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E-Newsletter / April 2009

Posted: Sunday, April 26th, 2009 at 4:20 pm in E-Newsletters

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APRIL 2009
NPN E-Newsletter

NPN Awards $20,000 in Exemplary Community Projects

NPN’s Community Fund provides subsidies of up to $5,000 to NPN Partners
for activities that expand upon a Performance Residency or Creation Fund
— activities that deepen relationships between NPN Partners, artists,
and communities. The Community Fund is designed to help NPN Partners
take risks, implement new programs, forge new relationships, and/or
diversify their connections.

Ed Noonan of the Myrna Loy Center writes about the opportunities that
this Fund provided Bebe Miller when she was in residence in Helena, MT
in 2008. With NPN support, the Center was able to expand her residency
to include six special events around legislative and state government
activities and engaged state workers and legislators in experiencing
dance. Read story…

Photo: Lisa Kunkel/Independent Record Photographer

The Winter 2009 awards include

  • Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, to strengthen relationships with the
    African-American population of Clinchco, VA through the sharing and
    performance of personal stories, working with storyteller Angelyn DeBord.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL, to support a series of
    workshops led by Nora Chipaumire with immigrant populations, through
    examination of personal histories.

  • Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts (MECA) in
    Houston, TX, to work with composer Elio Villafranca to adapt a
    previously-supported Creation Fund Project into a three-part concerto
    for an orchestra of 36 musicians, creating a contemporary, multicultural
    musical experience.

  • Pangea World Theater in Minneapolis, MN, to expand the residency of
    Kristina Wong, allowing her to work with the Hmong community and
    emerging immigrant artists, and to assist students in developing their
    own performance pieces.

  • Tigertail Productions in Miami, FL, to provide creative residencies,
    career advancement and training with AXIS Dance Company to local Miami
    dancers with disabilities. They will participate in the David Dorfman
    community performance component of the AXIS Dance residency.

A complete list of project profiles, commissioners, artists, and award
amounts can be found at

Support for the Community Fund comes from MetLife Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

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NPN Joins Performing Arts Alliance

NPN is pleased to announce that it has joined the Performing Arts
Alliance, the premiere advocate for America’s professional nonprofit
arts organizations, artists and their publics before Congress and key
policy makers.

The Performing
Arts Alliance
is a national network of more than 4,100 members
comprising the professional, nonprofit performing arts and presenting
fields. Through legislative and grassroots action, the Performing Arts
Alliance advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance and
foster the contributions the performing arts make to America.

Formerly known as American Arts Alliance.

NPN Selects New Board Members

NPN Board welcomed three new members for terms to begin July 1, 2009
including one board member who returns to take the post of vice-chair.
Maria Rosario Jackson is a senior research associate at the Urban
Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program. She is lead
author on Cultural Vitality in Communities: Interpretation and

New to the board are Huong Vu and Yolanda Cuesta Cursach. Vu is Senior
Program Officer for Arts and Culture at The Paul G. Allen Family
Foundation in Seattle, and is also on the board for Grantmakers in the

Born in Italy, raised in Spain and making a significant contribution to
the Chicago cultural scene for decades, Yolanda Cesta Cursach is Associate
Director of Performance Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Read more about the new board members…

Other Officers are Jordan Peimer (Chair), Nicole Garneau (Secretary),
Tanya Mote (Treasurer) and MK Wegmann (President/CEO)

Free Workshops for Artists: Space Still Available

“Doing it on the Road: a Guide for Touring Performing Artists” is a free
information-packed workshop, designed and presented by the NPN. This
free workshop will show what it really takes to take your show on the
road, or to make your touring even more successful. “Doing it”
demystifies the touring process for artists who are ready and able to
tour, or who have already toured regionally and want to expand their

During the two-hour workshop, attending artists will receive a syllabus
of touring tips. E-mail Pam Roberts ( if you’d like to

Workshop Schedule

Chicago Venue Seeking Director

LINKS HALL Job Opening: Director
This is an exciting opportunity for an executive leader to sustain and
build on a strong infrastructure and on the dynamic growth experienced
by Links Hall over the past five years. Read more…