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E-Newsletter / July 2011

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 8:51 am in E-Newsletters

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NPN Board: Comin’ and Goin’

NPN recently elected four new board members to serve three-year terms, starting July 1 (pictured from left to right): Shannon Daut, Deputy Director for Western States Arts Federation; Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Executive Director for Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator; James Kass, Founder and Executive Director for Youth Speaks, and Ed Noonan, Executive Director for Myrna Loy Center/Helena Presents.

The four outgoing board members include (pictured from left to right) Erin Boberg Doughton, Tanya Mote, Jordan Peimer and Huong Vu (not pictured).

New officers are chair Maria-Rosario Jackson (Urban Institute), vice-chair Vicki Meek (South Dallas Cultural Center), treasurer Tamara Alvarado (1st Act Silicon Valley), secretary Nicole Garneau (artist) and at-large member Greg Jackson (Miami-Dade Cultural Center). Welcome aboard to the “new kids on the block,” and many, many thanks to those who have given so much of their time and talent during their board service.

NPN Curators Visit Brazil

This past spring, a dozen NPN Partners and staff traveled to Brazil for an intense week of performances, site visits, artist dialogues and cultural tourism coordinated by Celso Curi, the current La RED President. Renata Petroni’s report from the Brazilian road includes interesting political and social context about the cities they visited, including cultural policy, urban renewal, architectural history and artistic exploration at the Curitiba International Theater Festival.

Mentorship and Leadership Initiative: Out of Africa

Read how Dance Theatre Workshop (now New York Live Arts) supported their Program Director’s professional growth with a grant from MLI. Read Marya Wether’s first-hand account of her first trip to West Africa to attend Danse l’Afrique Danse biennial competition and festival of contemporary African dance in Bamako, Mali.

“I have a deeper — although still introductory — understanding of the rich and complex cultural and political terrain surrounding contemporary African dance.”
— Marya Wether

Read about the current MLI awards at

MLI is sponsored by Doris Duke Charitable Foundaiton, the MetLife Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

New Video

See the next installment of NPN’s Re-Creation project! This month’s feature (4th in a series of 5) is Brian Freeman talking with Abe Rybeck of Theatre Offensive about Pomo Afro Homos’ remounting of Fierce Love. Listen to these veterans talk about the struggle for gay rights and the role that the Pomos played.

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