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E-Newsletter / April 2013

Posted: Monday, April 22nd, 2013 at 10:29 am in E-Newsletters

NET Hosts MicroFest USA in Honolulu

Posted: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 5:17 pm in Field News, Opportunities

National Summit and Learning Exchange, June 13-18, 2013

Sunrise and sunset performances, graffiti artists, stories of radical arts-based political action – the MicroFest is a journey across the island of Oahu. Beginning in Honolulu, the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) will explore this urban environment, bridging the local and national through performances and conversations, ending with a group retreat to the rural North Shore for reflection and sharing.

This National Summit & Learning Exchange is the culmination of the MicroFest USA series, asking: “How does art impact your community?” and bringing together local and national participants to share success stories, challenges, inspirations, and questions about art-based community development. We invite you to be a part of this national conversation about art-based community development. Read some of the case studies and reflections of the three MicroFests here (

Registration is currently open and includes five days of housing, most meals, local ground transportation, and programming. Travel subsidies are available for NET members – Yes, you can join NET now and apply for the subsidy! (

For questions contact: Ashley Sparks, MicroFest USA Event Coordinator at


Bringing Art to Life

Posted: Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 2:32 pm in Field News

Bringing Art to Life:
New Report Looks at Unorthodox Effort
to Deliver Poetry to People

A new report explores the O, Miami poetry festival’s efforts to bring the art form to life by dropping poems from helicopters, sewing them into clothing, placing them throughout a botanical garden and more.

Commissioned by Knight Foundation, the report not only chronicles the rise of Miami’s art scene and the unorthodox, inaugural O, Miami festival, it also offers insights for any cultural organization trying to engage new audiences and reframe art for their communities.

In a blog post by O, Miami co-founder Scott Cunningham provides How-To tips to producing an event: large or small.

 “Today’s audiences demand to be engaged, and often that means taking art out of the symphony halls and into people’s everyday lives,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts at Knight Foundation, whose art program inspired and funded the festival. “Whether you’re a poetry enthusiast, organizing a small music festival, or more globally trying to reach audiences at any level, O, Miami will resonate.”

The report is part of Knight Foundation’s Reporter Analysis series, where Knight commissions independent reporters to evaluate programs it funds. O, Miami: How a festival infused a city with poetry was written by Brett Sokol, the arts editor for Ocean Drive magazine whose writing on Miami’s cultural scene has also appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine and Slate. Judy J. Miller, who oversaw Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage while serving as managing editor of the Miami Herald, edited the report.

Video and photos are available at

E-Newsletter / March 2013

Posted: Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at 10:24 am in E-Newsletters

South Arts: Literary Arts Grants

Posted: Monday, March 18th, 2013 at 5:10 pm in Opportunities

South Arts is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Literary Arts grant program.

This competitive program offers nonprofit arts organizations, in our nine-state region, financial support to engage writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry) who reside outside of the applicant’s state. Applicants can receive up to $2,500.

Do not miss your chance to bring your favorite literary artists to your community! Past grantees include the Global Education Center (TN), The Festival of Words Cultural Arts Collective (LA), and Ruth Eckerd Hall, Inc. (FL) who have brought in writers such as Matthew Shenoda, Randall Kenan, and Glenis Redmond.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2013

For more information, click here or contact Nikki Estes, Grants Program Director at (404) 874-7244 ext. 16


E-Newsletter / February 2013

Posted: Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 at 3:13 pm in E-Newsletters

RFP for NET’s MicroFest in Hawaii

Posted: Monday, February 18th, 2013 at 3:28 pm in Opportunities

The Network of Ensemble Theaters invites you to apply to share your work with the Honolulu arts community and a national audience! The Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET) hosts MicroFest USA: Honolulu – A National Summit and Learning Exchange June 13-18, 2013.

The culmination of the four-part, four city MicroFest USA: Revitalize, Reconnect, Renew, asking: “How does art impact your community?” the National Summit and Learning Exchange will bridge local and national artists, weaving together the themes and conversations from the previous MicroFests as we share success stories, challenges, inspirations and questions about
art-based community development.

NET is seeking proposals for cross-sector and multi-disciplinary projects, case studies, performances, workshops, etc. You don’t have to be a theater artist to apply. For more information check out the MicroFest USA Honolulu National Summit and Learning Exchange page on NET’s website or use the links below to download the RFP and application.

Please read the RFP carefully before filling out the application. The RFP Deadline is February 28.

  1. Request for Proposals, explaining the purpose of Micro-fest and the types of projects/performances NET is looking for
  2. Application

If you have questions, check on the NET Facebook group and the NET website.

Thank you!
Ashley Sparks
NET MicroFest Event Coordinator

Envisioning the Practice: International Symposium on Performing Arts Curation

Posted: Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 2:33 pm in Opportunities

Call for Papers

Deadline:  June 1, 2013

Organized by the Arts Curators Association of Québec and hosted by PHI Centre and the Faculté des arts of the Université du Québec au Montréal (UQAM), this international symposium will examine the practice of performing arts curation and will be held in Montréal on April 10-13, 2014.

This symposium endeavors to bring together recent discourses on curation in all performance disciplines — dance/movement, music/sound, theatre/text-based, interdisciplinary, media arts and emergent practices —  in order to enrich, structure and theorize possibilities of curating in these fields, with an interest in “best practices.”

Click here to see the full description.

National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant

Posted: Thursday, January 31st, 2013 at 2:12 pm in Opportunities

NEFA’s National Theater Project (NTP) Creation & Touring Grants provide funds for creation and preparation for touring of collaborative, devised projects. These grants are highly competitive and are awarded to approximately six projects annually.

Learn more about Creation & Touring Grants goals and criteria.


  • March 21, 2013: Preliminary Application (Inquiry) deadline
  • May 2013: Projects selected to submit full requests notified
  • August 2012: Selection and announcement of NTP projects

Read Program Manager Quita Sullivan’s post in NEFA’s Blog:

Meet NTP staff & connect with NTP grantees at ArtsEmerson’s The Next Thing Festival, 2.15-2.24.


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Fund for National Projects

Posted: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 at 5:21 pm in Opportunities

The Fund for National Projects awards grants in support of projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting and/or theatre fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz and theatre.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) is accepting online letters of inquiry by the deadline of March 1, 2013.  Go to their website for grant details, criteria for support, application deadlines and submission instructions.

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