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.

Meet our NLI Class of 2021!

NALAC announces the 38 artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators participating in the 21st edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). This year’s cohort is the largest in the program’s history.

2021 NLI Fellows

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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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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  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
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