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Cramped No Mo’!

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 5:37 pm in News

By Steffani Clemons, NPN/VAN Administrative Assistant

Estuary (n.) – where inland freshwater mixes and flows with tidal saltwater, producing fertile ground and supporting a diverse eco-system
Arts Estuary 1024 - new home of NPN/VAN

Arts Estuary 1024 – new home of NPN/VAN

NPN/VAN has found a new home at 1024 Elysian Fields Avenue located in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood of New Orleans. A multi-tenant facility, Arts Estuary 1024 is located at the gateway to the burgeoning St. Claude Avenue arts corridor. Even with the occasional whirling of a drill and buzzing of saws, the staff is settling down into their new offices and are thrilled to be sharing a space with three anchor tenants: KidSmart, an arts education organization; Make Music NOLA, a Local Network Partner that works with young people; and Junebug Productions, Inc., a theatre organization and long-time NPN Partner.

A permanent space has been a dream of NPN/VAN for well over ten years. The facility not only provides administrative space for the anchor tenants, it also includes multiple meeting spaces and a six-desk co-work space. There is outdoor space for events and a parking lot that is vital in an historic area known for its parking issues. Arts Estuary 1024 will help foster organic collaborations within the New Orleans cultural community helping to support a diverse arts ecosystem.

The project has come to fruition with the help of Sage Crump, project manager, who made sure that staff and tenants’ needs were met while staying aligned with NPN/VAN’s mission. The move was orchestrated by recently-hired Facility Manager Kathleen Welch, with the help of interns Monica Tyran and Rachel Swan, while the NPN/VAN staff were at the Annual Meeting in Tulsa.

Although we are working around a skeletal construction crew and are dodging a hoard of office supply cast-offs in the hallway, we haven’t missed a beat and we want our readers to know that we are finally home! Thank you so much for your continued support.

Fun Factoid: 1024 Elysian Fields was the location of the Ranson Funeral home, where John Kennedy Toole, author of The Confederacy of Dunces, was said to be laid out.

Annual Meeting Tulsa Lagniappe!

Posted: Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at 4:58 pm in News

The Annual Meeting Tulsa website has been updated with some “lagniappe” (you remember, the way we say “a little something extra” down here in Louisiana), these quick links:

  • Once again, our strategic partners at HowlRound recorded and digitally archived parts of the Annual Meeting –  Mel Chin’s keynote address, the two nights of Live & On Stage performances, and a couple of the Idea Forums.
  • Live & On Stage Playbill, including contact information for the artists who performed
  • VAN Exhibition Playbill, with images, notes contact information for artists Steve Prince, Laurie Spencer and Akiko Kotani
  • The text from the story boards  at John Hope Franklin Reconciliation Park in Tulsa’s Greenwood District
  • Bibliography for recommended reading on the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots

From the VAN Exhibition installation at Living Arts

Steve A. Prince, Old Testament, photo: Alec De León

Steve A. Prince, Old Testament, photo: Alec De León

Laurie Spencer, Sensual Earth, photo: Alec De León

Laurie Spencer, Sensual Earth, photo: Alec De León

Akiko Kotani, Soft Walls, photo:

Akiko Kotani, Soft Walls, photo:


Happy Holidays!

Posted: Monday, December 15th, 2014 at 4:56 pm in News

The NPN/VAN national office will be closed on the following days:

  • Wednesday, December 24
  • Thursday, December 25
  • Wednesday, December 31
  • Thursday, January 1

The remaining days during the period of Thursday, December 19, 2014 until Monday, January 5 will see limited staff in the office. If you need to reach us, please call and leave a message or send an e-mail. Someone will respond to you when possible.

Best wishes for a joyful, prosperous and art-filled 2015!



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

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