2019 Advocacy Leadership Institute Class Photo

NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute is building the next generation of arts advocates.

2019 Advocacy Leadership Institute Class Photo

Deadline Extended: 2023 Advocacy Leadership Institute

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, January 8, 2023 at 11:59PM CST

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a two-month virtual program culminating in a three-day intensive in Washington, D.C.

The Advocacy Leadership Institute transitioned to an online format in 2020 and 2021, and was put on pause in 2022, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 Institute will include a visit to Washington, D.C.

The 2023 Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico-based artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers. Alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Institute are encouraged to apply!

2023 ALI Guidelines

2017 ALI Fellows engage with Representatives Jose E. Serrano.
2017 ALI Fellows engage with Representatives Jose E. Serrano.

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Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 11:59PM CST

IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE. NALAC’s online application system will automatically close at 11:59PM Central Time. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online system by the posted deadline.

All individuals interested in applying to the 2023 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute must visit the NALAC Submissions Manager (www.nalac.submittable.com) and create a Submittable account.

The online application will request the following:

  1. General Application Information: The applicant will be asked to provide the full name, contact information and general demographics.
  2. Online Profile: The applicant will have the opportunity to provide a biography as well as share information about local and state representatives.
  3. Narrative Essay or Video/Audio Essay: The applicant will have the opportunity to craft a narrative that gives the review committee a strong understanding of what the applicant aims to accomplish by participating in the Advocacy Leadership Institute.
  4. Support Documents: The applicant will provide documents that further contextualize the proposed application and demonstrate the individual’s artistic

2023 ALI Support Webinar

Click here to access recording on webinar.

Click here to access PDF version of the presentation.

General Inquiries

Inquiries may be submitted in writing via the NALAC Programs Support Desk. Please allow up to three business days for a response to your inquiry.

2023 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute – Support Webinar Recording

Supporting people of color shaping arts advocacy.

Through the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute, participants are equipped with necessary tools to communicate effectively with elected officials, lead proactive efforts in their own communities, and understand the frameworks involved in shaping cultural policy.

The yearly NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive training program in Washington, D.C. with sessions taking place on Capitol Hill, the National Endowment of the Arts, Americans for the Arts and various Smithsonian institutions.

Meet our ALI Class of 2021.

NALAC announces this year’s cohort of artists and cultural workers participating in the 11th edition of the Advocacy Leadership Institute. 

2021 ALI Fellows

Leadership Institutes and additional resources

Thank You to our Supporters

NALAC wishes to thank the community of funding partners whose strategic investment in the ALI contributes to the vitality of the greater Latino arts and culture field.

Southwest® is the official airline of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

  • Southwest Logo, Southwest Airlines is the official airlines of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Americans for the Arts
  • Ford Foundation