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As the nation's leading Latino arts and culture service organization, NALAC is a strategic funder, a dynamic convener, a resource provider and keen advocate. Our work with communities, with arts and culture professionals and in partnership with the public and private sector stimulates local economies and improves the quality of life nationally.


To succeed in cultivating the advancement of a thriving Latino arts and culture field, NALAC must excel in the areas of advocacy, capacity building and leadership development, efforts which would be impossible without NALAC's dedicated supporters. Whether donating time or money, there are many ways to get involved.



Explore the benefits of financial giving in support of NALAC's mission.



Discover the rewards of NALAC membership.



Make a difference by giving your time and service to NALAC.



Voice your support for Latino arts and cultures.



Attend NALAC and partner events that are sure to engage, enlighten, and inspire.



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The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures is dedicated to advocating on behalf of our communities for policies that benefit artistic and cultural flourishing. From preserving our traditions to creating groundbreaking new works, this involves advocating for those policies and pieces of legislation that ratify the importance of artistic endeavor for ensuing generations.


Advocacy Leadership Institute

Apply to take part in a program that provides critical training to effectively approach lawmakers and advocate on behalf of Latino arts and cultures. Click here to learn more about the NALAC Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes.




In the 2019 Budget Blueprint, the 45th White House administration calls for the elimination of agencies that provide critical services and support to our nation's citizens, including the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The austere cuts that the budget proposes target specific agencies and are part of a much larger framework that threatens to erode our nation's freedom and democratic values. The elimination of the NEA and other cultural agencies will significantly impact communities in every region of the country, including Latino arts and cultural organizations. Communities affected will include not only those which receive direct NEA funding, but also those receiving support from state and local arts agencies supported by the Arts agency. The effects will echo across the nation.


This is the second year the White House budget proposed defunding agencies like the NEA and the CPB. Last year, funding did not change thanks to the continual advocacy efforts to secure bipartisan support for these agencies.


Links & Calls to Action re: White House Blueprint Budget Proposal:


Write your Representatives. It is in the halls of state houses and Capitol Hill where the policies that directly affect the Latino arts and cultures communities take shape. Get involved and contact your elected representatives to tell them how very important arts and cultures are to the lives of every American.

Americans for the Arts has pulled together background information on the Budget Blueprint, in addition to samples letters to send directly to your representatives from their site. Americans for the Arts campaign on VoterVoice.Net

Find out who represents you in the House and Senate by using the links below.


Talk to your members of Congress.  Ask them to support arts and culture by continuing the funding of the National Endowment for the Arts in the FY 2019 Interior Appropriations bill. You can reach the U.S. House switchboard operator here: (202)225-3121.

Share your story.  We want to hear how the arts have impacted your life and community, and we will share your testimonies with lawmakers. Send us an email at  




  • The arts represent cultural enrichment.  They contribute to education, growth, and development in our communities, and are an important part of our national identity.
  • The arts bring work to Americans across the nation.  4.8 million Americans  work in Arts and Culture industries.
  • The arts boost our economy.  According to the US. Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Arts contribute $730 billion to the country’s gross domestic product. This amount is larger than Construction, Transportation, and Travel & Tourism.
  • The arts unify communities.  According to Americans for the Arts, 62 percent of people surveyed percent agree that the arts “helps me understand other cultures better.” This perspective rang true across all demographic and economic categories surveyed.
  • NEA-funded arts are everywhere!  In 2014 alone, the NEA enabled the production of over 30,000 concerts and performances, and more than 3,000 exhibitions. Every congressional district in the US receives benefits from NEA grants
  • NEA funds generate enormous investment.  The ratio of private and other funds matching every NEA dollar spent is over 9 to 1.


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Resource Guide (Special Edition)


The Special Edition of the NALAC Resource Guide includes additional contributions from a national cohort of panelists who presented at Raices Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as part of a professional development workshop hosted by Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager with the Arizona Commision on the Arts (ACA) AZ Art Worker Program and moderated by Adriana Gallego, NALAC Chief Operating Officer, both alumni of the NALAC Leadership Instute.  


The Guide is a complementary evolving resource intended for informational purposes only.




What is advocacy? The act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal; an act of building support/community base.

What is lobbying? To conduct activities aimed at influencing public officials and especially members of a legislative body on legislation.

How do you advocate? It starts with getting to know the issue you care about. Consider some of the questions below to get going.


  • What is your concern about this policy?
  • What is your organization’s history with this issue?
  • What outcome do you prefer? What outcome is acceptable?
  • What is your legislator’s record on this issue?
  • What likely reasons will she/he use to oppose, avoid, or support your position?
  • What do you need your legislator to do?
  • Find facts or statistics to show how the arts organization is helped/harmed by this legislative issue.
  • If a government program is involved, what alternatives exist?


Next, get to know your local, state and federal elected officials. Use this tool at Common Cause to learn about who they are, and dive in deeper to understanding where they stand on issues you care about.





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Support NALAC's Work With Your Tax Deductible Donation Today

Please take a moment to include NALAC in your year-end giving by making a secure online donation today. By becoming a NALAC supporter, you will join us in celebrating twenty years of providing high-quality leadership training, capacity building and critical funding opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations across the country.


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Your tax deductible contribution will help us continue providing valuable programs such as:


  • NALAC Fund for the Arts
  • NALAC National Conference
  • NALAC Leadership Institute
  • NALAC Advocacy Institute
  • NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshops
  • NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant
  • Monthly e-Boletin newsletter
  • El Aviso, NALAC's national Latino arts magazine
  • Advocacy and Research on the Latino Arts Field
  • Special Initiatives, such as the Visiones in Our Communities Program.