E-boletín   April 2015 EDITION

Intercultural work: A project towards equity

NALAC is incredibly fortunate and therefore proud of the opportunities we have to collaborate with and learn from different organizations that work with culturally specific communities in efforts to elevate the appreciation, understanding, and support of creative expression. In 2004, these values helped initiate our relationship with Alternate Roots and First Peoples Fund as we joined the Ford Foundation's New Works Cohort. It was through that support and setting that we began to recognize the commonalities in the histories of our communities and understand each other's distinct cultural practices. Consequent long term support from the Ford Foundation made our continued interaction possible.  

The relations that grew from this experience were a result of dialogue, mutual respect, and an ongoing awareness of the inherent strength, knowledges, and creativity in the communities that guide each unique organization.   

We could say that, in many ways, these initiatives set forth the conditions necessary for the realization of something truly new in our field. Find out what we think that is. 


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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NMAH - Museum Curator(Latino History, Culture & the Arts)
NMAH - Museum Curator (Political History Latino)
Research Assistant, Hispanic Trends, Pew Research Center
Executive Director, La Peña Cultural Center
NMAI Artist Leadership Program Call for Proposal Announcement
Summer 2015 Internship Opportunities, Dance/USA
Call for New Stage Works, The Bluegrass Opera
2015 CP Next Gen All CA Leadership Diversity Program
2015 Met Life Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition
View more 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! 
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Latino Public Broadcasting presents new season of Voces in April and May 
Establishing Hispanic, Latino cultural centers no easy task
A Historic Decision: Father of Net Neutrality praises FCC vote to preserve open Internet 
Maria Carrillo High School students defend skit's controversial depiction of Latinos 

The dark side of Hispanic media and PR 

Rep. Joaquin Castro climbs higher in Democratic leadership
Latinos in the Big Apple: Racism is a norm in families and community

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There's still time to submit a Transnational Cultural Remittance Grant application  

May 21 is the deadline for artists, collectives and community-based organization 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.

NALAC Regional Art Training Workshop in June
Award-winning performance poet, playwright and performer Magdalena Gomez will be our featured keynote for the Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop, which will be held on June 5-6. This special two-day training not only offers professional development, but also a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. 

Registration is just $20 for members and $40 for future members, and you can register right now. Sign-up now

Participants of Miami workshop give us 100 percent rating

Seventy-nine artists, arts leaders and advocates from seven states participated in the NALAC Regional Art Training Workshop this winter in sunny (and warm!) Miami, Florida. One-hundred percent of participants said they would attend again, and recommend it to their peers (so, scroll above and consider registering for our Detroit convening right now!). One participant said:  

"What I liked most about the regional was the open, welcome and supporting environment created by inspiring Latino artists and arts supporters, as everyone gathered because of a common passion for the arts."  

NALAC board member is finalist for Book of the Year award

Chef, author and NALAC board member Adán Medrano has been named a finalist in the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards for his new book, "Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes." His book is a unique combination of history book and cookbook that tells the story of Texas' first food, the indigenous cuisine of Texas. "It's absolutely amazing and I am honored by this recognition of my work," says Medrano, who wrote the book and kitchen-tested the 100 recipes over a period of three years. Get details about the book here.

Congratulations, Adán. All of us at NALAC are proud of this accomplishment and much-deserved recognition.

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. 

Alberto Paul Pizano, advocate for education and the cultural arts

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: Site visit to Mujer Artes during the Intercultural Leadership Institute Planning Meeting in San Antonio, Texas.   Pictured are Patricia de la Garza, Mujer Artes; Lori Pourier, First Peoples Fund; and Keryl McCord, Alternate Roots. 
Photograph by Luis M Garza.Top things to know photo: Full Still Hungry Performance by Contra-Tiempo performed at St. Marks Church in January 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Kerville Cosmos Jack