Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI)


Washington D.C. | April 23 - 25, 2018




April 23 - 25, 2018



February 1, 2018 11:59 PM Central Standard Time



Please review the ALI Guidelines located in the menu to the right and submit your materials online via Submittable (




The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. A group of 10-15 participants will be selected to attend the ALI in Washington, D.C., where Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latino arts and culture. The goals of this advanced institute are to: 


  • cultivate a deeper understanding of the frameworks involved in shaping cultural policy, and its impact on Latino artistic production and social justice;
  • provide research and instruction on advocacy protocols and strategies;
  • deliver immersion training via preparatory research and assignments, instruction, site visits and consultations;
  • develop competencies for meaningful communication with local and state elected officials, and with national congressional representatives and staff;
  • build relationships and initiate dialogue with policy makers to promote understanding of the Latino arts sector’s needs while asserting the role of the arts in sustaining viable communities;
  • equip Fellows with the necessary tools to lead proactive efforts in their respective communities, and to deliver effective messages that will help broaden support for the arts; and,
  • nurture Fellows as an engaged group of active Latino arts sector advocates. 


Highlights of the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute include: meetings with noted political leaders on Capitol Hill and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as meetings with senior staff at the National endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement and Smithsonian Latino Center. 



This training is open to all artists, administrators and cultural practitioners, including alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Leadership Institute. Please also note that past attendees of the Advocacy Leadership Institutes are not eligible to apply.  Fellows will be selected to attend through a panel review process.

At the time an application is submitted:


  • Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.
  • Visit to renew or establish membership.



Please review the ALI guidelines located on the menu to the right and them submit your materials online via Submittable ( Your online profile, narrative, and optional work sample must be submitted electronically via the online system by the posted deadline.



The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute curriculum is based on developing the capacity and potential of Latino artists and cultural workers to shape arts policy on the national and international stage. This lens provides the framework for all Institute presentations, discussions, and exercises. Topics and activities include:


  • Art and Community Building
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Overview
  • Congressional Visits
  • Legislative Process Overview
  • National Advocacy Organizations
  • National Arts Advocacy Efforts
  • National Endowment for the Arts Meeting
  • Preparation and Advice for Congressional Visits
  • Successful Advocacy Models
  • White House Office of Public Engagement



The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute Faculty consists of nationally recognized professionals and leaders in the arts and cultural field. In addition to the core faculty, the Institute includes several guest faculty members.

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Abel López is Associate Producing Director of GALA Hispanic Theatre, and a frequent lecturer and consultant on workshops on board development, cultural diversity, and public relations and marketing.  Lopez is Chair of Americans for the Arts; past president of the Helen Hayes Awards, Theater Communications Group, the Performing Arts Alliance, and Leadership Washington and various organizations. He is a former chair of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and past chair NALAC.

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María López De León is the Executive Director and board member of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC). In January 2013, President Obama appointed Ms. De León to serve on the National Council on the Arts. Ms. De León was named among the nation’s 2012 Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts.

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Rosalba Rolón is Artistic Director of Pregones Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, based in The Bronx, NY, which she co-founded in 1979. Ms. Rolón is a 2008 United States Artists Fellow, a Ford Foundation New Works Visionary Fellow and a performer, director and dramaturg. She favors the art of stage adaptation in an ensemble setting, working from non-dramatic texts. She is a Board Member of NALAC.




Tuition to attend the 2018 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute is $375 for intensive training tailored.

Most state and local arts agencies will match the cost of tuition and other costs to attend the Institute. Contact your state or local arts agency for details:


Expenses Covered by NALAC
  • Travel:  Round-trip travel to DC
  • Meals:  Breakfast and lunch; Reception


Expenses Covered by Participant
  • Tuition   $375:  Three days of intensive training.
  • Lodging $570:  4 nights of hotel in a shared double occupancy room.
  • Dinner     $75:  Average dinner cost is $25 per day for 3 evenings.


Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1,020

This estimate is subject to change based on final lodging costs.



For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or email




The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) program is made possible thanks to generous support from our funders, sponsors and partners. Thank you to NALAC Members, donors and wonderful volunteers.


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