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E-Newsletter / December 2009

Posted: Friday, December 25th, 2009 at 3:50 pm in E-Newsletters

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NEWSLETTER | DECEMBER 2009

 

ARTISTS, PRESENTERS AND COLLEAGUES CONVENE IN KNOXVILLE TN

NPN held its Annual Meeting in Knoxville TN, Dec. 10-13, a city chosen to honor NPN Partner Carpetbag Theatre on their 40th Anniversary. Jawole Willa Jo Zollar gave a rousing keynote at the final dinner, following three conversation-packed days. Local artists Sparky and Rhonda Rucker, Ajeet Yoga, Obayana Ajanaku’s drum collective, Liza Garza and Horace Smith were showcased during the Meeting, along with National Creation Fund artists (Cloud Eye Control, EDGEWORKS Dance, Robert Karimi, and UNIVERSES). Look for more details in the January issue!

Above: Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, NPN 2009 Annual Meeting Keynote, photo by Mondo Bizarro

 

JANUARY 25TH IS DEADLINE FOR NPN CREATION FUND

NPN Partners have access to funds for the creation and touring of new work—and co-commissioners do not have to be members of the Network. If your presenting organization is interested in commissioning new performance, review the profiles of NPN Partners and determine who might be in alignment with your own presenting. Criteria and guidelines for the Creation Fund may be found online here. The deadline for a Letter of Intent is January 25, 2010, with the full application due February 15. Projects must premier between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2013.

Above: The Invention of Minus One, Jonah Bokaer, NPN Creation Fund and Performance Residency presented by DiverseWorks and Danspace Project, pictured: Allison Cave, Jonah Bokaer, Jimena Paz, photo by Micheal Hart

 

COMMUNITY FUND ALLOWS CHOREOGRAPHER TO GO DEEPER

Twenty years ago choreographer Nora Chipaumire escaped Zimbabwe’s repressive regime and began to make art in the U.S., developing her own unique movement vocabulary. Nora performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the fall of 2009, and NPN’s Community Fund enabled Nora to visit Chicago for a two-week residency prior to the performance. Yolanda Cesta Cursach writes about Nora’s workshop with local immigrant women and how the residency strengthened MCA’s relationships with local partners. Read more…

Above: Nora Chipaumire, photos by Steven Rosofsky

 

PERFORMING AMERICAS ADDS CREATION FUND

Building on two Creative Exchanges between Cultural Odyssey and artists in Trinidad/Tobago, NPN has launched a new Creation Fund, establishing a model for the commissioning of international work within the NPN. In the pilot project, Women of Calypso features renowned Calypso artists ‘Singing Sandra,’ Queen Fayola, and Kizzie Ruiz. The Women were in residence in Knoxville creating the work a week prior to the Annual Meeting. An Idea Forum at the Meeting included an excerpt of the work, discussion of the Calypso genre and the participants’ reflection on the creation experience. Read more by Elizabeth Doud…

Above: Women of Calypso, photo by Clay Thurston

 

ART AND THE PUBLIC PURPOSE: A NEW FRAMEWORK

The Cultural Policy Working Group created on May 12th, 2009, following a White House Briefing on Art, Community, Social Justice and National Recovery (which NPN attended) has created a new framework. This framework asserts that “America needs a bold new investment in culture, a policy recognizing that culture holds the key to a future we can believe in.” The framework calls on Congress and the Obama Administration “to support art’s public purpose to mend our social fabric, promote freedom of expression and a vibrant, inclusive national dialogue, and revitalize both education and commerce with the creativity that has always been the wellspring of our energy and success.” Visit www.newculturalpolicy.org to read the whole Framework.

 

NPN LAUNCHES 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR—WATCH THIS SPACE!

Above: MK Wegmann, photo by Mondo Bizarro