NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) 2020 for US and Puerto Rico-based arts Advocates (funded)

Deadline: January 23, 2020

Applications are now open for NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) 2020 for US and Puerto Rico-based arts Advocates (funded)

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute is an intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field.

The institute begins with a virtual preparatory curriculum and culminates with a three-day onsite training in Washington, D.C., where Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latinx arts and cultures.

The advocacy approach for the Advocacy Leadership Institute is informed by a Latinx perspective, but the tools and resources shared during the program may be utilized broadly by artists and cultural workers from all communities.

Who Is Eligible to Apply?
The Advocacy Leadership Institute is open to US and Puerto Rico-based artists, administrators and cultural workers. Participants do not have to identify as Latinx. Alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Leadership Institute are encouraged to apply.

All applications will undergo an initial review for eligibility. Applicants must meet all of the general requirements below before applying.
Individuals applying for ALI:
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Must be a current member of NALAC at the individual level in good standing (visit to purchase/renew your membership).
Must not be a past Alumni of the Advocacy Leadership Institutes.

Please note, the following estimate is subject to change. Some state and local arts agencies, such as Texas Commission on the Arts, will match the cost of tuition and other costs to attend the Institute. We encourage interested applicants to contact your state or local arts agency for details. Find your state arts agency here:
Total Estimated Cost to Participant is $1,020
Subsidized Tuition $375: 3 days of intensive onsite training; 2 months virtual training
Lodging $570: 4 nights hotel, shared double occupancy.
Dinner $75: Average cost is $25 per day for 3 evenings.

NALAC will cover the following costs:

  • Roundtrip Travel to Washington, DC
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Reception
  • Transportation

Participation in the Advocacy Leadership Institute is substantially subsidized by NALAC and our funders. The modest estimated cost to participants noted above reflects the adjusted, subsidized cost.
The actual cost per participant ranges from $4,000 – $5,000 per fellow; the remaining costs are subsidized by upwards of 65-85% by NALAC.

How to Apply

Download the 2020 Guidelines

All individuals interested in applying to the Advocacy Leadership Institute must visit the NALAC Submissions Manager ( and create a Submittable account.

IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR TIME ZONE. NALAC’s online application system will automatically close at 11:59PM Central Time. Late applications will not be accepted. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online system by the posted deadline.

For more Information: Visit the website for NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) 2020 for US and Puerto Rico-based arts Advocates

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