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E-Newsletter / July 2010

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E-Newsletter / July 2010

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NPN Launches Pilot of the Forth Fund

An exciting new program at NPN has selected its initial six projects. The Forth Fund supports new work in realizing its full potential in preparation for touring. A total of $60,000 will be disbursed directly to six Creation Fund artists and commissioners, providing access to critical managerial, artistic and technical resources. Read more about the design and intent of the Forth Fund »

The six projects are:

  • The Crazy Cloud Collection
    Artist: InkBoat (San Francisco, CA); Commissioner: Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Let us think of these things always. Let us speak of them never.
    Artist: Every House Has a Door (Chicago, IL); Commissioner: Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL)
  • World Headquarters
    Artist: Charles Anderson/Dance Theatre X (Philadelphia, PA); Commissioner: Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Gloria’s Cause
    Artist: Dayna Hanson (Seattle, WA); Commissioner: On the Boards (Seattle, WA)
  • Women of Calypso
    Artists: ‘Singing Sandra’, Shereen Caesar, and Kizzie Ruiz (Trinidad); Commissioner: Cultural Odyssey (San Francisco, CA)
  • Go Ye Therefore
    Artist: Artspot Productions (New Orleans, LA); Commissioner: 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA)

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation generously supports the pilot phase of the Forth Fund.

And in a related story…meet NPN’s newest staff member!

William Bowling has been hired as Program Assistant for the Forth Fund. Originally from Chicago, Will is a theatre artist, musician and scholar. When he’s not working at NPN, he serves as the Artistic Director of the New Orleans-based theatre company, Goat in the Road Productions. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.


25th Anniversary: Voices and Reflections, Part 7 of 12

“Happy Birthday to Ya, NPN!” Here is the seventh in a series of stories exploring NPN’s impact. Read the latest offering, written by Sixto Wagan, whose career as an arts administrator found a nurturing home at NPN over the last twenty years.

Photo by Frank White.

Performing Americas Announces New Creative Exchange Projects

In partnership with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the University of Mexico’s Division of Dance, NPN — in collaboration with LA RED — selected nine projects to extend creative exchange opportunities to artists and hosts across the hemisphere. Read more about these projects based in the US, Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Bates Dance Festival (Lewiston, ME) and Delphos Dance Company (Mazatlan, Mexico)
  • The Flynn Center (Burlington, VT) and Muhammad Muwakil (Trinidad-Tobago)
  • La Pena (Berkeley, CA); RubÍ Oseguera Rueda (Veracruz, Mexico)
  • Outpost for Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA) and Octavio Camargo (Curitiba, Brazil)
  • South Dallas Cultural Center (Dallas, TX) and Nem Brito (Bahia, Brazil)
  • University of the West Indies, Department of Creative and Festival Arts (Trinidad-Tobago) and Marie Kellier (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Ekol Bazilo (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) and Jan Sebon (Miami, FL)
  • Grupo de Teatro Artzénico (Quetzaltenango, Guatamala) and Goat in the Road Productions (New Orleans, LA)
  • Humanizarte (Quito, Ecuador) and Stephanie Sherman (Brookline, MA)

NPN Awards $19,050 for Mentorship and Leadership Projects

Mentorship and leadership development are critical needs of staff members, in all stages of their careers. NPN created the Mentorship and Leadership Initiative in 2006 to respond to these needs by supporting the development of NPN Partner staff as arts leaders. Read more about these awards »

Most recent awards include:

  • El Centro Su Teatro in Denver, CO will use their award to prepare staff for a transition to a new facility designed to accommodate multiple forms of earned income.
  • Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT will send two of its staff members, both emerging arts professionals, to the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference in New York City.
  • Pat Graney Company in Seattle, WA will train and mentor their Keeping the Faith (KTF) Transitions Program Coordinator in developing a mentorship program within the KTF Program.
  • Theater Offensive in Cambridge, MA, using their annual Out on the Edge Festival as a mentorship and training opportunity, will work with established professional publicists to develop in-house media and public relations skills and resources.
  • Tigertail Productions in Miami, FL will focus on investigating the practices of leading national and local contemporary arts presenters, both nationally and locally.

Four projects received $18,070 in the previous round:

  • Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, LA sent a staff member to several important performance festivals.
  • Junebug Productions in New Orleans continued an intentional process of supporting their new Managing Director, with a focus on writing a business plan for the Free Southern Theater Institute.
  • La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley, CA matched an emerging leader with the Executive Director of Youth Speaks to increase skills in fundraising, board development, strategic planning and organizational leadership.
  • Sandglass Theatre in Putney, VT focused on developing individual and collective capacities in marketing and long-range financial planning skills.

Congratulations NPN Artists!

An impressive list of artists who have toured through the NPN network has just been awarded one of the country’s more prestigious and competitive project grants through the MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. Details about the forty new projects selected from a pool of more than 800 submissions can be seen at

Join us in congratulating Dan Froot, Holly Hughes, Grisha Coleman, Axis Dance, Shnichi Iova-Koga, Big Dance Theater, Ann Carlson & Mary Ellen Strom, Everett Dance Theatre, Lee Sher & Saar Harari, Junebug Productions, Los Angeles Poverty Department, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dayna Hanson, Sarah Michelson, Ain Gordon, Rude Mechanicals, Emily Johnson AND Robert Karimi!!!

Peer Organization Seeks New Leadership

Dance/USA seeks a visionary energetic communicator and manager as Executive Director to lead its next decade of development. Read a detailed job description at