The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures has announced the 38 artists, cultural workers and art administrators participating in the 21st edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). The NLI is an intensive one-week training program that will take place from July 12th to 16th, 2021. This year’s cohort is the largest in the history of the program.
Typically in San Antonio, Texas, this year’s institute will again be virtual. Sessions are chaired by longtime members of the core faculty Rosalba Rolón (Pregones / PRTT), Maribel Alvarez (University of Arizona & Tucson Meet Yourself) and Abel López (GALA Hispanic Theater), with additional sessions from associate faculty members Charles Rice-Gonzalez (BAAD ( The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) & Evonne Gallardo (independent art advisor).
The NALAC Leadership Institute brings together emerging and established Latinx artists and art administrators from across the country for intensive training in nonprofit art management and leadership development. The Fellows will participate in a variety of different sessions aimed at deepening their leadership skills as arts and culture leaders in a culturally familiar environment that encourages collaborative knowledge and exchange. The fellows also have the opportunity to deepen their peer network through interactive cohort activities throughout the week, as well as receive personal mentoring from faculty members.
The fellows represent 13 states and Puerto Rico as well as 13 different artistic disciplines and become part of a community of more than 500 alumni. This fall, alumni will have the opportunity to network at the NALAC National Latinx Summit from September 30th to October 2nd, 2021. Artists and cultural workers can apply Submit session and workshop proposals for the meeting until July 9, 2021.
The 2021 edition of the NALAC Leadership Institute is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Texas Commission on the Arts.
NALAC Leadership Institute, 2021 Fellows
Lucía Abramovich Sánchez, San Antonio Museum of Art (San Antonio, TX)
Helen Aldana, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History & Senderos (Santa Cruz, CA)
Sarah Ayala, artist (Fort Worth, TX)
Alondra Cano, City Councilor, City of Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN)
Christin Eve Cato, Pregones / PRTT (Bronx, NY)
Sam Cortez, Los Lupeños de San José (San Jose, CA)
Ileana Doble Hernandez, Ileana Doble H Studio (Elkridge, MA)
Vince Dominguez, Quinteto Latino (Providence, RI)
Dorimar Ferrer, Cazateatro Bilingual Theater Group (Memphis, TN)
Samantha Leigh Galarza, actress, writer, and performance artist (Jersey City, NJ)
Dolores “Lolis” Garcia, East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (Richmond, CA)
Stephanie Garcia, PROArtes México and Punto de Inflexión, Co. (Salt Lake City, UT)
Liliana Gomez, BlakTinx Dance Festival & The Latina Dance Project (Phoenix, AZ)
Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (Jackson Heights, NY)
Gabriela Kane Guardia, Texas Folklife (Austin, TX)
Alana Noel Hernandez, CALA Alliance (Phoenix, AZ)
David Herrera, David Herrera Performance Company (San Francisco, CA)
Zully Juarez, LA Comunidad Ixim & Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Huntington Park, CA)
LROD, Harvard University & Livable Future (Columbus, OH)
Joanna Lugo, performance artist, director, writer and disruptor (Killeen, TX)
Michelle McVicker, The Museum at FIT (Brooklyn, NY)
Arturo Méndez-Reyes, Arts.Co.Lab (San Francisco, CA)
Stephanie Monte, Boyle Heights Arts Conservatory (Los Angeles, CA)
Vero D. Orozco, Jamestown Community Center (San Francisco, CA)
Cynthia López Pérez, Latina Women in Opera (Boston, MA)
Maryela Perez, MACLA | Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (Oakland, CA)
Nirvania Quesada, Director & Producer (San Juan, PR)
Carolina Quiroga, Tres Cuentos Literary Podcast (Richmond Hill, GA)
Mariana Ramirez-Alvarado, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music (New York, NY)
Addy Gonzalez Renteria, 11:11 AM A Creative Collective (Sylmar, CA)
bullying Martin Rivera Jr., Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (Bronx, NY)
Laura Rivera-Ayala, El Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR)
Nancy Rivera, Utah Department of Arts and Museums (Salt Lake City, UT)
Peggy Robles-Alvarado, Robleswrites Productions (Bronx, NY)
Isabel Servantez, McNay Art Museum (San Antonio, TX)
José Torres-Tama, ArteFuturo Productions & Performance Artist (New Orleans, LA)
Andrew Aaron Valdez, Cleveland Playhouse (Cleveland, OH)
Beatriz Guzman Velasquez, visual artist & educator (Edinburgh, TX)
For more information on NALAC and its programs, please visit www.nalac.org.