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Notices for partners, news for artists, announcements from the field, job postings.
Deadline to apply: April 15, 2015
Youth Speaks is a dynamic organization that understands that the power, insight, creativity, and passion of young people can change the world. Founded in 1996 in San Francisco, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of Spoken Word performance, education, and youth development programs in the country. Among many local programs, Youth Speaks annually convenes the Brave New Voices Festival and houses a groundbreaking theater program for emerging artists and other professionals. Youth Speaks currently has a staff of 25 and a budget of $4.2M.
We are seeking a mission-driven professional to manage our fundraising activities with foundations, government agencies and other philanthropic institutions. The Grants Manager plays an essential role in the organization to generate general operating and program/project-based support, to monitor and satisfy existing grant requirements, and to serve as a positive ambassador with funders and other community partners.
Download a full job description here, including job responsibilities, requirements, compensation, and how to apply.
As of January 1, 2015, Renata Petroni, director of the International Program for the National Performance Network (NPN), has retired from her direct work in international cultural exchange to pursue her career as an interior designer. Several years ago, she returned to school and got her degree in design. While it is a great loss for the international cultural exchange field, it is exciting that Renata is working full-time in an area where she has great passion and talent.
Renata has worked internationally since 1980 when she joined The Kitchen first as director of special events and then as The Kitchen touring program director. She then worked at Dance Theater Workshop as director of the National Performance Network, NPN’s first dedicated staff person, and The Suitcase Fund, programs that sought to increase touring, commissioning and to encourage cultural exchange. Subsequently, Petroni spent two years as managing director of Teatro Central, a multi-purpose theater specially built for the Universal EXPO 92 in Seville, Spain. In 1993 she founded her own production company, Two Moon, which produced new works by many artists and coordinated the Polverigi Festival in Italy from 1998 to 2000. In May 2000, Renata Petroni became director of the Projects and Partnerships division at Arts International (AI), a New York based not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development, support and promotion of global cultural interchange in the visual and performing arts worldwide. After the closing of AI, Ms. Petroni joined NPN’s International Program, designed to increase cultural exchange and knowledge building between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as with Asia.
“Renata built NPN’s International Program,” says MK Wegmann, NPN/VAN president and CEO. “She developed a multi-national system of exchange based on long-term relationships, reciprocity and equity. NPN will forever be in her debt and the groundwork she laid will continue into the future. Her leadership will be missed.”
For the time being, MK Wegmann will direct NPN’s international program. She has been involved in the program since its inception and has been part of the development of its various programs. Kyoko Yoshida, the founder and director of the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network (CTN), will coordinate the U.S.-Japan Connection and the U.S.-Korea Connection, where she has been assisting Renata for the past three years. Kyoko has served the performing arts field for 30 years as a presenter, producer and consultant. Elizabeth Doud will continue to coordinate the Performing Americas Program, which since 2002 has fostered cultural exchange between Latin America and the Caribbean with the United States.
NPN’s programs in the global arena remain a high priority to NPN, complementing its National Programs with our NPN/VAN Partners in the United States, and our Local Program in New Orleans.
And, thank you, Renata.
Meet NPN/VAN’s newest team member, Sage Crump, program manager for Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE). You may recognize Sage from her previous work with NPN/VAN as multi-tenant arts facility project manager, where she helped develop NPN/VAN’s new home, Arts Estuary 1024. Although based in New Orleans, Sage works nationally as a culture strategist with a social justice focus where her work leverages art and creative practice for the cultural transformation of systemic oppressions. Sage’s work with artists such as Detroit-based Complex Movements highlights the way shifts in intention can create new strategies that intersect artistic practice, organizing and movement building. Sage serves on the National Advisory Committee for Women of Color in the Arts, the board of the Center for Media Justice, is a member of Alternate ROOTS and is board vice-chair for Art2Action. Welcome Sage!
by Sage Crump
LANE Project Manager
Over the course of many years, NPN/VAN staff and board have observed that long-term organizational stability has been a consistent struggle for some NPN/VAN Partners, especially organizations of color, geographically isolated and/or small to mid-sized community-based groups. Additionally over the past decade, the NPN/VAN Network has lost over ten organizations of color. Many organizations are suffering from multiple years of struggling to make-do with insufficient resources, which speaks to a larger systemic problem.
Leveraging a Network for Equity is a collaborative national capitalization program between the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network and the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF®). LANE will deliver methodology and resources to address the sustainability challenges faced by organizations of color, geographically isolated, and/or small to mid-size community-based groups. Unlike similar efforts in the past that focused on large arts institutions, LANE focuses on organizations that are most vulnerable to shifts in the field that can have devastating consequences.
As an existing network with a focus on relationship building, NPN/VAN is uniquely positioned to tackle the issue of systemic financial inequalities within the arts and cultural infrastructure of the U.S. For more than 30 years, NFF® has helped nonprofit organizations connect “money to mission.” This partnership will provide education, financial advice, and capital that is relevant to this sector and will enable critical arts organizations to achieve their missions. NPN/VAN and NFF® have initiated a pilot capitalization project that moves beyond a conversation about the importance of equity into one of strategy and action.
LANE is an eight-year initiative that builds the financial capacity of the organizations involved in four ways. LANE supports cohorts of organizations with diagnostics, financial education, recovery, and risk capital. The current diagnosis, education and planning stages are funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This initiative is conceptualized to allow for careful planning, continuous learning and iterative evaluation. NPN/VAN is excited about this partnership and its potential for the Network and the field.
2015 Emerging Program Institute
04/21/15 – 04/23/15
Connect with Funders + Residency Leaders
Registration is now open for the 2015 Emerging Program Institute at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska – April 21-23.
Wondering if this program is right for you? The Emerging Program Institute is designed for a diverse group of participants – from those in the idea phase of creating an artist colony to those working with an established institution to develop a new residency program. The Institute brings together residency leaders, funders, and artists from across the county, highlights best practices and new models, and covers everything from growing your funding base to matching artist selection with mission.
10/13/15 – 10/16/15
Explore the ways in which we can advance today’s artists and their role in developing healthy, vibrant, engaged communities. Join arts leaders, funders, policy-makers, board members, educators, artists, and others from across the globe for three days of performances, trainings, tours, and talks. All are welcome!
MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON!
It’s that time of year again in the Crescent City. Tuesday, February 17 is Mardi Gras and the NPN/VAN office will be closed. The office will be open on Monday, February 16, and Wednesday, February 18, but only partially staffed on those days. We’ll be back at near full-strength on Thursday, February 19.
We love the new office, but we’re no longer on a parade route. We’ll have to make do with a photo from a past year.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) announces the launch of the 2015 NALAC Fund for the Arts application cycle. Reforms to the 2015 grant cycle have been implemented to streamline the application process, increase access, go paperless, broaden the panelist pool and expand funding opportunities for all Latino artists and arts organizations.
NFA Grants for Latino Artists and Ensembles that support the work of individual artists and ensembles in all disciplines.
NFA Grants for Latino Arts Organizations support the work of arts organizations whose primary mission is focused on Latino arts and culture in any arts discipline.
Please visit NALAC’s website for more details on the grants, qualifications, deadlines, link to apply, and there’s an FAQ,
Join the celebration! We’ll have food, drink and music.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
6 – 9:00 P.M.
1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans
in conjunction with the closing of Dawn DeDeaux’s “Mothership III: The Station,” a P.3+ installation
Arts Estuary 1024, a multi-tenant arts facility located in the Faubourg Marigny off St. Claude Avenue, is focused on creating a space that fosters the growth and development of organizations dedicated to the creative arts and community engagement.