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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

How to Get Involved

Annual Conference

NPN Annual Conference, Nov/Dec 2021, Chicago

Previous conference

  • View recordings from 2019 in New Orleans

Access to NPN's network and programs

  • National Partners
  • New Orleans Partners
  • New Partner Selection Process
  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Artists


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.



The NPN COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund: A Trust-Based Model

Jul 3, 2020

Logo of National Endowment for the Arts

NPN Receives NEA Art Works Grant

Jul 3, 2020

"Cleopatra Boy" by A Host of People

Spring 2020 Development Fund Awards

Jul 3, 2020

Photo of LANE cohort members Junebug Productions of New Orleans, Louisiana, and La Peña Cultural Center of Berkley, California interviewing each other at the 2019 National Performance Network Conference.

LANE Conversation Series Episode 3

Jul 2, 2020


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