News & Events

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

Annual Meeting Tulsa Lagniappe!

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm in New, News

The Annual Meeting Tulsa website has been updated with some “lagniappe” (you remember, the way we say “a little something extra” down here in Louisiana), these quick links:

  • Once again, our strategic partners at HowlRound recorded and digitally archived parts of the Annual Meeting –  Mel Chin’s keynote address, the two nights of Live & On Stage performances, and a couple of the Idea Forums.
  • Live & On Stage Playbill, including contact information for the artists who performed
  • VAN Exhibition Playbill, with images, notes contact information for artists Steve Prince, Laurie Spencer and Akiko Kotani
  • The text from the story boards  at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa’s Greenwood District
  • Bibliography for recommended reading on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots

From the VAN Exhibition installation at Living Arts

Steve A. Prince, Old Testament, photo: Alec De León

Steve A. Prince, Old Testament, photo: Alec De León

Laurie Spencer, Sensual Earth, photo: Alec De León

Laurie Spencer, Sensual Earth, photo: Alec De León

Akiko Kotani, Soft Walls, photo:

Akiko Kotani, Soft Walls, photo:


Happy Holidays!

Posted: Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 4:56 pm in News

The NPN/VAN national office will be closed on the following days:

  • Wednesday, December 24
  • Thursday, December 25
  • Wednesday, December 31
  • Thursday, January 1

The remaining days during the period of Thursday, December 19, 2014 until Monday, January 5 will see limited staff in the office. If you need to reach us, please call and leave a message or send an e-mail. Someone will respond to you when possible.

Best wishes for a joyful, prosperous and art-filled 2015!



NPN/VAN – OK, We’re on the Move!

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 4:47 pm in New, News

Looking for the NPN/VAN staff?  We’re in Tulsa, OK for the Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 2014.

After returning to New Orleans, the national office will be in a new location. If the new phone system is acting up, please send an e-mail. How to reach NPN/VAN:

by phone, the number remains the same: (504) 595-8008

by fax, the number remains the same: (504) 595-8006

by U.S. mail, the address remains the same: PO Box 56698, New Orleans, LA 70156-6698

in person or overnight mail – at the new location:
1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

E-Newsletter / November 2014

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am in E-Newsletters

Job Opening at the Skirball Center

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:28 pm in Job Announcements

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Programs. Reporting to the executive vice president, the Director of Programs oversees the Skirball’s public programs, ensuring that they fulfill the institution’s mission, enhance its public image and visibility, and embrace Los Angeles’s diverse audiences and constituencies. The Director of Programs provides strategic leadership to the content and format of these public programs, guiding the development, consideration, selection, and success of a full array of performing, literary, and media arts aligned with the Skirball’s mission. The Director of Programs works in partnership with museum, education, communications and marketing, and operations colleagues.

Visit the Skirball’s website for a detailed description of the position and how to apply.

2014-15 NET/TEN Exchange Grants

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:12 pm in Opportunities

The intent to apply period for 2014-15 NET/TEN Exchange Grants is now OPEN!

Letters are due December 10, 2014, 3: 00 p.m. EST. For more information about this opportunity, check

Why a Network Cares about the Net

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:06 pm in Field News

As part of its ongoing cultural policy efforts, NPN/VAN is concerned with what Net Neutrality means for the arts field. As a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, NPN/VAN is able to keep abreast of important issues such as this and to advocate for important change.

The open architecture of the Internet creates opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and artists to promote their missions, programs, and services in order to grow their audiences, sell their work, and make a living. Without regulation, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could block certain Internet applications, slow the delivery of certain online content, stifle speech that they find objectionable, discriminate against threatening business models, or compromise users’ privacy.

Open Internet Reservation Act of 2014 (H.R. 3982; S. 1981) restores the FCC’s Open Internet Rules prohibiting ISPs from engaging in discriminatory behavior or blocking content altogether.

For more information go to:

Painting Party!

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:58 pm in Events

Friends of NPN/VAN, will you be in New Orleans on October 17 & 18? We need your help!

NPN/VAN is excited to be moving into a new, awesome building in the Marigny. We are calling it Arts Estuary 1024, and it’s located at 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, near the corner of St. Claude. The new facility will include administrative offices, meeting and event space, a co-work space and a parking lot. Other tenants include KidsmART, NPN Partner Junebug Productions and Local Network organization Make Music NOLA.

We have an immediate DIY painting project, and the more friends we can enlist, the merrier! Please join in and help the staff paint Arts Estuary’s interior (check out the cool exterior paint job). Your participation would mean so much to us! We think it will be fun, and you’ll get a special private peek at this great new space in the community.

  • What: Painting Party
  • Where: Arts Estuary 1024, 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue
  • When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 & 18, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    two shifts each day: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Other: Yummy lunch and drinks (non-alcoholic) provided
  • RSVP: Please email or call (504) 595-8008 to sign up, or for more info

Whatever way you can participate will be greatly appreciated. If you are not able to paint for a full shift, drop by and help for as long as you can. Feel free to bring additional painters!

And please help us spread the news about Arts Estuary 1024.

Estuary (n.) – where inland freshwater mixes and flows with tidal saltwater, producing fertile ground and supporting a diverse eco-system

E-Newsletter / October 2014

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm in E-Newsletters

Brave New Voices: Multi-year
Grants Available

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm in Opportunities

Closed October 1, 2014

Youth Speaks, the renowned arts education program widely recognized as the nation’s leading spoken word program for youth, announces the launch of The Brave New Voices (BNV) Network Initiative. This seven-year initiative includes $10 million of grants directly to other nonprofits that work with teenagers in writing and performance.

The BNV Network Initiative is dedicated to building a sustainable field of organizations that intersect arts education and youth development practices with a deep focus on long-term civic engagement and public presentation. Currently, over 75 programs across the United States make up Youth Speaks’ BNV Network. The hope is that by investing in the field as a whole, Youth Speaks can create a pathway for the voices of 21st Century America to have the resonance, opportunity and access the both deserve and demand, while ensuring ongoing, local programs in communities nationwide.

Grants to Other Nonprofits

Over the next 7 years, Youth Speaks will provide direct multi-year grants to 25 organizations nationwide. Grants range from $175,000 to $550,000 a year, and include general operating support, technical assistance, and staffing support. The Initiative also includes an annual pool of $200,000 “programmatic grants” available for all BNV Network Member organizations. Additionally, the BNV Network will develop a robust, membership-driven web presence to support and train emerging leaders, engage the alumni base, and house the best practices of the network, as well as publicize and make visible the work happening across the country through the BNV Network.

Applications to The BNV Network initiative are available now at and remain open until October 1, 2014.

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