We are a vibrant network of artists and organizations committed to advancing racial and cultural justice through the arts.


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.
  • Learn more about us and our mission
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 in New Orleans

December 10–13, 2019

Over 350 arts leaders from around the country are convening in New Orleans this week for plenaries, panels, workshops, performances, tours, and other cultural events. We hope you'll be joining us!

  • Visit the 2019 conference site

Artwork: Katrina Andry, The Weeping Willows' Contrived Posture (detail), 2019. www.katrina-andry.com

Access to NPN's network and programs

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


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“Heroes Among Us”
Caitlin Strokosch, President & CEO of NPN talks about cultural policy, NPN’s vision, and strategic direction.
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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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“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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