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La Semilla Food Center, artist Amalia Mondragón receive ‘Border Narrative” grants


A performing artist and a good program, both based in Anthony, New Mexico, have each received grants from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC).

Amalia Mondragón is “a Latin Grammy nominated, two spirit, Trans-fronterizx, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, born in East Los Angeles and raised in the farmlands of La Union, New Mexico,” according to her website. She received a $20,000 artist grant from NALAC.

La Semilla Food Center was created in 2010 to “to build a healthy, self-reliant, fair, and sustainable food system in the Paso del Norte region of southern New Mexico and El Paso,” according to its website. La Semilla received a $75,000 organization grant from NALAC.

“In partnership with the Ford Foundation, NALAC will grant $1.42M across California, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico (including Mondragón and La Semilla) and transnationally to a cohort of 27 artists and organizations,” said NALAC Communications Associate Gabriel Magraner.

NALAC Border Narrative Change grant recipients “were selected through a series of virtual cafecitos with artists, activists and cultural leaders across the U.S.-Mexico border region,” NALAC said in a news release. La Semilla and Mondragón were the only grant recipients from New Mexico.

The awards are part of a larger three-year initiative where NALAC will partner with the Ford Foundation, Borealis Philanthropy, the Center for Cultural Power and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists to launch Reclaiming the Border Narrative. 

NALAC is a nonprofit was founded in May 1989 and is the nation’s largest funding and advocacy organization devoted to the support and promotion of Latinx arts in the United States and Puerto Rico. NALAC has awarded nearly 900 grants totaling $5.1 million. More than 500 Latinx artists and arts administrators have participated in its intensive leadership training programs.

Visit web www.nalac.org and www.facebook.com/nalac.arts

 and find them on Instagram and Twitter at @nalac_arts. Also visit www.amaliamondragon.com/media/Amalia_PochX_Press_Kit.pdf

 and https://lasemillafoodcenter.org/.