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E-Newsletter / June 2010

Posted: Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 4:11 pm in E-Newsletters

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National Performance Network (NPN)25th AnniversaryVisual Artists Network (VAN)
E-Newsletter / June 2010

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Five Seminal Performances to be Re-Mounted for New Audiences

Five historically important performances will be remounted and toured across the country in recognition of NPN’s 25th Anniversary:

  • First Woman on The Moon by Elia Arce (Houston)

  • Faith Triptych: Faith, Sleep, and Tattoo by Pat Graney Company (Seattle)

  • Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph (Oakland CA)

  • Fierce Love: Stories from Black Gay Life by Pomo Afro Homos (San Francisco)

  • Faith Healing by Jane Comfort Company (New York City)

These five performances will be showcased at NPN’s Annual Meeting in Dallas December 2010 and also tour to 15 NPN Partner sites across the country.

By supporting the restaging of these significant works, NPN aims to preserve, reinvigorate and bring a contemporary interpretation to each piece while introducing them to a new generation of audiences. Arnie Malina, artistic director of The Flynn Theatre in Burlington VT which serves as commissioning partner on three of the five pieces, was a particular champion for this ambitious program. Malina remarked, “The five works are a reflection of the artistic strength and diversity that the NPN has nurtured over the past 25 years. The artists are socially and artistically provocative. They create multidisciplinary work that makes you think and feel, that stays with you long after.” Read more »

The remounting and presentation of these works is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts/American Masterpieces in Dance Program. Additional support comes from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

25th Anniversary: Voices and Reflections, Part 6 of 12

Many Happy Returns, NPN! Here is the sixth in a series of stories exploring NPN’s impact on the field. Read the latest offering, written by Idris Ackamoor from the shores of Trinidad, relating Cultural Odyssey’s long and fruitful relationship with NPN.

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VAN Partners Converge in Philadelphia for Networking and Exchange

For the third year since the program’s inception in 2008, the Visual Artists Network (VAN) Partners met to share the work of their Artist Residencies, discuss issues in the field, network with each other and other NPN Partners, and experience first-hand the rich cultural tapestry of Philadelphia. Hosted by the Asian Arts Initiative, representatives of the 15 VAN Partner organizations, from Birmingham AL to Portland OR, visited the Mural Arts Program, Taller Puertorriqueño, Village of Arts & Humanities and the Crane Arts Building. Read Program Director Ann Kaufman’s story »

Photo: Elizabeth Grimaldi, Executive Director of the Village of Arts & Humanities, greets VAN Partners on site in Philadelphia. Photograph by Kristan Kennedy.

NPN Presente! the National Latino Arts gathering

NPN’s Chief Operating Officer, Wesley V. Montgomery, reflects on the annual gathering of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture on April 14-18. Read Wesley’s Reflection » NPN also held its Western Regional Mid-Year meeting in San Jose as part of the NALAC conference, just one of the many collaborations between the two peer service organizations.

“I had the most incredible time at the conference! …this was by far the most interesting, thought provoking, and impressionable conference I have ever attended… it was completely transformative for me – it truly made such an impact I’m still reeling from it. Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to attend on a NALAC scholarship.”
Lisa Harrison, one of 16 people who received a scholarship through NPN to attend the NALAC conference.

Annual Meeting Opens Showcase Doors

The Dallas Annual Meeting (December 9-13, 2010), hosted by NPN Partner South Dallas Cultural Center) promises to be the usual enticing mix of performance and visual arts, occasions for networking, sharing of management practices, policy discussions and other learning opportunities. One particularly exciting element is the presentation of five historically important performances remounted by artists who have been active in the Network over its 25-year history (see above). These performances, open to the public (a departure from usual NPN Annual Meeting practice), will be showcased on Friday and Saturday night, December 10-11 at the Majestic Theater. Read more »

Colleague Organization offers Opportunity to the Field

Creative Capital will be offering new Workshop Subsidy Grants through its Professional Development Program, which helps artists to manage the business side of their art with greater efficiency and results. Thanks to the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, funding for Workshop Subsidy Grants is earmarked to increase the diversity of participating artists. Organizations can apply for grants to offer these workshops to artists for a significantly reduced fee. Subsidies ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 are available for a limited number of workshops in planning, internet, and verbal communications, to be held in 2011 and 2012. The first deadline for applicants is June 30, 2010. Full details including guidelines can be found on Creative Capital’s website: