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E-Newsletter / October 2014

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm in E-Newsletters

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Power Goes…and goes, and goes

Read how The Seldoms, in collaboration with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, used their Creation Fund, and later the Forth Fund, to craft a powerful and ambitious new work. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Live and On Stage!

Niicugni, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, photo by Ian Douglas

Niicugni, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, photo by Ian Douglas

As part of its Annual Meeting, NPN/VAN will present two nights of performance in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Performances will feature works supported by the NPN Creation and Forth Fund programs as well as Tulsa-based companies.  All performances are open to the public at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center; buy tickets at If you can’t make to the show view online through HowlRoundTV.

Monday 11/17 @ 8pm

  • Armando Castellano/Quinteto Latino: Voces Del Desierto  (Menlo Park, CA)
  • Theater North (Tulsa, OK)
  • Lionel Popkin: Looking for Ruth (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Perpetual Motion Dance (Tulsa, OK)

Tuesday 11/18 @ 8pm

  • Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance: Niicugni (Minneapolis, MN)
  • Tulsa Modern Movement (Tulsa, OK)
  • Paul Flores: PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo (San Francisco, CA)
  • Portico Dans Theatre (Tulsa, OK)

Interested in Presenting a Korean company?

Call for Proposals: Center Stage Korea

Center Stage Korea, a program of the Korea Arts Management Services (KAMS), is a grant that supports travel and freight costs for Korean artists/companies touring to two or more venues in the United States. Deadline is November 30, 2014.

For more information and an application form please click here.

Plan for what if — not why me

South Arts: Arts Ready

NPN/VAN and South Arts (SA) encourage you to avoid the pain and panic of being unprepared, whether for a data crash, a public relations debacle, or an auditorium flooded by a broken pipe. ArtsReady, a program of SA, will help you start, or update/expand, your readiness plan. Here are some easy-to-use resources and ideas to help you out:

  • You’ve likely had changes in the names and/or contact information for your staff and roster artists. Make sure you have an updated phone/personal email tree to reach everyone speedily in the event of emergency, and that you have an “In Case of Emergency” contact for each individual (here’s a sample from the ArtsReady Library).

  • Download handy mobile apps that will help you keep tabs on bad weather, respond in first aid/emergency situations, or be aware of police activity in your area.

  • Take a tour of your venue/working space, making sure that alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency signage and other safety devices are easy to see, operational and current.

  • Join ArtsReady. A Premium Membership gives you access to an online planning tool, cloud-based critical information storage, online training opportunities and more.

Call the ArtsReady team for assistance with any of these resources. Omar Nelson, Membership Manager,, (404) 874-7244 x 28.

Are You a Community-Engaged or Activist Artist/Organization Looking for Support?

Rauschenberg Foundation

The Rauschenberg Foundation has released a series of open calls for the first time in its Artist as Activist Program, comprised of three distinct grant opportunities: a Fellowship (due October 13), a Travel/Research grant (applications accepted on rolling basis until April 15, 2014), and a grant for Activist Organizations, by invitation only. Click here for more information.

Surdna Foundation is issuing requests for proposals to individual artists of all disciplines, culture bearers and non-profit arts organizations whose projects are developed in response to communities’ specific challenges. Deadline for submitting a proposal is November 12, with awards announced in April 2015. For more information, including a free webinar, go to

Thank You!

Lambent Foundation

The National Performance Network (NPN) is proud to announce continued support from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation in the amount of $100,000 for general operating support and NPN’s Local Network that provides direct support to smaller organizations and artist-driven projects in New Orleans.

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