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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures calls for Catalyst for Change applicants

LETTER OF INTEREST DEADLINE: Monday June 6, 2022 [caption id="attachment_50288" align="aligncenter" width="562"] Jesus CIMI Alvarado, 2020 Catalyst for Change, NFA Grantee[/caption]

 The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, in collaboration with Southwest Folklife Alliance, is proud to announce the open call for applications for the 2022 Catalyst for Change (CFC) Fellowship program.

The Fellowship is made possible with significant support from the Surdna Foundation Thriving Cultures Program and is intended to catalyze community-based, and artist supported, visions for creative solutions to racial injustices. In 2020 via the inaugural year for the CFC program NALAC supported eleven artists, representing seven different artistic disciplines, on projects that addressed systems of injustice within their own communities. Selected projects represented a wide range of topics, such as immigration, healthcare, incarceration, and education through a variety of mediums including visual art, performance arts, and creative writing. “The inaugural year offered an opportunity for NALAC to provide substantial support for artists, allowing them to focus their talents and skill on increasing racial justice awareness on structural issues in their communities. We are excited to move forward with the 2022 CFC program, in partnership with SFA, to expand upon the foundations and outcomes of the initial program and to further support artists approaching community issues with radical new insight,” said NALAC president and CEO María López de León. For the 2022 Catalyst for Change (CFC) program NALAC has partnered with Southwest Folklife Alliance, an affiliate non-profit organization of the University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. SFA will connect with selected fellows to provide training, coaching, and support for community-based research efforts. This connection will aim to support fellows in the development of a community-centered approach to identifying racial justice issues and their impacts. “The NALAC and SFA partnership is grounded in our organizations' shared commitment to support communities of color in harnessing cultural knowledge and artistic practice as essential tools for birthing, sustaining, and advancing movements for social justice,” said Leía Maahs, executive director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. “It is our hope that by supporting artists and their communities as visionary leaders of change, that the Catalyst for Change Fellowship will advance creative solutions to racial injustice." The CFC Fellowship is open to Latinx artists and culture workers located in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with the potential to utilize community informed art-making to increase civic engagement/activism, thereby creating systemic change through artistic interventions. Fellows will be selected through a hybrid-application process that launches with the current open call.

Application process

Stage 1- Open Call - CFC Letter of Interest Form, May 9-Jun 6, 2022 Interested applicants are invited to submit a CFC Letter of Interest Form which focuses on the applicant’s role in their community and perspective on working with communities on racial justice and equity. Stage 2- By Invitation Only - 2022 CFC Fellowship Application Offered by invitation only, select applicants who submitted a CFC Letter of Interest form will be asked to submit a more comprehensive application for the CFC Fellowship.
About NALAC  The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more information about NALAC and its programs please visit www.nalac.org. About Southwest Folklife Alliance The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) builds more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage, and diversity rooted in the Greater Southwest, the U.S. Mexico Border Corridor and beyond. It does so by directly supporting heritage-based artists, documenting folklife, amplifying the voices of artists and cultural workers, and producing folklife festivals and public programs that increase visibility and respect for folklife practices. Nationally, SFA amplifies models and methods of meaningful cultural work that center traditional knowledge, social equity, and collaboration through various programs. An independent non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, SFA is the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ state partner for folk arts, as designated by the National Endowment for the Arts. www.southwestfolklife.org. About Surnda Foundation   The Surdna Foundation is a $1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, inclusive economies and thriving cultures. We seek to dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity for many, helping to create communities that are prosperous, culturally enriching and sustainable. www.surdna.org. The Thriving Cultures Program is guided by Radical Imagination for Racial Justice, our future-oriented, world-building strategy, which is organized across three interconnected grantmaking approaches:
  • Create invests (through regranting organizations) in artists of color who work with communities of color to imagine and build racially just systems and structures at a local scale.
  • Clarify invests in researchers and cultural critics of color to interpret and disseminate knowledge about the work of artists and to build a more equitable research and criticism infrastructure.
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Jason Rapp

$10,000 grants available for Latinx artists, orgs

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST (Thursday, May 19, 2022, 12:59 a.m. ET)

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) issued an open call for applications for the relaunch of the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) grant program, and Latinx artists and organizations of all disciplines based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico may apply for $10,000 grant awards.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) includes the NFA Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, a $10,000 award for one emerging Latinx filmmaker. For over 15 years the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) has been the only national grant program of its kind, exclusively providing grants to Latinx artists and arts organizations. In 2020 and 2021 NALAC’s grantmaking focus shifted to create Actos de Confianza, a COVID-19 relief effort which provided over a million dollars in need-based funding to impacted artists and organizations. This year marks the return of the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), with a renewed focus on supporting Latinx artists and organizations through project-based grant awards.   “Through our Actos de Confianza relief program, which we ran in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, we aligned our support with the resilience of our field, providing hundreds of artists with emergency relief grants. Throughout the pandemic, we all experienced loss, challenge, and uncertainty around the future of the arts. During this time, we persevered and created, and the art created by our field has inspired the world and supported collective healing in countless ways,” said Jackelin Treviño, NALAC Grants Manager. “As we relaunch the NALAC Fund for the Arts, providing more funding to the field than ever before, we are honored to support Latinx creators as they get back to doing what they do best- making art and building community.” The Flamboyan Artist Fellowship, in partnership with NALAC, will provide grants in support of Puerto Rican artists, recognizing excellence in individual artists’ body of work and nurturing creative and professional development. All applicants that live or work in Puerto Rico will be eligible for the Flamboyan Artist Fellowship award. To date the three-year partnership with the Flamboyan Foundation has awarded $200,000 to 45 artists living and residing in Puerto Rico that are creating new cultural and creative works on the island. Additional support opportunities are available on the NALAC website. The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) application is now open. The application closes on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST. View the 2022 NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) guidelines and application. The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) is made possible with significant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation,Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Flamboyan Foundation.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. For more information about NALAC and its programs please visit www.nalac.org

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Latinx artists + arts orgs: apply now for NALAC grants

Application deadline: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures The NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA) is accepting applications from Latinx artists and arts organizations based in the U.S. and Puerto Rico working in all arts disciplines. For this upcoming cycle, national NFA grant awards have doubled to $10,000. Additional opportunities are available for emerging filmmakers, organizers, artists in Puerto Rico, and artists in San Antonio. Please visit our website to learn more, download the guidelines, and apply online by September 25, 2019. You can reach us on Instagram or Twitter @nalac_arts or www.facebook.com/nalac.arts.

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Grants for US-based Latino artists, ensembles & organizations

Launched in 2005 by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures with major support from the Ford Foundation, the NALAC Fund for the Arts provides a variety of grants to assist US-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 NFA is a national grant program open to US-based Latino working artists, ensembles and Latino arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts. 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. Applying to the NFA is a benefit of NALAC Membership. Application deadline is October 13, 2016. Review complete details and find out how to apply.