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NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring
Program: San Antonio

Don't miss out. Apply by January 15, 2018! 


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Información en Español sobre NYFA Tutoría Para Artistas Immigrantes aquí.


Through the support of the Ford Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is pleased to announce the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program: San Antonio, presented in collaboration with San Antonio local partners including SAY SíBlue Star ContemporaryArtpaceCity of San Antonio - Department of Arts and Culture, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

The program’s goal, within an inclusive safe space, is to foster a local community of artists sharing the immigrant experience and provide resources through entrepreneurial training, access to other artists, arts professionals, and organizations. The program offers immigrant artists the opportunity to focus on their creative practice and gain support and exposure for their work while upholding their distinct cultural identities.

The program will combine two of NYFA’s professional development programs, the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program in which NYFA provides access to artist mentors, art professionals via panels and workshops, with NYFA’s Artist As Entrepreneur Boot Camps that provide artists with the fundamental principles of sustainability in the arts. 

This is a competitive program open to artists from all disciplines (performing, literary, visual, multi-disciplinary, video/fim/new media, interdisciplinary, folk and traditional arts) based in San Antonio, TX and provided free of charge to accepted participants. Program will run from February 2018 to June 2018, and will bring together San Antonio artists to nurture a productive environment for collaboration. 

Deadline Extension: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:59 PM CST


Mandatory Sessions:

First Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, February 17, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, February 18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mid-program Check in:
Wednesday, March 28, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Second Weekend Boot Camp Workshop:
Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 20, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Topics to be featured include strategic planning, finance, law, marketing, and fundraising. Additional material will be drawn from NYFA’s popular textbook The Profitable Artist (Allworth Press, 2011).

*Attendance is mandatory to all sessions, so please check your calendar before applying.
*San Antonio based partners will host meetings.

Eligibility & Guidelines: Visit the application here for more details.

Questions? Contact the IAP Team at

This program is made possible with the support of the Ford Foundation. Local support is provided by SAY SíBlue Star ContemporaryArtpaceCity of San Antonio - Department of Arts and Culture, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures.

For Immediate Release: July 12, 2016
Contact: Adriana Gallego,,210.432.3982


NALAC'S Executive Director, María López De León, Named President and CEO of the organization


San Antonio, TX - (July 12, 2016) - The board of directors of NALAC - The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is pleased to announce that its Executive Director, María López De León, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer, and Deputy Director, Adriana Gallego, has been named Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Lopez De Leon has exponentially expanded the organization's budget, programs and national profile since she took the reins in 2002. Ms. Gallego joined the organization in 2012 and has worked side by side with Ms. Lopez De Leon to further NALAC's capacity to serve its constituencies. These changes herald NALAC's place as the premier national Latino arts service organization in the U.S.


"María López De León has transformed NALAC into a national force and a powerful voice that has had a major impact in improving the Latino arts field and the arts in America. Her leadership, supported by Adriana Gallego, has ushered in a new era of development and success for Latino artists and organizations," said Charles Rice-Gonzalez, the NALAC board chair.


"It's an honor to be named as the first President and CEO of the NALAC.  I thank the board of directors for their continued trust in me as together, we lead the organization into its next phase of development and growth to support the Latino arts and culture sector.  Latino artists and organizations are at the forefront of impacting the nation's cultural legacy, and NALAC will continue to lead advocacy and policy efforts to achieve equity for our field," shared Ms. De León.


María López De León has been with NALAC for eighteen years and has served as Executive Director for fourteen years. Ms. De León has been involved in all aspects of development and implementation of the NALAC programs and strategic initiatives. Under her leadership, NALAC developed and launched three grant programs, developed sixteen editions of the renowned annual Leadership Institute, six convenings of the Advocacy Leadership Institute in Washington, DC; directed the convening of eight NALAC National Conferences and thirty Regional Arts Training Workshops across the country. In January 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. De León was named among the nation's Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.


Adriana Gallego was the first Deputy Director of the NALAC, overseeing the organization's services, grantmaking, capacity building initiatives and program development. She is originally from the rural border community of Nogales Arizona-Sonora. Influenced by her experiences on the border, Gallego channeled her social concerns through the arts as a painter, educator and administrator. Before coming to NALAC, she was Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Educational Assistant at the Norton Simon Museum, and arts educator throughout the Southwest. In Tucson, she co-founded Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop.


About NALAC - The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is the nation's leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions. Through its programs and advocacy efforts, NALAC serves as a catalyst for communities' cultural development, positive social change, and the ongoing stabilization and sustainability of the Latino arts field. Founded in 1989, NALAC was born from a common vision shared by a group of prominent Latino and Latina artists.


For Immediate Release: July 6, 2016
Contact: Adriana Gallego,,210.432.3982

Tipping the scales: The NALAC Leadership Institute Surpasses 300

San Antonio, TX –What do we know about the incoming Class of the 2016 NALAC Leadership Institute fellows? We know that their talents stretch beyond the expressive arts and resonate within community building.  They are makers, artists, thinkers, culture bearers, leaders, changemakers and organizers. They will join us from well-defined points of departure, with destinations that are a work in progress, and for a moment this summer, San Antonio gets to be a part of this springboard of infinite possibility. And so the journey begins.


This year marks the 16th anniversary of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). We march into this new chapter of leadership development by tipping the scales with an alumni network that is now over 300 strong. Collectively, alumni have come to the NLI from 34 unique U.S. States and Puerto Rico, and many have since moved through and to additional states, amplifying the spheres of influence in pursuit of equity, artistic excellence, evolving aesthetics, advocating, organizing and affecting policy in board rooms and in civic society.


Next week, we will welcome Abigail G., Abigail V., Adam, Amada, Baruch, Beatriz, Betty, Bianca, Damian, Emilio, Francis, Gabrielle, Henry, Illya, Jake, Juanita, Lisa, Lizette, Maria Alicia, Mia, Michael, Nicolas, Sergio, Stephen, Yaremis and Yosimar to San Antonio for a six-day endurance exercise in arts management, networking, stewardship, research, policy, artistic practice and leadership through the lenses of Latinx arts and cultural production. The national Core Faculty comprised of Rosalba Rolon (NY), Maribel Alvarez (AZ), and Abel Lopez (DC) will steward the 26 Fellows through the newly revamped curriculum from July 11-16, 2016. The Class of 2016 will debut a modified edition of the NLI curriculum, which was recalibrated this past Spring during a curriculum assessment retreat at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.


“The 2016 edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute responds to growing expectations in our field for high profile leadership and deepened knowledge of management and artistic competencies. The re-designed Institute curriculum will gear participants towards assessing the current state of the Latino arts field in relationship to the arts field in general and their role within it. It will explore individual and collective actions to ensure equitable participation in local and national conversations concerning arts and culture, as well as in the distribution of material resources that enable the viability of diverse careers within our field.” Rosalba Rolon, NLI Core Faculty


In step with our goals and aspirations for the NLI, our Sweet Sixteen will be commemorated with a public keynote address delivered by Judith F. Baca, renown California visual artist, educator, scholar/activist and community arts pioneer founder of the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). “Baca has stood for art in the service of equity for all people and the integration of one’s ethics with creative expression. Baca’s work channels the creative process of monument design to develop models for the transformation of both physical and social environments in public spaces. And they are monumental, both in space and time: The Great Wall of Los Angeles is ‘tattooed’ along a flood control channel in the San Fernando Valley and employed over 400 youth and their families from diverse social and economic backgrounds working with artists, oral historians, ethnologists, scholars, and hundreds of community members. The Great Wall depicts a half-mile long multi-cultural history of California from pre-history through the 1950’s. It was begun in 1976 and plans are underway for its next four decades of evolution.” To learn more about Judy and read her full bio, visit


The San Antonio community is cordially invited to attend Judy Baca’s Keynote Address, a free public event, on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. UTSA Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Bldg., Aula Canaria Auditorium. Escape the summer heat with ice cold paletas and Latino art. To RSVP visit:


The NALAC Leadership Institute is one of the many strategies NALAC uses to build the capacity of Latino artists and arts organizations across the country, who give voice, define and share what it means to be Latino in America today. The programs under NALAC’s Leadership umbrella benefit the entire field of Latino arts and culture and create unique opportunities for collaborations and alliances across ethnic, geographic, and generational lines.


Thanks to strong partnerships and funder relationships we continue to see growth in reaching, engaging and supporting an increased number of established and emerging Latino artists and organizations in diverse regions of the country and expanded opportunities for development of skills, leadership and professional development of the Latino arts field. The 2016 NALAC Leadership Institute is made possible with generous funding support from Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, Chipotle, individual donors, NALAC members and volunteers. Numerous local partners have opened their doors for Leadership Fellows throughout the years. This summer, the Institute will be hosted by the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Fellows will have opportunities to visit San Antonio vibrant sights and sounds, among them SAY Sí and San Anto Cultural Arts.


Through this work NALAC advocates for improved access to resources, provides opportunities for transformational leadership, helps build a national network that supports the creative process, and helps drive the national dialogue to affect and transform policies impacting the Latino arts and culture field and the communities they serve.


About NALAC- The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s only multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. For 27 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country. The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more info, visit


NALAC Leadership Institute Class of 2016

Betty Avila | Self Help Graphics & Art | Associate Director | Los Angeles, CA

Henry Brun | Award-winning Percussionist | San Antonio, TX 

Bianca de la Rocha | Brava! For Women in the Arts | Rentals Associate | San Francisco, CA 

Yaremis Felix Colon | Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater | Ensemble Member and Associate | South Richmond Hill, NY 

Lizette Garza | ElevArte Community Studio | Youth and Events Manager | Chicago, IL

Maria Alicia Garza | College of Arts and Sciences Boise State University | Associate Professor |  Boise, ID

Beatriz Gil | Hibridos Collective | Co-founder | Jackson Heights, NY 

Abigail Gomez | Pretty Girl Painting | Owner, Artist, Educator | Winchester, VA 

Stephen GuzmanSAY Sí | Communications Manager | San Antonio, TX 

Illya Haro | Casa Familiar / The Front | Gallery Manager | National City, CA

Damian Kelly | MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana | Program Assistant | San Jose, CA 

Juanita Lara | ID Studio Theater | Grant Writer | Sunnyside, NY 

Mia Lopez | Independent Curator, Writer, and Educator | Minneapolis, MN 

Lisa Luevanos | CLAVE Detroit | Detroit, MI 

Francis Parra | ECAS Theater, Inc. | Artistic Executive Director | Cranston, RI 

Baruch Porras-Hernandez | Strut / San Francisco AIDS Foundation | Writer, Performer, and Arts Organizer | San Francisco, CA 

Jake Prendez | Artist and Arts Advocate | Seatac, WA

Michael A. Reyes | Poet / NALAC | Michigan Latino Arts Program Associate | Detroit, MI

Yosimar Reyes | Define American Arts Fellow | Los Angeles, CA 

Adam Rocha | SAFILM - San Antonio Film Festival | Executive Director | San Antonio, TX

Emilio Rodriguez | Theater Artist | Hamtramck, MI

Sergio Rubio | Aurora Theater | Program Manager | Lawrenceville, GA 

Amada Torruella | Columbia Film Society (d.b.a The Nickelodeon Theatre) | Development Assistant | Columbia, SC 

Gabrielle Uballez | Working Classroom | Executive Director | Albuquerque, NM 

Nicolas Valdez | Interdisciplinary Artist | San Antonio, TX 

Abigail Vega | Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) | Producer | San Antonio, TX 



For Immediate Release: April 22, 2016

Contact: Adriana Gallego, Agenda and Program,210.432.3982

Latino artists in San Antonio—and around the region—will gather April 28-30 to connect, respond and present contemporary Latino arts and culture


SAN ANTONIO, Texas—What better way to celebrate NALAC’s 27th Anniversary than with a regional gathering of intergenerational artists and cultural thinkers representing multiple Latinidades, arts disciplines and geographies.


The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures proudly presents the 30th Regional Arts Training Workshop to take place in our hometown of San Antonio, April 28-30. The 3-day multi-media event will activate different culture hubs in the City to bring dynamic, timely, thought-provoking experiences, resources, and more than 40 speakers from the region and across the country.


“We are having deep, important, cultural discussions on how we further the Latino arts and culture field in the United States and elsewhere,” explains María López De León, executive director of NALAC. “We aren’t just learning from one another—we are challenging one another about how art and culture makes communities better, how it strengthens economies, and how together, we can do more.”


The San Antonio arts community has recently been at the center of public discussions around equity, inclusivity, stewardship and advocacy. No stranger to the urgency of taking corrective action and responding to community, NALAC has curated a series of resourceful, accessible and aesthetically powerful experiences thanks to feedback from the regional artistic community.


Investment in Latino arts is an investment in the national arts and cultural landscape. With this in mind, the Regional is sure to inspire and empower members of all artistic communities, from all backgrounds, all are welcome!  Just ask participants from the 2015 Detroit and Miami Regionals: 100% of the attendees surveyed said the gathering was so powerful, that they would recommend it to their peers!


The convening of artists, administrators, educators and more is just $20 for NALAC members, and $40 for future members. Youth 18 and under can attend the Regional for free by entering the following code upon registration: FUTURE.

Register now at

The three-day convening begins with a free public event at the San Antonio Central Library on Thursday, April 28 from 6:30-8:30 pm. The evening will feature pan-Latino artists and scholars from different generations and disciplines, who will launch into a fast-paced multimedia experience responding to the theme: “Nuestras Historias: Latin@s in the Arts.” The core of the Regional Arts Training Workshop will take place at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on Friday and Saturday.


Featured sessions and speakers include: Keynote with Sheyla Rivera Rios, Artist and Artistic Director of AS220 in Providence, RI- not only an arts organization, but a groundbreaking agent for social change and social justice. Public Art Workshop with Rebecca Blume Rothman (Phoenix Office of Arts and Cultures) and James LeFlore (Public Art San Antonio); Texas Mexican Cuisine in Context: Cooking as an Aesthetic Practice with Chef Adan Medrano of Houston, TX; Art and Social Activism and more!


The Regional will close with Future Forward, a panel of youth artists from local arts organizations including SAY Sí and the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, as well as 16-year-old Jackelyn “Jackie” Barrera, selected as the “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the US” at the 2014 Mariachi Vargas Expo. 


The gathering will also feature performances and artwork by El Tallercito del Son, DJ Despeinada, Poet Michael Reyes from Detroit, Azul Barrientos, Conjunto Heritage Taller, and the Multiples Exhibition at Galeria Guadalupe featuring 70 plus artists.


“There is a rich community of artists in San Antonio, and we are so pleased to present these artists as part of the workshop,” says De León. “We know they are planning extraordinary performances.”


NALAC’s Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened around the country to provide comprehensive professional development, training and a space for community dialogue among the Latino arts field and other diverse arts sectors. These opportunities for relationship-building and networking are essential to the advancement of the Latino arts community, and the nation’s art sector as a whole. Workshop presenters and participants are of diverse backgrounds, representing all artistic disciplines and perspectives.


“The workshops are an opportunity to create new networks of cultural workers that bridge stubborn divisions between generations, neighborhoods and cultures,” explains Gabriel Magraner, director of programs at NALAC. “As we have seen most recently in Miami, and Detroit, the workshops have demonstrated great potential for increasing the visibility and organizing Latino artists and arts professionals across the country.”


Critical dialogue and creative thinking transpires through interactive workshops, discussion forums, artistic interventions, technical assistance, and performances. Through the workshops, NALAC listens to and learns from the field in order to more successfully understand and advocate for the changing needs of artists and arts professionals across the nation. By empowering the field and providing new opportunities, NALAC can reduce economic inequalities, galvanize multigenerational networks and actualize social change in the realms of racial equity and civic engagement.


NALAC is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.


The San Antonio Regional Arts Training Workshop is made possible thanks to generous support from our sponsors and partners: Southwest Airlines, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Surdna Foundation, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio Public Library, 3rd Space Art Gallery, Lone Star Studios, Freight Gallery & Studios and JM Communications.


For more information on the workshop or to register, visit or call Gabriel Magraner, director of programs, at (210) 432-3982.


Things to Know When You Go:
: NALAC San Antonio Regional Arts Training Workshop
: April 28-30, 2016
How much: $20 for NALAC Members, $40 for Future Members

Youth 18 and under can use the code FUTURE
Agenda and Program


Day 1 Kickoff Event (Evening)

San Antonio Public Library - Central Library 

Days 2&3 (Daytime)

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

1301 Guadalupe St.

San Antonio, TX 78207

Day 2 (Evening)

Lone Star Studios

Freight Gallery & Studios

3rd Space Art Gallery