NALAC Leadership Institute

Through the lens of Latinx arts and culture, the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) uses a comprehensive curriculum that addresses strategic planning, programming, budgeting, marketing, fundraising, governance, evaluation, and advocacy.

The NLI Application period for 2020 is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application for the 20th NALAC Leadership Institute. The application period for 2020 is now closed and all applicants will receive a decision in mid-late June.

For any questions, please connect with Monica Sosa, NALAC’s Program Manager for Leadership Institutes at [email protected]

Creating a space for solidarity.

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) brings emerging and established artists and arts administrators from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development.

Mainstream leadership development opportunities often erase cultural competencies needed to successfully engage and include our communities. The NLI offers a rare space for discussion, inquiry, learning, inventiveness, and solidarity.

María López De León welcomes the 19th NALAC Leadership Insitute cohort in opening remarks at UTSA Downtown Campus Durango Building.
María López De León welcomes the 19th NALAC Leadership Insitute cohort in opening remarks at UTSA Downtown Campus Durango Building.

Become a NALAC Leadership Institute Fellow.

Participating in the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is open to U.S. and Puerto Rico based Latinx artists, arts administrators, and cultural practitioners working in all media or disciplines (i.e. visual, theatre, dance, literary, performance, digital, interdisciplinary). The yearly convening is a week-long professional development program for Latinx artists, arts administrators, and cultural practitioners.

Download the Guidelines.

NLI Fellows pose in fornt of Buena Vista Garden Building Mural.
NLI Fellows pose in fornt of Buena Vista Garden Building Mural.

Stay up to date on NLI updates.

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) has a yearly open call for applications. The latest information on our application process can be found in the institute guidelines downloadable guidelines document.  Educators and social entrepreneurs whose work is in the fields of arts and culture are also invited to apply.

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Meet our recent graduating class from 2019.

In July of 2019 NALAC hosted 31 exceptional fellows through the week long NALAC Leadership Institute in San Antonio, TX.

NLI Class of 2019

Leadership Institutes and additional resources

Thank you to our supporters.

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

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  • Southwest Airlines
  • Ford Foundation
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • Say Sí