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E-Newsletter / June 2012

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E-Newsletter / June 2012

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Visual Artists Network Catalog: Fresh Press

The latest edition of the VAN Catalog is coming in June! The catalog features the work of 14 artists, from Seattle to Louisville, who have participated in VAN Exhibition Residencies. It also documents the visual art installations from the recent Dallas and Tampa NPN/VAN Annual Meetings and features an essay by Miami-based art critic and journalist, Elisa Turner. The catalog is available in print form and as a free, downloadable PDF.

The Visual Artists Network Catalog is made possible by a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. VAN is also supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Latest Mentorship and Leadership Initiative Awards $25,000

NPN recently selected six organizations to receive support for the development of new leadership.

Carpetbag Theatre of Knoxville TN was named the first recipient of the Wesley V. Montgomery Award to develop a succession plan for their executive and artistic director.

In New York, PS 122‘s manager of individual giving will mentor with a national leader.

In Oakland, a young staff member at La Peña will explore how technology is shifting supply and demand in the arts field.

The Walker Art Center of Minneapolis will send a young curator to the Institute for Curatorial Practice.

Meanwhile in Miami, Tigertail‘s staff will train to maximize its digital assets.

In Denver, El Centro Su Teatro will embark on a learning exchange with Jump-Start Performance Co. of San Antonio.

For details on the awards, visit

MLI is supported in part by grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, MetLife Foundation and American Express.
The Montgomery Award is supported by individual donors and the Surdna Foundation.

Passing of the Torch

After three years of distinguished service, Maria-Rosario Jackson steps down as NPN Board Chair, remaining as ex-officio member, while Vicki Meek assumes the role of chair. Tamara Alvarado and Nicole Garneau end their terms as Treasurer and Secretary, as Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Meena Natarajan step into those functions, well positioned by their former board service. New Board members are Michele Steinwald and Abe Rybeck.

Thanks to these outgoing board members who have contributed so much of their time and talent, and deep appreciation to the new members stepping up!

Board Spotlight

Arnie Malina was honored on June 5 by the Vermont Arts Council with the Walter Cerf Medal for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. Malina has been the Chief Programming Officer/Artistic Director at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for 15 years, and will retire in June. Prior to the Flynn, Malina founded and developed nationally significant programs at Helena Presents in Montana, also an NPN Partner. Arnie is the recipient of the Fan Taylor Award for distinguished service from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and was profiled as “Montana’s Unsung Hero” in Newsweek Magazine. He will be Vice-Chair of the NPN board in the coming year. Arnie has also been active as a curator in NPN’s Performing Americas Program (read his story below).

Photo: Awards ceremony in Montpelier with John Killacky, Brianne Chase and Arnie Malina. Photo by Peter Weyrauch.

Weaving a “wide-reaching international web”

Elizabeth Doud and Arnie Malina reflect on two festivals in Chile earlier in 2012. From Santiago, the cultural capital of the country, to the remote reaches of Patagonia, Performing Americas Program staff and curators found much to appreciate and treasure. Read their story here.

This curatorial trip was funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and Arts Presenters’ Cultural Exchange.

Fund for National Projects

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation will be making major grants ranging from $60,000 to $200,000 to professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre organizations.

Letters of intent are due July 2.

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