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NPN/VAN – OK, We’re on the Move!

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 4:47 pm in News

Looking for the NPN/VAN staff?  We’re in Tulsa, OK for the Annual Meeting, November 16-20, 2014.

After returning to New Orleans, the national office will be in a new location. If the new phone system is acting up, please send an e-mail. How to reach NPN/VAN:

by phone, the number remains the same: (504) 595-8008

by fax, the number remains the same: (504) 595-8006

by U.S. mail, the address remains the same: PO Box 56698, New Orleans, LA 70156-6698

in person or overnight mail – at the new location:
1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70117

E-Newsletter / November 2014

Posted: Friday, November 14th, 2014 at 10:46 am in E-Newsletters

Job Opening at the Skirball Center

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:28 pm in Job Announcements

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles seeks qualified candidates for the position of Director of Programs. Reporting to the executive vice president, the Director of Programs oversees the Skirball’s public programs, ensuring that they fulfill the institution’s mission, enhance its public image and visibility, and embrace Los Angeles’s diverse audiences and constituencies. The Director of Programs provides strategic leadership to the content and format of these public programs, guiding the development, consideration, selection, and success of a full array of performing, literary, and media arts aligned with the Skirball’s mission. The Director of Programs works in partnership with museum, education, communications and marketing, and operations colleagues.

Visit the Skirball’s website for a detailed description of the position and how to apply.

2014-15 NET/TEN Exchange Grants

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:12 pm in Opportunities

The intent to apply period for 2014-15 NET/TEN Exchange Grants is now OPEN!

Letters are due December 10, 2014, 3: 00 p.m. EST. For more information about this opportunity, check

Why a Network Cares about the Net

Posted: Friday, November 7th, 2014 at 7:06 pm in Field News

As part of its ongoing cultural policy efforts, NPN/VAN is concerned with what Net Neutrality means for the arts field. As a member of the Performing Arts Alliance, NPN/VAN is able to keep abreast of important issues such as this and to advocate for important change.

The open architecture of the Internet creates opportunities for arts and cultural organizations and artists to promote their missions, programs, and services in order to grow their audiences, sell their work, and make a living. Without regulation, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) could block certain Internet applications, slow the delivery of certain online content, stifle speech that they find objectionable, discriminate against threatening business models, or compromise users’ privacy.

Open Internet Reservation Act of 2014 (H.R. 3982; S. 1981) restores the FCC’s Open Internet Rules prohibiting ISPs from engaging in discriminatory behavior or blocking content altogether.

For more information go to:

Painting Party!

Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 2:58 pm in Events

Friends of NPN/VAN, will you be in New Orleans on October 17 & 18? We need your help!

NPN/VAN is excited to be moving into a new, awesome building in the Marigny. We are calling it Arts Estuary 1024, and it’s located at 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue, near the corner of St. Claude. The new facility will include administrative offices, meeting and event space, a co-work space and a parking lot. Other tenants include KidsmART, NPN Partner Junebug Productions and Local Network organization Make Music NOLA.

We have an immediate DIY painting project, and the more friends we can enlist, the merrier! Please join in and help the staff paint Arts Estuary’s interior (check out the cool exterior paint job). Your participation would mean so much to us! We think it will be fun, and you’ll get a special private peek at this great new space in the community.

  • What: Painting Party
  • Where: Arts Estuary 1024, 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue
  • When: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 & 18, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    two shifts each day: 9 a.m.–1 p.m. and 2 – 6 p.m.
  • Other: Yummy lunch and drinks (non-alcoholic) provided
  • RSVP: Please email or call (504) 595-8008 to sign up, or for more info

Whatever way you can participate will be greatly appreciated. If you are not able to paint for a full shift, drop by and help for as long as you can. Feel free to bring additional painters!

And please help us spread the news about Arts Estuary 1024.

Estuary (n.) – where inland freshwater mixes and flows with tidal saltwater, producing fertile ground and supporting a diverse eco-system

E-Newsletter / October 2014

Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:21 pm in E-Newsletters

Brave New Voices: Multi-year
Grants Available

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 6:11 pm in Opportunities

Closed October 1, 2014

Youth Speaks, the renowned arts education program widely recognized as the nation’s leading spoken word program for youth, announces the launch of The Brave New Voices (BNV) Network Initiative. This seven-year initiative includes $10 million of grants directly to other nonprofits that work with teenagers in writing and performance.

The BNV Network Initiative is dedicated to building a sustainable field of organizations that intersect arts education and youth development practices with a deep focus on long-term civic engagement and public presentation. Currently, over 75 programs across the United States make up Youth Speaks’ BNV Network. The hope is that by investing in the field as a whole, Youth Speaks can create a pathway for the voices of 21st Century America to have the resonance, opportunity and access the both deserve and demand, while ensuring ongoing, local programs in communities nationwide.

Grants to Other Nonprofits

Over the next 7 years, Youth Speaks will provide direct multi-year grants to 25 organizations nationwide. Grants range from $175,000 to $550,000 a year, and include general operating support, technical assistance, and staffing support. The Initiative also includes an annual pool of $200,000 “programmatic grants” available for all BNV Network Member organizations. Additionally, the BNV Network will develop a robust, membership-driven web presence to support and train emerging leaders, engage the alumni base, and house the best practices of the network, as well as publicize and make visible the work happening across the country through the BNV Network.

Applications to The BNV Network initiative are available now at and remain open until October 1, 2014.

Rauschenberg Foundation Open Call
for “Artist as Activist” Program

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:57 pm in Opportunities

The Rauschenberg Foundation has released a series of open calls for the first time in its history for its Artist as Activist Program. 

Artist as Activist provides game-changing resources to artists (of all disciplines – visual, performing, media, and beyond), designers, and other creative professionals who are addressing important global challenges through their creative practice. In years past this support has included a commissioned print edition to benefit a particular cause or organization. Today the Artist as Activist program is comprised of three distinct grant opportunities:

  • Artist as Activist Fellows: Artists and legally established art collectives with a demonstrated commitment to applying their creative work to the public sphere will receive up to $100,000 over two years, along with a suite of value-added support. Applications due October 13, 2014.
  • Artist as Activist Travel & Research Grants: a separate pool of funds has been reserved for similar artists seeking support (ranging from $2,500 to $10,000) to travel or conduct research related to this aspect of their work. Applications accepted on rolling basis September 8, 2014 – April 15, 2014.
  •  Artist as Activist OrganizationsTen organizations from across the U.S. that have been exemplars in supporting artists working at the intersection of art and change will receive general operating support. These organizational grants are by invitation only. 

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Surdna Foundation: RFP for Artists Engaging in Social Change

Posted: Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 5:52 pm in Opportunities

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to individual artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts organizations. These funds are designed to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement without necessarily being explicitly “activist.” The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work. Successful applicants will receive grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one- or two-year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000 per year.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is November 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Grants will be announced in April 2015. The Surdna Foundation will offer two webinars to answer questions. The first of these calls will take place on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m. (EDT). The second will take place on October 21 at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). For more information go to:

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