We assert our belief in global humanity and the urgent need to engage across national and tribal borders, with immigrant and refugee communities, and among movements working toward global justice.
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.
NPN’s face-to-face gatherings offer opportunities to build human connections, experience creative work together, and learn about diverse communities.
NPN’s annual conference has long been a gathering place for exchange between colleagues from the U.S. and beyond, a showcase for the international engagement work of our Partner organizations, and an opportunity for artists to share work that is rooted in cultural exchange. Through our partnership with First People’s Fund, NPN welcomes Indigenous artists to attend and present at the Annual Conference.
In 2019, NPN hosted its first bi-national Mid-Year Meeting, in San Diego and Tijuana. The meeting explored what “international exchange” means for our Network; engaging with San Diego’s historic Chicano neighborhood, Barrio Logan; and a day of learning with activists, artists, and community leaders in Tijuana.
NPN supports artists and presenting organizations in their work engaging across cultural and national borders.
NPN supports professional and leadership opportunities for Partners, including international travel and exchange by curators and program staff.
International engagement is a core tenet of NPN’s cultural policy, including advocating for policies and practices that support international exchange, and participating in movement-building rooted in global justice.
Grantmakers in the Arts
NPN actively brings international engagement and global justice into our participation with Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA). In October 2019, NPN’s President & CEO Caitlin Strokosch organized a conference session “Supporting Artists at the Border: Practicing responsive and responsible philanthropy.”
EDGE Funders Alliance
As a member of EDGE Funders Alliance, NPN participates in a community of funders engaged in global equity, “to increase resources for systemic alternatives that support justice, equity and the well-being of the planet.”
On the Move
NPN partners with On the Move to facilitate cross-border mobility in the arts and culture sector, by supporting On the Move’s Mobility Guide, a toolkit and resource library for artists to find opportunities for international exchange.