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.

Application for the 2022 NALAC Leadership Institute is now open!

The 22nd NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) will take place between July 11 – 16, 2022 in San Antonio, TX.

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.

2022 NLI Overview

For 33 years, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latinx Arts and Cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. Our work is guided by a shared set of values with our field.

  • Advocacy Providing a strong voice for Arts and Culture in all its forms and manifestations for Latinx people regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, gender identity, sexual orientation and ability.
  • Empowerment Improving the severe under-capitalization of the artistic communities of color in general, and the Latinx arts community in particular.
  • Equality Voicing our repudiation of all forms of discrimination, including but not limited to racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination against gender identity, sexual orientation, people living with a disability and undocumented populations.
  • Ethics Guiding our business practices by a strict set of principles that reflect fairness, inclusivity, collectivity and transparency in all endeavors.

Download the 2022 NLI Guidelines

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Deadline: Friday, April 22, 2022, 11:59PM Central Time

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 NALAC Leadership Institute must visit the NALAC Submissions Manager ( and create a Submittable account.

The online application will request the following:

General Application Information: The applicant will be asked to provide the full name, contact information and general demographics.

Online Profile: The applicant will have the opportunity to self-identify and describe their background and ethnicity, provide a biography as well as share information about their practice and current role(s) as an artist, arts administrator or cultural worker.

Narrative Essay or Video/Audio Essay: The applicant will have the opportunity to craft a brief recorded narrative that gives the review committee a strong understanding of the reasons why the applicant wants to attend the leadership institute as well as how the institute will advance their intended career goals.

Support Documents: Will further contextualize the proposed application and demonstrate the individual’s past artistic and/or cultural work.

Opportunities for Support

NALAC will host an informational webinar and opportunities for applicants to connect with staff to ask questions, receive technical support, and coaching throughout the application time.

Informational Webinar

Click here to view the recording from the 2022 NLI Support Webinar.

Individual Consultations

Individual consultations with NALAC staff will be available throughout the open call period, closing on April 22.

Make an Appointment: NALAC Programs Bookings.

Please note that individual consultations will be provided based on staff availability and scheduling will occur on a first-come first-serve basis. If you require a 1:1 consultation at a time not open for an appointment, please use the NALAC Programs Support Desk to contact the Grants department and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Write to the Programs Support Desk

If, after reviewing the application guidelines, you still have a question please submit your inquiry in writing to Please allow 48-72 working hours for a response to your inquiry.

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.

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

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

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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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.

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

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