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

Greetings from Incoming
Board Chair Abe Rybeck

Posted: Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 11:49 am in New, News

Every two years the NPN/VAN board of directors elects new officers. This flow of new perspectives keeps our collective imagination sharp. At the same time, we keep an even keel by maintaining most of the executive committee, including a seat for the immediate past board chair. As of July 1, 2014 our colleague and leader Vicki Meek shifted into that role.

I thank Vicki for her wise and gutsy leadership of NPN/VAN and for the generous mentoring she provides me as I step into her fabulous shoes.

Please join me in thanking four terrific board members whose terms ended on June 30, 2014. Each remains seriously engaged in our ongoing work, but the end of their terms gives us a chance to thank them and wish them happiness in their other important ventures. Maria-Rosario Jackson’s national leadership will continue to amplify our voice in cultural policy arenas, as she did so effectively as chair of the NPN/VAN board for two years. James Kass keeps us plugged in with the burgeoning national spoken word and hip-hop performance scenes. New Orleans’ own Tom Reese has his finger on the pulse of cultural collaborations with academia. Performer Maurice Turner, one of several working artists on the board, helps keep our deepest values — and often a live tune! — in every discussion. We thank them and look forward to staying engaged!

NPN/VAN faces tough challenges as well as exciting opportunities.  One of my top priorities for my term as NPN’s board chair is to address the looming threats to the survival of many of our NPN/VAN Partners. Racism and other systemic barriers prevent many rural and culturally specific NPN/VAN Partners from thriving. As a network, we stand in solidarity. Through our critical policy efforts, we stand up for artistic vitality and cultural equity at local, regional, national and international levels. But we are doing even more. We are prioritizing the campaign to leverage our network, bringing in new resources and sharing among us the expertise we each hold. I look forward to the challenge.

Abe Rybeck is the founder and executive artistic director of The Theater Offensive in Boston, MA, an NPN Partner.


National Performance Network seeks Facility Manager

Posted: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:18 pm in Job Announcements

The National Performance Network, a national nonprofit arts organization based in New Orleans, seeks a part-time Facilities Manager for a multi-tenant arts facility. The Facilities Manager will have responsibility in three primary work areas: maintenance, scheduling, and administration. The candidate will have a background in creating organizational systems, procedures and electronic scheduling.

For more job details download the full job description here

Please submit cover letter, resume and references by email attachment to  Materials accepted by email only. Search is open until July 25, 2014 5pm CDT.

The National Performance Network (NPN) provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to social and economic background, political affiliation or belief, race, color, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, mental or physical disability, national origin, current and/or former service member status, sexual orientation, health status, age, physical characteristics or marital status, and promotes the full implementation of this policy through a positive, continuing program of outreach. NPN actively encourages applications by all interested people who meet the description requirements.


CAC seeking Arts Presentation Manager

Posted: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:15 pm in Job Announcements

The CAC’s Performing Arts Department is seeking an Arts Presentation Manager. See full  job description for details. PA Arts Presentation Job Description


Accepting resumes and cover letters until AUGUST 15Please send all materials 


producing experience highlights

long term administrative/artistic goal

2 professional reference contacts

Job begins: September 15, 2014


E-Newsletter / June 2014

Posted: Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 11:48 pm in E-Newsletters

The Art of Outer Space

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 3:10 pm in News

A Visual Artist Residency in San Jose

Image of Vargas Suarez-Universal painting mural on the exterior of MACLA.  photo by Melina Ramirez

Image of Vargas Suarez-Universal painting mural on the exterior of MACLA (photo by Melina Ramirez)

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana is presenting COSMOS CODEX, a commissioned, site-specific work by the artist Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL, May 2 – August 2, 2014.  This is MACLA’s first art exhibition dedicated to the relationship among art, astronomy and space research. This is also the artist’s first solo show in California, and the first time he has publicly exhibited sculptural objects.

Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL, who also goes by VSU, is primarily known for large-scale murals, paintings, drawings, and sound recordings. He sources American and Russian spaceflight programs, astronomy, and aerospace architecture to create commissioned and public artworks for museums, galleries, private and public spaces.

A major aspect of the exhibition is VSU’s dialogue with scientists and other experts at the NASA Ames Research Center, located in Silicon Valley, to gather information directly informing the artwork. Vargas-Suarez is exploring concepts for retrieving materials from Mars, asteroids and other orbiting bodies in our solar system, with the intention of allowing artists, architects and designers access to these materials to expand and explore possibilities that not available to them with traditional materials available here on Earth.

The exhibition installation in MACLA’s gallery is set up as a mock “clean room,” or spacecraft processing facility, typically found at NASA operations centers. The installation will include hand-intervened new digital prints, murals, paintings, sculptural objects, and a video produced in collaboration with artist Barbora Bereznakova.

MACLA, positioned in Silicon Valley – a fertile area for art, science, and innovation – is the ideal setting for COSMOS CODEX. San José, in particular, is a place where artists, scientists, thinkers, and other creative minds can find ways in which science can inform art and vice-versa. This is an opportunity for both disciplines to come together to create unique projects that engage a broad community of artists, scientists, students, and others to discuss questions that both art and science ask: What is our place in the universe? How do we conceptualize, idealize, or represent our position here? How can art present scientific data in compelling ways, and how can science be a source of inspiration for artists?

Further, this exhibition presents an exciting educational opportunity for the hundreds of middle school and high school-aged students that MACLA serves every year. MACLA hopes that the exhibition and the artist’s residency will encourage their students to engage with art and science in a different and meaningful way. VSU, who studied both astronomy and art history in college, and himself has been inspired by the data collected by space/research entities, including NASA, is an inspiration for Latino youth who may be considering studies and careers in the arts and sciences.

Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL is based in New York. He was born in Mexico City and raised in the Houston suburb of Clear Lake City adjacent to the NASA Johnson Space Center. He studied astronomy and art history at the University of Texas at Austin and moved to New York City in 1997.

MACLA and Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL thank the NASA Ames Research Center for its support.


APAP: Emerging Leadership Institute 2015

Posted: Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 at 3:06 pm in Opportunities

Now Accepting Applications: The Association of Performing Arts Presenters is now accepting applications for its Emerging Leadership Institute (ELI). ELI is an intensive three-day seminar that provides participants with many of the critical leadership skills they need now and in the future. A cohort of up to 25 emerging leaders is invited to participate in ELI, taking place in the days leading up to APAP|NYC 2015 in January 2015. The workshop is a collaborative process, where learning from each other is highly valued. The workshop is also a valuable and rare opportunity for each participant to reflect on and develop their ideas about leadership and on their own career.

Applications are due no later than 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday July 1, 2014. Applicants must be full-time staff of a current APAP/NPN Affiliate Member. To learn more and apply, visit ELI at APAP|365.”

E-Newsletter / May 2014

Posted: Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 10:58 am in E-Newsletters

Thank You for Support on GiveNOLA Day

Posted: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 11:59 am in Events, News

The board and staff of NPN/VAN are overwhelmed with appreciation for the support we received from our friends across the country. We had 59 people donate for a total of $3437. The day was quite successful for New Orleans area nonprofits: 19,625 gifts were made for a total of $2,264,512 to more than 300 organizations. AfricaNOLA, a member of NPN’s Local Network, won the 4 PM Rock-Around-the-Clock $1000 lagniappe prize. All organizations will receive additional matching funds thanks to the generosity of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its supporters.

Staff celebrates GiveNOLA Day: Will, Mimi, Thérèse, Stephanie, Carrie

Staff celebrates GiveNOLA Day: Will, Mimi, Thérèse, Stephanie, Carrie (photo by Anna)


Take Part! Today Only

GiveNOLA Day bannerThe Greater New Orleans Foundation is hosting GiveNOLA Day – a 24-hour, online giving event. The funds NPN/VAN raises through today’s online campaign will be eligible for a share of “lagniappe” – New Orleans’ way of saying “a little something extra.” We are asking for “a little something extra” from you to help NPN/VAN claim a share of the nearly $300,000 in lagniappe dollars, awards and prizes provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and generous sponsors.

How can you take part?

  • Make a tax deductible donation today to NPN/VAN through our page on the GiveNOLA Day website: Donations through the GiveNOLA Day link are counted towards NPN’s goal.
  • If you prefer the human touch, you can make your contribution by calling the Greater New Orleans Foundation at (504) 598-4663 where someone will process your donation.
  • Follow NPN and VAN today on Facebook: and Twitter @NPN_VAN
  • and spread the word by sharing NPN/VAN Facebook posts and Twitter feed from midnight to midnight — that’s central daylight time ya’ll.

It wouldn’t be a New Orleans celebration without music. Listen to the GiveNOLA Day jingle created by Allen Toussaint.

E-Newsletter / April 2014

Posted: Friday, April 25th, 2014 at 9:56 am in E-Newsletters

TCG Announces the Spark Leadership Program

Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 at 4:54 pm in Opportunities

SPARK Leadership Program

Theatre Communications Group (TCG) is now accepting applications for the SPARK Leadership Program. As part of TCG’s Leading the Charge : Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, this pilot program will create a more diverse theatre landscape by supporting the professional development of exceptional rising leaders of color who aim to take on executive leadership positions at U.S. not-for-profit theatres in the areas of artistic direction, management and/or producing.

Building on the success of the Young Leaders of Color program, SPARK will provide ten leaders who self-identify as leaders of color with the opportunity to participate in a curriculum that will focus on Knowledge & Skills-Building, Networking & Professional Connections and Self-Awareness & Inclusion Training.

Apply now through May 5, 2014, Noon ET 

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