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E-Newsletter / May 22, 2017

Posted: Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 1:23 pm in E-Newsletters

Like Coming Home –
Heather Raffo’s time at AANM

Thank you to Kathryn Grabowski from our new partner organization Arab American National Museum (AANM) in Dearborn, MI, for sharing this reflection on their first NPN Performance Residency – part of ArtChangeUS Remap.  AANM presented NOURA, a moving play from Iraqi-American Playwright, Heather Raffo about her path to a new community. Raffo is a native Michigander and part Iraqi, but did not grow up in the Dearborn/Detroit area. Read how she recalls her journey to AANM and why the experience felt like coming home.

Telling Our Stories

How does a 30+ year-old organization like NPN/VAN preserve its legacy and assess its accomplishments to keep growing? As an arts organization, storytelling is one of the best tools we have to look at our history, the people and the meaning behind it all. This month, we are excited to kick off Knowledge Building Initiative (KBI), a multi-year research project led by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez and Media Lead Elliat Graney-Saucke to document, assess and reflect on three-plus decades of exploration. A breakout session at the 2016 NPN/VAN Annual Meeting, entitled “Telling Our Stories/Documenting and Archiving our Work” assembled artists, partners, and colleagues to share strategies and experiences in archive building. Moderated by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, the panel included Junebug Productions Artistic Director Stephanie McKee, Painted Bride Executive Director Laurel Raczka, Director of the University of Houston Center for Arts and Social Engagement Sixto Wagan, and Dr. Eric Colleary, the Cline Curator of Theatre and Performing Arts, Harry Ransom Center, an archive repository at UT Austin. Get the inside perspective by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez about the session, which includes a very useful bibliography of resources about archiving.

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Combat Hippies, Weapons of Mass Creation, Photo: Combat Hippies, Credit: From Combat Hippies Facebook Page

NPN/VAN Announces 2017-18 Creation and Development Fund Awards

Creation & Development Funds are given to a diversity of artists that reflect NPN’s commitments to equity and access through the arts. Sixteen of the 20 artist companies are first time Creation Fund recipients and the artists hail from 19 different cities across the country. The Creation & Development Fund allows NPN, its Partners, and colleagues across the field, to collaborate with performing artists and artist companies by contributing resources to the development of new works and provides valuable presentation and touring opportunities.

For more info on the Creation & Development Fund and this year’s artist recipients, please click here.

The Creation and Development Fund is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency) and Commissioners.

“The Politics of Performance,” Part II

We conclude the exploratory series “The Politics of Performance” with reflections from three members of the February 2017 trip to Tokyo Performance Arts Meeting (TPAM). These first-hand accounts reveal how the trip challenged, inspired and continues to motivate NPN/VAN’s commitment to archiving and documenting the very important work in the Asia program.  Stay tuned for more photos and blog reflections from future travels to Japan, with related cultural affairs articles and commentary.

Read more about these efforts to research, inquire and study intercultural exchange.


New Director at Wexler
Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University is pleased to share the news that they have hired Lane Czaplinski as the next Director of Performing Arts. Many of you know Lane in his role as Artistic Director and CEO of On the Boards in Seattle where he has curated an outstanding program of contemporary performance, series of commissions and special initiatives like On the Boards TV – as well as being a longstanding NPN Partner there.  Lane has been a regular partner with the Wexner Center over the years and he’s a good friend who I am happy to see take over after I retire at the end of June after 26 years.  Lane starts on June 1 so we will have ample time for transition planning together.  Welcome to Columbus and Ohio State, Lane. (read the press release)

Chuck Helm, outgoing Director of Performing Arts, Wexner Center

Fight for the Arts
The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture along with the assistance of NPN/VAN is pleased to announce a new Resource Guide for artists and arts advocates. NPN/VAN helped create the guide using material from the Artist’s Survival Guide, which NPN/VAN uses in its newly titled “Arts In Motion” workshop, a session for emerging touring artists. Please take some time and see the Tools to be an Advocate in the Fight for the Arts – and share widely with people who care about the future of the arts. (download the guide)