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E-Newsletter / February 2009

Posted: Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 4:20 pm in E-Newsletters

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NPN E-Newsletter

NPN Partner Receives
Top Honor

During its annual conference in January 2009, the Association of
Performing Arts Presenters honored Philip Bither for his “outstanding
service, creative thinking and leadership” by presenting him the
prestigious Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award. Bither has been an
NPN Partner for 20 years, beginning from his days as director of
programming for the Flynn Center in Burlington VT. In 1997 Bither was
tapped as senior curator of performance at the Walker Art Center in
Minneapolis MN. The network of NPN Partners has been greatly enriched by
Philip’s aesthetic vision and service to the organization, and we add
our congratulations! The award was presented by Colleen Roggensack; read
her comments, and more about Philip

Photo credit: Ken Fisher



Advocates for Arts & Artists
Navigate the Shifting Sands of Politics

NPN CEO/President MK Wegmann traveled recently to Washington DC to meet
with the arts transition team, headed by Bill Ivey, along with
colleagues from across the nation, to discuss the federal government’s
arts policy, including the economic recovery package. Wegmann calls for
increased civic engagement with our government, inviting a “shift in
posture and attitude…can we go from being protestors to colleagues and
allies?” Read more about her experience and perspective.

Seven U.S. Artists Receive Support for Projects
in Latin America

NPN’s Performing Americas Program (PAP) has announced recipients for
Creative Exchange projects in Bolivia, Curacao, Honduras,
Trinidad-Tobago, Puerto Rico and Brazil. See the full list of artists,
and their projects
. At the same time, artists from Argentina
and Mexico will head north, to work with NPN Partners in Portland OR and
Los Angeles. These Creative Exchange projects allow for extended
community engagement and exchange, without the expectation of a public
performance. PAP is supported by grants from The Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation and The City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs.

U.S. artists include Cultural Odyssey of San Francisco, Kent de Spain of
Austin TX, Teo Castellanos and Jennilyn Duany, both of Miami, and Los
Angeles artists, John Malpede/LAPD and Susan Simpson. Diane Szeinblum of
Buenos Aires and Teatre de Ciertos Habitantes of Mexico City will visit
the U.S.

Photo credit: Idris Ackamoor. Cultural Odyssey’s work with the Department of Creative and Festival Arts at the University of the West Indies builds on a prior Creative Exchange there.

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