Through our commitment to building an arts sector rooted in justice, the mission of the National Performance Network and Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) is to foster a group of diverse cultural organizers (including artists) working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States.
NPN/VAN seeks to integrate the arts into public experience, further artistic pluralism, and act as an advocate for equity and justice, in the arts sector and in society at large. As guideposts for this work, we value:
- Cultural and racial justice, and centering voices that have been historically marginalized
- Authentic partnerships characterized by reciprocity and mutual support
- Freedom of expression that defends artists’ rights and protects our access to work that informs and challenges us
- Critical dialogue, life-long learning, and appreciation for the creative process
- The integration of arts into civic life, including public funding for the arts
We believe that artists and arts organizations contribute to a healthy society by providing creative cross-sector approaches toward a just and sustainable world. And we believe that communities deserve broad access to art and culture that reflect their own experiences as well as inform about the experiences of others.
We envision a world in which:
- Artists are recognized as valid and necessary participants in a healthy and thriving society, and have access to resources to thrive creatively and professionally
- Historically marginalized individuals and organizations have the skills, resources, and opportunities to thrive and lead change
- Arts organizers and cultural workers are actively engaged across sectors – including business, industry, and governments – recognizing the intersectionality of society’s most critical concerns and providing creative approaches toward a healthy, just, and sustainable world
- Communities – as collections of people who share cultural heritages, philosophies, or geographic locations – have broad access to artistic work and cultural expression that is reflective of themselves and others
- Public and private supporters advocate for and invest in living artists and the organizations that support them
- Alternative systems of philanthropy, artistic opportunity, organizing, and policy-making are strengthened and modeled