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VAN Announces the 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibition Artists

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm in Events

The Visual Artists Network (VAN) is pleased to announce the two artists that have been selected to exhibit their work at the 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibition:  Yvonne Buchanan and Gregory Michael Hernandez. Yvonne participated in a VAN Exhibition Residency at VAN Partner site Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) in May 2015 and Gregory Michael Hernandez participated in a VAN Exhibition Residency at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San José, CA) in May 2012.

in Court (Basketball)

in Court (Basketball) 2012 digital video, color/silent, 13.13 minutes

Yvonne Buchanan was born and raised in New York City, and now lives in Syracuse, New York. Her video and animations are informed by African American history and that community’s strategies for survival using coping mechanisms such as religion, sports and entertainment. Yvonne maintains a studio practice in Syracuse and serves on the faculty of Syracuse University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit her website:

Hernandez, Ghost Window chapel

Proposal for a Ghost Window Chapel, 2015, model made of basswood, walnut, photographs, 20 x 16 x 16 inches

Gregory Michael Hernandez was raised in the Mojave Desert in Southern California, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. His work is landscape based, often contrasting the desert and the city, and incorporating themes of dislocation that define the human condition. Hernandez is interested in how environment shapes the way individuals and communities form their identities, and the intersections between philosophy, religion, politics and culture. To that end, his photographic methods have become a tool for mapping perspective, and translating between two- and three-dimensional representations. His work bridges photography, painting, sculpture, performance and site-specific installation, and can be seen at

The exhibition will be hosted by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center ( in Portland, OR. Disjecta builds dynamic programs that showcase new work and spur collaboration among artists, curators, and communities.

In addition to the artists above, a contingent of Portland-based artists will be selected to present hybrid, cross–disciplinary work during the exhibition opening.

MAP Fund Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Projects

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 2:18 pm in Opportunities

The MAP Fund, an ancillary program of Creative Capital, is now accepting applications for performing arts projects. Visit the  Online Letter of Inquiry site to read the instructions, register your account, and submit your application. The submission deadline for LOIs is Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The program welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. Letters of Inquiry  must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3); unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through a fiscal sponsor.

Questions? Read the FAQs section of MAP’s website, or email with application inquiries.

NPN/VAN New Partners Search 2015-16

Posted: Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 2:26 pm in Field News, Member & Partner Announcements, News

updated 10/14/2015: Nominations are closed.

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, is beginning a nationwide search for cultural organizations to join its partnership.

As an artist-centered network, NPN/VAN is unique in its structure — an interconnected partnership among diverse communities, artists, and presenters (NPN and VAN Partners). The Network is kept small in order to facilitate communication, active participation, and sustainable relationships that have measurable impact over time. Currently, NPN/VAN is 61 performing arts and 14 visual arts Partners across 28 states and 41 cities. For them, the Network is an invaluable mechanism for sharing resources, ideas, and skills across boundaries of race, geography, aesthetics and organizational cultures.

NPN/VAN values long-term relationships and Partners remain in the Network as long as their work and commitment to NPN/VAN’s mission and values remain active. As Partner organizations change and evolve, some choose to leave the Network to pursue other goals. This gradual and inevitable process allows the Network to remain dynamic by periodically inviting new Partners to join. NPN/VAN will be accepting a limited number of nonprofit organizations to become either NPN or VAN Partners beginning July 1, 2016.

Through September 25, 2015, NPN/VAN Partners, staff, artists, state and regional arts councils, and colleagues are invited to nominate nonprofit organizations that meet the criteria for Partnership. From those nominations, a select number will be invited to submit formal applications.

Click here to see details about the process, eligibility criteria, timeline for selection, and how to nominate an organization.

CAC in New Orleans Has Two Job Openings

Posted: Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 7:13 pm in Job Announcements

The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans has two positions open:

External Affairs Coordinator – The External Affairs Department is responsible for devising and executing public relations, marketing, and advertising strategies to promote all exhibitions, performances, and events programmed by the CAC.

Institutional Giving Manager – The Development Department is responsible for managing the contributed revenue of the CAC through public and private grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and the CAC’s membership and special event programs.

Visit their website to learn more about the positions and how to apply. The deadline for both jobs is September 4, 2015.

E-Newsletter / July/August 2015

Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 3:03 pm in E-Newsletters

Playwright Residency Application

Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 12:47 pm in News, Opportunities


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with Howlround, A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College, established the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) in 2013.  The pilot round, which was on an invitation-only basis, has provided three years of salary, benefits, and a flexible research and development fund for American playwrights at 14 selected theaters.

Residencies for the next round will be selected through an open application process.  To apply, theaters and artists must apply jointly and submit letters of intent from the playwright and artistic director, together with other specified materials to demonstrate eligibility and potential to achieve the goals of the program.

  • Advance the state of playwrights in the American theater by providing them with space, time, and resources, and greater access to the institutions in which they work;
  • Influence the working environment of theaters by embedding playwrights in them;
  • Generate public value through the interaction of playwrights with local artistic and civic communities;
  • Document and disseminate the findings to help benefit the field.

Go to the Mellon Foundation website for a full description of the program, the criteria and requirements and how to apply.

  • Application Deadline:  September 15, 2015
  • Three-year residences to commence in July 2016

Announcing the 2015 Artists
Live & On Stage

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 3:23 pm in Events

For this year’s NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, we’re thrilled to announce the national and local performing artists who will present excerpts of their work during the Live & On Stage performances. A panel of NPN/VAN Partners, staff, and artists was convened to select the four national artists, all of whom have received a Creation Fund award during the last three fiscal years.

The performances will be at Lincoln Hall on the Portland State University campus at 8:00 PM on December 12 and 3:00 PM on December 13. There are limited tickets available for folks not attending the Annual Meeting; if you are interested in seeing the performances, please contact Erin Boberg-Doughton at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

The title of the works and artists are listed below. The links will take you to the artists’ websites.:

​The above artists will perform alongside these Portland-based artists:

NPN Partner Sandglass Responds to the Senator from Arizona

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 12:37 pm in News

In June of 2015, Arizona Senator John McCain released a report titled America’s Most Wasted in which he detailed what he considered to be the fiscal year’s most pork-laden, wasteful uses of taxpayer dollars. McCain hoped that the 18-page document will “help the American people demand an end to wasteful government spending once and for all.” It’s not at all surprising to see NEA funding included in such a list, but we didn’t expect the senator from Arizona to single out NPN Partner Sandglass Theater for their annual Puppets in the Green Mountains Festival, and, in particular, their presentation of the NPN Creation Fund work Paul Zaloom’s White Like Me: A Honky Dory Puppet Show. NPN reached out to Sandglass Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Eric Bass for comment. While Eric was on tour in Germany, he sent this response.

Response to Senator McCain

To be honest, the temptation to respond with unbridled sarcasm is strong. One would like to say that there is no need to fund puppet theater, because it is an art form so often associated with children and children don’t vote. Or one would like to address Senator McCain’s disdain for Paul Zaloom’s White Like Me, which Sandglass’ Puppets in the Green Mountains festival is presenting. White Like Me is a show about white privilege. One would like to say that a man who revealed in his 2008 election campaign that he has seven homes would hardly consider this a fit subject to fund. Besides, white privilege is, essentially, a redundant expression. In a culture in which these words have become synonymous, who would want to fund redundancy?

But, frankly, after the first few minutes of getting high on sarcasm, we can all settle down to some practical, even civil dispute. Well, civil on our part, anyway. We need to invite Senator McCain to our festival. We don’t expect him to come, but we need to make our invitation serious and be prepared for him to accept. It’s in everyone’s interest. The festival, which has a long history, is dedicated to international cultural exchange and to the advancement and development of a highly inventive branch of theater. We are not, in fact, a festival of children’s theater, although we also present a number of performances for young audiences, this year including shows from Mexico and Cuba. Since 1997 we have presented about 75 different companies from five continents. We have developed a community base for this festival, with significant community support. In addition, we have now given the festival a new focus: under the sub-title “Walking to the Borders,” the festival now features work that addresses issues of “otherness” and “marginalization” in our culture, and includes workshops and dialogues that pair artists with activists to openly discuss the relationship between art and these pressing issues. Our public is invited to join in these dialogues, and to talk about immigration, race, gender, disability, or any other of our social concerns that drive us to make relevant theater. Among our festival guests will be Shura Wallin from Green Valley Samaritans, an organization that helps to rescue migrants from the Arizona deserts. We cannot imagine a more fervent dialogue than one in which Senator McCain would be present.

But, truth be told, I suspect that Senator McCain is not even responding to the potential heat of this dialogue, or any other. I suspect that we are merely a sound bite, chosen by one of his aides and fed into the political pipeline to rally the neo-cons and shame the senators, congressmen and congresswomen who really do understand that the arts are vital to our society. I think we are, for the senator from Arizona, mostly a stereotype with which he can play the game of self-righteousness, and win some votes among those who have – or dream of having – as much real estate as he does. Not that I have a problem with real estate. Theaters need homes, just like some of our senators. 

Senator McCain, I would be happy to put sarcasm aside. A serious and respectful invitation is on the way to you.

Eric Bass, Sandglass Theater

Sandglass made good on that promise. You can read Eric’s formal invitation to Senator McCain here, and a Brattleboro Reformer interview with Co-Founder Inez Zeller Bass here.

NPN/VAN – Opening for a Development Director

Posted: Monday, July 13th, 2015 at 3:16 pm in Job Announcements

updated 10/14/2015: The position has been filled.

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is a 30-year old national intermediary arts organization based in New Orleans. It is a diverse group of cultural organizers working to enhance the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. NPN/VAN’s programs include local, national and international activities and serve three primary purposes: subsidizing the creation and touring of new work by contemporary artists, convening NPN/VAN organizational partners with artists and colleagues, and influencing cultural policy. NPN has an annual budget of $3.5 million.

Job Overview


  • Design and implement long- and short-term fundraising strategies, research funding sources (foundation, corporate, government and individual prospects) and trends in philanthropy, plan and develop grant proposals and reports, and cultivate and foster relationships with funders;
  • Ensure NPN/VAN meets all of the guidelines/requirements of funders, grant agreements and NPN fiscal policies, document and track development efforts, and create and maintain an annual development plan and calendar;
  • Liaise with the board of directors and collaborate with the staff to identify resources and activities for assistance in meeting resource development goals.


  • Dynamic, engaging and creative
  • Compelling writing style with strong editorial skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Enthusiasm for making new contacts and engaging diverse constituents
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
  • Comfort with financial reporting


  • At least 5 years of fund development experience
  • Community-oriented experience
  • Computer literacy
  • Experience in foundation, corporate, government and individual prospect research
  • Communications/PR experience highly desirable
  • Experience with local, regional and national government, corporate and foundation fundraising

To Apply

Please send letter of interest addressing responsibilities, skills and qualifications listed above, resume, writing sample, and three references to: No phone calls please. NPN is an EEO employer and is committed to diversity in its hiring and in the workplace.

DEADLINE:  August 21, 2015

Please share this with anyone that you think might be interested and/or post it in places where you think it might reach the right people. You can download a PDF copy of this job announcement here.

E-Newsletter / June 2015

Posted: Friday, June 12th, 2015 at 5:09 pm in E-Newsletters

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