Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s largest Latinx dance organization and recognized as one of America’s cultural treasures, announced the appointment of Elaine Delgado as the organization’s new Chief Development & Marketing Officer. Elaine comes to BH at a pivotal moment of thriving programs and a new sense of responsibility as a thought leader in the arts.
In her new leadership role, Delgado will oversee fundraising and marketing for the organization. Delgado will be responsible for securing renewed and new funding in the areas of individual, institutional and government support, identifying, prioritizing and developing strategies for emerging opportunities, and planning and implementing special events.
Delgado will also develop an external communications strategy that will increase awareness and understanding of Ballet Hispánico’s mission and services to the community, institutions and the media.
“I am very pleased to welcome Elaine Delgado to the Ballet Hispánico familia,” said Vilaro. “Elaine brings so much knowledge and experience having led key BIPOC organizations. I am confident that Elaine will help Ballet Hispánico continue to increase its impact and profile as America’s Latinx cultural treasure.”
Delgado brings 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, strategic planning, board development and community engagement to museum, film and arts education organizations. Her work as a nonprofit leader includes a number of prominent organizations such as the Ghetto Film School, Tenement Museum, Hispanic Society of America, Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, and Museo de Arte de Ponce. Delgado holds a master’s degree in Puerto Rican Studies from the Center for Advanced Studies of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and a bachelor’s degree in art history and fine arts from the University of Puerto Rico. She has taught students in the Arts Administration Program at Columbia University during their Distinguished Speaker Series.
“I hold Ballet Hispánico in high esteem as a leading voice that combines artistic excellence and social justice,” said Delgado. “It is an honor to join the Ballet Hispánico community as the new Chief Development & Marketing Officer and have the opportunity to contribute to its growth and to Eduardo Vilaro’s vision for dance, community engagement and the exploration of Latino cultures.”
Ballet Hispánico is the leading voice that combines artistic excellence and advocacy, and is now the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States and one of America’s cultural treasures. Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring experiences of community engagement. National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From the beginning, Ballet Hispánico has focused on providing a haven for black and brown Latinx youth and families seeking an artistic venue and cultural retreat. By providing the space for Latinx dance and dancers to thrive, Ballet Hispánico nurtured marginalized emerging and working artists, which along with education, authenticity of voice, and power of representation, define the roots and journey of the organization fueled. In 2009, Ballet Hispánico welcomed Eduardo Vilaro as its Artistic Director, who ushered in a new era, adding fresh energy to the company’s founding values and leading Ballet Hispánico into an artistically vibrant future. Today, Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters houses a dance school and state-of-the-art dance studios for its programs and the arts community. From its beginnings as a dance school and community-based performing arts group, Ballet Hispánico has been a catalyst for social change for fifty years. Ballet Hispánico is the physical home and cultural heart of Latinx dance in the United States. Ballet Hispánico has developed a solid public presence through its three main programs: its Company, School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships.
Through its exemplary artistry, outstanding training program, and deep-rooted efforts in community engagement, Ballet Hispánico champions and empowers underrepresented voices in this field. For fifty years, Ballet Hispánico has given pride of place to the left out, overlooked and oppressed. Looking ahead to the next fifty years and beyond, Ballet Hispánico seeks to empower and empower the Latinx experience and the individuals within it.