Register for NALAC's Regional in Charlotte, NC!

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Young participants at the Indie Grits Visiones Festival in Columbia, SC. Photo credit: Sean Rayford


Latinx in the New South


Between 1980 and 2000, Latinx populations in Charlotte grew 932%. The numbers are staggering. They capture how the city, along with other metropolitan areas such as Raleigh and Atlanta, experienced so-called Latinx "hypergrowth." Behind the numbers there are histories of individuals coming to North Carolina to work in migrant labor as well as construction, business, and finance. How does the rapid demographic growth at hand translate to the Latinx arts and culture sector? What does it mean to be Latinx in the South today? These questions inform our next convening-- the NALAC Regional in Charlotte on June 2-3, 2017 in partnership with the North Carolina Humanities Council.


Keep reading to explore the interesting dynamics in this growing region.



Register for the NALAC Regional in Charlotte, NC


Detail: Ballet Hispanico (DAS '15)BalletHispanicoThe online registration page is live for the 31st NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshop on June 2-3, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina! It promises to be a great learning and networking opportunity with regional and national leaders, keynote speakers, vibrant performances and engaging community discussion responding to the state of Latinx arts and cultures. Join us on Friday for our kickoff event and on Saturday for a jam-packed day of panels and conversations. We are thrilled to partner with the North Carolina Humanities Council's Journey in the New South initiative. To register, visit this link.


Reflecting on ALI 2017


2017ALIFellowsNEA2017 ALI Fellows at the NEALast month, fourteen fellows joined NALAC team members in Washington D.C. to learn about and conduct advocacy efforts as part of our 2017 Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). We learned from a diverse group of professionals from Americans for the Arts, Dance/USA, Performing Arts Alliance, the National Portrait Gallery, the Archives of American Art, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Library of Congress, and the NEA. Our fellows and team members also met with their Senators and Representatives to express their views on the arts, immigration, healthcare and more. We celebrated the ALI with a reception at the Library of Congress honoring Juan Felipe Herrera, poet laureate. .


Take a look at some photos from our journey and read more here.


NALAC joins the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda


NALAC is proud and excited to join the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda (NHLA), a coalition of Latino advocacy organizations. We look forward to contributing to NHLA's collective expertise in order to improve the lives of Latino communities around the country. Read the press release here.


Rembering Xóchitl Gil0Higuchi: "Love More Fear Less"


2017 xochitlI envision a place of beauty and magic where myths and dreams intercept with our everyday life; a place in which borders and identities are transcended, and respect and understanding of our shared humanity begins. - Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi.


The NALAC family is saddened to share the news of Xóchitl Gil-Higuchi's passing. Our thoughts are with her husband Shinsuke Higuchi, her family, friends, and communities. Xóchitl's artistic and nurturing spirit touched so many lives and we are honored to count her as a Nalaquera (NLI Alum 2007). Born in Nogales, Sonora, México, Xóchitl grew up along the southern and northern Arizona borderlands connecting with México as well as Navajo and Hopi Nations. Since graduating Cum Laude in Studio Art from the University of Arizona in 1996, Xóchitl's work was featured in over 40 exhibitions from New York City to Mexico City, published in both Chicana/o Contemporary Art (Bilingual Press 2003) and Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture (Greenwood Press 2004), printed with Self Help Graphics, and awarded the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. In addition to her extensive artistic portfolio, Xóchitl's dedication to community was palpable in her cultural work as co-founder of the Latinx-based arts collective gallery/workshop Raíces Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as Education Outreach Coordinator at the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives, Education Curator at Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, and as director of an experimental neighborhood art and culture facility, Art & Culture Partnership - Art 4 U. As an arts educator, Xóchitl directed over 10 youth mural projects, designed and managed a youth serigraph apprenticeship program, and directed programs and exhibits for the Tucson Children's Museum.




2017 Omnibus Spending Bill increases Funding for the Arts


In their omnibus spending bill, Congress recommended increases for the arts for the remainder of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, including a $1.9M increase to the NEA. President Trump signed the bill last Friday, both averting a government shut down and granting the increased spending for FY2017.

The budget blueprint for 2018 spending still threatens the future of federally funded arts. Take a look at our statement here to learn about how you can take action.


Denver, CO | Mi Tierra at the Denver Art Museum


Gabriel Dawe Plexus 49through October 22, 2016
Denver Art Museum
100 W. 14th Ave Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

If you have not made it yet, check out Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place at the Denver Art Museum. The praise for the exhibit continues, and is well earned. Mi Tierra addresses questions of place, belonging and identity, contextualizing them within the American Southwest. If you aren't in the area, read Hyperallergenic's in-depth coverage.


Virtual Reality | In Danger of Deportation VR series


The video team at Univision Digital News pulled together a virtual reality (VR) series on the impacts of current immigration policies and threats. The series, In Danger of Deportation, screened publicly at South Carolina's Indie Grits festival, but is also available to viewers everywhere online.


Experience the series for yourself on a VR headset or smartphone on YouTube, here.


Podcast | Sangre Celestial, A Radionovela


SPANISH celestial blood podcast art 1KCRW, a National Public Radio station member from Santa Monica, California, recently launched Sangre Celestial, a podcast and radionovela created by and for latinx communities. The story follows the love, mystery and drama of a family spread across the U.S., Mexico, and the Dominican Republic, and is an original work by Mexican writer, director and playwright, Mariana Carreno King. Among the voice actors is Mexican and American actress Kate del Castillo.

Listen in on KCRW here, or check it out on iTunes by searching "Sangre Celestial."



Seattle-based artist Jake Prendez (NLI '16) has a new exhibit "Don't be Self-Conchas" at Boise State University. His art was brought to Boise State by fellow NLI alumna Maria Alicia Garza (NLI '16 and ALI '17), who runs Casita Nepantla.







The Artist Writers Grant Program is looking for emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. The program issues awards, ranging from $15,000 to $50,000, directly to individual authors for articles, blogs, books, new and alternative media, and short-form writing projects. They support a broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Click here to learn more and apply.




Jobs & Internships


Calls for Artists and Entries


Conferences, Institutes & Programs


View all opportunities online here


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!


Barkley L. Hendricks, Artist
Charlie Murphy, Comedian
Carme Chacón, Politician
Linda Hopkins, Actress & singer
Bruce Langhorne, Musician


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, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. 


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