Submission Deadline: May 18, 2018
Award notifications: June 15, 2018
Description: For projects presented between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 31, 2022

Applications are available to NPN/VAN Partners via the Partner portal.


  • Artistic projects in the early stages of creation & development, to be presented no sooner than January 1, 2019 and no later than December 31, 2022.
  • Projects that culminate in live experiential exchange between artists and communities in a public setting, regardless of discipline.
  • Artists/companies based in the U.S. and its territories and Mexico.
  • At least two co-commissioners (one of whom is an NPN/VAN Partner) in different communities confirmed at the time of application. If the artist is a company member, staff member, or resident artist of one of the co-commissioning organizations, three co-commissioners must be identified (in different communities) to ensure visibility for artists beyond their home base.
  • Artists who have received a Creation & Development Fund in the last two years (FY16 and FY17: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017) are ineligible.

Additional Requirements

  • Commissioning fees must be paid out by all co-commissioners by June 30, 2019.
  • Artists and co-commissioners must be willing to credit NPN and co-commissioners for the life of the work in all marketing and promotional material.
  • In alignment with NPN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, or other bias. Our expectation is that all artists and co-commisioners receiving NPN support will honor this ethic.

Selection Process

NPN will convene a peer panel of NPN Partners and artists to select awards. NPN will fund nine projects in this application round, prioritizing projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Artists and co-commissioners who represent communities historically underinvested in, including but not limited to communities of color, Native American, indigenous, disability, trans, and rural communities
  • Artists and commissioning organizations that have not previously received Creation & Development Fund support.
  • Collaborations between co-commissioners in communities that have not previously worked together.



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