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E-Newsletter / April 2016

Posted: Monday, April 11th, 2016 at 12:45 pm in E-Newsletters

National Performance Network 2016 Creation Fund / Forth Fund Awards

The National Performance Network directly awards $517,000 and leverages an additional $1.2 million in resources to support the commissioning, development and touring of new performance works.

The National Performance Network is thrilled to announce its 2016 Creation Fund/Forth Fund artist recipients. Creation Fund/Forth Fund awards are given annually to a diverse group of artists that reflect NPN’s commitment to equity and access through the arts. The Creation Fund allows NPN, its Partners and colleagues across the field, to collaborate with performing artists and artist companies by contributing a minimum of $13,000 to the development of new works that cross disciplines, and provides valuable presentation and touring opportunities. The Forth Fund leverages an additional $15,000 and allows the artists and commissioners access to critical artistic, technical and managerial resources to fully prepare a new work for touring. View the awardees….



New NPN/VAN National Partners

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is pleased to announce that the NPN/VAN Board of Directors has approved ten new NPN and VAN Partners to join the Network on July 1, 2016.

This concludes a two-year process that balanced a number of factors simultaneously including geography, aesthetics, and cultural diversity; values and mission alignment; and expanding new opportunities for artists. NPN/VAN received 100 nominations and invited 45 organizations to submit full applications. From this group ten organizations were selected to join the Network. Meet our new partners…


Leveraging A Network For Equity (LANE) Pilot Cohort Announcement

Six nonprofits are leading a new phase of the Leveraging A Network for Equity (LANE) initiative to address sustainability challenges created by systemic financial inequalities within the arts and cultural infrastructure of the U.S. LANE is a partnership between the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is an expansive multi-year, multi-million dollar effort to build the financial and organizational health of the NPN/VAN network and bolster arts organizations that have often been overlooked by mainstream funding. Read more…



“The Next Steps” by Jonathan McCrory

NextGen member Jonathan McCrory takes the reader to the movement of the NextGen, which was birthed during an NPN/VAN convening. NextGen is a collective of arts administrators who are naming deficiencies within the arts administrative sector and claiming space for those who find themselves needing support during transitions of mainly small- to mid-sized cultural organizations. Through curated monthly peer-to-peer learning calls and live panel discussions, which take place the third Tuesday of every month, “resources are shared and networks are expanded.” To date, NextGen has curated 23 learning calls, and 15 have been recorded and are freely accessible online. In addition to seeing NextGen facilitate workshops at major conferences, you can connect with them through their Facebook page here in order to access their shared resources “aimed at addressing the areas where their members are in need of professional development.”  Read more…

Pictured: Harold Steward, Candace L. Feldman, Jonathan McCrory, Ashley Walden Davis



“Going Extra Miles” By Kyoko Yoshida, U.S.-Japan Connection Consultant

On a sunny October morning in a meeting room of the newly opened Kyoto Experiment Festival office, I looked around the table and said to myself in appreciation, “a small miracle happened again.” Curators for NPN’s Asia programs arrived in the old capital of Japan after visiting Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea and Tokyo. Their travels originated from Burlington, VT; Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; and I flew in from San Francisco, to meet with the Japanese partners based in Kyoto and in Kobe (Hyogo prefecture). I wondered, how many international and domestic miles and hours of travels combined in the room to make this bi-national dialogue happen? Not to mention how much we each do – presenting artists, developing audiences, planning and fundraising for festivals, seasons, field convenings and advocacy, etc, – managing deadlines and adjusting schedules to all be here! Read more…



Annual Meeting Musings

Mimi Zarsky, NPN/VAN Senior Specialist for Convenings, reflects on past Annual Meetings and talks about where future gatherings are headed. Read more…