NP knows the Houston Art Alliance (HAA) system well. In 1998, Tony Diaz founded Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say. NP has received HAA project grants, as well as grants for operating funds. NP was in the HAA incubator program for 2 years. NP director Tony Diaz served on the HAA board. NP has also received funding from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Houston Endowment. and the National Endowment for the Arts.
After 2010, NP made a conscience decision to stop applying for funding from HAA because the system was unfair to Latinos. Worse, it was evident that the organization was not cultivating and did not respect the cultural capital of the Chicana, Chicano, Hispanic, Latina, Latino, Mexican American or Latinx community.
Significant portions of funding are set-aside for the larger nonprofits that have the most infrastructure and the most funding to begin with. The remaining funds also effectively pit all remaining nonprofits against each other. It was also difficult to complain. Other organizations fear losing funding or possible rejection when applying for grants for organizations or as individual artists. There is no transparency. It is difficult to get an exact number on the amounts Latinx groups receive, until now. Now it is clear the entire system and process must be overhauled.
We have a longer list of issues that we shall release at upcoming townhalls. However, we have been meeting with many other organizations and artists to devise the following goals: