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A Message from Board Chair Abe Rybeck

Posted: Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 2:27 pm in Field News, News

In my role as the Board Chair of the National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), I am grateful for the ongoing support of our network, and I invite you to stay close in touch with us through the coming transitional period. NPN/VAN plays a unique role in the cultural ecology. Though not giant in scale, we are mighty in impact, particularly in communities that have been underserved by the cultural sector. Our relationship with you is more important than ever, as both continuity and growth bring us through this leadership change.

With the announcement of MK Wegmann’s upcoming retirement as NPN/VAN President and CEO in 2016, we feel tremendous appreciation for her leadership. MK’s leadership of our terrific staff, our highly participatory partnership, our deeply engaged board, and our strong community of supporters has made us the strong, vibrant network we are today. In the face of MK’s news, we are moving toward our future with renewed vigor, well prepared for exciting and challenging changes, powered by the relationships we have built over the decades.

As happens with many good leaders, folks in the field grew to strongly identify NPN/VAN with MK. But at the same time, MK supported a large body of up-and-coming and established leaders within our network. I know how effective her mentorship strategy was because I consider myself one of the beneficiaries of it.

We are prepared to handle this transition well. Early in 2015, the NPN/VAN Board of Directors appointed a transition committee to oversee the process. Our bylaws clearly put this responsibility in the board’s purview. The board is a highly accomplished and broadly experienced body of nationally renowned leaders that represent NPN Partners, artists and field colleagues. We have risen to this task without hesitation, knowing this is a crucial turning point in our network’s history. NPN/VAN Chief Operating Officer Steve Bailey, Director of National Programs Stanlyn Brevé, Local Program Director Stephanie Atkins, and the entire staff are heavily involved in making a smooth and effective transition. MK is not taking on a role in choosing new leadership but we are absorbing her advice on the transition in general. As you may know, the job announcement for a new President and CEO has been posted. Please help spread the word to colleagues in the field.

I believe deeply that our community of colleagues can contribute insights to this process that could make a substantial difference. I would be grateful to discuss this further, so please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me. I promise to make your input worthwhile.

Thank you for the journey up to this juncture and we are excited about the future.

Abe Rybeck
National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network, Board Chair




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