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This resolution of the Task Force on Hispanic American Arts, adopted on March 16, 1978, provided recommendations to the National Endowment for the Arts to improve and enhance access by Hispanic-American artists to its programs and granting processes with the understanding that matters of aesthetic quality are culturally determined by the dominant culture and do not reflect those of minority populations. Among recommendations cited are the inclusion of Hispanics, their values, and viewpoints at all levels of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA); the restructuring of services to the field; better coordination among NEA agencies; and increased participation in the granting process by improved communication, broad dissemination of information, and preservation of cultural heritage.
These recommendations were presented by the Panel on Hispanic Americans and the Arts before the National Council in the Arts in Washington, D.C., on November 12, 1977, and later adopted as a resolution by the Task Force on Hispanic-American Arts in Los Angeles on March 16, 1978. They sought to respond to the question, "What more can the Endowment do to assist and strengthen Hispanic Arts in the U.S.?" A list of Task Force members at the end of the document includes visual artists active in various Chicano art movements, including Judith Francisca Baca, Luís Jiménez, Carmen Lomas Garza, and José Montoya, as well as the art historian Jacinto Quirarte (who was chairman of the Task Force).