The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Welcomes Two New Board Members from Rhode Island and Illinois
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) today announced the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors, growing the board to 16 national positions. Both incoming members are professionals with extensive experience in the state arts agency sector as well as practicing artists. NALAC welcomes Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of the Community Arts program with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and 2011 NALAC Leadership Alumni, and Eliud Hernández, Photographer and Former Deputy Director with the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
“We are very pleased to welcome Elena and Eliud to our board of directors,” said María López De León, NALAC Executive Director and Board member. “Their ongoing engagement with community, cumulative experience with policy and proven arts leadership, as well as their artistic practice, will bring valuable insight to NALAC and the field at large.”
For many years, Elena Calderón Patiño has been dedicated to the promotion and advancement of art and culture as an artist, a designer and an art administrator. In her current role as Director of the Community Arts Program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), she has advocated for artists of color by creating partnerships with art museums, non-profit organizations, universities, and government institutions. Elena is also a visual artist who recently had a retrospective solo exhibit in Costa Rica. Her body of work was based on her interest in theology, philosophy, and science. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
A veteran arts administrator with over four decades of experience, Eliud Hernández has resumed his career as a photographer in Chicago, Illinois. A hallmark of Eliud’s public service is his tenure at the Illinois Arts Council Agency where he worked for 30 years in varied programmatic and leadership roles which earned him the promotion to Deputy Director of the Agency. Dedicated to diversity, capacity building, and innovation, Eliud was responsible for developing and implementing policies and procedures for this government agency and managed the grants and technical assistance programs for artists, arts and community organizations as well as educational institutions throughout the State. He has served on various national and local boards and advisory committees. Early in his career, Eliud was the founder and co-director of two community arts organizations which served youth and professional artists.
The NALAC Governing Board of Directors consists of 16 members, including the chairperson. Nominated by a board committee and appointed by the full board, Directors generally serve two six-year terms. Directors are chosen for their demonstrated ability, good judgment, expertise and profound commitment to Latino arts and culture. Exemplary of NALAC’s investment in cultivating the capacity of new generations of leaders, three Board seats are reserved for alumni of the Leadership Institute. NALAC strives to ensure geographic and ethnic representation of all areas of the country. Directors attend quarterly board meetings, ratify grant awards and formulate policy.
In addition to Calderón Patiño and Hernández, the NALAC Governing Board of Directors consists of Chairperson Charles Rice-González, B.A.A.D., Bronx, NY; Vice Chairperson, Evonne Gallardo, Self Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA; Secretary, F. Javier Torres, ArtPlace America, New York, NY; Treasurer, Ernest Bromley, Bromley Communications, San Antonio, TX; Executive Director, María López De León, NALAC, San Antonio, TX; Carmen Castellano, Castellano Family Foundation, San Jose, CA; Anthony Garcia, Su Teatro, Denver, CO; Tatiana Hernandez, Knight Foundation, Miami, FL; Abel López, GALA Theatre, Washington, D.C.; Adán M. Medrano, JM Communications, Houston, TX; Jennifer Mendez, Mattie Rhodes Center, Kansas City, MO; Michelle Ortiz, The Bartol Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Rosalba Rolón, Pregones Theater, Bronx, NY; Kinan Valdez, El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Bautista, CA.