NALAC Announces the  2023 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

Thirty fellows selected to attend the 2023 NALAC Leadership Institute.

San Antonio, Texas, June 28, 2023 —The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces the 2023 NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) fellows. This year’s cohort includes artists, cultural workers, and arts administrators from around the U.S., representing eleven states, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., and ten different artistic disciplines, including dance, visual arts, music, literature, and theatre. The 2023 Institute will take place from July 9 -15, 2023, and will be hosted onsite at the historic St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

“We are excited to welcome thirty fellows to the NALAC Leadership Institute. In addition to sharing knowledge and offering professional development, the Institute provides a unique space for Latinx artists, administrators, and cultural workers to meet and connect. It is also an opportunity for each of us to learn more about the valuable work happening in the field,” said Mari Hernandez, NALAC Deputy Director.

The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is an intensive weeklong professional development program for artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers. The Institute brings emerging and established artists and arts administrators together from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development.

The 2023 NLI will feature sessions led by 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),  Arnaldo J. López, Ph.D. (Pregones/PRTT), and noted Chicano Studies Scholar, Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.

NALAC is honored to announce Texas multi-media and conceptual artist Celia Álvarez Muñoz as the keynote speaker for the 2023 Institute. Álvarez Muñoz’s work has been nationally and internationally recognized by numerous awards, including two National Endowment for the Arts awards, the Honors Award for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts from the Women’s Caucus for Art, and a U.S. Latinx Art Forum Latinx Artist Fellowship.

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, and St. Mary’s University. 

2023 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows

Álvaro D. Márquez, Visual Arts (Monterey Park, CA)

Angie Sanchez, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works (Sonoma, CA)

Carlos Flores, Interdisciplinary (Chicago, IL)

Connie Fiorella Fitzpatrick, Visual Arts (Lawrence, KS)

Daniel de Jesus, Music (Philadelphia, PA)

Daniel Guzman, Interdisciplinary (Springfield, VA)

Elizabeth Nungaray, Theatre, Non-Musical (Chicago, IL)

Florinda Flores-Brown, Literature (San Antonio, TX)

Giovana Perez-Oliveras, Interdisciplinary (Tampa, FL)

Isa Nakazawa, Interdisciplinary (Oakland, CA)

Jacqueline Flores, Theatre, Non-Musical (Washington, D.C.)

Jeannette Ibarra Shindell, Interdisciplinary (Beltsville, MD)

Josiah Vasquez, Music Theatre/Opera (New York, NY)

Juan Silverio (Nauj Leunam), Visual Arts (Los Angeles, CA)

Judy Avitia-Gonzalez, Non-Arts/Non-Humanities (Seattle, WA)

Madison Quiroz, Visual Arts (Gardena, CA)

Maglyn Bertrand, Music (Sunnyside, NY)

Marco Loera, Interdisciplinary (South Pasadena, CA)

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro, Theatre, Non-Musical (Philadelphia, PA)

Marvella Muro, Visual Arts (Los Angeles, CA)

Naíma Irizel Rodríguez Rivera, Non-Arts/Non-Humanities (San Juan, PR)

Naiomy Guerrero, Visual Arts (New York, NY)

Néstor David, Interdisciplinary (Flushing, NY)

Raúl José Romero, Interdisciplinary (Philadelphia, PA)

Rocio Dorador Madrigal, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works (Phoenix, AZ)

Ruby Morales, Dance (Glendale, AZ)

Valerie Jaimes, Interdisciplinary (Santa Barbara, CA)

Vanessa Alvarado Flores, Theatre, Non-Musical (Austin, TX)

William E. Girón, Presenting and Multidisciplinary Works (Fort Worth, TX)

Xelestiál Moreno-Luz, Visual Arts (Los Angeles, CA)

Read the biographies and learn more about the 2023 NALAC Leadership Institute Fellows at



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

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.

Media Contacts
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