E-boletín  March 2015 EDITION


Placemaking and unmaking

How is it possible for creative placemaking projects to be more inclusive? What would that look, sound, and be like? For the most part, these projects occur in either underserved communities or they try to bridge the gap between unevenly developed communities and sectors; uneven, that is, from the standpoint of the more financially prosperous partner involved.  

Because these projects seem to naturally rely on long-established cultural channels, they tend to reflect the interests of individuals and entities already supportive of the existing social framework. This means that, if left unchecked or incurious, they can exacerbate existing structural inequalities--be they racial, ethnic, financial, environmental, or gendered. Read more and join the conversation.  


NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened throughout the nation to provide comprehensive professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors.

June 5-6
Detroit, Michigan
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Emerging Nonfiction Writers Award, PEN American Center

Development and Grants Manager, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

2015 Latino Museum Studies Program, Smithsonian Latino Center

Visual Information Specialist, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Rising Creators Project, The National Hispanic Media Coalition and BabyFirst

Various Opportunities, Arizona Commission on the Arts

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!


The state of diversity in the nonprofit sector

Fiction writer and autho of 'Chulito' comes to Centenary College

Latino artists weren't snubbed at the Oscars--but that's not a good thing

Latino authors, illustrators named 2015 Pura Belpre Award winners


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Keynote presenter for Detroit convening announced  

We are beyond excited to announce that award-winning performance poet, playwright and performer Magdalena Gomez (pictured above) will be our featured keynote for the Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop. Dancing in My Cockroach Killers, a dramatization of her poems and monologues, was performed in 2013 to the critical acclaim of Off-Broadway audiences in New York City. She is also founder of the Ferocious Women's Group bringing to public view voices of women and girls through writing and performance.

We want to see you in Detriot 

Meet us in Detroit for our summer Regional Arts Training Workshop June 5-6. Our regional trainings offer professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors.

But that's not all: By attending, you gain a national network that is essential to your personal advancement, and to the growth of the Latino arts community.

Registration is just $20 for members and $40 for future members, and can be made online right now.

Deadline to apply for NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is March 5

Our three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field is April 28-30 in Washington, DC. Applications to the ALI are accepted from all alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute. Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latino arts and culture. Learn more and apply online now

NALAC National Leadership Institute (NLI) deadline extended to March 6 only 

You asked for an extended deadline... and we're giving it to you! 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. Apply now--the deadline has been extended through March 6 only!

From the field: NALAC Leadership Institute provides critical training 

Last July, Casandra Hernandez participated in what she calls "one of the most powerful and invigorating professional development experiences of my career"-the NALAC Leadership Institute. Read her reflection on the Arizona Commission for the Arts blog here.

Strengthen your social networks and collaborate with another community    

Artists, collectives and community-based organization in the United States, Mexico and Central America engaged in a continuous and ongoing artistic exchange that supports, preserves and extends the cultural practices between communities in two or more countries can apply for a Transnational Cultural Remittance Grant. Learn more and apply today.

FCC adopts strong Open Internet rules, paving way for full Latino participation on the Internet

This week was historic for people of color who have come to rely on an Open Internet to educate themselves, organize for social change, engage in the political process and push back against a history of discrimination and exclusion in traditional meeting, according to National Hispanic Media Coalition Executive Vice President Jessica J. González. Read more 

Outstanding career opportunity at National Endowment for the Arts 

If you possess a strong knowledge of the arts sector, philanthropic sector and the social sector, and have experience in strategic planning, management and grant making in the arts, consider applying for the Director of Programs and Partnerships position at the NEA. It's an opportunity to make a big impact on the arts field. Details here 


Get a grant to support programs that explore key humanities themes  

"Latino Americans: 500 Years of History," a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural organizations, will support exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group. Up to 200 grants will be awarded to eligible institutions around the country to support program series that explore key humanities themes presented in the Latino Americans documentary. Learn more 


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. 

Ernestina "Tina" Mendoza  

Camille Guéin-Gonzales 


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: The Buena Vista Gardens Building Mural by Lead Artist Valeria Aranda in collaboration with the San Anto Cultural Arts Mural Program, 2006. This mural was painted by San Anto Cultural Arts. Top things to know photo: Magdalena Gomez from TRGGR Radio.