NALAC Michigan Research Initiative

Building Equal Voice for the Growing Latino Population in Michigan through Arts and Culture


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NALAC invites Michigan artists and arts stakeholders to participate in our 2017 Michigan Latino Arts Survey.


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With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, NALAC has successfully delivered our programming suite to support Latinx communities across Michigan. NALAC’s statewide outreach over the past two years has set the groundwork for the Research phase of our multi-platform strategy for investing in Latinx arts communities. With hundreds of new contacts and new relationships, NALAC and Michigan artist communities are well positioned to engage in a mutually beneficial asset mapping study.


Through the survey, we aim to discover what resources are benefiting Michigan arts practitioners, as well as what areas can benefit from further support. To this end, two surveys were customized to address Artists and Organizations, respectively. NALAC will analyze the results and use trends to inform advocacy efforts in support of Michigan Latinx arts communities. The participation of Latinx artists and arts organizations is key to ensure all communities are represented.


Approximately five hundred individuals and organizations will be contacted and invited to participate in this survey. We also encourage survey participants to share the survey with their colleagues and organizations they work with. The only requirements for taking the survey are a) to be at least a part-time resident of Michigan and b) to identify as a Latinx arts stakeholder.


All information collected in the 2017 Michigan Latino Arts Survey is both confidential and anonymous. Both surveys are available in English and Spanish, and can be completed online or printed and mailed/faxed.



Please click here to take the Individual Survey in English.



Please click here to take the Organization Survey in English.


Want to participate without an internet connection? Please feel free to download the following PDF survey, print them, and mail them back to us.


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NALAC Michigan Initiative

Building Equal Voice for the Growing Latino Population in Michigan through Arts and Culture




With generous support from the Kellogg Foundation, NALAC is making strategic investments in Michigan to bolster leadership development, grow networks and partnerships locally, regionally and nationally and provide financial resources for those front-line artists and organizations involved in effecting change through arts and culture.



We Want to Hear from YOU!

NALAC invites you to participate in the 2017 Michigan Latino Arts Survey. This survey is designed to collect anonymous and confidential information about the current landscape for Latinx artists and arts stakeholders in Michigan. 

Click here to learn more. Deadline to complete the survey, December 18, 2017.




The development and implementation of the 21-month Michigan Latino Arts Initiative is proceeding with great momentum. To date, NALAC has hosted 2 statewide conferences in Michigan, including the 2015 Regional Arts Training Workshop in Detroit, (90 attendees), 2016 Michigan Latinx Summit (150 attendees). We cohosted a Detroit Performance Exchange for youth and a Pre-Concert Community Reception with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán in Ann Arbor. During statewide tours, we conducted 18 site visits, workshops, and networking events in 8 cities. Seven grants were awarded to Michigan based arts organizations ($36,500), we developed 13 new partnerships, sponsored nine individual leadership development opportunities for Michigan artists, and added over 324 new contacts from throughout the state. Two arts professionals from Michigan were selected from among 325+ applicants to participate in the inaugural year of the Intercultural Leadership Institute 3-part program. Four artists and alumni from Michigan presented their work at the 30th and 31st Regional Arts Training Workshops in Texas and North Carolina; and one artist served on the advisory committee for a NALAC National Stakeholders Meeting.


Opportunities and Events

NALAC serves to build Latino communities and their connection to broader communities, particularly those most impacted by societal inequities. NALAC believes that if we are to achieve equity for all there must be opportunities for organizations and artists to strengthen their work, deepen their relationships, and develop and sustain cultural spaces from which to engage the public with diverse artistic expression. Furthermore, we believe that arts and culture are uniquely positioned to spark and sustain community change. While NALAC has had a presence nationally, we believe that building locally is paramount to the real, long-term and sustainable outcomes we seek alongside our communities, as such, we seek to build out capacity and encourage advocacy for and by Latino communities in Michigan through the following objectives: building a field and leadership conduit for Latinos in Michigan; strategic grantmaking; fostering connective tissue; amplifying advocacy and research.


NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)

The NALAC Leadership Institute brings emerging and established artists and arts administrators from across the nation for intensive training in nonprofit arts management and leadership development. Four Michigan fellows in 2016-2017.


Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI)

The ILI reflects an intercultural sector whose goal is to achieve cultural equity through heightened solidarity among artists, administrators, funders, and culture bearers. The Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) is a joint leadership initiative between NALAC, First Peoples Fund, Alternate Roots and PA’I Foundation.  Two Michigan fellows in 2017.


Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI)

The Advocacy Institute provides an immersion course on public policy and advocacy training. Participants train with Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates in Washington DC. Deadline now closed.  Three Michigan artists were selected to attend.  Four Michigan fellows in 2016-2017.


Detroit Regional Arts Training Workshop, June 5-6, 2015

NALAC 20150606 detroit art talks 0297 croppedNALAC convenes Regional Arts Training Workshops nationally to assist in strengthening local networks of Latino artists, leaders and organizations, while fostering active engagement between NALAC and its constituents. . Over 90 participants, attendees, and performers from eleven states were in attendance (AZ, CA, DC, OH, IL, MA, MI, PA, RI, TX, WI). With additional support from Southwest Airlines and The Joyce Foundation, NALAC was able to provide registration and partial travel scholarships. NALAC fostered connections with local organizations in order to host the event. Day One was hosted at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center in the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Southwest Detroit. Day Two was hosted at The Carr Center, one of the premier centers for African and African American cultural arts programs in the nation. Our reception was held at Garage Cultural, a community arts education collective. Local outfits Tequila Cabresto and Mc. Clary Bros. Drinking Vinegars donated drinks for our reception.


NALAC Fund for the Arts

Open to US-based Latino artists, ensembles & Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through art. To date, the NFA has awarded over one million dollars to a diverse range of artists and organizations representing every discipline and region of the country. In the last 18 months, NALAC’s three grant programs have yielded investments to the tune of $36,500 in support of Michigan Latinx artistic cultural production.



Identify existing ecosystem of Latinx artistic communities and efforts throughout Michigan, conduct asset mapping, and consequently expand the Latina/o voice in the Region.


Michigan Latinx Artist Summit

2016 05 23 MISummit Program Booklet Final Page 01The NALAC Michigan Latinx Arts Summit established a new space for more than 150 artists, arts professionals, educators, organizers, and community leaders to respond to questions of statewide collaboration, equity, advocacy, and interculturality. Taking place on October 7, 2016, at the Ford Resource Center in Southwest Detroit, the Summit brought together a diverse group hailing from Adrian, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Belleville, Beverly Hills, Bloomfield, Carrollton, Dearborn, Detroit, Dexter, Flint, Grand Rapids, Hamtramck, Hazel Park, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lincoln Park, Pontiac, Romulus, Royal Oak, Saginaw, Sterling Heights, Troy, White Lake and Ypsilanti. The timely Keynote was delivered by Yosimar Reyes, a poet working to shift narratives surrounding undocumented Americans. Panel and session themes explored by the 25 presenters included: Intersections of Art and Society, Creating a Statewide Latinx Arts and Culture Movement, Interculturality to Advance Cultural Equity, Development, and Roundtable Conversations for youth, individual artists, and arts organizations. Arts advocacy was central, and the Summit included a Town Hall. NALAC multiplied the impact of the Summit by partnering with ArtChangeUS who hosted the REMAP: Detroit convening the day before; a reception was co-hosted at the Arab American National Museum to cross-pollinate the convenings. Registration to the Summit was free thanks to generous support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.


Detroit Performance Exchange- March 31, 2016- Detroit

NALAC, the University Musical Society and Grace in Action in Detroit, co-hosted a residency with young female Mariachi vocalists from Texas and Detroit multidisciplinary youth artists, where they had an opportunity to network, discuss their arts practices and perform with each other.


Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán Pre-Concert Community Reception - April 1, 2016- Ann Arbor

NALAC and the University Musical Society welcomed community artists, organizations and audience members to a Pre-Concert Reception at the Hill Auditorium, on the campus of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI.


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Special Initiatives


2012-2013 | NALAC serves as a consultant for the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project 

Jose Cuervo Trad Mural logoThe Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project 2012 is a nationwide artistic contest with the opportunity for an artist to win a grand prize of $15,000 for the design and creation of a mural, as well as a $15,000 grant for a non-profit arts organization that supports the Latino community.  The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) has been tapped as a consultant for the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project 2012 to increase visibility for the contest in the Latino arts community. As part of this arts consultancy, NALAC will work with Jose Cuervo across each phase of the program to engage Latino artists, communities and non-profit organizations. NALAC encourages artists and arts organizations to promote this contest to their friends, colleagues, patrons, and community.

Latino artists over the age of 21 that are residents of the following states- Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Washington state are eligible and encouraged to submit their applications by August 31, 2012. Artists need to submit a professional artwork portfolio and a 150 word statement- “how does your Hispanic heritage influence and contribute towards the contemporary expression of Latino arts and culture?”


For a copy of the press release:



Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Announces

Grand Prize Winner


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Grand Prize Winner representing Texas Adriana M. Garcia and Centro Cultural Aztlan each receive $15,000 Grant from Leading Tequila Brand


NEW YORK – (April 17, 2013) – Chicana artist and San Antonio resident, Adriana Garcia, today was named the winner of the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project and its $15,000 grant. Jose Cuervo Tradicional – Mexico's No. 1 super-premium tequila with the same recipe used in Cuervo's original tequila in 1795 – will also award $15,000 to Centro Cultural Aztlan, a local non-profit organization that promotes the arts and culture in San Antonio, Texas.


“The Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project uncovered some of the most talented Latino artists across the country,” said Ami-Lynn Bakshi, Vice President Marketing, Jose Cuervo. “Adriana’s mural beautifully portrayed the importance of Latino culture and heritage, and how it influences the face of the new America, which was one of our main goals for the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project.”


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Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Contest Timeline

July 31, 2012- Phase One - Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Contest /Call for Artists Launches. NALAC is used as a consultant to help create guidelines and send the call for artists to its extensive Latino arts field network.


To see the Cuervo Mural Project Video:



August 7, 2012- Event Launch to Promote Contest held at OpenHouse Gallery in New York, NY

Click here for Picture Gallery

August 31, 2012- Call for Artists Deadline


September 1-September 12, 2012- Judges (NALAC staff, Clifton Collins, and the Jose Cuervo Marketing Team review and select the top ten fnalists.


September 13, 2012- Ten Finalists are selected for the Second Phase of the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project. Event is held at the Book Bindery and Brick Building in Culver City, CA to introduce finalists.



Ten Finalists are:  Adolfo R. Gonzalez, Nevada; Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado, Southern California; Fidencio Duran, Northern California; Adriana M. Garcia, Texas; Carlos Ibarra, Arizona; Frances de La Rosa, Georgia; Ricardo Gonzalez, Illinois; Diego Rodriguez-Warner, Washington; Nancy Saleme & Patricia Cazorla, New York; Nereida Garcia Ferraz, Florida


September 14- October 22, 2012- Top ten finalists create ten original murals for Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project Contest


October 22-November 23, 2012- Get to know the top ten finalists and their murals via the Facebook app.



November 8,2012- Event is held at Gallery 1028 in Chicago, IL to unveil the top ten finalists murals.

January 15, 2013-February 28,2013- Vote for Your Favorite Mural Launches via Facebook for the Jose Cuervo Tradicional Mural Project. This was the third and last part of the contest.


February 28, 2012- Voting for the Tradicional Mural Project via Facebook is Officially Closed. 


April 1, 2013- The Jose Cuervo Tradicional Winner is Announced.  The winner is Adriana M Garcia Representing Texas.  The Winning Artist will receive a $15,000 grant as well as a $15,000 donation to the organization they represent.



April 17, 2013- An event to announce the Grand Prize Winner Adriana M. Garcia is held at Centro Cultural Aztlan in San Antonio, TX. Both Adriana Garcia and Centro Cultural Aztlan each receive $15,000 Grant from Leading Tequila Brand.


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