SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS: National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) has awarded its 13th round of NALAC Fund for the Arts to Latinx artists and organizations. In total, $267,000 in funds will provide funding to 26 Latinx artists and collectives and 17 Latinx arts organizations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
“Through the NALAC Fund for the Arts we are proud to continue recognizing and investing in Latinx artists and organizations across the country and Puerto Rico,” said María López de León, NALAC’s president and CEO, in a statement. “These artists and organizations uplift our communities, building opportunities to renew our diverse identities and to imagine ways to move forward in solidarity.”
Grantees were selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants by a peer panel process with experts across multiple disciplines. The selected artists and organizations will carry out their respective projects through 2019, many of which explore justice through lenses such as labor rights, incarceration, migration, gender, and cultural equity.
Among the theatre recipients Jose Ignacio Vivero of Queens, N.Y.; Melissa DuPrey of Chicago; Raquel Almazan of La Lucha Arts in New York City; Cara Mia Theatre Co. of Dallas; Educational Center for Arts & Sciences at Teatro ECAS in Providence, R.I.; and the ID Studio Theater Performance and Research Center, Inc. in the Bronx, N.Y.
In addition, playwright Virginia Grise and theatre artist Manny Rivera have been awarded the $25,000 Mentorship Award. The artists will work together to stage an adaptation of Helena Maria Viramontes’ novel Their Dogs Came with Them at the Perryville Women’s Prison in Goodyear, Ariz., and at Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Ariz.
NALAC was founded in 1989 and has developed programs with the mission to stabilize and revitalize Latinx arts and cultures in the United States. To date, NALAC has awarded more than 560 grants to the Latino arts and cultures field, reflecting an investment of $2.8 million across 26 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and México.