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E-Newsletter / June 2009

Posted: Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 4:20 pm in E-Newsletters

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JUNE 2009
NPN E-Newsletter

NPN Generates $86,000
to Support Creation of New Work

Support is rare for the research and development of new performance. And
all too often, artists and presenters are compelled to define new work
before fully exploring the development phase. The Creation Fund
provides direct and unencumbered support for the creation process, by
contributing at least $10,000 directly to the artists—$2,000 each
from a minimum of two co-commissioners (at least one of which is an NPN
Partner), and $6,000 from NPN directly. The Creation Fund is one of
NPN’s hallmark programs, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The
Ford Foundation and the NEA.

Winter FY09 Creation Fund Awards: (view full details online)

  • Molly Shanahan/Mad Shak (Chicago, IL)
  • Miguel Gutierrez (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Denise Uyehara (Tucson, AZ)
  • José Torrés Tama (New Orleans, LA)
  • Bridgman/Packer Dance (Valley Cottage, NY)
  • Bill Frisell, Rahim AlHaj and Eyvind Kange (Berkeley, CA)
  • Maria Hassabi (New York, NY)
  • Axis Dance Company/David Dorfman (Oakland, CA)

NPN Receives Major Grant from
Nathan Cummings Foundation

NPN is honored to announce the receipt of a very generous grant from the
Nathan Cummings Foundation to provide general support to many of NPN’s
programs including the Mentorship & Leadership Initiative, the
Performance Residency Program, Annual and Regional Meetings, the Visual
Artists Network, and its New Orleans Initiatives.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation ( is
rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values and
social justice, including fairness, diversity, and community. “We seek
to build a socially and economically just society that values and
protects the ecological balance for future generations; promotes humane
health care; and fosters arts and culture that enriches communities.”

“We are very grateful to the Nathan Cummings Foundation for this
substantial award and their continued support of our vision and
mission,” says Development Director Claudia Garofalo.

Visual Artist Network Project Unfolds

NPN’s new Visual Artists Network, after a successful pilot last year,
has begun its new season of residencies with visual artists in 14 VAN
. Real Arts Ways in Hartford, CT recently
completed their residency with photographer Margarida Correia. Correia
created New World Parkville in conjunction with Real Art Ways and
Hartford’s Portuguese immigrant communities. Correia made a multifaceted
project that includes portraits of community members, images of objects
community members use to consider their identities and homes, and the
stories they tell through these objects.

Manuel Gaspar, 2008, c-print, Untitled, 2008, 20″ x 25″
For more images visit:

The photo is a portrait of Manuel Gaspar, who lives in the Parkville
neighborhood of Hartford, Connecticut. In his younger days, he had a
radio program that featured old and new music from Portugal. Given
Hartford’s high concentration of Portuguese immigrants, Gaspar’s show
played a significant role in the community. Correia met Gaspar during
her residency, connecting over music and stories, and she built a work
in part around his music collection. She photographed the albums in his
collection, installed banners with images of them on the lampposts
throughout Parkville, and created a soundtrack in the style of Gaspar’s
radio show that is being played by several key businesses in the area,
so that people walking along Park Street will hear the piece

NPN Attends Historic Arts Briefing at White House
by MK Wegmann, President/CEO

The White House briefing in which I was honored to participate was
organized by Claudine Brown of the Nathan Cummings Foundation, arts
organizer Billy Wimsatt, Caron Atlas working with the Pratt Center for
Community Development and State Voice, and Arlene Goldbard, cultural
critic. The meeting was part of a larger strategy working to bring
cultural equity and the value of the role that artists play in community
life to the consciousness of the government in all of its workings.
Following the White House briefing, the 60 of us in the group spent the
rest of the afternoon working in small interest groups around cultural
policy, green jobs, immigration reform, public/private space, political
power on behalf of community artists, alternative thinking, and health
care reform. These groups continue to organize and work together to
make specific policy recommendations, as we were invited to do. The
linked report is a summation to the field our the White House briefing
and the work that continues beyond it.

Read more about the White House briefing, and the follow-up action plans.

Creation Funds…at work!

Last year, REDCAT
(Roy and Edna Disney, CALArts Theatre) applied
for a Creation Fund to support Under Polaris, a new work by Cloud Eye
Control, an interdisciplinary performance collective based in Los

Read REDCAT Associate Director George Lugg’s account that
“serves as both a case study and a starting point to discuss ways of
supporting creation, rethinking resources and imagining opportunities in
a financial landscape that in many ways resembles the world of Under
—stark, dark and frozen, but also a landscape of unexpected
forms of life.”

Photo: Under Polaris by Cloud Eye Control. Photo by Scott Groller.

Support NPN!

Mark Your Calendars

Next Annual Meeting in Knoxville, TN
December 10-14, 2009

E-News Takes a Summer Break

If you didn’t know, NPN is based in New Orleans, and has decided to
honor a long-time southern tradition of taking a summer break. This
e-news will “estivate” till September (it’s like hibernate, but lots

Coming up in the fall will be news about NPN’s upcoming 25th
Annual Meeting in Knoxville TN, hosted by Carpetbag Theatre, and other
stories from NPN’s Visual Artists Network, including residencies at
Women & Their Work in Austin, TX and Portland Institute for Contemporary
Art (Portland, OR).

Attention NPN Partners

Check NOW! for upcoming summer deadlines for Community, Creation, and MLI Funds!