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)

> Read the Medrano Award announcement. 

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)

> Read the San Antonio grantee announcement. 

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)

Read the Puerto Rico announcement. / En Español. 

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







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