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E-Newsletter / October 2010

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E-Newsletter / October 2010

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Chilean Cultural Leader Contributes to La Peña Celebration

La Peña Cultural Center in Oakland celebrated its 35th anniversary this summer with an extraordinary week of performances and residency activities with musician, folklorist, painter and poet Osvaldo Torres, a survivor of the cultural blackout in Chile under the oppressive military regime of Agusto Pinochet. Read more about Osvaldo and La Peña’s Community Fund grant which helped the Center honor its political and cultural roots.

Funding for the Community Fund is provided by MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

NPN Welcomes New Funder

NPN is happy to announce that, on the recommendation of the Open Society Institute, Foundation to Promote Open Society has awarded the National Performance Network a general support grant in the amount of $150,000 over two years. This recognition of NPN’s national and New Orleans-based local programs affirms NPN’s 25-year history of community engagement. Read more about the Open Society Foundations at

First Woman on the Moon Walks Again

Five performing artists are remounting and touring seminal works in honor of NPN’s 25-year history of exposing artists to new audiences and introducing presenters to new work. Read about the five works and dig into one artist’s process by reading Tanya Mote’s summary of a conversation between performer Elia Arce and presenter Fred Salas of MACLA in San Jose, lead commissioner for Arce’s First Woman on the Moon. All five remounted works will be showcased in Dallas during NPN’s Annual Meeting, December 9-12, 2010.

25th Anniversary: Voices and Reflections, Part 10 of 12

Cumpleaños felices, NPN! Tony Garcia of Denver’s El Centro Su Teatro, a member of NPN since 1994, offers his thoughts on NPN’s impact on his organization: “it keeps me guessing, keeps me growing and keeps me learning.” This is the tenth in a series of reflections on the occasion of NPN’s 25th Anniversary.

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A “Remarkable Scheme”

Performing Americas Program was recently featured in American Theatre Magazine, with a spotlight on the program’s history, distinction as a funding program, and role as cultural diplomat.

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National Online Magazine Seeks Writers

Originally funded by an NPN Community Fund Grant to PS122 in 2003, a website featuring “arts + culture + ideas” has been covering the arts in New York City for nearly seven years. In the interest of building community nationwide, is now seeking writers and contributors from presenters across the country.

“Our goal is to create a national magazine for the performing arts, to help artists and presenters share work and ideas and foster trans-regional dialogue.”

If your organization is interested in participating, or if you know writers in your region who would be interested, please contact Culturebot founder Andy Horwitz at