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E-Newsletter / August 2011

Posted: Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 1:42 pm in E-Newsletters

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E-Newsletter / August 2011

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Community Fund Supports Deep Engagement

Following the winter/spring 2011 round of subsidy awards, four NPN Partners in Philadelphia, Austin and Anchorage will share more than $15,000 to support in-depth community engagement projects. Read more here, including how Rhodessa Jones and Idris Ackamoor will work with incarcerated women and youth, and how Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Living Word Project will increase environmental literacy among Philadelphia-area youth.

Photo credit: Tony Gianneschi

For an example of a recently completed Community Fund project, read how Paul Teruel of Chicago’s Center for Community Partnerships at Columbia College worked with Maurice and Carlton Turner to get maximum impact from M.U.G.A.B.E.E.’s residency in October 2010.

The Community Fund is supported by MetLife Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Creative Exchanges Foster International Connections

Performing Americas Program announced seven Creative Exchange awards in its recent round of funding: three U.S. artists will travel to Puerto Rico and Argentina, while four artists from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Cuba and Brazil will travel to Lewiston ME, New Orleans, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Michel Groisman is one of the four international artists to travel to the U.S. on a Creative Exchange residency; he also conducted a four-city tour. The Brazilian performer and inventor has already performed at the Flynn Center in Burlington VT and the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, but you can still catch his unique integration of visual arts, sculptural equipment and interactive group games in Oregon and New York. Performances are September 9-17 at Portland Institute for Contemporary Arts’ Time-Based Arts Festival and PS 122 on September 21-24.

Creative Exchanges are supported by Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the City of Los Angeles, Office of Cultural Affairs.

New Video

See the LAST installment of NPN’s Re-Creation project! This month’s feature (last in a series of 5) is Marc Bamuthi Joseph talking with Bay Area director Ellen Sebastian Chang and Sarah Guerra, Program Director at La Peña Cultural Center, about how he translated his seminal one-man show into an ensemble piece for multiple performers.

Wish You Were There?

If you missed the loving tribute to Wesley Montgomery in May following his death, you can experience a little bit of the day’s events, from the traditional libation and releasing of the doves, to the songs, stories and poems offered in Wesley’s honor.

Donations in honor of Wesley’s work can be made to the Montgomery Mentorship and Leadership award at NPN or to the Porch, a cultural organization in New Orleans’ historic 7th ward.
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