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  • ICAA Record ID
    1081545
    TITLE
    Task force on hispanic american arts : comisión consultiva sobre las artes de origen hispano en los Estados Unidos: interim report presented to the National Council on the Arts. February 10, 1979
    IN
    Caracol (San Antonio, TX, USA). --- Vol. 5, no. 9 (May. 1979)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 16- 18
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Report
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    "Task Force on Hispanic American Arts: Comisión consultiva sobre las artes de origen hispano en los Estados Unido: Interim Report presented to the National Council on the Arts. February 10, 1979." Caracol (San Antonio, TX, USA), vol. 5, no. 9 (May 1979): 16- 18.
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Synopsis

This is a copy of the interim report of the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts presented to the National Council on the Arts in February 1979. It defines the function of the Task Force as a body concerned with determining the needs of the Hispanic American arts community and acting as a liaison between this community and the National Endowment for the Arts. The document details the methodology adopted by the Task Force thus organizing its approach to meeting its goals in three specific categories, detailed at length under the headings of “Representation,” “Education,” and “Implementation.” The statement posits the ultimate goal of the Task Force as the facilitator of open dialogue between Hispanic American artists and the NEA in an effort to further mutual understanding and promote funding equity within this governmental public agency.

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This interim report was submitted by the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts to the National Council on the Arts, the body overseeing the U.S. government’s National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). It was also distributed nationally via community outlets, such as this one published in Caracol, a Chicano monthly art and literary newsletter from San Antonio, Texas. The Task Force was created in 1978, after various studies revealed the minuscule amount of funds awarded by the NEA to Latino artists and arts organizations. Comprised of 23 artists, administrators, and scholars, the Task Force included representatives from the Chicano, Puerto Rican, Nuyorican, and Cuban communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and existed for only two years. Along with being a valuable historical document related to Latino arts, the interim report provides important information regarding the increased advocacy of artists and scholars within a united, pan-Latino framework during the late 1970s.


For another text related to the goals and missions of the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts, see doc. No. 1081663.

Researcher
Tere Romo
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA