Jul 20 2019


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Free and open to the public

NALAC Keynote: Gonzalo Casals

The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures presents a keynote lecture by Gonzalo Casals, Executive Director at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City. This talk is free and open to the public.

Keynote Address by Gonzalo Casals
19th NALAC Leadership Institute
Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 2:00pm
UTSA Downtown, Durango Building, The Riverwalk Room
501 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd.

Gonzalo Casals is the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum in New York. His experience ranges from innovative cultural programming, authentic engagement strategies, and progressive public policy.

As Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of The High Line, he led the team in a transformative process that shifted the focus of the organization to equitable cultural practices to impact its surrounding neighborhoods. For over 7 years, Gonzalo held various roles at El Museo del Barrio. His tenure as Director of Education and Public Programs focused on cultural production as a vehicle to foster empowerment, social capital, and civic participation.

Gonzalo was part of the consultant team that led CreateNYC, the New York City’s first comprehensive cultural plan, and was a member of the NYC Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. A commission that developed guidelines on how the City should address monuments seen as oppressive and inconsistent with the values of New York City. He is a member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance to revitalize NYC arts and culture from the neighborhood up.

His work and opinions have been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bomb Magazine, WNYC NY, and The Huffington Post.

A regular guest speaker on arts, culture, equity, and inclusion, Gonzalo teaches Arts, Culture, and Public Policy at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College and Museum Management at the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, Baruch College.

The NALAC Leadership Institute is made possible thanks to generous support by Southwest Airlines, National Endowment for the Arts, Ford Foundation, Surdna Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Cultures, San Antonio Area Foundation, Galeria E.V.A, SAY Sí, individual donors, NALAC members and volunteers.

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