Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Funding Opportunity

Arts Funding OpportunityDeadline Approaching!
NALAC Fund for the Arts deadline July 16, 2007

NALAC members who are Latino working artists, ensembles and small and mid-sized Latino arts and cultural organizations are eligible to apply. Grants range in size from $2,500 to $10,000. NFA grants provide organizational support to help build the internal capacity of Latino arts organizations, support the creation and presentation of works by Latino independent artists and ensembles, and strengthen communities by investing in the creative and cultural assets of Latinos in the U.S.
Applications can be submitted in English or in Spanish. The NFA application and guidelines are available on the NALAC website (http://www.nalac.org).
The NALAC Fund for the Arts is supported by the Ford Foundation and the JPMorgan Chase Foundation and new NFA partners Southwest Airlines and the City of San Antonio Cultural Collaborative.
For more information contact:
NALACGrant Program Manager 1208 Buena VistaSan Antonio, TX 78207E-mail: grantmanager@nalac.orgwww.nalac.org

Monday, June 25, 2007

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Mistral on teaching cont'd

Gabriela Mistral

Selected Prose and Prose-Poems by Gabriela Mistral

Edited and translated by Stephen Tapscott

University of Texas Press, 2002

6. Make yourself necessary; become indispensable. This is how you get stability in a job.

7. Let's begin, teachers, by not resorting to spurious means to rise in our profession. An influential letter of recommendation, official or unofficial, is almost always a crutch for a person who does not walk well.

8. If we don't achieve equality and culture in the school, where else can such things be required?

9. A teacher who does not read has to be a bad teacher. She's reduced her job to a mechanical function, but not renewing herself spiritually.

10. Each time your principal repeats a job assignment, however kindly it's done, is a warning and a sign of a shortcoming.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007


Gabriela Mistral

Selected Prose and Prose-Poems by Gabriela Mistral
Edited and translated by Stephen Tapscott
University of Texas Press, 2002

Here's a partial list of Mistral's Pensamientos pedagógicos/Thoughts on Teaching for those who educate. There are 46. Some of these are tough, asking much from the individual. Most of them, though, are magnificent and inspiring.

1. Everything for the school; very little for ourselves.

2. Teach always, in the courtyard and on the street, as if they were the classroom. Teach with your demeanor, expression, and words.

3. Live the beautiful theories. Live with kindness, energy, and professional integrity.

4. Brighten your lessons with beautiful words, with a pertinent story, and relate each piece of knowledge to real life.

5. Make it unnecessary for your principal to supervise you. The person who is not supervised is trusted.

to be cont'

Monday, June 11, 2007

In the Spirit of the Season

Read Martín Espada's commencement address here. Espada was a recent finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Espada cites one of my favorite Jack Agueros' poems.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007