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E-Newsletter / March 2010

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

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NEWSLETTER | MARCH 2010

 

25TH ANNIVERSARY:
VOICES AND REFLECTIONS
PART 3 OF 12

Happy Birthday, NPN! Every month, up til the big celebration at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Dallas, we’ll feature a story from an artist or a presenter who was impacted in a significant way by their NPN participation. This is the third of those stories, featuring a performance artist / writer / director whose career received a major jump-start through NPN exposure. Read Brian Freeman’s recollection of NPN’s impact on the Pomo Afro Homos.

Top: Brian Freeman, photo by Peter Stein.

 

APPRECIATION TO NPN’S
INDIVIDUAL DONORS AND
FAMILY FOUNDATIONS DURING 2009

During 2009, 74 individuals and family foundations across the country supported NPN with their personal contributions. These gifts affirm NPN’s value to the field, and serve not only as matching funds for the major grants, but also demonstrate the grassroots support that NPN enjoys. BIG THANKS to all our 2009 donors.

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NPN DEVELOPS NEW LEADERS THROUGH MENTORING INITIATIVE

Once a year, NPN Partners are invited to submit a proposal to the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative; last fiscal year, NPN awarded 12 grants (up to $5,000 each) to support the personal and professional development of NPN Partner staff. The Walker Art Center proposed a mentorship between Max Wirsing, an emerging arts leader employed as House Manager at the Walker’s McGuire Theatre, and senior curator Philip Bither. Read Max’s reflections and learn about the development of a new audience engagement strategy called the SpeakEasy.

Top: Max Wirsing

     

SPOTLIGHT ON
NPN PARTNERS AND ARTISTS

Elia Arce recently received a Fulbright Fellowship to help with the creation of a new Performance Studies master program at the National University in Costa Rica. She will spend several months there, beginning in late July 2010. Arce is an internationally known artist working in performance, theater, film/video, writing and installation. Since 1986, she has been creating, directing and performing solo theatre works, as well as collaborating with HIV+ immigrants in Houston, house-keeping staff in Banff, Canada and the homeless of LA’s skid row as a founding member of the Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). She is a former board member of NPN.

Top: Elia Arce in The Fifth Commandment (Fall 2006). Photo by Martin Cox

 

MORE FREE WORKSHOPS
FOR TOURING ARTISTS

“Doing it on the Road: A Guide For Touring Performing Artists” is designed for performing artists interested in initiating or expanding their touring. A workshop in conjunction with the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture is scheduled in San Jose CA on Wednesday, April 14, as part of their national conference. A workshop in Philadelphia is scheduled for Thursday, May 20; a special edition of the workshop, specifically designed for visual artists, will be offered the following day (May 21), both hosted by Asian Arts Initiative, 215.557.0455. The final “Doing it on the Road” workshop for 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 in New Orleans, hosted by Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 504.569.9070.