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COVID-19/Coronavirus NPN Statement and Resources

Dear NPN community, We believe that community-centered action is essential to just societies. While we do not yet fully understand the many ways COVID-19 is affecting our world, we challenge ourselves to imagine a path forward rooted in communalism and collective wellbeing—locally, nationally, and globally. As an organization dedicated to supporting touring artists, we recognize…

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Don’t Go Back to “Normal”: Thoughts for Our Field

The National Performance Network (NPN) is a hybrid grantmaker, association, and movement-builder focused on advancing racial and cultural justice in the nonprofit performing arts field. Our work supports artists directly in partnerships with the organizations in our Network, particularly in the creation and touring of new original work. We also work to build capacity, particularly…

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jumatatu m. poe receives 2020 Creative Capital Award

Choreographer and performer jumatatu m. poe, an NPN-supported artist, is one of the 41 artists selected for the 2020 Creative Capital Awards. The award—which includes $50,000 in project funding and an additional $50,000 in career development services—supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country. poe is an artist based in Philadelphia who uses performance, media,…

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A collection of stories of, by, and for the artists, organizations, and community members at the center of civic practice. Read more

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International Exchange

NPN supports international engagement in a variety of ways: in our convenings, through the artistic programming of presenters and artists in our network, through professional development opportunities, and within NPN’s cultural policy work. Read more


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