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New NPN/VAN Partners 2012

Posted: Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 at 3:59 pm in Press Releases

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Please Contact: Stanlyn Brevé, Director of National Programs or 504.595.8008 ext. 204

The National Performance Network (NPN) and the Visual Artists Network (VAN) are pleased to announce the acceptance of eight new Partners to the Network: five new NPN organizations and three new VAN organizations will begin partnership July 1, 2012.


  • Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX) Fusebox presents a diverse body of work to create a dynamic platform for different types of artists. These artists have diverse backgrounds and come together to share ideas about work. The citywide Festival has grown tremendously since it’s inception in 2005 and now attracts over 30,000 people annually.
  • Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Maui, HI) MACC serves the diverse communities of Maui island, whose traditions shape its distinctive culture and who do not receive access to the arts regularly because of geographic isolation. MACC serves a majority Native Hawaiian and Filipino community, which connects with artists through residency activities.
  • Miami Light Project (Miami, FL) MLP has been presenting and producing diverse and innovative programs for 23 years. MLP’s mission has been to present the vanguard in contemporary performing artists who are recognized for risk-taking innovation, technical virtuosity and thought- provoking content. Miami Light Project is a Diverse Arts Space grantee of the Ford Foundation.
  • Portland Ovation (Portland, ME) Since 1931 Portland Ovations has brought artists from around the world to Maine. Ovation supports local, national and international artists through presenting and co-commissioning new work.
  • ProArts Collective (Austin, TX) ProArts is a multi-disciplinary arts organization that focuses on producing, presenting, and developing artistic works that represent the diverse cultures of the African Diaspora. Through its eighteen year history, ProArts has programmed through a prism of community cultural development that includes the Black Arts Movement performing arts festival and a number of community development projects.


  • 516 Arts (Albuquerque, NM) 516 ARTS, a nonprofit arts venue in downtown Albuquerque, presents multi-disciplinary exhibitions and programming that reflect the region’s diverse artistic voices and concerns, and addresses the unique ethnic and cultural mix of New Mexico.
  • Coleman Center for the Arts (York, AL) The Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) is a contemporary arts organization that uses art to foster positive social change, answer civic needs, build local pride, and use creativity for community problem solving. By nurturing and facilitating partnerships between artists and community CCA strives to create the vision and the means for a creative and sustainable society.
  • Dallas Contemporary (Dallas, TX) Dallas Contemporary’s mission is to present the art of our time to the public: to document new directions in art through challenging exhibitions, publications, and learning programs for visitors of all ages. The museum strives to be an artist-centered environment — boosting the Contemporary’s reputation with artists, local and international galleries, art professionals, collectors, residents and non-residents.

NPN/VAN’s new Partner search is a two-year process. In September 2010, staff and board members met to review the criteria for the 2011/12 search. In summer 2011, NPN/VAN announced an open call for nominations, closing the nomination process in September 2011. A slate of nominees that met the criteria were invited to submit full applications. Full applications for Partnership were submitted in January 2012 and the slate of new NPN/VAN Partners was selected by NPN’s Board of Directors in February 2012.

The National Performance Network (NPN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. The Visual Artists Network (VAN) is a national network of visual artists, curators and exhibitors that provides professional opportunities and touring subsidies to contemporary artists and arts organizations.

NPN/VAN is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Japan Foundation – Center for Global Partnerships, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, Joan Mitchell Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, MetLife Foundation, American Express, Office of Cultural Affairs/Louisiana Division of the Arts, Open Society Foundations, Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and South Arts.

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