NALAC Announces National Open Call for Catalyst For Change Fellowships 2022

The National Association of Latin Arts and Cultures (NALAC), in conjunction with the Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA), is proud to announce the open call for applications for the 2022 Catalyst for Change (CFC) Fellowship Program. The Fellowship is made possible through significant support from the Surdna Foundation’s Flourishing Crops Program and aims to catalyze community and artist-supported visions for creative solutions to racial injustices.

In 2020, through the inaugural year of the Catalyst for Change (CFC) program, NALAC supported eleven artists, representing seven different artistic disciplines, on projects that addressed systems of injustice within their own communities. The selected projects represented a wide range of topics, such as immigration, healthcare, incarceration, and education through a variety of mediums, including visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing. .

“The inaugural year offered NALAC the opportunity to provide substantial support to artists, allowing them to focus their talents and skills on raising awareness for racial justice on structural issues in their communities. We are excited to go moving forward with the CFC 2022 program, in partnership with the SFA, to build on the foundations and outcomes of the original program and to further support artists who approach community issues with a radically new vision,” said President and Director General of NALAC, María López de León.

For the 2022 Catalyst for Change (CFC) program, NALAC partnered with Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA), a nonprofit organization affiliated with the University of Arizona, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) will connect with selected fellows to provide training, mentoring, and support for community-based research efforts. This connection will aim to support Fellows in developing a community-centered approach to identifying racial justice issues and their impacts.

“The NALAC and SFA partnership is grounded in our organizations’ shared commitment to helping communities of color harness cultural knowledge and artistic practice as essential tools to birth, sustain and advance movements for justice. social,” said Leía Maahs, executive director of the Southwest Folklife Alliance. “We hope that by supporting artists and their communities as visionary leaders of change, the Catalyst for Change Fellowship will provide creative solutions to racial injustice.”

The Catalyst for Change (CFC) Fellowship is open to Latinx artists and cultural workers located in the United States and Puerto Rico with the potential to use community-informed artistic creation to increase civic engagement/activism, creating thus systemic change through artistic interventions. Fellows will be selected through a hybrid application process initiated with the ongoing open call.

The application process is as follows:

Stage 1 – Open Call – CFC Letter of Interest Form, May 9 – June 6, 2022
Interested applicants are invited to submit a CFC Letter of Interest form that emphasizes the applicant’s role in their community and their perspective of working with communities on racial justice and equity.

Step 2 – By Invitation Only – CFC Scholarship Application 2022
Offered by invitation only, selected applicants who have submitted a CFC Letter of Interest form will be invited to submit a more comprehensive application for the CFC Scholarship.

For full eligibility requirements and application guidelines, please visit the Catalyst for Change (CFC) webpage.

Interested applicants are encouraged to register for a Catalyst for Change (CFC) Live Applicant Support Webinar to learn more.

  • Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Thursday, May 19, 2022 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CST

Register for a live candidate support webinar. Additional support opportunities are available on the NALAC website.

The National Association of Latin Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is the nation’s premier nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development, and culture of the field of Latin arts. For more information about NALAC and its programs, please visit

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