NFA Program History


The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures continues to strengthen the vitality of the Latino arts field through direct financial support provided by grant programs like the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA). The NFA complements existing NALAC services that continue to be effective strategies to advocate for and recognize the contributions of the Latino arts field.



NALAC Fund for the Arts was planned over several years in direct response to what the Latino arts field identified as its most critical need. In July 2004, with the support of the Ford Foundation, NALAC convened a Latino Arts Summit to engage the field in a focused dialogue concerning the scope and focus of the NALAC Fund for the Arts. Participants of the Latino Arts Summit shared their perspectives, ideas and insights which were instrumental in the creation of this grant program.

The NFA program was officially launched as a two-year pilot in March 2005. Since then, the NFA has delivered hundreds of grants totaling close to one million dollars to Latino artists, ensembles and small and mid-size Latino arts and culture organizations working in diverse disciplines and communities across the country.



The success and growth of the NALAC Fund for the Arts is possible thanks to the generosity of funding partners.



The JPMorgan Chase Foundation became an NFA funding partner.



City of San Antonio Cultural Collaborative and Southwest Airlines partnered to respectively match NFA funds awarded to San Antonio artists and provide travel support to ten NFA grantees.



The Heineken Foundation partnered with the NFA for the Heineken Green Ribbon Award for artists and organizations in the discipline of music.



The MetLife Foundation became an NFA funding partner.




NALAC thanks the following individuals and their organizational affiliations at the time, whose thougthful engagement in the 2004 Latino Arts Summit were instrumental in structuring the NALAC Fund for the Arts.


Quique Aviles

Sol y Soul

Jennifer Mendez

Mattie Rhodes Art Center

Josie Talamantez

California Arts Council

Judy Baca


Luis Mojica

Multicultural Music Group

Johnny Irizarry

The Lighthouse

Juan Berumen

La Peña Cultural Center

Rebeca Ramirez

Big Bang Group

Emily Todd

Houston Endowment

Manuel Castillo

San Anto Cultural Arts

 Charles Rice-Gonzalez


Edwin Torres

Ford Foundation

Maria Luisa Colmenarez

Danzantes Unidos

Rosalba Rolon

Pregones Theater

Roberta Uno

Ford Foundation

Jaime Coronado

Spanish Dance Society

Mildred Ruiz

Universes/U City Theater

Clyde Valentín

Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Abel Lopez

GALA Theatre

Maruca Salazar

Denver Public Schools

Vanessa Whang

Ford Foundation Consultant

Sheila Lopez

Antecesores Theater

Mario Ernesto Sanchez

Teatro Avante

Tomás Ybarra Frausto

Rockefeller Foundation