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E-Newsletter / June 2011

Posted: Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 at 1:14 pm in E-Newsletters

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E-Newsletter / June 2011

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NPN and the Field Mourn Passing of Leader

Wesley V. Montgomery, Chief Operating Officer of NPN, died on May 24, 2011 in New Orleans of AIDS-related illness. A memorial service at Ashé Cultural Center on May 28 celebrated his life with song, story, tears and laughter. Video excerpts of the memorial will be available soon on the NPN website. Cherished for his mentoring of emerging artists and arts professionals throughout his career, from New York City to Amherst MA to New Orleans, Wesley will be remembered through an annual Mentorship and Leadership award at NPN named in his honor. Read more about Wesley’s career and impact here and on his Facebook page.

NPN Announces New Funding

NPN is pleased to announce that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $700,000 to support its Forth Fund, a new subsidy that provides Creation Fund artists and commissioners (see story below) with access to critical managerial, artistic and technical resources necessary to produce a new work for touring.

Creation Fund Awards $84,000 for New Work

NPN has announced the latest awards for the development of new work. Artists include Pua All’i ‘Ilima (Honolulu), Quinteto Latino (San Francisco), Lucky Plush Productions (Chicago), Kyle Abraham (New York), Meg Wolfe and Aaron Drake (Los Angeles), Eiko & Komo (New York), and Dennis Kim (San Francisco). The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The upcoming deadline for the Creation Fund Letter of Intent is July 8, 2011. Guidelines and applications can be found here.

Passports? Ready, Set, Go…

Performing Americas has just announced the 2011-2012 awards for the Creative Exchange Residencies, funded by the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Three U.S.-based artists will travel to Argentina and Puerto Rico this year on a Creative Exchange with Latin American/Caribbean-based presenters, while four artists from the southern hemisphere will visit Maine, Los Angeles, Chicago and New Orleans. Read more…

New Video

See the next installment of NPN’s Re-Creation project! This month’s feature (3rd in a series of 5) is Pat Graney talking about The Faith Triptych with On The Boards co-commissioner Sarah Wilke in Seattle.

 
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