NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)


San Antonio, TX | July 15 - 20, 2019






DEADLINE TO APPLY: FEBRUARY 14, 2019 (11:59 PM Central Standard Time)



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





The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. The dynamic learning environment cultivates a familiar, inclusive cultural space that provides multiple generations of Latinx artists, arts managers, and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions. Applicants represent all Latinidades from multiple generations in various stages of career development.


The goals of the Institute are to:

  • Develop core capacities in the areas of arts management, networking, marketing, fund development;
  • Deliver training via interactive group learning, consultations, and leadership simulations;
  • Advance knowledge in the field of Latino artistic expressions, research, and policy;
  • Contextualize the frameworks that inform and affect Latino cultural production;
  • Strengthen and expand the NALAC professional network;
  • Promote awareness for planned organizational legacy and artistic/executive succession;
  • Provide effective tools and research that optimize leadership competence; and,
  • Prepare creative, strategic and nimble cultural leaders.




Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development may apply.

At the time an application is submitted:

  • Applicant must be an arts professional, artist and/or administrator;
  • Applicant must be not be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program; and
  • Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.




Step 1

Renew or establish NALAC membership. To become a member, visit

Step 2

Carefully review the 2019 NLI Guidelines. Follow instructions to ensure that your application materials are complete. An incomplete application will not be considered.

Step 3

Prepare responses and materials for the online application.


Step 4

Go to NALAC submission manager:

Step 5

Create a Submittable account. If you already have an account with Submittable, login

Step 6

Enter User Account information and continue. Complete Narrative Essay & Artist Profile.

Step 7

Click “Add File” to attach Resume or CV

Step 8

Review your application one last time! Then, click “Apply Now” to submit.


Arts Capacity Building for Latinx Leaders

The Leadership Institute curriculum is based on the historical overview and analysis of Latino arts and cultures in the U.S., including the vital role of community involvement. This lens provides the framework for all Institute presentations, discussions, and exercises.  This estimate is subject to change based on final lodging costs.

Class topics include:


Capacity Building


Strategic Planning


Grant Writing


Mission & Vision







The total estimated cost to attend the NALAC 2019 Leadership Institute is $1225 for tuition, lodging, and dinner. Benefits include the opportunity of training, networking, and learning about the San Antonio Latinx arts community


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:



Travel: Round-trip travel to San Antonio

Tuition - $525: A week of intensive training.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Lodging - $610: 7 nights of hotel in a shared double occupancy room.


Dinner - $90: Average dinner cost is $15 per day for 7 evenings.


Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1,225




The 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.



Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D. is an anthropologist, folklorist, curator, and community arts expert who has documented the practice of more than a dozen of the country's leading emerging and alternative artistic organizations. She holds a dual appointment as Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Associate Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona.

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Abel López (NALAC Board Member and Institute Faculty) 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 of NALAC.

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Rosalba Rolón (NALAC Board Member and Institute Faculty) 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 and of the United States Artists.

Past Faculty


Rocío Aranda-Alvarado

Program Officer, Creativity, and Free Expression, Ford Foundation

Judy Baca

Painter, Muralist, Movement Builder, Scholar

Jesse Borrego

Actor, Producer, Writer

Ernest Bromley

Chairman/CEO Bromley Communications

Norma Cantu

Writer, Professor, the University of Texas at San Antonio

Dr. Antonia Castañeda

Former Associate Professor, History Department, St. Mary’s University

Sandra Cisneros

Writer, Novelist, Poet

Maria De Leon

Executive Director, NALAC

Romelia Escamilla

RE: Consulting & Facilitation

Tony Garcia

Executive Artistic Director, El Centro Su Teatro

Guillermo Gomez Peña

Performance Artist, Writer, Activist, Educator

Johnny Irizarry

Director, La Casa Latina, University of Pennsylvania

Arturo Madrid

Professor of Humanities, Trinity University

Dr. Amelia Malagamba

Asst. Professor, School of Art and Transborder Studies, Arizona State University

Pablo Miguel Martinez

Poet, Writer

Russell Roybal

Senior Consultant with the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT)

Raul R Salinas

Poet, Activist, Resistencia Bookstore (1934-2008)

John Philip Santos

Author, Media Producer

Kathy Vargas

Photographer, Professor, University of the Incarnate Word

Dr. Tomas Ybarra-Frausto

Retired Associate Director of Creativity and Culture at the Rockefeller Foundation, Scholar, Arts Consultant



The NALAC Leadership Institute has been supported by Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, San Antonio Area Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, individual donors, NALAC members and volunteers.



For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or