Manos a La Obra is a call to action.

The NALAC Latinx Summit will be anchored in Chicago, the homelands of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. NALAC alumni based in Chicago have activated some of their peers to host this national gathering in collaboration with voices from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

Calling all artists & cultural workers

Join us September 30 – October 2, 2021, for the NALAC National Latinx Summit. We are gathering virtually to engage our imaginations, meet the call of the moment, and assert our collective strength. We celebrate 32 years of NALAC, 22 years of our Leadership Institute and 11 years of our Advocacy Leadership Institute.

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Lauren M. Pacheco, 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble Grantee
Lauren M. Pacheco, 2017 NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble Grantee

“Manos a la Obra"

The theme for the event is “Manos a la Obra,” which literally means “Hands to the Work” in Spanish. Colloquially, it is used to say “Let’s get to work” mixed with a collective spirit of “all hands-on deck,” and it is as much an invitation as it is an urgent call for everyone to be deeply involved and knee-deep in our collective future as a Latinx community.

Manos a la Obra Compilation Video: Call for Video Submissions

The “Manos a la Obra” compilation video is a visual project that will showcase the diverse kinds of “hands”—both literal and metaphorical—that allow Latinx communities to do the work, while also showcasing the objects, the people, and the spaces where the work happens.

Submit a Video

Stephanie Diaz, Chicago, IL, 2014 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grantee

This year’s Summit aims to


  • to bring together our community of Latinx artists, cultural workers and organizations of all generations to catalyze peer networking and professional networks
  • to deepen intergenerational engagement for the exchange of ideas and cultural practices
  • to uplift stories of pandemic cultural resiliency and artistic adaptation
  • to advance research toward a “for us by us” cultural policy agenda that supports the needs of the field, influence trends, and mobilize communities.

The Summit format will be a combination of interactive labs, workshops, panels, site visits, performances, and showcases. With an eye towards theme-based focused groups, creative disciplines, and career peer mentorship, we will organize sessions via three lines of inquiry: Tactical Knowledge, Social Strategy and Creative Practice.

Juan Dies, 2019 NALAC Fund for the Arts, Artist/Ensemble Grantee
Juan Dies, 2019 NALAC Fund for the Arts, Artist/Ensemble Grantee

Meet our Strategic Partners.

NALAC wishes to thank the community of funding partners whose strategic investment to NALAC contributes to the NALAC National Latinx Summit and vitality of the greater Latino arts and culture field.