Latinx Artists and Organizations in 11 States and Puerto Rico receive NALAC Grants
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces grant awards for Latinx artists and organizations in 11 states and Puerto Rico, totaling an investment of $307,000 to the Latinx arts and cultures field through the NALAC Fund for the Arts. Grants will be used to support new artistic works and general operating support for work taking place in 2020.
In communities such as Flint, San Juan, Cincinnati, and Miami, the awarded artists and arts organizations work in all creative disciplines and have been selected by panels of peer artists and cultural workers.
“At a time when issues of representation and cultural equity are front and center, we are proud to celebrate and support the work being created by Latinx artists in communities across the United States and Puerto Rico,” said NALAC President & CEO María López De León.
“The NALAC Fund for the Arts is singular in that it continues to be the only national grant fund focused on funding for Latinx artists and organizations,” said López De León. The grant program was created in 2005 in response to patterns of inequality in arts funding.
In order to better sustain the creation and presentation of works and build the capacity of Latinx artists and arts organizations, grant awards were doubled this year. Grants of $10,000 will be awarded in the national Artist and Organization categories. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in the Pod and Puerto Rico Artist categories. San Antonio Artist grantees will receive $5,400.
Recent partnerships have extended the reach of the NALAC Fund for the Arts. This year with support from the the Flamboyan Arts Fund, twenty grants have been awarded in Puerto Rico. Likewise, five grants have been awarded to artists in San Antonio, NALAC’s hometown, thanks to support from the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture.
“We received a record-number of applications across our various grant categories representing an incredible group of artists that challenge assumed notions of a monolithic Latinx identity,” said Adriana Rios, NALAC Director of Programs. “We are open to continue building relationships to increase the funds we are able to distribute so that we can better meet the demand illustrated by the field.”
This represents the fourteenth cycle of grant awards made through the NALAC Fund for the Arts. To date, NALAC has awarded over 634 grants to the Latino arts and cultures field, reflecting an investment of $3.2 million across 36 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.
The 14th edition of the NALAC Fund for the Arts is possible thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Surdna Foundation, Flamboyan Arts Fund, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Donor Collaborative of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award.
Grant awards are also made possible thanks to the continuing support of NALAC’s membership and individual donors.
NALAC Fund for the Arts: Artist Grant ($10,000)
Las Fronterizas (Douglas, AZ) multidisciplinary
Teo Castellanos D-Projects (Miami, FL) theatre
Sones de Mexico Ensemble (Chicago, IL) folk & traditional arts
Lone Piñon (Santa Fe, NM) folk & traditional arts
Blackscrackle Films (Mechanicville, NY) media arts
Monica Andino (Cincinnati, OH) visual arts
Raúl Romero (Philadelphia, PA) visual arts
tierrafiltra (Ponce, PR) interdisciplinary
Las Nietas de Nonó (Mulowayi Iyaye Nonó, Mapenzi Chibale Nonó) (Carolina, PR) multidisciplinary
NALAC Fund for the Arts: Organization Grant ($10,000)
MACLA (San Jose, CA) visual arts
Opera Cultura (Oakland, CA) opera
Senderos (Santa Cruz, CA) folk & traditional arts
El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil (Flint, MI) art education
Flamenco Works, Inc. (Albuquerque, NM) dance
Conjunto Heritage Taller (San Antonio, TX) music
Latino Arts, Inc. (Milwaukee, WI) art education
Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film ($10,000)
Ramón Villa-Hernández (El Paso, TX) media arts
NALAC Fund for the Arts: Pod Grant ($5,000)
Estefanía Fadul / Voting Project (Brooklyn, NY) arts organizing
Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network (Brownsville, TX) arts organizing
NALAC Fund for the Arts: San Antonio Artist Grant ($5,400)
Ariana Brown (San Antonio, TX) literature
Ashley Perez (San Antonio, TX) visual arts
Edna Alejandra Longoria (San Antonio, TX) music
José Rubén De León (San Antonio, TX) theatre
Manuel Solis (San Antonio, TX) multidisciplinary
NALAC Fund for the Arts: Puerto Rico Artist Grant ($5,000)
Alejandro Cirilo (San Juan, PR) multidisciplinary
Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, PR) multidisciplinary
Kairiana Núñez Santaliz (San Juan, PR) multidisciplinary
Lazum (Vieques, PR) media arts
Leila Mattina (San Juan, PR) folk & traditional arts
Lizbeth Román (Toa Baja, PR) music
Maribel Canales Rosario (San Juan, PR) visual arts
MIMA (San Juan, PR) music
Natalia Sánchez (Bayamon, PR) visual arts
Nirvania Quesada (San Juan, PR) theatre
Norma Vila Rivero (Caguas, PR) interdisciplinary
Proyecto Chiringa (Guaynabo, PR) media arts
Rene Delgado (Carolina, PR) visual arts
Rique Colón (Aguadilla, PR) music
Sebastián .Otero (San Juan, PR) interdisciplinary
SUPAKID (Hato Rey, PR) photography
Vanessa Hernández-Gracia (San Juan, PR) interdisciplinary
Vueltabajo Colectivo / Semillero de las Artes, Inc. (Mayaguez, PR) theatre
Y No Había Luz, Inc. (San Juan, PR) theatre
Yadira Hernández-Picó (Carolina, PR) photography
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.
Gabriel Magraner, Communications, [email protected]
Adriana Rios, Grants, [email protected]