Yes. We want more Latinx representation. We want it now! So what do we do? Well… what can we do besides go see movies with large Latinx casts or buy music from Latinx artists. It can be hard to think of how else we can support and advocate for own representation. So what I’ve done is found a few organizations whose missions are to empower and promote the voices and talents of Latinx in the arts.
The first organization I came across was the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures. Their mission statement states that they are “dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and cultivation of the Latino arts field”. I find this organization amazing because they focus on all aspects of Latinos is art. From poetry to painting and to just any form of expression you could think of. This video from their website further highlights varying Latinx artists in what they do. It really shows what this organization stands for.
NALAC also has a monthly bulletin highlighting their latest developments as well as different opportunities to take advantage of such as jobs, internships, and even scholarships. This organaztion is great for anyone to look into and support. Magdelana Gomez is a Latinx Poet who is featured in this video and I happen to know her, as she is from Springfield, Ma. I’ve even had the honor to attend and even read for her at one of her Open Mics. So check out this organization out, you never know the local Latinx artists you might know or discover!
Next we have the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. According to their mission statement this organization was founded by actors Sonia Braga, Jimmy Smits, Esai Morales, Merel Julia, alongside attorney Felix Sanchez “to advance the presence of Latinos in the media, telecommunications and entertainment industries. The Foundation has concentrated on increasing access for Hispanic artists and professionals while fostering the emergence of new Hispanic talent”. This organization is sponsored by major companies including Google, Disney, Univision, and Scholastic. They provide scholarships and host many programs designed to award and empower Latinx creators. Below is a picture from part of their synopsis highlighting just some of their achievements.
This organization is very active and hosts many advocacy events designed to showcase Latinx creators and their work. I highly recommend looking into them and bringing this organization to the attention of a Latinx creator in your life.
Lastly is The National Association of Latino Independent Producers. This organizations mission is very similiar to the other organizations named, to promote and advocate for Latinx Creators. Some of their mission values include:
Commitment to Latino/Latina content creators, regardless of the form or content of their work
Commitment to respect for diversity based on a code of ethics open to and respectful of differences,
Commitment to solidarity and accountability
This organization has different workshops and programs designed to connect Latinx Creators with producers and other people in their profession. One section of their website showcases projects some of the organizations members have been working on and creating. Some of which have been nominated for different awards. Anyone who enjoys independent movies or projects would love to check that out. They also have a donation section to help fund their programs and festivals in order to push for more Latinx created content.
There you have it. Those are a few organizations worth checking out if you want to know more or do more to help in the fight for Latinx representation in the arts and media. You will discover many talented Latinx creators through these organizations and hopefully they will inspire you. Tell your friends, donate, attend a workshop. There are many things that can be done to advocate and still a long way to go.
What would you recommend to promote the content of Latinx Creators? Let me know what you think!