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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.