February 27, 2009

Chicano Literary Publisher Receives NALAC Fund for the Arts Award

Grant to Help Publish Three Small Collections of Poetry by Latino Authors

The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) has selected literary editor Brent E. Beltrán of Calaca Press and the Red CalacArts Collective to receive $4200.00 for the 2008-2009 cycle of the NALAC Fund for the Arts (NFA). This award supports the Red CalacArts Guerrilla Chapbook Series, a collection of small books of poetry by young, socially conscious Chican@ and Latin@ poets.

Brent Beltran (standing) and Consuelo Manriquez, founders of Calaca Press.

Since the founding of Calaca Press in 1997 Mr. Beltrán has selflessly worked to publish bilingual literature by and for the Chicano and Latino community. As publisher and editor he has collaborated with over 100 different writers and artists. The NFA award will allow Mr. Beltrán the chance to continue to offer publishing opportunities for young up and coming Chican@ and Latin@ poets. For more info on the work of Brent E. Beltrán visit the websites: www.calacapress.com and www.myspace.com/calacalandia.

“NALAC is pleased that it can continue to support the creative process of Latino artists and organizations through the NFA, now in its fourth year. NALAC values the importance of sustaining the arts, especially Latino arts, in communities across the nation. Now more than ever, it is important to invest in the arts, and stimulate ideas, civic engagement, and local economies.” said Abel Lopez, Chair of the NALAC Board.

Funding for this grant award of the NALAC Fund for the Arts is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ford Foundation, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Heineken USA, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Southwest Airlines. For more information on the NALAC Fund for the Arts, please visit www.nalac.org.

Through the NALAC Fund for the Arts, NALAC has provided 187 grants totaling more than $523,000 to Latino artists, ensembles and small and mid-size Latino arts and culture organizations throughout the U.S.

Maria De Leon, Executive Director of NALAC, states, “The NALAC Fund for the Arts has established itself as an important mechanism of support for the Latino artistic community, and has helped in the development of many new projects across the country. We thank the many funders who continue to support the Latino artistic field through the NFA.”

In addition to publishing work by Chican@ and Latin@ authors and artists Brent E. Beltrán helps organize, as a member of the Red CalacArts Collective, cultural events including International Women’s Day, Día de los Muertos and, in his home, the annual Chicano Park Fundraiser, among many others. He recently organized and curated, under the pseudonym Cal A. Vera, the series Deportation Nation: History Repeats. The art exhibit portion of the series, Deportation Nation: Visual Migrations, is on display through March 8 at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park.

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