NALAC Awards Over $1 Million to Latinx Artists and Arts Organizations
Awards Announced for the 2023 NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) Grant Program
San Antonio, Texas, May 17, 2023, — The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces the 2023 NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant awards. The 102 awards, totaling over $1.13 million, will provide funding support to 70 Latinx artists, ensembles, and cultural workers and 32 arts organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. The 2023 award cycle marks the largest number of awards granted in the NFA program’s history.
“The NALAC Fund for the Arts program is experiencing an unparalleled year, and we are privileged to oversee the distribution of these grants in partnership with our allies. Our goal is to support Latinx artists, cultural organizations, and community leaders with the necessary resources and investment to advance their invaluable contributions,” stated María López De León, CEO and President of NALAC.
The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant program is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Surdna Foundation, the Walder Foundation supporting Chicago-area performing artists, and the Flamboyan Arts Fund supporting Puerto Rico-based artists.
The 2023 NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) provides project -based support for Latinx artists and arts organizations, including the following funding categories: Catalyst for Change, which recognizes six artists using art and community-based cultural organizing as a platform for addressing racial justice, the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, which recognizes an emerging filmmaker deepening the understanding of Latinx expression and identity, and the Flamboyan Artist Fellowship, which recognizes the production of work that will be created and presented by sixteen artists living and working in Puerto Rico, and supports efforts to contribute to the restoration and sustainability of artistic and cultural practices by artists residing on the island.
“The NFA is awarding more than double the number of grants in a single year of the NFA’s history. This is close to scale with the growing influence of Latinx cultural producers and attends to the need we observed in the field after providing emergency relief grants at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our latest cohort is just one step closer to representing today’s Latinx demographic growth and spotlights the resilience and intrinsic merit of Latinx art,” said José Castillo Rocha, NALAC Interim Grants Manager.
For over 15 years, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) has been the only national grant program of its kind, exclusively providing grants to Latinx artists and arts organizations. Since the inception of the program, NALAC has awarded 778 grants to the Latinx arts and cultures field, reflecting an investment of over $6 million across the United States and Puerto Rico.
In 2020 and 2021, in response to COVID-19, NALAC transitioned the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) to Actos de Confianza, a relief fund that provided over one million dollars in support to artists and organizations impacted by the pandemic. The 2023 NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant program marks the return to supporting Latinx artists and organizations through project-based funding, with a historic number of grants awarded for this cycle.
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.
Image: Nahui Ollin, 2023 NALAC Fund for the Arts Organization Grantee