AMERICAS FOR THE ARTS

Leveraging the Arts and Latino American Leadership for Conservation Gains

aka Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501c3 (AFC+A)   |   Denver, CO   |  www.afcanatura.org

Mission

Americas for Conservation + the Arts (AFC+A) advances a healthy environment through arts, advocacy, education, and engagement of culturally diverse communities. Our programs leverage the arts and Latino American leadership for conservation gains. Bringing diversity and inclusion to the environmental movement is fundamental to build a just and healthy democracy. People of color make close to 40% of the U.S. population, and 30% of the science and engineering workforce but they do not, for example, exceed 13% of the staff in green organizations.

Notes from the nonprofit

AWARDS: 2016 City of Denver Office of Sustainability Community Builder Award Recipient & 2017 Mayor's Award for Cultural Excellence Imagine 2020 Recipient

Ruling year info

2013

Founder & ED

Irene Vilar

Main address

430 West 9th Avenue

Denver, CO 80206 USA

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EIN

32-0261204

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Bringing diversity and inclusion to the environmental movement is fundamental to build a just and healthy democracy. People of color make close to 40% of the U.S. population, and 30% of the science and engineering workforce but they do not, for example, exceed 13% of the staff in green organizations. In Colorado alone, 52% of high school students by 2020 will be Hispanic. If our rapidly shifting demographics (by 2050 1 out of 3 people in the US will be Latino) continues on the path of not only being among the the most impacted my pollution but also the least integrated into the conservation movement, our ability to forge a safe and just world will be compromised. The Latino community in the US is suffering the brunt of the effects of air pollution and climate change. Statistics show Latinos are at the forefront of the climate crisis and are disproportionately impacted by climate change related issues

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Promotores Verdes

GROWING FAMILY-BASED champions of the health benefits of NATURE, Outdoors Experiences, and Conservation

Population(s) Served
Families
People of Latin American descent

An 8th-12th grade youth program in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Wildlife Federation building a more inclusive generation of conservation stewards through mentorship, cultural expression, and a fully-developed opportunity pipeline.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

ADVANCING DIVERSITY AND CONSERVATION IN PUBLISHING

Population(s) Served
Adults
Multiracial people

In partnership with with Puerto Rico's Departamento de la Comida to power the restoration and the establishment of local sustainable food systems and reforestation of decimated forests; incubate authentic civic engagement through mobilization of "solidarity brigades" (small groups mobilized for the cleaning phase, planting phase, and overall education of farmers communities on sustainable practices); mobilize Promotores Verdes from multiple organizations as part of the brigades and the envisioning of restoration efforts past 24 months; create self sustaining farms that are autonomous and efficient with irrigation systems, including rainwater collection techniques & clean solar energy; chronicle and document the relief and rebuild efforts to use as a model of resilient communities’ ability to rebuild in the face of climate change destruction.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

A Latino-hosted multicultural gathering, elevating the voices of communities of color, women in conservation, and cultural leadership by fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles. Launched in 2013 now in its 6th edition.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
People of Latin American descent

A coalition of long-time Latina environmental leaders, writers, poets. academics, journalists, scientists, teachers, mothers, artists and activists, coming together to pool their talent, financial contributions, and volunteer efforts in service of the environment.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People of Latin American descent

A campaign to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first hand. The campaign brings to life the joy and excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment and a lifelong relationship with it. To learn more about the program, and how to actively participate, please go to descubreelbosque.org.

Population(s) Served
People of Latin American descent
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

City of Denver Mayor's Award for Cultural Excellence Imagine 2020 2016

Affiliations & memberships

City of Denver Office of Sustainability Community Builder Award 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Promotores Verdes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Multiracial people, People of Latin American descent

Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have an innate motivation to master and control their environment

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

UCAN Youth Green Ambassadors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of competition entrants

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of competitions held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of educators who have opportunities to attend programs offered by professional organizations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

ALEF launches Mexico chapter and Puerto Rico Chapter with three festival editions in 2018

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have a sense of their own feelings and an ability to express empathy for others

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of diversity training courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of teachers recruited

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

UCAN Youth Green Ambassadors

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of trees cared for

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Americas Latino Eco Festival

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018 ALEF Puerto Rico reforestation of Parque Luis Munoz Rivera

Number of projects showing an upward trend in the number of conservation actions at site

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Promotores Verdes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of books published for previously published writers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Mandel Vilar Press

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Americas for Conservation + the Arts 501c3 AFC+A and its main eight programs, the annual Americas Latino Eco-Festival ALEF (leveraging the arts and Latino leadership for conservation gains) and Mandel Vilar Press MVP (advancing diversity and conservation in publishing), United Cultures for Arts + Nature Youth Ambassadors U-CAN (building a more inclusive generation of environmental stewards), Promotores Verdes (growing family-based advocates for better health through nature experiences) Descubre El Bosque (inspiring tweens and their parents to reconnect with nature), Journey for Climate Justice JCJ (advancing justice through adventure), and the Latina Environmental Giving Circle (empowering the next generation of Latina green leadership) aim at environmental and multicultural education and an integrated, diverse, and inclusive conservation agenda. AFC+A strives to advance this vision: A Healthy Environment-All cultures are stewards of our environment-Education opportunities are accessible to all- Arts grow and sustain healthy communities and social justice

Our eight programs build environmental leadership capacity in our communities to take an active role in stewardship.​

Our founder and Executive Director, Irene Vilar is an accomplished Latin American author and recognized community leader. In 2016, she was awarded the City of Denver's Office of Sustainability Love this Place Award for her work as community-builder. She serves on a number of important advisory positions. Her memoir The Ladies' Gallery was a Philadelphia Inquirer and Detroit Free Press Notable
Book of the Year and finalist for the 1999 Mind Book of the Year Award. Her Impossible Motherhood won the 2010 IPPY Gold Medal for Best Memoir/Autobiography and the 12th Latino Book 2nd Place Award for
Best Women's Issues. Vilar's memoirs have been the subject of 28 Ph.D. dissertations, 36 academic publications, and dedicated chapters in 8 books. Vilar is also a member of the Oxford Union Debate Society. Our organization is driven by a 100% volunteer force of diverse and talented people. All our volunteers share in the belief of the power of civic action and the arts to engage the traditionally disenfranchised to be advocates for themselves and their families and to build alliances to increase our collective understanding of our capacity to address the environmental justice issues our children will be facing. Today minorities make up 40% of the US population but only 13% of environmental organizations, so
AFC+A's unique contribution to reducing the “Environmental Inclusion Gap," is more important and urgent than ever. Advancing diversity is the most important conservation strategy and that the richness of our Latino American culture, is our most important asset in the work that lies ahead. Our culture is
grounded on reverence for Mother Earth. Twenty thousand plus years of indigenous genes still drive the cultures of the Americas of the South and reverberate for generations in the families migrating to the
North. Preservationist and protectionist values resonate in our religions, our social structures, our agricultural practices, and our arts and crafts; especially in our arts.

AFC+A's INITIATIVES
Americas Latino Eco-Festival | ALEF
ALEF is an annual event leveraging arts, culture, and Latino leadership for conservationgains. The Eco Festival is a Latino hosted multicultural event elevating, in particular, thevoices of communities of color and of women in conservation and cultural leadership,fostering collaboration to better tackle environmental problems from many angles,and using art and culture to message environmental awareness and shared values.
Visit www.americaslatinoecofestival.org.
United Cultures for Art + Nature Youth Congress | U-CAN
The U-CAN Youth Congress aims to build a more inclusive generation of conservationstewards through mentorship cultural expression, and a fully developed opportunity pipeline.8th-12th grade students will gain hands on experience through an innovative curriculum, joining
studies in the principles of environmental stewardship with the development of creative skillsin verbal, visual, and sound arts and their application to social change. In partnership withthe US Forest Service, we proudly present the first annual U-CAN Youth Congress August15th-19th, 2017 in Estes Park, CO.
Latina Environmental Giving Circle | LEGC
The Latina Environmental Giving Circle is powering Latina environmental stewardship througha coalition of longtime Latina leaders coming together to pool their power-base and volunteerefforts in service of the urgent environmental challenges facing our planet.
Mandel Vilar Press | MVP
The publishing arm of AFC+A, MVP is dedicated to connecting the literature of the Americasand advancing diversity and conservation in books. MVP publishes the best books andtranslations on the environment, conservation, culture, history, memoir, fiction, science, and
politics. Visit www.mvpress.org.
Descubre El Bosque
Descubre El Bosque is an online campaign increasing meaningful engagement with Hispaniccommunities on conservation and well-being through nature, public lands, and naturalresources stewardship. The campaign strives to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) and their parentsto re-connect with nature by experiencing it first hand. Visit www.descubreelbosque.org/.
CONTACT US
www.americasforconservation.org/
We advance a diverse and non segregated conservation
movement through arts advocacy and culturally relevant
education initiatives that address the needs of previously
underserved and underrepresented communities in the green
movement.
By utilizing culturally relevant content, we elevate core
environmental justice and conservation issues in a more
impactful manner that effectively speaks to not only Latino
communities, but all people.
A Latino-led, woman founded 501 (c)(3) environmental
nonprofit, AFC+A is Colorado based with a national reach.
WHAT IS AFC+A

Financials

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AMERICAS FOR THE ARTS

Board of directors
as of 7/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Irene Vilar

Toti Cadavid

Xcelente, Founder

Dr. Doug Unger

University Nevada, Las Vegas, Director Creative Writing

Kersitin Beck

Attorney, Interlogic

Dr. Robert Mandel

Mandel Vilar Press

So Lee

Rocky Ridge Music Center, Director

Mirta Ojito

Univision

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No