The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) celebrated the first scholarship awards for Puerto Rican artists. Thanks to the NALAC Fund For the Arts, ten projects presented by Puerto Rican artists will benefit from $ 25,000 to produce their works within the Caribbean country.

Karla Claudio-Bentacourt, 2019 NALAC Fund for the Arts: Puerto Rico Artist Grantee



With an official reception to be held on Saturday, February 9 in San Juan, the celebration will be carried out with the collaboration of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico and Pregones / Teatro Rodante Puertorriqueño de Nueva York.

Regarding the new support offered by the NALAC, María López de León, the president and CEO of the institution explained: “This initiative underscores the efforts of cultural communities in Puerto Rico who each day construct a future that is more inclusive, sustainable and just”. The artists benefited by this recognition are Alexa Rivera, Macha Colón, Annie Y. Saldaña, Karla Claudio-Betancourt, Blanca Lissette Cruz, Sofía Gallisá Muriente, Émina, Papel Machete, Kily Vializ and Rosaura Rodriguez.

“Following on the heels of our Hurricane Maria Relief Drive, an initiative where we were able to award micro grants to artists in Puerto Rico, our theater entered in partnership with NALAC to support two additional performing arts projects. This collaboration illustrates our company’s longstanding commitment to continue highlighting, supporting, and collaborating with artists in Puerto Rico,” said Rosalba Rolón, Artistic Director at the Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.


About the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)

NALAC is a nonprofit founded in 1989. From its headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, NALAC has developed programs that stabilize and revitalize Latinx arts and cultures in the United States. Over its 29 years, NALAC has supported Puerto Rican artists on the island and its diaspora. Notably, Jesús Manuel Cepeda Brenes received a NALAC Master Artist Grant in 2015 through the NALAC Fund for the Arts.

As part of its work, NALAC also organizes leadership institutes in San Antonio and Washington, D.C., promoting the professional formation of artists and advocacy. Artists and cultural workers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are invited to participate.