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 2022!

This year, NALAC returned to an in-person Institute with the 22nd edition of the NLI hosted onsite at the historic St. Mary’s University. The 2022 NLI cohort represents a diverse group of artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators from various Latinx identities. This year’s participants are from around the U.S., representing 10 states and 9 different artistic disciplines including media arts, visual arts, dance, opera, and humanities.

2022 NLI Almuni

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.

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