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LatinoBuzz: NALAC Awards $328,000 in Grants to 50 Latino Artists and Organizations

LatinoBuzz: NALAC Awards $328,000 in Grants to 50 Latino Artists and Organizations

This year, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is awarding $328,000 in grants to 50 artists and organizations through three
different grant programs: NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), Transnational Cultural Remittances Program (TCR) and Diverse Art Spaces (DAS). This marks the
largest single distribution of program awards in the organization’s 26-year history.

“NALAC is committed to supporting artists and organizations in all creative disciplines throughout our country and internationally,” says María López De
León, NALAC Executive Director, “Each awardee represents a tremendous impact on our communities, placing Latina/o artistic and cultural expression on a
path towards a more just, more equitable, and more unifying world today.”
After a competitive and rigorous process, NALAC awards grants in the US, Mexico and Central America:

20 US based Latino artists and ensembles

and

11 Latino arts organizations

in multiple disciplines, as well as

12 cultural exchanges

in 24 communities between the U.S., Mexico, Guatemala and Panama.

Seven organizations

received Diverse Art Spaces awards to present or commission work by Latino artists.
NALAC Grants are designed to spur the arts field and the economy by providing financial support to Latino arts and cultural organizations and exemplary
work by Latino artists. In the past ten years, NALAC has distributed more than $2 Million to the Latino arts field via 420 grants.
NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), established as a two-year pilot with support from Ford Foundation, continues to be the only national fund that provides a
variety of grants to support U.S. based Latino artists and arts organizations in the development, creation, presentation and sustainability of artistic
excellence, as well as the opportunity to participate in activities that contribute to professional and organizational growth. The 2015 NFA cycle was
funded by the Ford Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development.
Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) funding, launched in 2008, supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration
and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Since its
inception, TCR has provided $456,761 dollars to 59 grantees, reaching over 100 communities. The 2015 TCR cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation and
Southwest Airlines.
Diverse Art Spaces is a funding initiative open to Ford Foundation Diverse Arts Spaces organizations and to LINC Space for Change Planning and
Pre-Development grantees for the presentation or commissioning of work by Latino artists and ensembles in dance, music, performance, theater or visual
arts. The 2015 DAS cycle was funded by the Ford Foundation.
2015 NALAC GRANTEES
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Master Artist Grant are:
Judith Baca
, Visual Arts | Venice, CA
Mentee: Carlos Rogel
Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes
, Music | San Juan, PR
Mentee: Denise Solis
John Jota Leaños
, Media Arts | San Francisco, CA
Mentee: Crystal Gonzalez
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Artist/Ensemble Grant are:
Tanya Aguiñiga
, Crafts | Los Angeles, CA
Cecilia Aldarondo
, Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Suzan Beraza
, Media Arts | Telluride, CO
Alberto Borea
, Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas
, Theatre | New York, NY
Paul S. Flores
, Theatre | San Francisco, CA
Alixa Garcia
, Visual Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Xandra Ibarra
, Multidisciplinary | Oakland, CA
Cristina Molina
, Visual Arts | New Orleans, LA
Felipe Salles Group
, Music | Florence, MA
Rada Film Group
(Michèle Stephenson), Media Arts | Brooklyn, NY
Alexey Taran / Bistoury Inc.
, Dance | Miami, FL
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts San Antonio Artist Grant are:
Federico Chávez-Blanco
, Music | San Antonio, TX
Anna De Luna
, Theatre | San Antonio, TX
Jenelle Esparza
, Visual Arts | San Antonio, TX
Anel I. Flores
, Literature | San Antonio, TX
Adriana Maria Garcia
, Visual Arts | San Antonio, TX
The awardees of the NALAC Fund for the Arts Organization Grant are:
Antiheroes Project, Inc.
, Theatre | Miami, FL
Arca Images, Inc.
, Theatre | Miami, FL
Centro Cultural de Mexico
, Multidisciplinary | Santa Ana, CA
Cinema Tropical
, Media Arts | New York, NY
Conjunto Heritage Taller
, Arts Education | San Antonio, TX
Creative Kids
, Arts Education | El Paso, TX
GALA Hispanic Theatre
, Arts Education | Washington, DC
Intake Organization, Inc.
, Arts Education | Stamford, CT
Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
, Theatre | Bronx, NY
San Anto Cultural Arts
, Arts Education | San Antonio, TX
Self Help Graphics & Art
, Visual Arts | Los Angeles, CA
The awardees of the NALAC Transnational Cultural Remittances Grant are:
El Ballet Folklorico Estudiantil
, Folk/Traditional Arts | Flint, MI
Partner: Ixtac Chichimeca Pam, San Juan del Río, Querétaro, MX
ElevArte Community Studio
, Visual Arts | Chicago, IL
Partner: Martanoemi Noriega | Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Habitajes Centro de Estudios y Acciones Sobre el Espacio Público
| Mexico DF
Partner: Michelle Angela Ortiz | Philadelphia, PA
International Sonoran Desert Alliance
, Multidisciplinary | Ajo, AZ
Partner: Medio Ambiente y Comunidad CEDO, AC – Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans | Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, MX
Justice for My Sister Collective
(Program of Community Partners), Media Arts | Pasadena, CA

Partner: Colectivo Justicia para mi Hermana (EducArte) | Guatemala
La Pocha Nostra
, Multidisciplinary | San Francisco, CA
Partner: La Rendija | Mérida, Yucatán, MX
Latino Theater Company
, Theatre | Los Angeles, CA
Partner: Rosino Serrano | México, DF
Nameless Sound
, Music | Houston, TX
Partner: Centro de Experimentación y Producción de Música Contemporánea (CEPROMUSIC) | México, DF
Self Help Graphics & Art
, Folk/Traditional Arts | Los Angeles, CA
Partner: Mexicali Rose Media/Arts Center | Mexicali, Baja California, MX
Southwest Folklife Alliance
, Folk/Traditional Arts | Tucson, AZ
Partner: Vicam Yaqui Pueblo | Rio Yaqui, Sonora, MX
The Bisbee Radio Project, Inc. (KBRP)
, Media Arts | Bisbee, AZ
Partner: Radio Cultural Naco Sonora | Naco, Sonora, MX
Workers Interfaith Network
, Visual Arts | Memphis, TN
Partner: Antonio Leal Bejarano | Ciudad de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, MX
The awardees of the NALAC Diverse Arts Spaces Grant are:
Arab American National Museum
, Music | Dearborn, MI
Partner: Dafnis Prieto Si o Si Quartet
Ballet Hispanico
, Dance | New York, NY
Partner: Stephanie Martinez
Columbia Film Society
(d.b.a. The Nickelodeon), Visual Arts | Columbia, SC
Partner: Favianna Rodriguez
Hi-ARTS
, Music and Visual Arts | New York, NY
Partner: Izzy Sanabria
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana
, Theatre | San Jose, CA
Partner: Ricardo Salinas
Miami Light Project, Inc.
, Multidisciplinary | Miami, FL
Partner: Carla Forte, Natalia Lassalle Morillo, Charo Oquet and Sandra Portal-Andreu
Pregones Theater + Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
, Music and Theatre | Bronx, NY
Partner: Producciones En Equipo

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