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E-Newsletter / March 2016

Posted: Thursday, March 10th, 2016 at 11:41 am in E-Newsletters


Caitlin Strokosch Named as President and CEO of NPN/VAN

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), has named Caitlin Strokosch, currently Executive Director of the Alliance of Artists Communities, as its new President and CEO. Strokosch will assume responsibilities in July 2016 and will succeed MK Wegmann, who is retiring after 15 years of leading NPN/VAN. Read more…




Congratulations to NPN/VAN President & CEO, MK Wegmann, recipient of APAP’s Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) bestowed its Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award to NPN/VAN’s President and CEO, MK Wegmann. During the awards luncheon at its annual conference in New York, APAP surprises an honoree with its coveted crystal trophy “to an individual whose outstanding service, creative thinking and leadership have had a significant impact on the profession of presenting and/or on the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.” On January 18, 2016, Alberta Arthurs, arts administrator and last year’s recipient, gave a glowing testament to the honoree’s organization and career, dropping clues, and finally announcing MK’s name. Upon being brought up on stage, MK expressed her surprise and appreciation. She later said, “I am honored to have received the Fan Taylor award, which has been presented to so many distinguished field leaders.” Read more…

Pictured: Alberta Arthurs and MK Wegmann. Photo by Lisa Mount.




Support for LANE from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

NPN is thrilled to receive a generous grant in the amount of $2,392,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Phase 2 of the Leveraging a Network for Equity (LANE) program. One of the first programs in the country that combines capitalization and cultural equity, the program addresses long-term, systematic oppression by supporting organizations of color, geographically isolated, and community-based organizations, institutions that have historically been underserved and undercapitalized. LANE will pilot the use of capitalization to address holistic organizational shifts that support ongoing sustainability. In partnership with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Phase 2 supports a cohort of six NPN/VAN Partner organizations as they engage in a 4-year process of inquiry and implementation as well as education, consultancy and peer exchange for the entire NPN/VAN Network. There will be periodic sharing of learnings, experiences, and case studies throughout the project.




A Note from Local Network Partner, Pelican Bomb

With generous support from the Quixote Foundation, for the second year, NPN/VAN was able to send two representatives from the Local Network to the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting. Attending this year’s Portland convening were Evan Spigelman, from Skin Horse Theater, and Cameron Shaw, executive director of Pelican Bomb. Please read here for a reflection of Cameron’s experience as a first time attendee.




Continued Support from the Joan Mitchell Foundation

NPN/VAN is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation 2015 Organizational Program New Orleans Initiative grant in the amount $15,000. This funding will contribute to NPN/VAN’s support of local organizations and artist projects through the Local Network, specifically professional development, capacity building and fiscal sponsorship.




Please Send American Dance Abroad Your Upcoming International Engagements!

American Dance Abroad (ADA) now has a form prepared for artists/companies to easily share their international tours. The information will be used to help promote touring performances and other artistic activity through its newsletter and website. ADA will also utilize the data to track trends in U.S. dance as a whole, to foster connections between international colleagues and American dance artists, and to track the effects of its own programs.




Carpetbag Brigade in Colombia

This past summer the Carpetbag Brigade received support from NPN’s Performing Americas Creative Exchange Program to support a series of presentations of their renowned touring repertory performance “Callings” at the Manizales International Festival in Colombia. The Manizales Festival was started in 1968 and is the oldest international performing arts festival in Colombia. It anchored much of the cultural wave of theatrical expression that blossomed in that county in the 1960s and 1970s and remains a vibrant point of stimulation for the country and the region, inviting international artists to perform on the streets, parks, plazas, theaters and concert halls of Manizales. Read more…

Pictured: Carpetbag Brigade & Gota del Mercurio in Bogota. Photo by Helen Goodrum.




Connections Made at the 2015 VAN Exhibition

As part of the 2015 NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, the Visual Artists Network organized an exhibition of visual and hybrid art titled Unintended Connections. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art hosted the exhibition and the work was shown at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center. Read more…

Pictured: Exhibition opening at Disjecta, December 11, 2015. Photo by Worksighted.