NALAC Engages Dialogue on Kennedy Center’s Relationship with the Latino Arts Field

San Antonio, TX – (October 2, 2012) – The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), the nation’s only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization, has been concerned about the recent situation that has erupted with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

NALAC is taking steps to engage in meaningful and respectful dialogue that can shed light on the Kennedy Center’s ongoing relationship with Latino artists and arts and cultural organizations across the United States. We agree that it is critical to recognize the contributions of Latino artists in the Kennedy Honors program. It is also important to acknowledge the long standing engagement of Michael Kaiser and his staff with non-profit Latino organizations and other organizations of color across the country.

NALAC believes that in order to achieve equity, sustainable growth, and economic success for all communities in our demographically diverse nation, there must be opportunities for recognition of the contributions of Latino artists and opportunities for Latino arts organizations and artists to strengthen their work, deepen their relationships across cultures, and develop and sustain safe cultural spaces from which to engage the public with vibrant and diverse artistic expression.

More information and opportunity for dialogue about this situation will be forthcoming.