President Obama appoints María López de León as member of the National Council on the Arts

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), is proud to announce the Presidential appointment of NALAC Executive Director and Board member, María López de León as a Member of National Council on the Arts.

The following is reprinted from NALAC. As a member organization of NALAC, NoMAA congratulates Ms. de León on her appointment to the National Council on the Arts.

María López de León, Executive Director, NALACSan Antonio, TX — The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), is proud to announce the Presidential appointment of NALAC Executive Director and Board member, María López de León as a Member of National Council on the Arts.

María López de León will join the 18-member National Council that advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts on agency policy and programs.

Ms. de León was nominated by President Obama in May 2012 and was confirmed by the Senate on January 1, 2013.  She will be taking the oath of office on February 6, 2013.

“This appointment marks María López de León’s next phase in a brilliant career serving Latino arts and artists throughout the country. Her organizing experience and her passion for serving others have contributed to her path as an extraordinary leader. The arts field in general, and our Latino arts field in particular, just took another step forward with this appointment. I am proud to call her a friend, a colleague and an inspiration.” –Rosalba Rolón, NALAC Board Member and Artistic Director Teatro Pregones

“This is a proud and powerful moment for the Latino arts field and for arts in America. María López de León has been a leader and change agent in her community.  She has taken those skills to lead NALAC for the last 10 years and has transformed our organization’s grass roots beginning to make it a sound national voice for artists and arts organizations.  She has had her ear and heart to the ground and she brings her wealth of talent and experience to serve on the National Council on the Arts.” –Charles Rice-Gonzalez, NALAC Board Chair and Artistic Director of Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Ms. de León is the longtime national Executive Director of NALAC, headquartered in the West Side of San Antonio.  With over twenty years of multifaceted experience in grass roots community efforts, Ms. De León continues to work with community based organizations, while serving on multiple arts and culture policy panels across the country.

Ms. de León is a fellow of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and the Wallace Foundation Leadership in Excellence and Arts Participation (LEAP) program. She is a board member of the First People’s Fund, an advisory council member of San Anto Cultural Arts, and an advisory council member of the Women of Color in the Arts. She studied Journalism at the University of Texas at El Paso. María López de León was born and raised in Hondo, Texas, and has been a resident of San Antonio, Texas, for almost twenty years.

“Maria’s appointment to the National Council on the Arts will allow her to share her tremendous knowledge of Latino arts with the Council. Additionally, her leadership abilities will assist the Council in making recommendations to the National Endowment for the Arts in meeting its mission of promoting arts throughout our entire nation.” –Charles “Charlie” Gonzalez, Former Congressman

Most recently, María López de León was named among the nation’s 2012 Fifty Most Powerful and Influential People in the Nonprofit Arts by the Fifth annual Barry’s Blog listing of the Western States Arts Federation and was selected to serve in an 11-member national artist advisory panel to help review the Kennedy Center Honors selection process.

“As one of our nation’s leading experts on Latino arts and artists in the field, Maria’s appointment acknowledges decades of commitment to the arts community. We are so lucky to have her voice on the NEA to contribute even more to our country’s rich heritage.” –Christine Ortega, NALAC Board Member and Southwest Airlines Community Affairs & Grassroots

“Maria has been instrumental in highlighting the rich history of art in San Antonio for over a decade. I am proud to know that she will take her experience and insight to the national stage and continue to promote the great contributions of Latino artists to the United States.” –Congressman Joaquin Castro [TX-20]

“The recent appointment of María de León to the National Council on the Arts is a proud moment in the legacy of Latino arts and culture. Now more than ever, Latino artists reflect the historical, dynamic, and innovative perspectives that shape our nation’s cultural fabric. With Maria de Leon’s knowledge and expertise, the National Council on the Arts will gain a deeper and richer understanding of Latino artists and the contributions they continue to make for the Arts in America,” –Evonne Gallardo, NALAC Board Member and Executive Director, Self Help Graphics & Art.

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Call for artists: Culture and Arts Festival (CAFé) at Morris-Jumel Mansion

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is hosting its third annual Culture and Arts Festival (CAFé) on 12 October 2013, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. We are offering local artists the opportunity to actively partake in this year’s festival.

The Morris-Jumel Mansion is hosting its third annual Culture and Arts Festival (CAFé) on 12 October 2013, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. We are offering local artists the opportunity to actively partake in this year’s festival. Participants will be charged a booth fee of $75 for tent rental, set-up, and utilities, but will keep 100% of the revenue made at their booths throughout the day.

The aim of Morris-Jumel Mansion’s CAFé is to create a stronger, more enriched, more engaged community in Washington Heights and Inwood. The 2012 CAFé attracted more than 700 visitors who experienced a wide range of cultural and artistic programming throughout the day. CAFé is an exceptional opportunity to promote yourself and support our local community.

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NoMAA News Bulletin – 24 January 2013

NoMAA workshops and other happenings :: local events :: events around town :: opportunities

Note: In addition to the monthly newsletter, starting today we are issuing weekly bulletins. This is the first weekly bulletin.

NoMAA joins his friends and family in mourning the passing of beloved local artist Will Teez. May he rest in peace. Read the whole bulletin »

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In The Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about what inspired him

Actor, composer, writer and NoMAA supporter Lin-Manuel Miranda reveals the story behind his Tony award-winning musical, In The Heights.

In an attempt to cope with his first major break-up and make his mark during the Latin pop boom, Lin-Manuel Miranda sat down his sophomore year at Wesleyan to pen his first full-length musical. Less than a decade later, In The Heights, his musical about Washington Heights, had won four Tonys (including ones for Best Musical and Best Score) and had been nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making Lin-Manuel Miranda one of the most successful writer/composers working on Broadway.

In this video interview, the actor, composer, writer and NoMAA supporter talks about his early experiences with musical theater, his inspiration for In The Heights, and the importance of writing a musical that no one else can write.

(Video posted with permission from THNKR.)

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Calls for proposals: FIGMENT 2013

FIGMENT NYC is seeking artists for the 2013 Minigolf Course and Interactive Sculpture Garden, two highly acclaimed summer-long exhibitions that will find a temporary home on Governors Island from the FIGMENT NYC weekend event on 8 June until 22 September 2013.

FIGMENT NYC is seeking artists for the 2013 Minigolf Course and Interactive Sculpture Garden, two highly acclaimed summer-long exhibitions that will find a temporary home on Governors Island from the FIGMENT NYC weekend event on 8 June until 22 September 2013. Both exhibitions will be free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays while the island is open.

Artists can submit their fantasmagorical, highly interactive, and ultra-original FIGMENT Interactive Sculpture Garden proposals here. Deadline for the Sculpture Garden proposals has been extended to 11:59PM ET on 15 February 2013.

The theme for the sixth annual destination minigolf course is “State of the Art”—all yours to interpret! Can you translate your visionary ideas of what state of the art can be into a playable minigolf hole? If your design is selected for the course, FIGMENT will offer you a stipend of $250! Submit your design for minigolf right here. Deadline for the FIGMENT Minigolf Course proposals is 11:59PM ET on 1 March 2013.

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Request for proposals: Barrier Beautification

DOT, in collaboration with New York Cares, invites individual artists or artist teams to submit proposals to produce murals for concrete barriers that typically separate bicycle lanes from lanes of vehicular traffic.

DOT, in collaboration with New York Cares, invites individual artists or artist teams to submit proposals to produce murals for concrete barriers that typically separate bicycle lanes from lanes of vehicular traffic. DOT selects project sites and, together with New York Cares, provides all project materials. DOT oversees design and project implementation. Artists are responsible for producing stencils to translate their designs onto the barrier sites. Hundreds of New York Cares volunteers assist the selected artists with painting their designs. Murals remain installed for 11 months. Artists are eligible to receive up to $2,500 toward direct project costs.

Current Deadline: Friday 8 February 2013

For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/urbanart.

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Request for proposals: Summer Streets Interventions

DOT Urban Art invites individual artists or artist teams to submit proposals to create interactive, site responsive installations to complement the Summer Streets experience.

DOT Urban Art invites individual artists or artist teams to submit proposals to create interactive, site responsive installations to complement the Summer Streets experience. Summer Streets celebrates New York City’s most valuable public spaces, its streets. On three consecutive Saturdays in August, seven miles of NYC’s streets will be opened for people to play, walk, cycle and run from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Selected projects will be granted up to $5,000.

Current Deadline: Extended to 1 March 2013

For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/urbanart.

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Online fundraising campaign saves Word Up Books

An online fundraising effort has saved Word Up Books, a community book store set up in 2011 during the Uptown Arts Stroll, with the support of NoMAA.

An online fundraising effort has saved Word Up Books, a community book store set up in 2011 during the Uptown Arts Stroll, with the support of NoMAA. Art McFarland of ABC News reports from Washington Heights.

 

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Call for artists: NoMAA/MoMA multidisciplinary art project

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with MoMA’s Community Program, would like to invite our artists to participate in the development of an exciting and unique multidisciplinary art project created by you and other fellow artists. The fruits of the project will be exhibited during the Uptown Arts Stroll this summer. Next meeting/workshop: 23 February 2013.

The Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (NoMAA), in partnership with MoMA’s Community Program, would like to invite our artists to participate in the development of an exciting and unique multidisciplinary art project created by you and other fellow artists. The fruits of the project will be exhibited during the Uptown Arts Stroll this summer.

All interested artists must reside within the boundaries of Northern Manhattan (river to river above 155th Street).

The next meeting/workshop will be held Saturday 23 February 2013, 3–5 p.m. at NoMAA premises, 178 Bennett Avenue, New York, NY 10040.

The program is open to artists of all mediums. All participating artists must commit to attending monthly creative working sessions and help with execution of this project through the opening of the exhibit. We are welcoming all ideas and voices in this endeavor, so we look forward to your participation. NoMAA members welcome.

For more information, please e-mail

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Join the 5th Anniversary Mural project

You are invited to join the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance in celebrating five years of cultivating, supporting, and promoting the work of artists and arts organization in Washington Heights and Inwood. Please donate to the 5th Anniversary Fund, and NoMAA will incorporate your name into the 5th Anniversary Mural.

NoMAA Fifth AnniversaryYou are invited to join the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance in celebrating five years of cultivating, supporting, and promoting the work of artists and arts organization in Washington Heights and Inwood.

Make a contribution!

Please donate to the 5th Anniversary Fund. As a thank you for your donation, NoMAA will incorporate your name into a new, original mural to be located at our office’s entrance. The 5th Anniversary Mural will be revealed by June 2013 and will remain on display for at least one year. All visitors to our offices for appointments, Gallery openings and visits, and other events will be able to view a graphic representation of the community spirit that makes Washington Heights/Inwood a unique and vibrant neighborhood.

You can be represented on our mural for a donation of $25 for members or $50 for non-members. Make a donation now!

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