NALAC Announces 2024 Advocacy Leadership Institute Fellows 

Thirteen fellows selected for the NALAC 2024 Advocacy Leadership Institute 

February 20, 2024, San Antonio, TX — The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is excited to announce the 2024 Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) fellows. The 2024 cohort features thirteen individuals from communities in California, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and Texas, working in arts education, dance, theatre, visual arts, presenting and multidisciplinary works.

“NALAC’s Advocacy Leadership Institute is a valuable learning experience for our fellows, and we are excited to return to D.C. with our new cohort this spring. The institute provides an opportunity and support for artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers to navigate electoral, legislative and policymaking spaces and advocate for the necessary resources and policies that support their work in the arts and culture field,” said Alyssa Pineda, NALAC Leadership & Convenings Manager.

Faculty leading the 2024 ALI program includes Maria López De León (Former NALAC President, CEO, and Board Member), Rosalba Rolón (Pregones/PRTT), and Abel López (GALA Hispanic Theatre). Special guests for the 2024 Institute include Lydia Camarillo (Southwest Voter Registration Education Project), LaTosha Brown (Black Voters Matter), Stephanie Palencia (Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Office), Celeste Acevedo (Congressman Joaquin Castro Office), Arpi Karapetyan (Congressman Greg Casar Office), and Jennifer Hughes and Ben Stone (National Endowment for the Arts).

The 2024 cohort will focus on a two-month virtual program led by NALAC faculty and staff, featuring a curriculum centered on advocacy, civic participation, legislation, and policy efforts for arts and cultural workers. Following the virtual program, NALAC staff, ALI faculty, and fellows will come together in Washington, D.C., to meet with federal arts agencies, Smithsonian institutional leaders, and state and U.S representatives to advocate for congressional priorities in arts and culture legislation on behalf of the nonprofit arts and culture field. The visit will include sessions on Capitol Hill and with the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Endowment for the Arts, Archives of American Art, Pew Research Center, and Americans for the Arts.

“Being an ALI faculty member since its inception has impacted how I approach my own advocacy work back home in New York. It has also provided me with a broad view of the challenges and opportunities in securing cultural policy progress at the national level, confirming year after year that we have the right to walk the Halls of Congress with confidence, as a Latinx cultural workforce, and achieving confidence in the processes we teach at the Institute when we see the results of our hard work,” said Rosalba Rolón, ALI Founder & Faculty.

Meet the 2024 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Fellows  

Jade Cintrón Báez, ¡Looking Bilingüe! (Philadelphia, PA)

Marisol Encinias, National Institute of Flamenco (Albuquerque, NM)

Justine Bayod Espoz, Torito Arts NFP (Chicago, IL)

Soley Melissa Esteves, Creatives Rebuild New York, a project of the Tides Center (Warwick, NY)

Anne Huang, World Arts West (San Francisco, CA)

SG Huerta, Knockout Projects; University of Texas; Abode Press (San Marcos, TX)

Clara Martinez, Everett High School, Lansing School District (Lansing, MI)

Coralina Rodríguez Meyer, Abra Studio (Brooklyn, NY)

Ashley Mireles, San Antonio River Foundation (San Antonio, TX)

Enrique Morales, Enrique Morales / Northwest Arts Connection (Chicago, IL)

Shirley A Pizarro, Cara Mia Theatre (Dallas, TX)

Pablo Regis de Oliveira, EducArte (College Park, MD)

Jessabet Vivas-Capó, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña / Institute of Puerto Rican Culture, (San Juan, PR)

Read 2024 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Fellow biographies.  

About NALAC
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 www.nalac.org.

Program Contact  
Alyssa Pineda, Leadership & Convenings Manager, apineda@nalac.org

Media Contact 
Penny Rodriguez, Director of Communications, prodriguez@nalac.org

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