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.

Overview.

The NLI is a week-long fellowship that brings non-profit arts administrators and cultural workers together from across the nation for intensive training in leadership and management capacity. 

Individuals applying for the NALAC Leadership Institute

✔ Must be at least 21 years of age.
✔ Must identify as Latina/o/x/é.
✔ Must be a non-profit arts administrator or cultural worker interested in arts administration.
✔ Must have a current active NALAC Membership.

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2023 NALAC Leadership Fellows at St. Mary's University

2023 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

The 2023 cohort included artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators from around the U.S., representing eleven states, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and ten different artistic disciplines, including dance, visual arts, music, literature, and theatre. The 2023 Institute took place at the historic St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Meet the 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.

The latest information on our application process can be found in the institute guidelines downloadable guidelines document.

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. 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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