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First Annual Meeting

Cameron Shaw Reflects on Her
First Annual Meeting

Posted: Thursday, February 18th, 2016 at 3:35 pm in Member & Partner Announcements

With the second year of support from the Quixote Foundation, representatives from NPN/VAN’s Local Network attended the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in Portland. Cameron Shaw, executive director of Pelican Bomb, reflects on her first time participating.

This was my first time attending an NPN/VAN Annual Meeting. It was hands down the most diverse gathering of practitioners and presenters in the arts that I have witnessed. This diversity reflects the incredible and intentional community-building work NPN/VAN has done in the field over the years. The respect that conference-goers had for this work, NPN/VAN staff, and each other was palpable. As a direct result, the planned sessions, as well as my spontaneous conversations with colleagues, were marked by tremendous depth, sensitivity, and openness.  I found folks felt comfortable sharing the successes of their projects alongside their stumbling blocks. Within this spirit of creative and collective problem solving, I connected with a number of people whose perspectives and questions have already influenced my work in the month since and will no doubt continue into the future. I look forward to next year!

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