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July 2018

CONTRA-TIEMPO received a NALAC grant to support joyUS justUS. Photo: Tyrone Domingo

New Grant Opportunities for 2019

As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Grants will support projects taking place in 2019, and applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. Read more for details about new grants including the Mentorship Award ($25,000), our largest to date.



Field News

Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director of Pregones/PRTT and Board Member / Leadership Faculty at NALAC, has been awarded a Doris Duke Artist Award, a $250,000 grant of unconditional funding alongside other artists working in jazz, contemporary dance and theater.

Cheech Marin's planned Chicano art museum in Riverside will receive $9.7 million from the California state budget.

Chicana altarista Ofelia Esperza has received a 2018 NEA National Heritage Fellowship: “I never met my great-great-grandmother. But I know her intimately through altar making."

On Independence Day, we shared a NALAC Statement Against Current Border Policy that includes important resources and practical actions. #EndFamilyDetention

Meet the 2018 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

The 18th NALAC Leadership Institute begins next week in San Antonio. This year's class is the largest ever! Thirty artists and arts administrators are convening for a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development.

Becky Alemán, Friends of the High Line (NY)
Sharon Benítez, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (CA)
William Camargo, Artist & Arts Educator (IL)
Lisa Castellanos, Taller GiRASOL (CA)
Isabel Castro, St. Sucia (TX)
Arianna Chavez, Dedalus Foundation (NY)
Lizette Cruz Watko, Diamante, Inc | LizetteInvita (NC)
Jessy De Leon, Comparte tu Luz (PR)
Alicia Ehni, New York Foundation for the Arts (NY)
Anna Lisa Escobedo, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District | CA Historical Society (CA)
Lucy Galarza, INTEMPO (CT)
Sergio Garcia, Big Thought - Dallas City of Learning (TX)
Jaime Garza, Dos Santos | Pachanka Music Culture | ESDC (IL)
Suzy Gonzalez, Artist, Educator, Organizer (TX)
Chris Guerra, Boston Mayor's Office of Arts + Culture (MA)
Erick Iñiguez, East Los Angeles Community Corporation (CA)
Abril Iñiguez-Rivas, Arts for LA (CA)
Ivan Jasso, Cara Mia Theatre Co (TX)
Christine Lamprea, Cellist (PA)
Fabián Leyva-Barragán, Walker Art Center (MN)
Maya Malan-Gonzalez, Teatro Luna & Milagro (CA)
Michael Menchaca, Visual Artist (TX)
Stephanie Mercado, Self Help Graphics (CA)
Mario Mesquita, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (CA)
Johana Moscoso, John Michael Kohler Arts Center(WI)
Ashley Perez, SAY Sí (TX)
Michelle Ramos, Alternate Roots (LA)
Verónica Rivera-Negrón, Rivera Negrón Arts Management (TX)
Sara Skolnick (RIOBAMBA), Apocalipsis | Fania Records (NY)
Patricia Lorena Solórzano, Dance Artist (NY)

Read their bios to learn more.

Celebrating the Inaugural Adán Medrano Legacy Award

Last week CineFestival, the oldest and longest-running Latino Film festival, turned 40! NALAC joined the festivities to celebrate André Pérez, the inaugural awardee of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film and Adán Medrano, the award's namesake and the founder of CineFestival in 1976. Pérez's project America in Transition explores social issues for trans people of color across the United States. Pictured: Peréz (L) and Medrano (R)

Alumni News

Artists across the country are speaking out against ICE and child detainment. Memphis-based Yancy Villa-Calvo (ALI '18) presented an installation at the UnidosUS conference in DC protesting the administration's rhetoric. Artists in the Bay Area including Ani Rivera (NLI '11) and Yosimar Reyes (NLI '16) speak truth to power.


Serve on a NALAC Grant Panel

Please nominate yourself or your peers as potential panelists for NALAC's peer-review grant panels. Our panels aim to represent a diversity of Latinidades, experiences, generations, disciplines, and geographies. This year's review period will take place in September with panels meeting virtually in mid to late October. Panelists review between 30-50 applications and receive an honorarium for their service. Please note, current applicants may not serve as grant panelists.


Now | Apply for NALAC Grants
July 17 | San Antonio | NLI Welcome Reception [RSVP]
July 21 | San Antonio | NLI Keynote: Magdalena Gomez [RSVP]
August | Additional Grants Launch Online (Travel Award, Puerto Rico Artist)
September 6 | Grants Deadline
September 12-16 | Intercultural Leadership Institute hosted by First Peoples Fund
Winter 2018 | NALAC Website Relaunch


Afro-Latino artist Shaun Leonardo presented a new work at the Guggenheim centering on the gun debate: “If you can exist with someone you once perceived as different, then you might be able to listen.”

National Geographic presents a survey on Latinos that includes interesting infographics-- there are stories of an all-Latino City Council in Idaho, Texas border towns, and socioeconomic shifts in Southern California.

Ed Morales at the Washington Post reflects on the candidacy of Boricua New Yorker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as "the intersectional remix of Latino roots and socialist politics."

Job Spotlight

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is hiring a Latino Studies Curatorial Assistant. They will work directly with Ariana Curtis, NMAAHC Latinx Studies Curator. Curtis has collaborated with NALAC via the Charlotte Regional, Intercultural Leadership Institute and Advocacy Leadership Institute! Find the listing and more details here.



Take a look at some recent opportunities in the arts, and arts administration fields. For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.
Jobs & Internships Scholarships & Grants Call for Artists & Entries Conferences, Institutes & Programs
Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about? Post it on our Opportunities listing on the NALAC website. It's free!



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, San Antonio Area Foundation and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.

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