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Gus Yellowhair ttestimonial interview



Carlton Turner ttestimonial interview



Wendy Shenefelt testimonial interview



Chris James testimonial interview



Rodney Camarce testimonial interview



Busi Peters-Maughan



Jason Aragon testimonial interview

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NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)


San Antonio, TX | July 11-16, 2016 


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     PROGRAM DATES | July 11-16, 2016


     DEADLINE TO APPLYThursday, February 25, 2016 


     Please consult the NLI Guidelines and online application utilizing the menu to the right. 




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 Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters the support, knowledge, and agency to confidently respond to and initiate solutions to complex cultural questions.

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.

Applicants to the NLI are accepted from multiple generations of Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development.  A group of 15-25 participants will be selected to attend the NLI in San Antonio, TX.



Latino artists, arts managers and cultural promoters in various stages of career development may apply. Fifteen to twenty-two individuals will be selected to attend the Institute.

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.
      Visit www.nalactienda.org
      to renew or establish membership.

Applications must be submitted electronically via Submittable, as per the NLI Guidelines, no later than February 25, 2016, 11:59 pm Central Time (CT).


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.

Class topics include:
Advocacy Capacity Building Evaluation Strategic Planning
Budgeting Grant Writing Fundraising Mission & Vision
Governance Management Programming Marketing


Tuition to attend the NALAC 2016 Leadership Institute is $500 for one week of intensive training tailored to Latino artists, arts administrators and key staff of Latino arts organizations. It includes the opportunity of training, networking and learning about the San Antonio Latino 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: http://www.nasaa-arts.org/About/State-Arts-Agency-Directory.php


Expenses Covered by NALAC
Travel:  Air travel
Meals:  Breakfast and lunch

Expenses Covered by Participant
Tuition    $525:   A week of intensive training.
Lodging  $610:   7 nights of hotel in a shared double occupancy room.
Dinner      $90:   Average dinner cost is $15 per day for seven days.

    Total Estimated Participant Expenses: $1225

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.

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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. 

abel Lopez web 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 of NALAC.
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Rosalba Rolón is Artistic Director of Pregones 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    
Jesse Borrego   Actor, Producer, Writer
Ernest Bromley   Chairman/CEO Bromley Communications
Norma Cantu   Writer, Professor, University of the 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




For more information please contact NALAC staff at 210.432.3982 or info@nalac.org.



Latino Arts-e-Boletin section


Latinos Exercise Political Power for the Arts

  Hispanics exercised powerful political muscle during the 2012 presidential election, helping send President Barack Obama back to the White House and catapulting immigration reform to the forefront of the national agenda. 

Now, the community is using the hundreds of thousands of dollars generated with Latino inaugural celebrations in January to make sure it receives its artistic and cultural due. 



Kinan Valdez Speaks About Latino Theater Movement at TCG Conference

The 2013 Theatre Communications Group (TCG) National Conference took place June 6-8, 2013 in Dallas, TX.  The Conference is an annual gathering of 1,000 participants in the theatre field. The Conference theme was to re-imagine how the group can all Learn Do Teach as leaders of  theatre movement.


Fast forward to 33:20 to hear Kinan Valdez, Producing Artistic Director of El Teatro Campesino and NALAC Board member, speak about the Latino Theater movement at this years TCG conference!


TCG National Conference—Assembly: Defining a Movement


About Kinan Valdez 
Producing Artistic Director, El Teatro Campesino


Kinan Valdez is a life-long ensemble member of El Teatro Campesino (ETC). Born and reared in the collective milieu of the famed social justice theater company, Kinan currently serves as ETC’s Producing Artistic Director. His accomplishments as a leader of the 48 year-old company have been a four-fronted effort: Activating new generational access to ETC’s expansive theatrical traditions and methodologies; developing the “Teatro Lab” – an experimental new works laboratory; building a mobile educational theater program to reach the farm-working communities of rural central California; and guiding the organization through a revitalization to reposition El Teatro Campesino as a dynamic elder of the Latino Arts field in time for its 50th anniversary in 2015.



Cheech Marin: Getting Chicano Art the Respect It Deserves


Cheech Marin, the comedian, actor, and Chicano art advocate, led a fascinating and provocative panel discussion about the tidal wave that is Chicano art. It included Dr. Susana Smith Bautista and artists Einar & Jamex de la Torre, Shizu Saldamando, John Valadez, and Harry Gamboa Jr. The event took place May 29 at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City,CA.

Five Latino artists that come from different generations, geographic conditions and cultural influences, but all with one thing in common; a commitment to artistically explore cultural artifacts that signify identity.  Includes 8 minute audio.  Cheech Marin is a member of the NALAC Advisory Board.



Beyond Binaries: The Simplicity Of Engaging Complex Audiences

A Featured article by Salvador Acevedo in the National Arts Marketing Project website





 2012 Nuestras Voces Anthologies Published



Repertorio Español announces the publication of a two-volume bilingual anthology entitled “Nuestras Voces: Latino Plays from Repertorio Español’s MetLife Playwriting Competition.”

The books, published by NoPassport Press, include a selection of five plays emerging from the Metlife Nuestras Voces’ National Playwriting Competition.

The plays on the first volume include Jorge González’s “Vieques”, Cándido Tirado’s “Momma’s Boyz”, and Carlos Lacámara’s “Nowhere on the Border.” The second volume includes Marcelo Rodríguez’s “Letters to a Mother” and Lina Gallegos’ “Wild in Wichita”. The publication includes a preface by Repertorio’s Executive Director, Robert Federico and an introduction by Barnard College Professor, James Crapotta. Both volumes are available for sale on Amazon.com and Lulu.com or by visiting: www.repertorio.org/metlife


Richard Blanco Creates and Reads Poem at Boston Strong Event

Richard Blanco, the poet President Barack Obama chose to write and read a poem at his inauguration , was tapped once again to create an original piece to be read at Boston Strong: An evening of Support and Celebration. 


Blanco once again serves as a conduit for the voice of millions as he helps to guide Boston, and the nation as a whole, through a period of healing. In "One Today ," the poem read at the president's inauguration, Blanco connected with the lives of those individuals from all walks of life that comprise this great nation. In his newest piece,"Boston Strong," he offers words of healing to those that have been directly affected by the horrible events at the Boston Marathon and those that struggle to understand the inhumanity.    http://www.richard-blanco.com/boston-strong-poem/ 


Mexico's National Institute of Archaeology and History Announces Mural Painting Conservation Project

The National Institute of Archaeology and History (INAH) is promoting the Mural Painting Conservation Project in Teotihuacan. This project is taking place in situ and in archives, indeed a tremendous labor, as Ph.D. Maria Teresa Uriarte affirms, “it’s not wild to state that this ancient city was one of the most decorated (with murals and paintings) of the ancient world."

The elaboration of a glossary is also part of the project, as well as a file with a general diagnosis by area, in conformity to what was established in the Management Plan of the pre Hispanic site. In this sense, one of the fundamental contributions, informed archaeologists Claudia Lopez, is the enquiry that investigators can make of the database, “we will provide elements with which they can interpret the murals through the iconography. The designs, shapes and styles will be referenced through the glossary”.   http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=62989#.Ub9EaBapTvw  

Awaiting final approvals for the construction of its new home at 706 Mission Street in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Arts District, The Mexican Museum, the premier West Coast museum of Mexican, Chicano and Latino art, culture and heritage, announces that it is seeing tremendous results with its new membership campaign, “¡Adelante! The Mexican Museum Moves Forward.”


 ¡Adelante! The Mexican Museum Moves Forward in 2013

The Mexican Museum, which is the only San Francisco museum to be named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, continues to receive strong community support.