A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Reflecting on NALAC’s 23 years of advocacy and support for the national Latino arts and cultures community, l took a bird’s eye view at some of our achievements by the numbers. • Eight National Conferences • 12 Leadership Institutes • 26 Regional Arts Training Workshops • 200 Institute Alumni • 300 Grants to the Latino arts field • 1.2 Million Distributed via NALAC grants Our commitment to Latino arts and to our communities is what continues to drive NALAC to carry out programs and services that strengthen artistic production, increase access to resources and opportunities, and propel Latino leadership in the arts. This issue of El Aviso highlights two Latino museums, an interview with Dr. E. Carmen Ramos about the Latino Collection at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and a glimpse of the Latino print collection at the McNay Museum. Rocio Aranda guides us through El Museo del Barrio’s permanent collection of approximately 6,500 objects of Caribbean, Latino and Latin American art and she provides insights on creating and maintaining a collection. Educator and writer Paloma Cruz Martinez tells us about the establishment of the National Museum of Mexican Art as a ‘launch pad for exploration of new space’ to not only house works of art but promotes social transformation. Dr. E. Carmen Ramos, curator for Latino art at the Smithsonian American Museum, tells us about the broad collection that reflects the life of Latinos across the Americas and talks about the exhibition planned for 2013. The Estampas de la Raza exhibit currently on view at the McNay Museum in San Antonio, features contemporary prints from the collection donated to the Museum by Drs. Ricardo and Harriett Romo. The collection features 60 prints by 44 artists ranging from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. NALAC takes great pride in the creativity and diversity of the Latino arts field and this issue of El Aviso provides a survey of some of this work.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) envisions a cultural landscape that fully values and integrates the essential contributions of an expanding Latino arts field and its dynamic workforce.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages, and traditional and contemporary expressions.
NALAC is led by a dedicated group of individuals who share a core set of values. This group includes a national board of directors, national office staff and national advisory council, all committed to:
advocacy - providing a strong voice for arts and culture in all its forms and manifestations for Latinos regardless of ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation and physical abilities
empowerment - improving the severe under
capitalization of the artistic communities of color in general, and the Latino arts community in particular.
equality - voicing our repudiation to all forms
of discrimination, including but not limited to: racism, sexism, ageism and discrimination against gay, lesbian, transgender, physically challenged and undocumented populations; • promoting the importance of multilingual and multi-ethnic environments that incubate the creation of art • promoting and disseminating cultural initiatives by Latino artists, arts organizations, cultural workers, scholars and other sectors engaging the broad arc of artistic and cultural contributions to the creative cultural economy by Latino artists
María López De León Executive Director
ethics - guiding our business practices by
a strict set of principles that reflect fairness, inclusivity, collectivity, and transparency in all endeavors
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engagement - promoting, valuing and critically
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