ILI '15 Pilot Convening



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The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is part of an extensive, joint leadership initiative between the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots, and PA’I Foundation. The ILI reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers.


The Pilot of the Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) was convened on September 28 – October 1, 2015 at the Guadalupe Theater. The Pilot assembled a small nominated group to share, test, and gain feedback on possible components of the ILI curriculum, structure and engagement model. 


Below are the participants, faculty, supporters and partners who joined us in San Antonio, Texas for the pilot hosted by NALAC.




Jason Aragón, Tucson, AZ | Nominated by NALAC

Jose Nicolas Cabrera-SchneiderBoulder, CO | Nominated by NALAC

Rodney CamarcePhiladelphia, PA | Nominated by Asian Arts Initiative

Juliana Clifford, Porcupine, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Kapalaiula de Silva, Kailua, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Tara Dorabji, San Francisco, CA | Nominated by Youth Speaks

Alexander Gibson, Whitesburg, KY | Nominated by Appalshop

Chris James, Little Rock, AR | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Brandie Macdonald, Rapid City, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Busi Peters, Houston, TX | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Davis Price, Honolulu, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Shey Rivera, Providence, RI | Nominated by NALAC

ST Shimi, San Antonio, TX | Nominated by Alternate ROOTS

Jeremy Staab, Rapid City, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Ka'iu Takamori, Honolulu, HI | Nominated by PA'I Foundation

Alejandra Tobar Alatriz, Minneapolis, MN | Nominated by Pangea World Theater

Warren Guss Yellowhair, Allen, SD | Nominated by First Peoples Fund

Bethany Yellowtail, Valley Village, CA | Nominated by First Peoples Fund



Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Tucson, AZ

Ron Martinez Looking Elk, Albuquerque, NM

Tufura Waller Muhammad, Little Rock, AR



Carrie Brunk, Clear Creek, KY



Adán Medrano, Chef & Author, Houston, TX

Ruben Solis, University sin Fronteras, San Antonio, TX

Jane Madrigal, Artist, San Antonio, TX




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Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.


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First Peoples Fund is dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian arts and culture, deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices. We honor and support creative, community-centered Native artists and nurture the Collective Spirit(R) that allows them to sustain their peoples. We accomplish this by providing tools, resources and a voice to Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities.


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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (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.


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PA‘I Foundation, organized in 2001, preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian cultural traditions for future generations. PA‘I Foundation is the non-profit organization of Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima, a h'lau hula (school of Hawaiian dance) founded by kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance) Vicky Holt Takamine in 1977. While the organization is centered around and supported by h'lau members, the purpose of PA‘I Foundation is to address and serve the needs of native Hawaiians and those who make Hawai’i their home.




The Intercultural Leadership Institute has been made possible thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Express, Southwest Airlines and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Nathan Cummings Fondation and the Bush Foundation.  We appreciate the support of these primary ILI sponsors as well as all of the funders, members, donors, and volunteers of our four ILI core partner organizations.

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