The Creation & Development Fund supports the creation, development and mobility of new artistic work that advances racial and cultural justice and results in live experiential exchange between artists and community. The fund provides a framework for relationships to develop over time among diverse artists, arts organizations, and communities. Through the investment of commissioning funds from arts organizations and NPN direct subsidies, each project is eligible for multi-level support.

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Program Goals

  • Advance racial and cultural justice
  • Holistic support for diverse artistic creation processes
  • Expand access to commissioning support, equitable distribution of funds, and geographic parity
  • Honor long-term relationship-building and cultivate new authentic, reciprocal collaborations between artists, communities, and/or commissioners
  • Build capacity for the co-commissoning and development of new work

Phase I: Creation

Each Creation Fund project begins with an artist; at least two arts organizations (co-commissioners) in different communities across the globe — one of which is an NPN Partner; and a vision of new work. In Phase I, each project receives a minimum of $12,000 to support the early stages of the creation process. Unrestricted funds allow artists to experiment and take risks while creating work and can be used for a variety of needs such as research and development, materials, paying artists, technical support, and travel.

Phase II: Development

Twice a year, NPN invites artists who have received Creation Fund support to apply for additional development support. Development Funds are artist-driven: artists may apply for up to $10,000 for teambased projects with a co-commissioner of their choosing; or artists may apply for artist support only, up to $5,000. Development Funds can offset a variety of needs when developing a work for public engagement. Guidelines are flexible in design in order to meet the unique needs of each project. Development Fund deadlines occur in September and March of every year. Please keep this in consideration when applying to the Creation Fund.

Phase III: Mobility

Once a work is developed, co-commissioners support artists through a public engagement of the new work, focused on live experiential exchange between artists and communities. NPN offers access to, but does not guarantee, Artist Engagement Funds to NPN Partners for artist fees for Phase III. NPN Partners should see Artist Engagement Fund guidelines for more details.




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