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E-Newsletter / June 2016

Posted: Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 4:44 pm in E-Newsletters


MK Wegmann’s Retirement Celebration and Courtyard Dedication

President & CEO MK Wegmann has been involved with NPN/VAN since its founding. From being a “Primary Partner” in 1985, serving as the chair of the board of directors in the 1990s, to becoming the President and CEO in 2000, MK has dedicated herself to NPN/VAN, its mission, vision, and values. To honor her leadership, NPN/VAN is creating MK’s Courtyard at its home, Arts Estuary 1024.

If you’re in New Orleans on Wednesday, June 29, please join us from 6-9:00 p.m. to help us “pass a good time.” We’ll be dedicating MK’s Courtyard and celebrating her tireless work on behalf of NPN/VAN and the contemporary artists we serve. Arts Estuary is at 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, between St. Claude and North Rampart. Please RSVP to

MK’s lush and verdant balcony reflects how much she loves gardening, so MK’s Courtyard will be a perfect tribute to her years of service to the organization and for her decades of work in New Orleans. NPN/VAN’s goal is to raise $30,000 for professional design and landscaping, a maintenance fund, and amenities such as benches, a shade structure, and water feature. If you’d like to contribute, visit our “Donate Now” page and use the drop down designation box to indicate that your gift is for MK’s Courtyard.



Meet NPN/VAN’s Newest Board Members

NPN/VAN would like to introduce our newest board members:

Stephanie McKee
Artistic Director of Junebug Productions in New Orleans
Joan Osato
Producing Director at Youth Speaks in Oakland
Harold Steward
Manager of South Dallas Cultural Center

NPN/VAN’s board of directors is structured in a hybrid model in that 3 of 17 board positions are directly elected by the NPN/VAN Partners through a nomination and e-ballot system, and NPN/VAN Partners make up the majority of the board. The other six of the nine Partner positions are elected by the board of directors, as are the non-partner board members. The President and CEO is a voting member of the board.



NPN/VAN Welcomes New NPN Partner ArtPower at UC San Diego

The addition of ArtPower in San Diego into the NPN/VAN Network expands the organization’s reach to 49 cities. ArtPower builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition and food. ArtPower engages diverse audiences of La Jolla and San Diego communities through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue among artists, students, scholars and the community.



Sowing the Seeds of Return

Thanks to continued funding from the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission, the U.S./Japan Connection: Building a Community, part of the International Program at NPN/VAN, has been organizing bi-national curator/organizers’ research and development trips to each other’s country twice a year. In addition to the NPN curators, Nick Slie of Mondo Bizarro, artist/activist based in New Orleans, joined the R&D trip to Japan in February, which included special meetings and site visits in the Tohoku region that was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

Read Nick’s impressions and insights…


Arts Education Advocacy

NPN/VAN is a member of the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA), a coalition of performing arts advocates. In one of its efforts, PAA works with Congress to preserve federal funding for arts education through the Assistance for Arts Education (AAE) program at the U.S. Department of Education. PAA is asking that the federal budget include $30 million for the AAE programs in the FY 2017 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill. AAE grants support the development, evaluation, and dissemination of model programs that provide instruction in standards-based arts education and the integration of the arts into other subject areas. More information…



Arts Estuary 1024’s Auto Shop Garden featured in Vendor Highlight Blog

Belladeaux Event Design interviewed Steffani Clemons, Local Program Assistant and Venue Manager, about the newly renovated Auto Shop Garden space located on the Arts Estuary 1024 campus, NPN/VAN’s home. Read the interview and see the photos.

If you are interested in touring or renting any of the event or meeting spaces located at AE1024, please email and/or visit our website.