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E-Newsletter / May 2014

Posted: Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 10:58 am in E-Newsletters

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NPN Awards Encourage Deep Community Engagement

Five NPN Partners recently received a total of $18,000 to enhance in-depth community engagement activities through the Community Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MetLife Foundation. From Lewiston, Maine to Denver, Colorado, artists will be able to travel in advance of their residency to prepare for a more meaningful visit, or return after their residency for follow-up activities.

Read the full list of awards here.

Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinders Makes a Way in Chicago

Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinder at MCA, Chicago

Holcombe Waller’s Wayfinder at MCA, Chicago

Cameron Heinze, Manager of Performance Programs for Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, reports on the critical difference that a Forth Fund award made on their capacity to work most effectively with Holcombe Waller. The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew Mellon Foundation.

Read more here.

Last Stop for Workshop

Doin' It on the Road

NPN’s popular Doin’ It on the Road session holds its last 2014 workshop, designed for touring artists, new or experienced. On June 5, the free workshop will be at Tricklock Performance Laboratory, Albuquerque, NM, from 4-6:30 pm. The McCune Charitable Foundation awarded NPN support for this workshop and the West Regional Mid-Year Meeting held concurrently.

To register, contact Tom Guralnick at

“Curator Camp” Generates Big Questions

Michèle Steinwald

Michèle Steinwald enrolled in the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, supported by a grant from NPN’s Mentorship & Leadership Initiative (MLI).  MLI is funded in part by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, American Express, MetLife and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Read her reflection here.

NPN Receives Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

On April 16th National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced that NPN is one of 886 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. NPN was awarded a $65,000 grant to support NPN’s national programs including Creation Fund, the Forth Fund, Annual Meeting, Performance Residencies, Freight Fund and Community Fund.

Duke Foundation Recognizes National Artists

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) and Creative Capital are pleased to announce the first-ever recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards and the third group of individuals to receive Doris Duke Artist Awards, many of whom have NPN connections. Both awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special ten-year initiative of DDCF, in partnership with Creative Capital, that empowers, invests in and celebrates artists by offering flexible, multi-year funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. The 2014 award recipients can be downloaded here as a PDF.

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