'Farrill and the board of directors of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, we thank NALAC for their most meaningful support for our work to promote, educate and perpetuate Afro Latin Jazz."  

- Nina Olson
Afro Latin Jazz Alliance  
NALAC Fund for the Arts Grantee Artist/Ensemble
Have you registered for our NALAC Regional Arts Workshop in Detroit?   
The countdown is on! Artists, arts administrators and advocates from around the country will gather in Detroit, Michigan, June 5-6 for our NALAC Regional Arts Training. Register today to join us for this two-day training that not only offers professional development, but also a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. Award-winning performance poet, playwright and performer Magdalena Gomez will be our featured keynote.  
Registration is just $20 for members and $40 for future members and you can register right now. Get details and sign-up now!  
There's still time to submit a Transnational Cultural Remittance Grant application
May 21 is the deadline for artists, collectives and community-based organizations in the United States, Mexico and Central America engaged in a continuous and ongoing artistic exchange to apply for a Transnational Cultural Remittance Grant from NALAC. If you have (or wish to create) a program that supports, preserves and extends the cultural practices between communities in two or more countries, apply now

Find out who joined us in Washington, D.C. for our Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI)
We were in our nation's capital April 28-30 for a dynamic hands-on training with Latino arts advocates from across the country committed to enhancing their own skills and knowledge about the role of government in the arts field. It was an intense and productive three days of meetings with noted political leaders on Capitol Hill and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, meetings with senior staff at the National Endowment for the Arts, and a visit to the White House. This year's Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellows included:  
  • Luis Garza (Texas), National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
  • Irasema Gonzalez (Illinois), ElevArte 
  • Dinorah Marquez (Wisconsin), Latino Art Inc. LASP 
  • Cathy Junia (Illinois), Interfaith Worker Justice 
  • Martha Martinez (Rhode Island), Rhode Island Latino Arts Center 
  • Angel Quesada (Texas), Houston Arts Alliance 
  • Jesse Shortbull (South Dakota), First Peoples Fund 
  • Desiree Smith (California), San Francisco Heritage 
  • Jecamiah Ybanez (Washington, DC), Theatre Director 
NALAC welcomes one of it's own back to the team
Gabriel Magraner first joined NALAC as part of the team responsible for the 2012 National Conference in Philadelphia. Now he's back... this time as Director of Programs. Most recently he was awarded two Fulbright ETA grants to Brazil, where he served as a program mentor and taught English at the Federal University of Goiás and the University of Brasília. "I'm at NALAC because I'm excited by the opportunity to work with and support Latino artists and arts professionals who build community, seek collaboration, and bridge cultures."  
Two Latino artists named recipients of Doris Duke Performing Arts Awards
Congratulations to Mildred Ruiz Sapp and Paul Flores, two of 20 artists recently named recipients of the 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artists Award. The award is a program undertaken by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Creative Capital, to empower, invest in and celebrate artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding as a response to financial and funding challenges both unique to the performing arts and to each grantee.  
Learn more about what Mildred and Paul are doing in the field 
Become an NEA panelist
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) relies upon the assistance of panelists from around the country who are experts in their fields. Each panel includes at least one layperson--someone who is knowledgeable about the arts but who is not engaged in the arts as a profession. Annually, they conduct more than 75 review panels, involving 400-500 panelists, in the evaluation of approximately 5,000 applications. To review these applications, they assemble different panels each year, reflecting a wide-range of diversity. The NEA is always looking for laypeople, as well as experts in the arts, to serve as panelists. If you're interested in learning more about becoming a NEA panelist, send your resume to panelistforms@arts.gov for additional information.
Download the NEA Panelists Form
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is a legacy organization investing in the Latino heritage of this nation. For over 25 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 www.nalac.org or like us on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/Nalac.arts1.
Main photo: Fellows in front of the National Portrait Gallery during the 2015 Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington, DC.Top things to know photo: Yvonne Montoya and Carlos Velzaquez at the 2013 Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington, DC.