E-boletín   September 2015 EDITION

Above: All Star Busboys. Photo by Michelle Angela Ortiz.
Trusting What We Don't Know     
Earlier this year, the Open Circle Foundation and the East Bay Community Foundation out of California published a set of case studies meant to share successful models in arts funding. These examples demonstrate ways in which private philanthropists are able to partner with small foundations and artists to effectuate meaningful types of change that can indeed benefit communities directly. Based on projects and corresponding research that took place over the past fifteen years, the publication suggests a crucial re-thinking of collaboration, communities, and funding models. Trusting What We Don't Know: Lessons from an Experiment in Art, Environment and Philanthropy in California's East Bay was written by author, anthropologist, folklorist, activist, and NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) faculty Dr. Maribel L. Alvarez.
"NALAC's Leadership Institute was a catalyst that enriched my growth as an emerging Latina leader in the arts, as an agent of change and steward of my community's needs. NALAC is doing critical, high quality, and inspiring work. They invest in you as an agent of change to further their mission of supporting Latino arts and culture nationally; you become part of a movement!"
-Shey Rivera, Director of Programs at ///AS220, NALAC Leadership Institute Alumni
Grant Awards, Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards
Call for Applications, National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grants
Call for Grants, The Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation
Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Southern Exposure
House Manager, Ars Nova
University Art Museum Director, University of New Mexico
Grassroots Fundraising and Grants Coordinator, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center
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Miriam Colon, actress and founder of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, to receive National Medal of Arts and Vicki Lynn Ruiz, historian will receive a National Humanities Medal
Seattle's first civic poet is Claudia Castro Luna
Fall 2015's best Latin American novels
Above: Movement and Dance by Cape Habla, Transnational Cultural Remittances Grantee.
Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) Pilot Launch      
This September marks the Pilot launch of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI), which is part of an extensive, joint leadership initiative that reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers. The ILI itself is a collaborative result of the profound and ongoing core partnership between First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots, PA'I Foundation, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. The Pilot is being convened in San Antonio, TX, with a small group of intercultural artists and administrators to share, test, and gain feedback on possible components of the ILI curriculum, structure and engagement model. The development for this initial phase is an outcome of a decisive intercultural and strategic cooperative process, one based on an ethics of difference, inclusion, and empowerment. The full ILI will be launched as a series of three convenings in the Southwest, the South and the Plains.
Help Us Reach 5,000 People Online
We are so close to reaching 5,000 followers on our NALAC Facebook page. And while our real goal is to reach the more than 185,000 Latino artists in the United States, right now we are looking to cross the 5,000 threshold. Help us out by following us on Facebook here and by sharing our page with your friends. We're all in this together!
Strengthening Rural America  

Strong rural communities are critical to ensuring that rural America remains a viable place for families to call home. That's why, through smart investments and regional partnerships, USDA Rural Development continues to work to expand opportunities by fostering the creation of diverse and productive rural economies through everything from home loans to financing for infrastructure and business ventures. Learn how you can partner with them by clicking here 

Become a Member of NALAC

NALAC is the only national service and advocacy organization exclusively dedicated to promoting Latino arts and culture-across disciplines and ethnicity in the United States. Your membership is critical to our work, strengthening our capacity to advocate and make the case for increased public and private funding for Latino artists.  

Join today for as little as $35 and get amazing benefits, like discounted admission to our workshops, and eligibility to apply for the NALAC Fund for the Arts and NALAC Leadership Institute.  Become a member online today 

Above: Gabriela Palacios.
Become an Intern at NALAC
Удачи [buena suerte] to Gabriela Palacios, our Grants and Programs intern this summer, as she begins her semester abroad in Russia! Hailing from Laredo, Texas, Gaby attends Texas A&M University where she majors in International Studies and participates in the university's Mariachi Anillos de Oro. At NALAC Gabriela processed grant applications for the NALAC Fund for the Arts and assisted with logistics for our Leadership Institute. We are fortunate to work with future leaders in the field and encourage young people to apply for our Internship Program.

Become a Grant Panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts 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 a NEA panelist, send an email to panelistforms@arts.gov for additional information.

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.