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Notices for partners, news for artists, announcements from the field, job postings.

New Advancement Positions at Artspace

Posted: Monday, December 28th, 2015 at 10:41 am in Job Announcements

Artspace is posting two new positions in our National Advancement department, an Annual Fund Director and an Advancement Associate.

With the Annual Fund Director, we are looking for a mid-career person who can help lead efforts that expand our base of annual/organizational support from partners across the country, with a particular focus on individual giving in the Twin Cities, New York, Denver and Seattle.  The Advancement Associate job is a more junior position, but one with genuine growth potential.

We need people who would be Twins Cities-based, but we are hoping, especially with the Annual Fund Director, to attract candidates from other communities as we have with other recent hires.

Download PDF documents with full descriptions of the positions. Apply by January 15, 2016.

Artspace Annual Fund Director
Artspace Advancement Associate

E-Newsletter / November 2015

Posted: Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 2:11 pm in E-Newsletters

Coming Full Circle

Posted: Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 4:07 pm in News

The 2015 Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute
Hotel Oloffson, Port-au-Prince

The Institute is an annual initiative of Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), a Haitian contemporary dance organization based in Boston: www.jeanappolonexpressions.org. The purpose of the Institute is to preserve and advance Haitian folkloric dance and to provide access to high quality and comprehensive intensive dance education to Haitian youth without financial resources.  The company’s director, Jean Appolon was born, raised and trained as a dancer in Haiti, but is now based in Boston. However, he has made a commitment to return to Haiti annually to give back to youth the tangible and intangible gifts of dance and cultural heritage.

The 2015 Institute began on June 27 with an open audition that was attended by 110 Haitian young people. Sixty students were selected to participate in the four-week program that included yoga, modern dance, Haitian folkloric dance, the creation and rehearsal of choreography, and a free lunch program. National Performance Network support, through the Performing Americas Program, made it possible for JAE Company dancer Eboni Baptiste to travel to Haiti to participate as a guest faculty member in the Institute. The Institute concluded with a final performance that honored Professor Bayyinah Bello (University of Haiti) and Professor Michel DeGraff (MIT). The students performed six original choreographies by Jean Appolon for an audience of approximately 300 people that included their family members and friends, as well as Haitian and foreign dignitaries.

The 2015 Institute was characterized by an extremely positive esprit de corps on the part of the participating students as well as the staff. Each day, students were focused and on time, some traveling 4+ hours round trip to participate. The Institute exemplified JAE’s philosophy of ”by working together we can achieve something great.” The final performance was indeed a great achievement as was the distribution of 58 certificates that documented the students’ successful completion of the intensive dance course. The Institute’s impact was felt at many levels, including the students’ artistic and technical accomplishments; the students’ social and personal growth; and the civic and cultural pride that comes with teaching and showcasing Haitian folkloric dance, music and culture as a valued resource.

The Performing Americas Program is a partnership of the National Performance Network and La RED (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamerica y el Caribe). Since 2007, the Creative Exchange has supported more than 40 artists and artist companies for two-to five-week residencies with hosts abroad, focusing on exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Performing Americas Program receives generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.

RFP for Assessment of NPN’s International Program

Posted: Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 5:51 pm in News, Opportunities

For more than a dozen years, NPN’s International Program has been providing touring and residency opportunities for U.S. artists and increasing the capacity of NPN Partner organizations to present international work. The program reflects NPN’s values of reciprocity and mutual respect, collaborating through network-to-network exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean, Japan, and Korea.

NPN/VAN is seeking someone to take an outside look at the program. The purpose of the assessment would be to engage multiple stakeholders, including artists, NPN/VAN Partners, other presenters, global network partners, as well as NPN/VAN board and staff in a process to determine the next steps for the International Program; project how it can be more strongly integrated as a program; and help articulate the complexity of international relationships, cultural, and language differences. Additionally, it will be critical to have a clear analysis of opportunities for additional funding and/or partnerships that may be identified in the course of the assessment that would expand the reach and provide stability for the International Program.

The deadline is 5:00 p.m. CST on November 16, 2015.

Download a copy of the request for proposals for a full description and timeline here.

 

President and CEO Position Announcement
National Performance Network,
including the Visual Artists Network

Posted: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 3:05 pm in Field News, Job Announcements, News

The governing board of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), seeks applications for the position of President and CEO. The successful applicant will assume the staff leadership of a nationwide organization with a strong record of leadership and success. The board is open to applicants with a wide variety of experience; however, all applicants must demonstrate their ability to effectively manage the Network. In addition, all applicants are expected to share the values of equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion that are infused into all aspects of NPN/VAN work.

The Role. The successful applicant will be a policy activist, a national and international spokesperson, and a person capable of navigating and cultivating substantial resources for NPN/VAN. The individual must be intrigued by the future, networked to change agents, and have the ability to orchestrate the policy perspectives of a diverse national group into a coherent set of programs and initiatives. The individual needs to be capable of evolving a strong vision for the Network and must have the ability to serve as a change agent who can help realize that vision. The NPN/VAN President and CEO is a leader who is responsible for the overall health and vitality of the organization, which includes the maintenance and advancement of the network of arts organizations with proactive programs at the local, national, and international levels.

Management Responsibilities. The successful applicant must have the ability to manage a budget of approximately $3 million and manage an on-site staff of 13 and a remote consulting staff of 3. The President and CEO works with a nationwide membership that is concentrated among 72 partner organizations. In addition, the President and CEO also oversees the programmatic aspects of the Network. NPN/VAN already has in place a strong administrative and management system. Thus, while the President and CEO needs to evaluate, supervise, and adjust the existing system and is responsible for the effective overall management of the organization, many of the day-to-day management responsibilities are assigned to other senior staff.

Travel. This position requires extensive travel. In some years, the President and CEO may be away from the office 50% or more of the time. The purpose of such travel is to stay in close contact with Network partners, help shape the national cultural policy dialogue, and identify and cultivate resources and programmatic opportunities for NPN/VAN.

Qualities Sought. Although the successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to manage the organization, the primary quality sought in the position of President and CEO is the ability to position NPN/VAN and its spirit in regional, national, and international leadership circles, both inside and outside of the arts. Qualities that need to be demonstrated in order to succeed in this work are:

  • An ability to effectively design and manage complex programs that harness the collaborative and creative energies of the partner organizations, board, and staff.
  • An ability to successfully lead a diverse staff, board, and body of partners.
  • An ability to understand how cultural policy is made and executed and where in the process entities such as NPN/VAN can intervene to influence such policy.
  • An ability to effectively analyze complex writings, data, and organizations and create opportunities to advance the values and initiatives of NPN/VAN.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • An ability to work effectively and with cultural competency with a wide variety of individuals in a way that recruits them to the NPN/VAN cause.
  • An understanding of how to maintain and expand NPN/VAN’s funding from private foundations and other institutional sources.
  • An ability to research, structure, and launch new revenue-development projects.

Nontraditional Applicants. The search committee will consider applications from a variety of fields, provided they can demonstrate competence and vision that align with the Network’s needs and aspirations.

Minimum Qualifications. The minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • Degree from a four-year accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent
  • Meaningful experience in the arts and/or creative industries
  • Five years of management experience
  • High-level written and oral communication skills

Location. The organization is based in New Orleans.

NPN/VAN The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, is a national network that supports artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts. As a network, NPN/VAN links over 72 diverse partner organizations across the country and the constituents they serve. The 30-year-old organization has a long history of activism on behalf of leading performing arts and visual arts activities. A full overview of NPN/VAN can be found at: http://npnweb.org/

Compensation. The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $130,000. The position includes full health and dental benefits. A relocation allowance is to be determined.

Application Deadline. The deadline date for applications is December 1, 2015. To be considered by the search committee, all materials must be received by the search manager no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on December 1, 2015.

Questions. Questions about this search and clarification regarding the qualities sought can be directed to NPN/VAN Search Manager Laurel Sherman at NPN.VAN.Search@gmail.com.

How to Apply. To apply for this position, applicants should send a cover letter that details how they meet all or most of the items listed in the “qualities sought” section of this position announcement. In the cover letter, applicants also should address any significant strengths they would bring to enacting the Mission, Values, and Vision of the organization. Also, please send a writing sample that illustrates the ability to engage in critical thinking and analysis and a detailed, current professional resume. These materials should be sent via email. No paper applications will be accepted. Please send application materials to:

Laurel Sherman, NPN/VAN Search Manager

at

NPN.VAN.Search@gmail.com

Download or print a PDF of this announcement here.

Job Opening at The Carpetbag Theatre in Knoxville

Posted: Wednesday, October 14th, 2015 at 4:30 pm in Job Announcements

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc. (CBT), founded in 1969 and chartered in 1970, is a professional, multi-generational ensemble company dedicated to the production of new works. Our mission is to give artistic voice to the issues and dreams of people who have been silenced by racism, classism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and other forms of oppression. CBT serves communities by returning their stories to them with honesty, dignity, and concern for the aesthetic of that particular community, helping culturally specific communities to re-define how they organize.

The company works in partnership with other community artists, activists, cultural workers, storytellers, leaders and people who are simply concerned, creating original works through collaboration in a style based in storytelling and song.

The Executive Support Manager will provide high level support to the Executive/Artistic Director. Responsibilities include project management/coordination, a public facing external relations role and administrative duties. Keen organization skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively are vital. The position will also include basic clerical duties such as meeting planning, report production, database management, and travel arrangements. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a creative, ensemble environment with a focus on mission-driven, community impact.

The full job announcement and how to apply can be downloaded as a PDF here.

E-Newsletter / October 2015

Posted: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 11:57 am in E-Newsletters

President and CEO Position Announcement
National Performance Network,
including the Visual Artists Network

Posted: Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 2:32 pm in Field News, Job Announcements, News

The governing board of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), seeks applications for the position of President and CEO. The successful applicant will assume the staff leadership of a nationwide organization with a strong record of leadership and success. The board is open to applicants with a wide variety of experience; however, all applicants must demonstrate their ability to effectively manage the Network. In addition, all applicants are expected to share the values of equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion that are infused into all aspects of NPN/VAN work.

The Role. The successful applicant will be a policy activist, a national and international spokesperson, and a person capable of navigating and cultivating substantial resources for NPN/VAN. The individual must be intrigued by the future, networked to change agents, and have the ability to orchestrate the policy perspectives of a diverse national group into a coherent set of programs and initiatives. The individual needs to be capable of evolving a strong vision for the Network and must have the ability to serve as a change agent who can help realize that vision. The NPN/VAN President and CEO is a leader who is responsible for the overall health and vitality of the organization, which includes the maintenance and advancement of the network of arts organizations with proactive programs at the local, national, and international levels.

Management Responsibilities. The successful applicant must have the ability to manage a budget of approximately $3 million and manage an on-site staff of 13 and a remote consulting staff of 3. The President and CEO works with a nationwide membership that is concentrated among 72 partner organizations. In addition, the President and CEO also oversees the programmatic aspects of the Network. NPN/VAN already has in place a strong administrative and management system. Thus, while the President and CEO needs to evaluate, supervise, and adjust the existing system and is responsible for the effective overall management of the organization, many of the day-to-day management responsibilities are assigned to other senior staff.

Travel. This position requires extensive travel. In some years, the President and CEO may be away from the office 50% or more of the time. The purpose of such travel is to stay in close contact with Network partners, help shape the national cultural policy dialogue, and identify and cultivate resources and programmatic opportunities for NPN/VAN.

Qualities Sought. Although the successful candidate must demonstrate an ability to manage the organization, the primary quality sought in the position of President and CEO is the ability to position NPN/VAN and its spirit in regional, national, and international leadership circles, both inside and outside of the arts. Qualities that need to be demonstrated in order to succeed in this work are:

  • An ability to effectively design and manage complex programs that harness the collaborative and creative energies of the partner organizations, board, and staff.
  • An ability to successfully lead a diverse staff, board, and body of partners.
  • An ability to understand how cultural policy is made and executed and where in the process entities such as NPN/VAN can intervene to influence such policy.
  • An ability to effectively analyze complex writings, data, and organizations and create opportunities to advance the values and initiatives of NPN/VAN.
  • An ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • An ability to work effectively and with cultural competency with a wide variety of individuals in a way that recruits them to the NPN/VAN cause.
  • An understanding of how to maintain and expand NPN/VAN’s funding from private foundations and other institutional sources.
  • An ability to research, structure, and launch new revenue-development projects.

Nontraditional Applicants. The search committee will consider applications from a variety of fields, provided they can demonstrate competence and vision that align with the Network’s needs and aspirations.

Minimum Qualifications. The minimum qualifications for this position are:

  • Degree from a four-year accredited institution of higher education or the equivalent
  • Meaningful experience in the arts and/or creative industries
  • Five years of management experience
  • High-level written and oral communication skills

Location. The organization is based in New Orleans.

NPN/VAN The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, is a national network that supports artists in the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts. As a network, NPN/VAN links over 72 diverse partner organizations across the country and the constituents they serve. The 30-year-old organization has a long history of activism on behalf of leading performing arts and visual arts activities. A full overview of NPN/VAN can be found at: http://npnweb.org/

Compensation. The salary range for this position is $125,000 to $130,000. The position includes full health and dental benefits. A relocation allowance is to be determined.

Application Deadline. The deadline date for applications is December 1, 2015. To be considered by the search committee, all materials must be received by the search manager no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time on December 1, 2015.

Questions. Questions about this search and clarification regarding the qualities sought can be directed to NPN/VAN Search Manager Laurel Sherman at NPN.VAN.Search@gmail.com.

How to Apply. To apply for this position, applicants should send a cover letter that details how they meet all or most of the items listed in the “qualities sought” section of this position announcement. In the cover letter, applicants also should address any significant strengths they would bring to enacting the Mission, Values, and Vision of the organization. Also, please send a writing sample that illustrates the ability to engage in critical thinking and analysis and a detailed, current professional resume. These materials should be sent via email. No paper applications will be accepted. Please send application materials to:

Laurel Sherman, NPN/VAN Search Manager

at

NPN.VAN.Search@gmail.com

Download or print a PDF of this announcement here.

A Message from Board Chair Abe Rybeck

Posted: Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 2:27 pm in Field News, News

In my role as the Board Chair of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), I am grateful for the ongoing support of our network, and I invite you to stay close in touch with us through the coming transitional period. NPN/VAN plays a unique role in the cultural ecology. Though not giant in scale, we are mighty in impact, particularly in communities that have been underserved by the cultural sector. Our relationship with you is more important than ever, as both continuity and growth bring us through this leadership change.

With the announcement of MK Wegmann’s upcoming retirement as NPN/VAN President and CEO in 2016, we feel tremendous appreciation for her leadership. MK’s leadership of our terrific staff, our highly participatory partnership, our deeply engaged board, and our strong community of supporters has made us the strong, vibrant network we are today. In the face of MK’s news, we are moving toward our future with renewed vigor, well prepared for exciting and challenging changes, powered by the relationships we have built over the decades.

As happens with many good leaders, folks in the field grew to strongly identify NPN/VAN with MK. But at the same time, MK supported a large body of up-and-coming and established leaders within our network. I know how effective her mentorship strategy was because I consider myself one of the beneficiaries of it.

We are prepared to handle this transition well. Early in 2015, the NPN/VAN Board of Directors appointed a transition committee to oversee the process. Our bylaws clearly put this responsibility in the board’s purview. The board is a highly accomplished and broadly experienced body of nationally renowned leaders that represent NPN Partners, artists and field colleagues. We have risen to this task without hesitation, knowing this is a crucial turning point in our network’s history. NPN/VAN Chief Operating Officer Steve Bailey, Director of National Programs Stanlyn Brevé, Local Program Director Stephanie Atkins, and the entire staff are heavily involved in making a smooth and effective transition. MK is not taking on a role in choosing new leadership but we are absorbing her advice on the transition in general. As you may know, the job announcement for a new President and CEO has been posted. Please help spread the word to colleagues in the field.

I believe deeply that our community of colleagues can contribute insights to this process that could make a substantial difference. I would be grateful to discuss this further, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me. I promise to make your input worthwhile.

Thank you for the journey up to this juncture and we are excited about the future.

Abe Rybeck
National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network, Board Chair




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