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2011 Annual Meeting – Another Success

Posted: Friday, January 13th, 2012 at 2:31 pm in News

255 Annual Meeting-goers enjoyed Tampa’s balmy breezes and 70-degree temperatures, and fell in love with the host city for NPN’s 27th Annual Meeting (December 8-12, 2011). With artists, presenters and field colleagues in attendance, NPN continued to receive praise as a unique and nurturing environment for networking:

 “The respectful co-existence of artists and producers/presenters was a revelation. The shared sense of vision and purpose was inspiring.”

“In general, the emphasis placed on relationship building always sets a different tone, and sets this meeting apart from other field gatherings.”

“Artists are integrated into the meeting is a thoughtful way. Very few field gatherings do as well.”

For the three-and-a-half day conference, NPN Partner Straz Center for the Performing Arts opened its halls for plenary sessions and breakouts. It was difficult to choose which of the fourteen Idea Forums to attend — topics ranged from disaster-preparedness to social networking to hip-hop theater to queer art practitioners. The Straz also presented exciting performance showcases that featured NPN Creation Fund artists who received subsidies to commission new work, as well as Tampa-based performers.  For the second year, #NewPlay TV! livestreamed the two evenings of performances.  You can watch the archived footage by following these links:

In an effort to think outside the box, be environmentally-friendly and cut down on printing costs, this year’s meeting relied more on online publications. Q-R codes (two-dimensional barcodes) read by many cell phones were used to help attendees retrieve materials and navigational aids as they made their way through the meeting.

Springboard for the Arts presented two filled-to-capacity professional development workshops that addressed key issues that artists face in their careers. The St. Paul nonprofit is an economic and community development organization for artists and by artists.

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