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E-Newsletter / November 2014

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am in E-Newsletters

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Why a Network Cares about the Net

As part of its ongoing cultural policy efforts, NPN/VAN is concerned with what Net Neutrality means for the arts field. As a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, NPN/VAN is able to keep abreast of important issues such as this and to advocate for important change.

The open architecture of the Internet creates opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and artists to promote their missions, programs, and services in order to grow their audiences, sell their work, and make a living. Without regulation, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could block certain Internet applications, slow the delivery of certain online content, stifle speech that they find objectionable, discriminate against threatening business models, or compromise users’ privacy.

Open Internet Reservation Act of 2014 (H.R. 3982; S. 1981) restores the FCC’s Open Internet Rules prohibiting ISPs from engaging in discriminatory behavior or blocking content altogether.

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Home Run for US/Japan Connection

Photo: Takuya Matsumi, Hanabi Takemiya

photo by Takuya Matsumi, Hanabi Takemiya

During a three-week curatorial trip in April 2014, NPN’s Japanese colleagues in the US/Japan Connection Project saw more than 20 artists in New York City, Chicago and Austin. Ritsuko Mizuno, Artistic Director and Producer of the Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN), became fascinated with New York-based choreographer Nora Chipaumire and invited her to research and rehearse “Portrait of Myself as my Father” (read more about the project). Reiko Hagihara, the Artistic Director of the Kyoto Arts Center, was struck by the originality of Allison Orr’s work, and invited the Austin-based choreographer to create Play Ball!, a new work with the local professional women’s baseball team, presented at Wakasa Stadium on September 23, 2014. Read more from Allison.

NPN is proud to announce that the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) and the Japan-US Friendship Commission have renewed their support to continue the exchange project with Japan for the next three years. CGP awarded NPN $45,564 for the first year of the next three-year cycle for the Japan Connection: Building a Community while JUSFC has awarded NPN $60,000 for the first year with the possibility of re-applying each year for the additional two years.

Thank You!

NPN/VAN was recently awarded a 3-year grant of $40,000 from the Quixote Foundation to support engagement in its home community of New Orleans. This funding maintains NPN/VAN’s work with smaller arts organizations and artist-driven projects, called Local Network Partners, and its new space, Arts Estuary 1024, a multi-tenant arts facility.

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation continues to support NPN’s Performing Americas Program (PAP) with a two-year grant of $150,000. PAP provides touring and Creative Exchange Residency opportunities for U.S. and Latin American/Caribbean artists and increases the capacity of NPN Partners to present international work through network-to-network collaborations.

NPN/VAN Awards $15,000+ in Mentorship & Leadership Initiative

With funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust and the National Endowment for the Arts, NPN/VAN makes semi-annual awards for projects that support the professional development of its Partners’ staffs. The latest MLI grants were awarded to:

Read full descriptions of the latest MLI projects

Opportunity for Ensemble Travel & Exchange

The Network of Ensemble Theatres’ Travel and Exchange Grants is now accepting letters of intent to apply for its next round of funding. Letters are due Dec 10, 2014, 3pm Eastern.

More information about this opportunity

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