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E-Newsletter / November 2015

Posted: Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 2:11 pm in E-Newsletters


MLI Profile, Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye from Ashé Cultural Arts Center

Every year, NPN awards one Mentorship & Leadership (MLI) subsidy to a leader of color whose project focuses on mentorship, in honor of NPN/VAN’s late Chief Operating Officer Wesley V. Montgomery. This year’s WVM Memorial MLI goes to Frederick “Hollywood” Delahoussaye from Ashé. Read more…




Continued Support from our Funders

The National Performance Network (NPN) is proud to announce continued support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with a two year general operating grant in the amount of $200,000. NPN is one of nine national organizations awarded support through DDCF’s Core Support for National Organizations Program.

We are delighted to receive a grant in the amount of $60,000 from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (JUSFC) for the second year of the U.S.-Japan Connection—Building a Community. Thanks to the continued support from both JUSFC and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP), the project is making steady progress, fully engaging three NPN partners (Links Hall (Chicago, IL), Fusebox (Austin, TX), and Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT) and three Japanese project partners (Kyoto Experiment/ON-PAM, Arts NPO Link, and Dance Box.)

NPN’s U.S.-Japan Connection consultant Kyoko Yoshida, returning from the most recent trip to Asia said “The depth of the dialogue between and among the participants discussing the context and methodology of the artistic exchange validates our approach based on knowledge and relationship building over the course of time.”  Taking this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to JUSFC and CGP for enabling this significant project and its process through their grant programs.

NPN/VAN is pleased to welcome back Southwest Airlines for the fifth year as the official airline of the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network! With Southwest Airlines’ ongoing sponsorship, we are able to provide Annual Meeting travel subsidies to artists and stakeholders.




NPN/VAN Welcomes a new Development Director

We are pleased to welcome María Cristina Rangel as the new development director for NPN/VAN. While not a new position in the history of the organization, for the past few years NPN/VAN has been using a shared resource development structure without a designated development director. However, due to the growing needs of the organization and its network Partners, the board and staff realized it was time to make a change and hire a full-time staff person to focus solely on resource development.

María (or MC to her friends) most recently worked for College Track, first in the Bay Area and then in New Orleans. She has many years of experience in the development field with both institutional and individual fundraising. She is also a performing artist, cultural worker and arts administrator. For the past ten years, she has been co-director of Mangos with Chili a floating cabaret of queer and trans people of color based in San Francisco.



National Performance Network Subsidy Awards Announcement

The Community Fund extends residencies and supports preparatory or follow-up visits in connection with a Performance or Exhibition Residency. NPN is pleased to announce the FY16 summer recipients. Please read their profiles here.




Performing Americas Program Lands in Haiti at the Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute

NPN’s Performing Americas Program supported the 2015 Jean Appolon Summer Dance Institute as one of its FY15 Creative Exchange residencies, hosted by the Hotel Oloffson located in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from June 27–July 24, 2015. Read more…

Photo by Nadia Todres



White Space: Performing Arts and Wireless Microphones

For 35 years, wireless microphone technology has allowed users unrestricted on-stage movement and created sophisticated sound. Nonprofit performing arts organizations, commercial theaters, schools, churches and community media studios have all relied on this equipment operating within the “white space”—radio frequencies between broadcast channels of the television band. Proposed changes to FCC rules jeopardize current white space for users with fewer than 50 wireless microphones. Given the thousands of performances held by small arts organizations each year that rely on wireless devices, it is essential that the FCC rulings be monitored. For more information and to learn how to voice your opinion, go to the Performing Arts Alliance’s Issue Center.