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New Funding Opportunities for Latino Artists and Organizations in 2019

As the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) approaches its 30th anniversary in May 2019, it announces the latest round of grant opportunities for Latino artists and arts organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. Grants will support projects taking place in 2019, and applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018.

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term increasingly used in lieu of Latino or Latina). Eligible artists and organizations are invited to apply for NFA Artist and NFA Organization Grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to create new work or build their capacity.

The Mentorship Award has been reconfigured as a $25,000 grant supporting intergenerational or peer to peer mentorship between artists and recognizes excellence and mastery of skill. Recent grantees of the Mentorship Award (formerly known as the Master Artist Grant) include composer Gabriela Lena Frank, bombero Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes, visual artist Judy Baca, and media artist John Jota Leaños.

This will mark the second year of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, a $10,000 grant award supporting emerging video or filmmakers. The first-ever awardee for this prize was André Perez with the the project America in Transition, a documentary series focusing on the social dimensions of trans identity for people of color in the United States. The award’s namesake is Adán Medrano who founded the San Antonio CineFestival in 1976, the first and longest-running Latino film festival in the USA.

Artists in San Antonio may continue to apply for the NFA San Antonio Artist Grant ($5,400) which has invested $81,000 in 15 artist projects over the last three years thanks to a partnership with the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture.

Upcoming opportunities scheduled to launch in August 2018 include the NFA Puerto Rico Artist Grant to support artists residing in Puerto Rico, the NFA Transnational Travel Award supported by Southwest Airlines, and NALAC Pods, a new funding initiative to support actions that organize, mobilize or advocate for Latinx arts.

To date, NALAC has awarded over 500 grants, reflecting an investment of $2.5 million across 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and México.

Learn more about last year’s grantees or access this year’s downloadable grant guidelines at

The 13th NALAC Fund for the Arts grant program is made possible in part by a major multi-year commitment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, Surdna Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, the Donor Collaborative of the Adán Medrano Legacy Award, individual donors, members, and volunteers.

NDP’S Community Engagement Fund Makes First Round of Awards

NDP is excited to announce the first recipients of the National Dance Project’s new Community Engagement Fund!

This pilot will provide supplementary grants to five selected artists who received NDP Production Grant funding and who either have a strong community engagement practice but need additional resources to cover the true costs of working extensively in a new community while on tour or who demonstrate a commitment to developing a community engagement practice while on tour. This initiative is among the outcomes resulting from the 2016 report by Metris Arts Consulting, Moving Dance Forward: NEFA’s National Dance Project at 20 & Critical Field Trends.

Each of the following NDP Production Grantees has been awarded an additional $4,000 to support community engagement aspects of their projects:

Flyaway Productions
Kimberly Bartosik/daela
Kinetic Light
Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
Rosy Simas Danse

During this pilot of the fund, NDP will partner with RMC Research to evaluate the usefulness and impact of the fund in supporting the community engagement practices and growth of these artists. NDP looks forward to sharing the outcomes from this evaluation as well as the learnings from each project with the field in the years to come.

Historic Pier Opportunities for Partnership

The Port seeks ideas from future tenants of historic piers and structures on the San Francisco waterfront. The Port seeks partners with ideas and the capability to create inviting, public-serving destinations for piers in the Embarcadero Historic District. Since the Embarcadero Freeway came down after the 1989 earthquake, San Francisco’s waterfront has become an increasingly vital part of the city, providing jobs, entertainment, and relaxation to over 24 million visitors and locals a year. Many of the piers along the Embarcadero Historic District have been closed to the public for years. The Port of San Francisco requests creative ideas on how these historic piers can be accessible, resilient, and enjoyable. The Request for Interest (RFI) is the first step in developing requests for proposals to rehabilitate and preserve historic assets within the Embarcadero Historic District. Sign-up to receive the Historic Piers Request for Interest.

State Budget Includes $8.8 Million One-Time Increase in Califronia Arts Council Funding

June 27, 2018

Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a state budget that includes a $8.8 million one-time increased funding allocation for the California Arts Council, California’s state arts agency.

This fiscal year 2018-19 one-time $8.8 million funding increase will extend the reach of the California Arts Council’s competitive grant programs to meet the needs and demand for arts and cultural experiences benefiting diverse communities across the state. These programs serve California communities by funding local nonprofit arts activities with a focus on fostering safe and healthy communities, arts learning, and equitable access to the arts.

“We must preserve the place of culture at the center of our communities. As stewards of state funding, it is our responsibility to use the arts to foster real solutions that are deeply needed in society today,” said Nashormeh Lindo, California Arts Council Chair. “This funding boost will provide essential support to ensure that more Californians, from all walks of life, can grow and thrive through culture and creative expression.”

“When Governor Brown founded the California Arts Council in 1976, he did so on the basis that arts are central to the lives of Californians,” said Anne Bown-Crawford, California Arts Council Director. “We are grateful that more than 40 years later he demonstrates a continued conviction in the power of the arts to build community in a way that is authentic and accessible to all.”

The overall California Arts Council budget for fiscal year 2018-19 also includes approximately $1.1 million in annual federal support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and approximately $2.5 million in annual funds from sales and renewals of California’s Arts License Plate and voluntary state tax return contributions to the Keep Arts in Schools Fund. With all sources combined, the Arts Council’s total 2018-19 budget will be approximately $27.53 million. The budget also includes an additional, separate $8 million state allocation for California’s Arts in Corrections program, administered by the California Arts Council.

Doris Duke Artist Awards Return, Breaking A Pledge To End After 5 Years

After five years of vital funding, it looked like the end for the Doris Duke Artist Awards, one of the most prestigious — and sizable — grants in the United States available to artists working in jazz, contemporary dance and theater. A satellite initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, it reached that firm, five-year expiration date set in its inaugural year on June 30, 2017.

But the success of the program in sustaining artists and nourishing the creative ecology turned out to be a persuasive argument for its survival. And so the Artist Awards have been resurrected as a core component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s mission, with no expiration in sight this time.


The Beat Berkeley Performing Arts

The Beat Berkeley Performing Arts, Berkeley

Seeking Volunteer Front Desk Staff position.
Duties include: customer service, computer operations, problem solving, and multi-tasking in a fast-moving, dynamic work environment at a thriving, beloved nonprofit dance studio that serves a community of students/artists from ages 6-75 weekly.

Must be able to periodically substitute for other desk shifts. Benefits: Work exchange, front desk volunteers earn free classes for the hours they work behind the desk.


Work Exchange at LINES Dance Center

Saturdays, 9am-1pm
LINES Dance Center, SF
The Alonzo King LINES Dance Center is seeking friendly and professional volunteers to fill one shift per week on Saturdays for a minimum commitment of 3 months.
Some duties include: answering and directing phone calls, signing in dancers for classes, administrative assistance, and maintenance upkeep. Each Work Exchange Volunteer attends an orientation and receives training on the databases and policies followed at Alonzo King LINES Ballet.
Work Exchange Volunteers earn credits to access free dance classes, free studio space,
discounts on Alonzo King LINES apparel and more.
Please apply by submitting the online application at

Studio 210 Work Exchange

Available Immediately
Studio 210, SF

Looking for a choreographer to clean the studio in exchange for rehearsal time. For every hour spent cleaning, get an hour in the studio. Flexible schedule is a must, as you will work around the Studio 210 calendar. Preference for an artist living in SF to make scheduling easier. Cleaning is required at least once a week.

To apply, please send a letter of interest to Managing Director, Stephanie Unger. Please include availability, ability to commit to once a week cleaning for an extended period of time, plus some information about you as an artist.

Contact Stephanie Unger:


Submission fee: $25
Submit by Fri, Dec 15

The fourth volume of Pitchbook will feature 10 dance projects premiered between Mar 2017  and Feb 2019. Pitching new work to potential producers and presenters is a great way to attract international partners and funding. Face-to-face pitching is a challenge for American choreographers since it requires travel and access to professional gatherings.

Pitchbook publicizes new projects without the necessity or expense of traveling. It is available through print and digital formats, and will be distributed by American Dance Abroad at international gatherings such as Aerowaves Spring Forward (Sofia, Bulgaria), Spotlight: USA (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and internationale tanzmesse NRW (Düsseldorf, Germany), as well as to all of our American Dance Recon “alumni” programmers.


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