Meet the 2022 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

July 1, 2022, San Antonio, TX — The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is excited to announce the 2022 NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) fellows. This year’s cohort includes artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators from around the U.S., representing 10 states and 9 different artistic disciplines including media arts, visual arts, dance, opera, and humanities. The selected fellows join the community of NALAC Institute alumni, which to date has over 630 members.   

The NLI is an intensive weeklong professional development program taking place from July 11-16, 2022. Traditionally hosted in-person in NALAC’s hometown of San Antonio, Texas, the past two years of the Institute were held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, NALAC marks the return of the Institute in-person with the 22nd edition of the NLI hosted onsite at the historic St. Mary’s University, in partnership with the University’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

The 2022 Institute will feature sessions led by longtime core faculty members Rosalba Rolón (Pregones/PRTT), Maribel Alvarez (University of Arizona & Tucson Meet Yourself), Abel López (GALA Hispanic Theatre), Charles Rice-Gonzalez (BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) and Evonne Gallardo (independent arts consultant), with additional sessions by guest speakers María López de León (NALAC) and Arnaldo J. López, PH.D (Pregones/PRTT).

The 2022 edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon FoundationFord FoundationDoris Duke Charitable FoundationNational Endowment for the ArtsTexas Commission on the ArtsSan Antonio Area Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, St. Mary’s University, and the Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation.

2022 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

Abby Hermosilla Rivera, Art Bridges Foundation (Bentonville, AR) 

Adel Hernandez, Adel Hernandez/Liminal-Beings Performance (San Antonio, TX) 

Alisha Vasquez, Southwest Folklife Alliance (Tucson, AZ) 

Alyssa M. Garcia, Los Fotos Project (San Gabriel, CA) 

Andrea ‘budafly’ Rodriguez, Dancer, Director, Digital Media Artist (San Francisco, CA)

Anthony Torres, Combat Hippies (Fort Lauderdale, FL) 

Ashley Mireles, Artpace (San Antonio, TX) 

Brookes Ebetsch, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (Wheaton, IL) 

Carissa L. Gutiérrez, Latino Center of Arts and Culture (Sacramento, CA) 

Cristal Gonzalez Avila, Artist (San Juan Bautista, CA) 

Daniel Díaz, California Film Institute (San Francisco, CA) 

Deliasofia Zacarias, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA) 

Eduardo Robles, Californians for the Arts (Maywood, CA) 

Erika Hirugami, CuratorLove (Los Angeles, CA) 

Gabriel Magraner, NYU Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies (New York, NY) 

Isabel Quinzaños Alonso, Mellon Foundation (Brooklyn, NY)  

Jesus Varela, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX) 

Jose E. Gaona, Houston Ballet (Houston, TX) 

Julian Azcary Montes, Kansas Leadership Center / Azcary Creative (Wichita, KS) 

Luis Ambriz, MACLA (San Jose, CA)

Mirella Espino, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (Minneapolis, MN) 

Onyx Montes, Define American (Chicago, IL) 

Stephanie Barajas, Center for Cultural Innovation (San Jose, CA) 

Zuly Inirio, Afro-Latinx Song & Opera Project (Pittsburgh, PA) 


The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more information about NALAC and its programs please visit 

About St. Mary’s University
St. Mary’s University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.