The Performing Americas Program (PAP) is a partnership between the National Performance Network and La RED (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamerica y el Caribe). This partnership has created a structure for systematic exchange of contemporary performing arts touring in this hemisphere through residencies that provide opportunities for community engagement. This program is based on reciprocity and mutual respect with knowledge building through peer and artist exchange.
The exchange has three levels:
- NPN to La RED – network to network exchange
- NPN presenter to La RED presenters – knowledge building and peer exchange
- Artists to communities in the Americas – artistic exchange by individual artists with host communities
The artist constituencies of La RED and NPN are
- Artists who have touring experience in their own region;
- Artists who want to work in a community residency context;
- Artists who are “emerging” — and those who have not had opportunities for exposure because of systematic isolation based on geography, class, ethnicity, race, political content, etc.; and
- Artists for whom the fee scale offered is acceptable.
PAP supports artist tours and extended residencies across the hemisphere, and also organizes presenter travel to festivals and arts convenings in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean. NPN and La RED have both contributed resources to plan and implement the Performing Americas Program and to subsidize the travel, touring costs and artists’ fees. Each participating presenter pays for its own presenting costs and receives a subsidy from the program.
NPN encourages applications from organizations and artists based in Los Angeles, California. Additional funding for these projects is available through a partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
For more information on how to become involved in NPN’s International Program, visit our FAQ page.
Read more about the first 10 years of this international exchange program.
Contact Elizabeth Doud, for more information about this project.
Funding for the Performing Americas Program is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and, for Los Angeles artists and arts organizations, the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.