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E-Newsletter / July/August 2015

Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 3:03 pm in E-Newsletters

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Continued Support From Funders

The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation awarded a $75,000 grant towards general operating support and support of the Local Program. With continued funding from the foundation, NPN/VAN can maintain and expand the work it’s accomplishing with its Local Network Partners by providing ongoing organizational development to smaller arts organizations and artist-driven projects in our home community of New Orleans.

Additionally, a $30,000 grant was awarded to VAN from the Joan Mitchell Foundation allocated for VAN’s Exhibition Residency program, the VAN catalog and the participation of visual artists at the Annual Meeting.

Announcing the Live and On Stage 2015 Artists

For this year’s Annual Meeting in Portland, OR we’re thrilled to announce the national and local performing artists who will present excerpts of their work during the annual Live & On Stage performances. A panel of NPN/VAN Partners, staff, and artists was convened to select the four national artists who have received a Creation Fund in the last three fiscal years.

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From New Orleans to Miami: Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Welcomes VAN Exhibition Residency Artist Rontherin Ratliff

Rontherin Ratliff, REVOLVE, 2012, installation view, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

Visual artist Rontherin Ratliff is known for creating textural sculpture work that examines contemporary society. Working with wood, found objects and other materials, Ratliff was in residence in Miami with Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator for four weeks, creating new work and exploring Miami’s unique culture. His work there was supported by the Adeline Edwards Foundation and the Visual Artists Network Exhibition Residency program.

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NPN Partner Sandglass singled out by Senator John McCain

Paul Zaloom, White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show

In June of 2015, Senator John McCain released a report titled Americas Most Wasted in which he detailed what he considered to be the fiscal year’s most pork-laden, wasteful uses of taxpayer dollars. It’s not at all surprising to see NEA funding included in such a list, but we didn’t expect the Senator from Arizona to single out NPN Partner Sandglass Theater for their annual Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, in particular, their presentation of NPN Creation Fund work, Paul Zaloom’s White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show. Eric Bass, Sandglass co-founder and co-artistic director, responds.

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Mellon 2016 National Playwright Residency Program Open Application

The open application for the next round of Mellon’s National Playwright Residency Program is now available on the Foundation’s website, here. The program provides three years of salary and benefits to playwrights embedded in nonprofit theaters in the US. First-round applications are due September 15 for residencies that may start as early as July 1, 2016. Please follow the link below if you think you or someone you know may be eligible and interested in applying for this opportunity.

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