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Envision a world in which:

  • artists have greater power and resources for meaningful, sustainable careers;
  • strong networks maximize their collective wisdom, resources and leadership;
  • cultural infrastructure reflects deeper partnerships and more equitable practices;
  • and communities have greater opportunity and capacity for civic engagement, representation and joy.
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Photo: ReVUE, Sidra Bell Dance New York, credit: Mariana Sheppard
Photo: Closer, Sean Smuda, courtesy of the artist
Photo: The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People, taisha paggett, credit: Lynn Lane


Cherice Harrison-Nelson, founder of the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and an elder in New Orleans’ Black Masking Indian community
“The time for us to do for ourselves is now.”
Cherice Harrison-Nelson shares recent projects from the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame and the Guardians Institute.
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“Opportunity to Exchange”
Linda Parris-Bailey, Executive/Artistic Director of Carpetbag Theatre talks about NPN's value and bringing her whole self.
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jumatatu m. poe takes us inside “Let 'im Move You”
2018 Creation and Development Fund grant recipient's collaboration with Dallas-based J-Sette artist Jermone “Donte” Beacham.
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“We Have Iré”
Paul S. Flores shares his artistic process for his recent Creation Fund project.
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“Heroes Among Us”
Caitlin Strokosch, President & CEO of NPN talks about cultural policy, NPN’s vision, and strategic direction.


Three Arrows, Evan Spigelman

A Guide to a Video About a Guide to Fight Fascism

Nov 16, 2020


New Board members share favorite NPN memories

Oct 24, 2020

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16 Things I Learned From Making Zoom Theater by Kristina Wong

Oct 24, 2020


LANE Conversation Series Episode 5

Oct 26, 2020


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NPN Annual Conference, Nov/Dec 2021, Chicago

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Photo: Agua Furiosa, Ana Maria Alvarez / CONTRA-TIEMPO, credit: Steve Wylie

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