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May 2021

The Manos a La Obra t-shirt fundraiser starts May 10! Design: Bonfire Apparel.

Actos de Confianza: Western US

Cycle 3 of NALAC's Actos de Confianza relief effort is open. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19. 

Latinx artists and arts organizations residing in the following states are eligible to apply: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington. The deadline is May 12, 2021, at 11:59pm CST. 
Apply by 5/12

The Latest

Save the Date: NALAC National Latinx Summit

Grab your calendar and save the date! The NALAC National Latinx Summit will take place online September 30 – October 2, 2021. We are gathering virtually to engage our imaginations, meet the call of the moment, and assert our collective strength. 

The NALAC Latinx Summit will be anchored in Chicago, the homelands of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations. NALAC alumni based in Chicago have activated some of their peers to host this national gathering in collaboration with voices from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for a call for session and workshop proposals later this month. 

32 Years and Counting: #ManosALaObra Fundraiser

On May 1, 2021, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures turned 32! Deep values of cultural equity, organizing and advocacy have been part of our DNA since our founding in 1989. In celebration, we're launching a special t-shirt fundraiser May 10-30 with Bonfire Apparel. It’s all hands on deck to continue supporting the work of artists, cultural workers and organizations in our communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. Follow us on social media as we celebrate this month on Instagram and Twitter @nalac_arts and Facebook.

Congrats, Advocacy Grads!

Join us in congratulating the twenty-one artists and cultural workers who completed the 2021 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). On April 19-21, the ALI culminated in a virtual, three-day immersion experience where Fellows met with Congressional leaders and staff. Over the coming months, we'll be sharing stories highlighting their advocacy priorities. Meet the Advocacy Fellows here.

Intercultural Leadership Institute: Year 3

The Intercultural Leadership Program is a year-long experience for artists, culture bearers, and other arts practitioners developed by collaborative partners Alternate ROOTS, First Peoples Fund, National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures (NALAC), PA’I Foundation and Sipp Culture. Join us in welcoming the Year 3 Fellows.

Meet the NALAC Border Change Grantees

In April we announced a cohort of 27 artists and arts organizations in the U.S. - Mexico border region that were selected as NALAC Border Change Grantees as part of a larger collaboration with the Ford FoundationBorealis Philanthropy, the Center for Cultural Power, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and Southwest Folklife Alliance. This effort aims to shape the national attention about migration and the border by supporting authentic storytelling by impacted communities. Read the announcement here. 

Field News

Field News

The First Peoples Fund is set to open their Oglala Lakota Artspace (OLA) on the Pine Ridge Reservation. OLA is a $3 million building with individual artist studios, shared workspace for group collaborations, a recording and sound studio, a classroom for art classes and business trainings, commercial space, exhibition space, and performing arts venue. Read more.

The Black Latinas Know Collective has announced a call for Network Members. BLKC Network membership is open to any and all Black Latina scholars producing knowledge and scholarship in academic and non-academic settings.

Organized by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, a virtual 39th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival concert will be streamed Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 6pm to 12am from the historic Guadalupe Theater in San Antonio. A featured component is the Friday night live stream of “Conjunto Blues,” a stage play written and performed by Nicolás R Valdez.

The Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim is hosting an outdoor display of 30 Fujifilm Instax mini photographs called “El Jale,” documenting local swap meet culture.

Mural artist Cornelio Campos was recognized as a "Distinguished Mexican" by the Consulado General de México in Raleigh. Read an interview with Campos in Enlace Latino NC.

Alternate ROOTS is hosting their first virtual Roots weekend May 13 - 16, 2021. The theme is Southern Soil: Collective Liberation in Harmony with the Land with a focus on Collective Learning. It's totally free! Register now.

What We're Reading

Aaron Dworkin contributed an Op-Ed to The Hill:  "Black and Latinx arts community still left behind after stimulus." Aaron Dworkin is a classical violinist, member of The National Council on the Arts and founder of the Sphinx Organization. 

Poet and scholar Urayoán Noel gives a shout out to 30 recently published or forthcoming books of Latinx poetry in the Latinx Project's online publication Intervenxions. 

Alumni and Grantee News

Patricia Lorena Solorzano (NLI '18) was one of the artists featured in the inaugural Texas Latino/a/x Contemporary Dance Festival. 

William Camargo's
 (NLI '18, ALI '20) online exhibition "Negotiated Frontiers" was reviewed in Remezcla. Visit the exhibition through May 14.

The music education organization INTEMPO, founded by Angie Durrell (NLI '13, ALI '14, ILI '18) celebrated its tenth anniversary with the virtual convening Voices and Actions 2021 centering equity and the arts. Watch the programming online.

Mark Steel Wool Salinas (NLI '19, ALI '21) has been appointed to another three-year term as a member of the Nevada Arts Council.

Co-organized by Lauren Pacheco (ALI '18), Slow and Low Fest is a curated one-day outdoor street-based festival celebrating Lowrider and automobile culture in Chicago and the Midwest. They announce the release of the limited edition book ‘Slow & Low: Cultura, Arte, Communidad’ printed in full color with a gunmetal foil stamped cover. 

Francisco Aviles Pino (NLI '19) has been awarded a Disruptor Fellowship by the Center for Cultural Power. The program is for TV writers of color who also identify as trans/non-binary, disabled and/or undocumented or formerly undocumented. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.

*ALI: Advocacy Leadership Institute
*NLI: NALAC Leadership Institute
*ILI: Intercultural Leadership Institute
*NFA: NALAC Fund for the Arts


Now Hiring: Chief Financial Officer

NALAC is hiring a Chief Financial Officer. The chief financial officer (CFO) contributes to the overall success of organization by effectively managing all financial activities for the National Association of Latino Arts and and as a member of the Leadership Team. This position reports directly to the President and CEO and is a member of the Senior Management team. This position is based in San Antonio, TX, and is part-time 25-30 hours per week. Find the CFO job description online.


The Latinx Project at New York University has open calls for a Artist in Residence and Curatorial ProjectsLearn more and apply by May 15.

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) is seeking a Director for Racial Equity work. Learn more.

Dance/NYC is hiring a Grantmaking Assistant. Apply by May 16.

KCRW Public Radio in Santa Monica, CA is hiring a Social Media Coordinator. Apply by May 31.

The Mellon Foundation has announced a call for proposals to Community-Based Archives: "Through this program, direct support will be provided to community-based archives that represent and serve communities marginalized due to oppression based on race, ethnicity, national origin, class, gender, sexuality, religion, or ability. This year, the Foundation plans to prioritize those applications that are based in community advocacy and archive activation efforts." Apply by July 2.

Have a job, call for entries or training that you'd like others to know about?  Post an opportunity online. It's free! For a full listing of opportunities, click the button below.

In Memoriam

William Lucca, Detroit artist

In addition to our wonderful volunteers and donors, NALAC's work is supported by the Surdna Foundation, Andrew Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings FoundationW. K. Kellogg Foundation, Flamboyan Arts Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, San Antonio Area Foundation and the City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture

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