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E-Newsletter / June 2014

Posted: Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 11:48 pm in E-Newsletters

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NPN Receives Ford Grant

The Ford Foundation awarded a two-year grant of $450,000 to extend the benefits of NPN’s commissioning, creation, residency and professional development programs to organizations participating in Ford’s Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces Initiative. Funding is through the Ford Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Program, which promotes a new generation of 21st-century arts spaces and arts leadership that reflect the cultural richness of diverse communities.

The Art of Outer Space: VAN Residency Has Lift-Off

Image of Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL painting mural on the exterior of MACLA (photo by Melina Ramirez)

Image of Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL painting mural on the exterior of MACLA (photo by Melina Ramirez)

New York-based visual artist Vargas-Suarez UNIVERSAL studied astronomy and art history at the University of Texas at Austin, and his early interests are imprinted all over his current installation being prepared at MACLA (Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana). Read more about the Visual Arts Network’s exhibition residency currently underway in San José.

GiveNOLA Day Success!

The board and staff of NPN/VAN are overwhelmed with appreciation for the support we received from our supporters across the country on GiveNOLA Day. We had 59 friends donate for a total of $3,437. The day was quite successful for New Orleans area nonprofits: 19,625 gifts were made for a total of $2,264,512 to more than 300 organizations in our area. All organizations will receive additional matching funds thanks to the generosity of the Greater New Orleans Foundation and its supporters. GiveNOLA Day was part of a national initiative organized by Community Foundations countrywide.

Theater Offensive Uses MLI Grant for Seamless Transition

Photo of Kaamila Mohammed by Joel Benjamin

When Kaamila Mohamed at The Theater Offensive in Boston moved from program administrator to program coordinator, she was lucky to have a built-in mentor with Trina Jackson, who was also moving into a new position at TTO. Read Kaamila’s report here. See below for the most recent awards in NPN’s Mentorship & Leadership Initiative (MLI), funded by MetLife, American Express, NEA, and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

NPN 2014 Mentorship & Leadership Initiative

Pangea World Theater — Minneapolis, MN
Unique Solutions to Space
Through mentoring by Gayle Isa from Asian Arts Initiative, and additional guidance from Kelley Lindquist, Meena Natarajan and Dipankar Mukherjee will research the creative solutions to the challenges of space, in a unique feasibility study.

Wesley V. Montgomery MLI Award for Emerging Leaders of Color
The Theater Offensive — Boston, MA
Queer Latino Artistic Leadership and Mentorship
This project will develop the relationship between Nick Bazo, TTO’s director of True Colors and assistant director of programs, and artist and director Octavio Campos of Camposition, through shadowing, coaching, and feedback.

The Yard — Chilmark, MA
Animate your community: “Making It” happen through the classroom
Jesse Keller, director of Island Programs & Education, will be mentored by master teacher Deborah Damast (NYU) and choreographer/Guggenheim Fellow David Parker in the development of a dance-making curriculum, “Making It,” to be implemented over the next three years in the Martha’s Vineyard public/charter schools.

The Mentorship and Leadership Initiative, as part of the Community Fund, is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation and American Express.

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