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E-Newsletter / August 2010

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E-Newsletter / August 2010

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Two NPN Intermediary Projects Announce New Publications

Transforma, over its five years of work, supported socially-engaged art practices which were often process-oriented and frequently ephemeral, thus making effective documentation difficult. Transforma commissioned original essays from two investigators who researched, investigated, and wrote about Transforma from their individual perspectives.

In The Artist and The City: New Models for Creative Public Practice, Aimee Chang, manager of public programs at the Blanton Museum of Art, looks at Transforma through the lens of art history and pedagogy. A Planner’s Prism: Interpretation and Lessons Learned by Maria Rosario Jackson, senior research associate at the Urban Institute, considers the initiative within the context of community development and urban planning. These essays are included in the Transforma publication, which was released in July, and also available for download at the newly re-designed website,

Meanwhile, Home, New Orleans?, which supported community arts projects of all kinds in four New Orleans neighborhoods, paused in 2009 to take a breath and reflect on the work thus far. The results of their reflections and evaluations are captured in a new booklet that looks at principles embodied by the projects, some challenges encountered in the work, and lessons learned from the partners’ experiences. This resource for artists, educators, and community organizers and activists can be found at

“Teo Does Dallas: The Perfect NPN Residency”

Vicki Meek, manager of the South Dallas Cultural Arts Center, recalls Teo Castellanos’ residency in Dallas, where he worked with three distinct communities. Vicki recalls with stunning clarity Teo’s impact on a group of young men in a halfway house run by the Texas Youth Commission. Read her report at

NPN Anniversary ReMounts Five Key Works: “Film at 11”

In San Francisco, Brian Freeman staged a reading of Fierce Love, testing to see how much of the material written 20 years ago still plays to audiences today. In New York, Jane Comfort is setting her hallmark piece Faith Healing on new dancers. Elsewhere, Elia Arce, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Pat Graney are all hard at work re-mounting seminal pieces from their careers. These five artists are recipients of NPN’s Commissioning project in honor of its 25th Anniversary. This summer, NPN brought the five artists together with their primary commissioners to talk about the work, its past and its future. Taped by Center for Digital Storytelling and Mondo Bizarro of New Orleans, these five moderated conversations will be edited into short films for webcast. The conversations will also provide a basis for feature articles in NPN’s Anniversary Directory, to be published in December. Sneak previews will begin next issue!

25th Anniversary: Voices and Reflections, Part 8 of 12

“Hippo Bird Doe to Ewe, NPN!” Mary Luft of Miami, FL offers an ‘etching’ of her history in the NPN, with an ABC of artists who have toured through Tigertail Productions. This is the eighth in a series of stories exploring NPN’s impact, in honor of its 25th Anniversary. Read Mary’s story…