Art Forum: NALAC Announces New Grants for Latinx Artists

Written by Kiara Ventura

Edited by Lauren Cavalli

Screen Shot 2017-11-10 at 1.57.39 PMThe National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), a San Antonio–based nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Latinx arts field, recently announced its twelfth funding cycle of grants. This season comes with new investments from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, which will go toward a new award category for emerging filmmakers, the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA), and status updates for the Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) and Diverse Arts Spaces (DAS) grant programs.

NALAC is one of the few organizations that offer grants specifically to Latinx artists and arts organizations across the country. This season it expanded its grant program to emerging video and filmmakers “who demonstrate a compelling body of work that contributes toward cultural understanding and social justice,” with a $10,000 award that is also supported by the Adán Medrano Legacy Award Donor Collaborative.

“As Latinx families and communities evolve, our stories become essential not just to understand our identities, but to build a just world,” Christine Ortega, a representative of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award Donor Collaborative, said. “With this fund, we hope to contribute to this process, helping spark the creative process of those just starting to share their experiences and world views.”

Presenting grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 this season, NALAC has awarded a total of $2.3 million to 469 Latinx artists and organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Central America to date. Due by October 5, the NALAC grants for this year include $5,000 to $5,400 grants for working artists and small arts organizations with budgets under $250,000; $10,000 grants to midsize and large organizations with budgets over $250,000; and $15,000 grants for artists serving as mentors to their peers. For more information visit:


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