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E-Newsletter / October 2015

Posted: Tuesday, October 13th, 2015 at 11:57 am in E-Newsletters

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NPN/VAN President & CEO MK Wegmann Announces Retirement

MK Wegmann, President & CEO of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is retiring from her position on June 30, 2016. For the last fifteen years she has expertly led the organization, from its emergence as an independent organization, to its move to New Orleans, to its growth as a vital force for artists and artist-centered organizations, nationally and internationally. Read MK’s letter to the field.

NPN/VAN Board Chair Abe Rybeck says, “With the announcement of MK Wegmann’s upcoming retirement, 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.” Read Abe’s letter to the field.

NPN/VAN Seeks a New President & CEO

The NPN/VAN board of directors has launched a national search process for a new President & CEO to be in place on July 1, 2016. The organization is looking for extraordinary candidates who share NPN/VAN’s mission, vision and values. The deadline for applications is December 1, 2015. Please see announcement.

Local Program Director Appointed

NPN/VAN has named Stephanie Atkins to the newly created position of Local Program Director. Ms. Atkins, who has been NPN/VAN’s Resource Development Specialist, has worked with the organization spearheading its development efforts, but also helping to shape the evolving Local Program. The Local Program provides infrastructure support for local organizations and artists’ projects through fiscal sponsorship, capacity building and financial services. The program also includes NPN/VAN’s new facility, Arts Estuary 1024. Read more…

$41,300 awarded through the Community Fund and Mentorship and Leadership Initiative

The NPN/VAN staff is excited to announce the funding for 10 projects during the fiscal year 2016 summer cycle. We are especially grateful to the panelists, made up of NPN and VAN Partners and directors from the board, for dedicating their time to reviewing proposals and adding their diverse voices and insights to the decision making process. See list of awards here.

Continued Support from Louisiana

We are proud to announce the Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) awarded a Stabilization Grant of $18,000 for general operating support and the Local Program. With the state agency’s continued support, NPN/VAN can maintain and expand its work with its Local Network Partners by providing ongoing organizational development to smaller art organizations and artist-driven projects in our home community of New Orleans.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency is the catalyst for participation, education, development and promotion of excellence in the arts in the state of Louisiana. It is the responsibility of the Division to support established arts institutions, nurture both emerging arts organizations and our overall cultural economy, assist individual artists, encourage the expansion of audiences and stimulate public participation in the arts in Louisiana.

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