Intercultural Leadership Institute

ILI is a year-long intensive leadership experience in collaboration with Alternate Roots, the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, SIPP Culture, and the PA'I Foundation.

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About ILI

The ILI program brings together artists, culture bearers and other arts practitioners to collaborate and learn from one another while honoring differences in history, tradition, vocabulary and more. Participants learn how to challenge dominant social norms and develop their ability to respond to significant changes that impact society, politics, environment and the economy.

ILI welcomes artists and arts professionals who are committed to cultural equity and interested in becoming change-makers in their communities. Up to 30 applicants are selected each year to participate in the Institute. Applications are reviewed by a panel that includes representatives of the ILI core partner organizations, as well as other nationally recognized leaders in the U.S. arts and cultural field.

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the ili is a collaborative program of:

First Alaskans Institute helps develop the capacities of Alaska Native people and their communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society. The Institute does this through community engagement, information and research, collaboration, and leadership development. First Alaskans is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to advance Alaska Natives.

First Peoples Fund (FPF) works with American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists, their families and communities to help them heal and thrive through cultural, artistic and ancestral practice. Arts and culture embody Native peoples’ understanding of who we are, connect us to our land and history and provide an important source of income and jobs.

The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) preserves and promotes dance by people of African ancestry or origin, and assists and increases opportunities for artists in advocacy, audience development, education, funding, networking, performance, philosophical dialogue, and touring.

The Mississippi Center for Cultural Production (Sipp Culture) is honoring the history and building the future of Utica, MS. Our work weaves together research, development, local agricultural, with contemporary media & storytelling to promote the legacy and vision of our hometown. Our place-based model program will promote economic empowerment and self-sufficiency of low- and moderate-income people through education, technical assistance, training, and mentoring in agribusiness. Additionally, it will work with the community to create an advocacy base to lobby and establish increased broadband access in this rural community – a key to sustainable community development in the 21st century.

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC), is the nation’s leading nonprofit  organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of the Latino arts field. In this capacity, NALAC stimulates and facilitates intergenerational dialogues among disciplines, languages and traditional and contemporary expressions.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in community, place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression – everywhere.