News & Events

Notices for partners, news for artists, announcements from the field, job postings.

Holiday Hours 2016

Posted: Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 at 2:58 pm in News

Gobble, Gobble!  Howdy!  Ho, Ho, Ho!

It’s that time of year and the NPN/VAN national office is working hard. Please note the following dates when the office is closed or lightly staffed:

Thanksgiving, November 24 – We’ll be with family and friends feasting and giving thanks
Friday, November 25 – closed (recovery day)

Staff begin to leave for Austin over the weekend.
Monday, November 28 – lightly staffed
Tuesday, November 29 through Monday, December 5 – closed – We’ll be seeing you at the NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in Austin!
Tuesday, December 6 – Friday, December 9 – lightly staffed

Friday, December 23, 2016 through Sunday, January 1, 2017 – closed

Happy New Year! – the NPN/VAN national office re-opens on Monday, January 2, 2017

 

Engaging Dance Audiences
Round Four Applications

Posted: Thursday, October 27th, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Opportunities

Dance/USA is accepting applications for Engaging Dance Audiences (EDA), thanks to the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

EDA will again fund the refinement of successful audience engagement programs. Dance or multidisciplinary organizations can apply to meet one of two objectives: 1) They can refine an existing engagement program, focusing particularly on the quality of the experience for the participating audience or community, or 2) They can refine programs that have a track record of engaging ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) audiences, the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, communities of faith, or incarcerated people and their families. Applicants can be organizations with 501(c)3 status or apply through a fiscal sponsor, and they do not need to be current members of Dance/USA.

Assistance includes town meetings in select cities as well as two webinars. In addition, applicants who have not been funded in the past may have a proposal coaching session with consultant Keryl McCord. All applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry by November 10, 2016, at 5:30 Eastern time. For more information go to EDA Round Four Guidelines, which describes the funding structure, timeline and provides FAQs.

Mission Austin: NPN/VAN Board Meeting

Posted: Friday, September 30th, 2016 at 2:21 pm in News

Ahead of the December Annual Meeting in Austin, the NPN/VAN staff and board met for a retreat and business meeting. It was the first led by new Chair Abel Lopez and President & CEO Caitlin Strokosch. Here are some photos from that weekend.

Chair Abel Lopez and President & CEO Caitlin Strokosch lead their first board meeting in their positions.

Fusebox and Women and THeir Work are our hosts for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Staff, board, and local host committee members gather at a reception at Women and Their Work.

Fusebox and Women and Their Work are our Partner hosts for the 2016 Annual Meeting. Staff, board, and local host committee members gather at a reception at Women and Their Work.

Board members Joanie Osato from Youth Speaks and Leticia Bajuyo stop for a selfie in front of Letitia's sculpture.

Board members Joanie Osato from Youth Speaks and artist Leticia Bajuyo stop for a selfie in front of Letitia’s sculpture.

Kyoko Yoshida, consultant for the International Program's Asia Exchange, talks with a local host committee member.

Kyoko Yoshida, consultant for the International Program’s Asia Exchange, talks with a local host committee member.

Shay Wafer (left) from 651 Arts, Abe Rybeck from The Theater Offensive and artist Samuel Valdez (second from right)

Shay Wafer (left) from 651 Arts, Abe Rybeck (center) from The Theater Offensive, and artist Samuel Valdez (second from right) with members of the host committee.

Staff Monica Tyran, Steffani Clemons, and Orchid Robinson pose with board member Rosie Gordon-Wallace from Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator

Staff Monica Tyran, Steffani Clemons, and Orchid Robinson pose with board member Rosie Gordon-Wallace from Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator.

Board members Stephanie McKee from Junebug Productions and Jevon Collins from King Arts Center with staff Stephanie Atkins

Board members Stephanie McKee from Junebug Productions and Jevon Collins from King Arts Center with staff Stephanie Atkins

Staff Addam Garrett, Orchid Robinson and Maria Rangel relax with some local cocktails.

Staff Addam Garrett, Orchid Robinson and Maria Rangel relax with some local cocktails.

Job Opportunity at
Philadelphia Young Playwrights

Posted: Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 11:24 am in Job Announcements

In-School Programs Coordinator

Philadelphia Young Playwrights seeks a full-time In-School Programs Coordinator to help administrate, organize and execute portions of our arts education programming.

The Coordinator, a new position within the organization, serves as the lead administrator for our signature program, the Core Playwriting Program, which serves nearly fifty schools and thousands of students throughout Philadelphia. The Coordinator also serves as administrative coordinator for departmental needs. Over the summer, the Coordinator intersects with our annual literary selection process by evaluating student plays and managing a body of our volunteer readers, serves as administrative coordinator for summer programs, and advances goals towards improving the Core program for the subsequent school year.

Applications will be accepted until September 22nd; however, candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis. The anticipated start date for the position is mid-October.

See the full job description, requirements and how to apply using this link:

https://www.philaculture.org/jobbank/27305/school-programs-coordinator

Opening for new ED at
Coleman Center for the Arts

Posted: Friday, September 9th, 2016 at 1:56 pm in Job Announcements

The Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA), in Coleman, AL, is seeking a passionate and dynamic Executive Director who will lead the organization into its next chapter of growth and impact. The Executive Director will oversee all aspects of the organization including creative programs, finances, grant writing, fundraising, and hiring and managing staff. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to set strategic goals and vision, and continue to develop the CCA as a model for long term collaboration between artists and communities.

Position is open until filled.

Download the full job description here.
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E-Newsletter / August 2016

Posted: Friday, August 26th, 2016 at 11:34 am in E-Newsletters

A Look Back at MK’s Courtyard Celebration

Posted: Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 3:05 pm in Events, News

On June 29, 2016, NPN/VAN celebrated MK Wegmann upon her retirement after more than 15 years of leading the organization as President & CEO. The event was held in the gardens of Arts Estuary 1024, the recently realized multi-tenant arts facility and long-time dream of MK and NPN/VAN. More than 150 guests enjoyed an evening filled with music, which included arrangements by Nick Slie and Company; a trio composed of Michaela Harrison, Monica McIntyre and Joy Clark; and the 7th Ward brass band To Be Continued (TBA). Longtime colleagues and friends presented tributes, including Carol Bebelle from Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Don Marshall from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Cherice Harrison Nelson from the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame, Kiyoko McCrae from Junebug Productions, Asante Salaam from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, and Neil Barclay from the Contemporary Arts Center. City of New Orleans proclamations were presented to MK from the City Council and the Mayor’s office. Finally, NPN/VAN staff and board member John White dedicated the back space at Arts Estuary 1024 as MK’s Courtyard, a living tribute to MK’s exemplary cultural leadership. For photos of the event see below.

Legion Arts Seeks Program Manager

Posted: Friday, August 19th, 2016 at 5:20 pm in Job Announcements

Legion Arts, an NPN and VAN partner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking an experienced program manager to oversee and coordinate the multidisciplinary arts presentations at CSPS Hall and related sites. Will work closely with professional staff to shape and realize an award-winning program of art exhibits; music, theatre and dance events; and associated activities, all supported by dedicated volunteers, and all involving world-class artists from across America and around the globe. Requires excellent organizational and communication skills. Requires enthusiasm for, and knowledge about, the arts of our time. Professional experience in theater, concert, festival or film production, or stage management, or event planning, is highly desirable. This is a full-time salaried position, with a varied and flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and some travel. Legion Arts is an equal-opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. Interested? Send a cover letter and resume to john@legionarts.org. No phone calls please.

Live & On Stage National Artists Announced for Austin Annual Meeting

Posted: Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 12:05 pm in Events, News

Join us in congratulating four Creation Fund-ed artists on their selection for this December’s Live & On Stage performances, presented over two nights as part of the Austin Annual Meeting.

  • Dahlak Brathwaite, Spiritrials – San Francisco, CA
    • Co-commissioners: Youth Speaks (San Francisco, CA), Painted Bride Arts Center (Philadelphia, PA), Hip Hop Theater Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Kahului, HI), Legion Arts (Cedar Rapids, IA)
    • Website: http://www.thisisdahlak.com/
  • Soomi Kim and Suzi Takahashi, Chang(e) – New York, NY
    • Co-commissioners: Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), HERE Arts Center (New York, NY), Eventual Ashes (Toronto, CANADA)
    • Website: http://www.soomikim.com/
  • The Seldoms, Power Goes – Chicago, IL
    • Co-commissioners: MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
    • Website: http://theseldoms.org/
  • Meg Wolfe, New Faithful Disco – Los Angeles, CA
    • Co-commissioners: REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), PICA (Portland, OR), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX), Z Space (San Francisco, CA)
    • Website: https://megwolfedance.org/

The four artists represent the racial, geographic, aesthetic, career stage, disciplinary/genre, and cultural diversity of work touring around the network and we’re thrilled about presenting them this December. Sharing the stage with these four artists will be four Austin-based artists, selected by a committee convened by Annual Meeting hosts Women & Their Work and Fusebox Festival.

All the selected national artists have completed a Creation Fund, toured their work, and completed their Forth Fund. The selection process consisted of a full application and panel review by a selection panel comprised of NPN Partner, local Austin, NPN/VAN staff, production, and artist representation. Applications were evaluated based on feasibility, potential Partner interest, and readiness to tour.

Executive/Artistic Director
Position Open at PS122

Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016 at 6:46 pm in Job Announcements, Member & Partner Announcements

The Board of Directors of Performance Space 122 (PS122) seeks an inspiring, creative, and entrepreneurial leader with proven curatorial and fundraising abilities, excellent managerial skills, a truly global outlook on contemporary culture, and a passion for our community in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to serve as the new Executive/Artistic Director (EAD).

Please visit their website at ps122.org and read the full job description, areas of responsibility, job requirements, and how to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to apply by June 30, 2016, when application review will commence.




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