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E-Newsletter / February 2010

Posted: Friday, February 26th, 2010 at 4:20 pm in E-Newsletters

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NEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2010

 

GOING FORTH WITH NEW PROGRAM FUNDED BY ANDREW MELLON FOUNDATION

After years of research, planning, discussion and negotiation, NPN is proud to announce a new subsidy program that will provide performing artists and NPN Partners with additional support for the critical managerial, artistic and technical resources that are necessary to produce a new work for touring. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded $100,000 for a pilot for NPN to develop this exciting new program. The Forth Fund will build upon NPN’s successful Creation Fund; click here to read more about the new Forth Fund.

     

25TH ANNIVERSARY:
VOICES AND REFLECTIONS
PART 2 OF 12

Happy Birthday, NPN! To celebrate, NPN will be featuring a series of stories written by NPN veterans, looking back and looking forward. This is the second of those stories, featuring a dance artist whose career received a major jump-start through NPN exposure.

“I had no idea how many great NPN experiences were coming our way.”
Jane Comfort

Read Jane Comfort‘s personal account of what NPN has meant to her and her Company.

Top: Jane Comfort, photo by Arthur Elgort

 

NPN OFFERS FREE WORKSHOP
FOR TOURING ARTISTS:
FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Are you (or do you know) a performing artist who is interested in touring, or wants to expand the ability or capacity to tour? Then “Doing it on the Road: A Guide For Touring Performing Artists” is designed for you. The first of four national workshops will be offered on Friday March 26 from 4:30–6:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. To register, or for more information, call 312/397-4085 or email Marianka Campisi. Other “Doing it on the Road” workshops will be held in San Jose in April, and in New Orleans and Philadelphia in May. Specifics will be announced in the next newsletter.

 

NPN PARTNERS EXPLORE PERFORMANCE IN MEXICO CITY

Last November, a delegation of NPN Partners traveled to Mexico City to participate in the Latin American Contemporary Dance Festival, a city-wide theatre festival and the annual Choreographer’s Prize showcase—10 days weren’t nearly enough time to take it all in. Read Elizabeth Doud’s report on the Performing Americas Program’s latest curatorial exchange, the unusual performances and venues.

News Flash: Deadline for PAP Creative Exchange applications is fast approaching.
Click here for more details on how to apply.

Top: MK Wegmann and George Lugg entering MUAC for our meeting with La RED. Photo by E. Doud.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON NPN PARTNERS

NPN connections and impact are abundantly evident in this year’s slate of United States Artist Fellows: Dan Hurlin, John O’Neal and Tere O’Connor are well known on the NPN performance circuit. Fellow O’Neal’s Junebug Productions is itself an NPN Partner. Visual artist and community organizer Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, is an advisor to Transforma Projects, one of NPN’s local partnerships; Project Row Houses is a VAN Partner.

Iraqi musician Rahim Al Haj was also named a Fellow, much to the delight of Tom Guralnick at Outpost in Albuquerque. This relatively new NPN Partner leveraged a Creation Fund award to commission Rahim Al Haj (www.rahimalhaj.com) who also received a second Grammy nomination.

Congratulations, 2009 US Artists!

Top: Rahim Alhaj. Photo by Douglas Kent Hall.