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E-Newsletter / May 2012

Posted: Saturday, May 26th, 2012 at 11:40 am in E-Newsletters

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E-Newsletter / May 2012

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“…an unprecedented impact on my career”

Miami-based Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade drew upon the historical and social contexts of several dance forms (Argentine Tango, American Hip-hop and Brazilian Cordel) to create an abstract contemporary dance that toured to South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, Florida Dance Association (Tampa Bay, FL) and Alabama Dance Council (Birmingham, AL).

Read Soledade’s first hand account of how the Creation and the Forth Funds made a difference.

The Creation Fund is supported in part by grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ford Foundation. The Forth Fund is supported in part by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Eight Organizations Join the NPN and VAN Networks

After a rigorous application process, NPN and VAN welcomed eight new sites, from Maui to Miami, to their respective networks — read the full list here.

The Networks now include 62 NPN Partners and 17 Visual Artists Network (VAN) Partners. The number of Partners is deliberately kept small to maximize relationships and strengthen collaborative projects. Sites undergo a multi-step process to confirm an alignment of commitment, capacity and values.

Read more about the values that infuse NPN’s decision-making process.

Community Fund Extends Artists’ Reach

NPN has announced its latest round of Community Fund subsidies, awarding a total of $21,450. Awards were made to Portland Institute for Contemporary Art for a residency with Keith Hennessey; Knoxville TN’s Carpetbag Theatre for a series of women’s dialogues around two new works; Pangea World Theater’s residency with D’Lo prior to “Morphologies: A Queer Arts Festival” in Minneapolis; El Centro Su Teatro’s intensive workshops in Denver with artists Andrea Assaf, Dora Arreola, and Samuel Valdez; and Asian Arts Initiative’s Local Artists Exchange in Philadelphia. Read details of each project here.

Go deeper! — read how one Community Fund award affected artists and activists in Boston, when the Theatre Offensive hosted Brian Freeman for an extended residency in conjunction with the remounting of Pomo Afro Homo’s seminal work, Fierce Love, one of NPN’s 25th Anniversary Re-Creation projects.

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

“Doin’ it on the Road” Artist Workshop in Denver

El Centro Su Teatro will host this popular NPN workshop for artists who want to tour — or to tour better! This free two-hour workshop starts at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 8. To RSVP, contact Tanya Mote ( or Mica Garcia de Benavidez (

Challenging and Rewarding Job Opening

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters seeks a knowledgeable, dynamic, and creative conference director to provide leadership for the Arts Presenters’ premier event, the annual members conference in New York City each January. The conference attracts 4,000 participants who attend for professional development and networking opportunities, and to participate in the world’s largest performing arts marketplace. Click here for job description and how to apply.