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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 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:
  • 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:
  • The Seldoms, Power Goes – Chicago, IL
    • Co-commissioners: MCA Chicago (Chicago, IL), Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
    • Website:
  • 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:

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 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.

NPN/VAN Invites You To

Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 3:15 pm in Events, News

MK's retirement party


The National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network

Invites you to

MK’s Retirement Party

(including the dedication of “MK’s Courtyard”)

MK Wegmann has been an exemplary cultural leader of NPN/VAN for more than 15 years. Please come celebrate her retirement, honor her achievements locally and nationally, and, of course, eat and drink with her.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6 to 9 p.m.

Arts Estuary
1024 Elysian Fields Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70117



If you haven’t done so yet, you can make a donation to help us with implementing the landscape design, as well as ongoing maintenance and amenities, such as benches and a water feature. If you’d like to contribute, visit our “Donate Now” page and use the drop down designation box to indicate that your gift is for MK’s Courtyard.

Skirball Center in Los Angeles Seeks Production Manager

Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 3:12 pm in Job Announcements

Production Manager

The Skirball Cultural Center seeks an experienced, detail-oriented, conscientious Production Manager. This position is accountable for the professional presentation of a wide variety of programs and events, including concerts, films, lectures, performances, conferences, meetings, and social gatherings. The Production Manager reports to the Vice President and Director of Programs. This position is full time with benefits.


The Production Manager coordinates with Skirball departments and outside contractors on the production of public events and supervises activities during the actual performance. In cooperation with the Programs and Hospitality/Private Events departments as well as porters, AV, security, facilities, and catering staff, the Production Manager will:

  • Review and evaluate tech riders and artist/speaker technical needs; assess technical production needs.
  • Create facilities usage plan for events.
  • Propose production budget for approval.
  • Create stage and event set-ups per artist specifications, Skirball capabilities, and approved production budget.
  • Design, assist in design of, or approve lighting, sound, and house configuration plans as appropriate.
  • Select and order production rentals (stage, lights, backline, sound equipment, etc.).
  • Hire and supervise technical and production staff as needed.
  • Coordinate performer rehearsal times/facilities to ensure on-time start.
  • Solicit bids from vendors and monitor contracts and invoices.
  • Work closely with AV staff to ensure facility equipment such as speakers, amplifiers, mixing board, etc., are well-maintained; may participate with AV and Operations staff in reviews and assessments of existing and future equipment purchases.
  • Set up and operate technical equipment, or coordinate set-up and operation with existing Skirball staff, based on agreed upon plan.
  • Supervise load in, tech, rehearsals, programs, and strike.
  • Serve as stage manager and house manager as appropriate.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve problems as needed.
  • Accountable for the production of events within the approved production budget. Report regularly on expenses; review procedures, systems, and plans and implement changes as needed to reduce expenses or increase income.


  • Experience as a working professional with broad expertise in production and technical theater
  • Working knowledge of production scheduling, lighting, sound, staging, rigging, and design elements
  • A working knowledge of producing programs for a cultural organization, with emphasis on music, performing arts, literary programs, lectures, film, multi-media, festivals, and exhibitions
  • Demonstrated success producing effective programs, preferably for non-traditional spaces
  • Very effective oral and listening communications skills and the ability to work effectively with people of diverse cultures, ages, and economic backgrounds
  • Negotiation skills
  • Supervisory and leadership skills to supervise a small staff plus provide leadership to major projects requiring large numbers. Ability to build teams and collaborate with others on major projects.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and conflicting deadlines in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Personal computer skills; proficiency utilizing Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, multi-media programs
  • Basic accounting skills to develop and manage budgets
  • Current and valid driver’s license and proof of insurance if using vehicle while traveling on business
  • Active listening and strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop productive relationships across the organization and across the field
  • A sense of entrepreneurship, high standards, self-motivation, flexibility, ingenuity, dedication, enthusiasm, and high energy
  • A keen appreciation and understanding of the Skirball Cultural Center mission and philosophy
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends

Typically, these skills and knowledge are the result of a degree in film, theater, media, event production, or related discipline and/or several years of increasingly responsible professional and supervisory experience in similar production jobs.

The incumbent must be able to perform this job safely, with reasonable accommodation if necessary, without endangering the health or safety of him/herself or others.

Please send resume and cover letter describing your skills and interests by mail, fax, or e-mail to:
Human Resources
Re: Production Manager
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA. 90049
FAX: (310) 440-4595

E-Newsletter / June 2016

Posted: Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 4:44 pm in E-Newsletters

Office Manager Position Open at NPN/VAN’s National Office

Posted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 at 5:19 pm in Job Announcements, News

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, is a national, nonprofit arts organization that supports the creation and touring of contemporary performing and visual arts in the United States, Latin America and Asia.

NPN/VAN seeks an Office Manager to provide general administrative support for the organization.

Work Relationship/Accountability:
The Office Manager will report directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Time Commitment:
Commitment of 40 hours per week is required. Due to changing/flexible needs of NPN/VAN, it is understood that additional hours may be required, and, from time-to-time, flexibility in arrival and departure times may be needed. Some out-of-town travel is required.

Office Management

  • Meet and greet public and interface with couriers and delivery persons
  • Answer telephone and direct calls to proper personnel
  • Maintain general database including contacts and constituents
  • Perform general financial tasks including revenue received, bills, credit cards, and check requests
  • Supervision of office equipment and supplies
  • Assist with meeting preparation and follow-up including materials and notes
  • Pick up mail from P.O. box, open mail and distribute to appropriate staff

CEO Assistance

  • Maintain calendar
  • Travel scheduling and booking
  • General administrative support

Resource Development

  • Maintain donor database and correspondence
  • Participate in resource development activities, as needed


  • Attend staff and board meetings, staff retreats, and other meetings as deemed necessary (some travel required)
  • Articulate NPN/VAN’s work and philosophy to the public
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of NPN/VAN’s Annual Meeting
  • Assist with public/community relations
  • Other duties related to operations and administration

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience; administrative experience, arts administration helpful; financial skills; excellent organizational, time management and communication skills; and thorough knowledge of MS Office and database applications

The salary range is $30,000 – $34,000 annually. Benefits include a flexible environment, paid vacation and sick leave, health and dental insurance, and participation in a 403(b) plan.

How to Apply:
Send resume, cover letter and references to: No phone calls, please.
Deadline: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Download PDF: Office Manager job description

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, provides equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to social and economic background, political affiliation or belief, race, color, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, mental or physical disability, national origin, current and/or former service member status, sexual orientation, health status, age, physical characteristics or marital status, and promotes the full implementation of this policy through a positive, continuing program of outreach. NPN/VAN actively encourages applications by all interested people who meet the above qualifications.

GiveNOLA Day is May 3

Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 4:50 pm in Events, News

GiveNOLA Day 2016 Facebook logo

New Orleans, we have a problem…

The GiveNOLA website has crashed and they cannot process donations through the website right now (it’s around 3:45 CDT). You can imagine how frantic they are over there! Please see their notice below for alternate ways to donate today. continues to experience technical difficulties. Please continue calling the Greater New Orleans Foundation at 504-598-4663 to make donations. We have received several repeated questions, answers below:
1. Rock Around the Clock: For each hour the GiveNOLA Day website is down, we will randomly select a nonprofit who has not already won a 2016 Rock-Around-The-Clock prize as the winner.
2. The afternoon and evening Throw-Me-Something-Mister awards have been postponed, pending site resolution.
3. If you are having trouble getting through the phone lines, email your phone number and we will call you back as quickly as possible.
4. Pending resolution of the site, we are considering an extension of GiveNOLA Day and will update you accordingly.

GiveNOLA Day is the citywide, 24-hour, online giving campaign – May 3, 2016 from midnight to midnight – sponsored by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and NPN/VAN is participating for the third year. The participating nonprofits will have opportunity for “lagniappe” dollars with the donations it receives — that “little something extra” we like to give in New Orleans.

This year NPN/VAN is using GiveNOLA Day to launch a campaign to honor the extraordinary MK Wegmann, who is retiring as NPN/VAN’s president and CEO after 15 years at its helm. Anyone who has visited MK’s home and seen her lush balcony knows that she loves to garden. Landscaping is lacking at NPN/VAN’s home at Arts Estuary 1024, so why not mirror MK’s verdant garden here? We’ve established a $30,000 goal that would enable NPN/VAN to create MK’s Courtyard, a garden that will delight the senses and soothe the soul. It would be ecologically sustainable with bird and butterfly-friendly plants, an oasis for those who work and visit NPN/VAN and their colleague organizations at Arts Estuary 1024. This would guarantee professional design and installation, a maintenance fund, and amenities such as benches, shade structures, and maybe even a water feature!

Thus far, with the generous support of the NPN/VAN board and longtime colleagues, we have raised about $10,000 towards creating MK’s Courtyard. We are hoping that GiveNOLA Day will help us get closer. Use this link to go directly to NPN/VAN’s page and make your donation Donations are accepted for 24 hours on May 3, 2016 from 12 midnight to 11:59 p.m.

After you’ve made your donation, please share it on social media.

To see what NPN/VAN is posting on Facebook so you can like it/comment on it/share it go to:

To see what NPN/VAN is posting on Twitter so you can ‘love’ it, retweet it, or adapt to use on your own:  NPN/VAN’s username is: @npn_van and we’ll be using the hashtags #GiveNOLADay and #MKsCourtyard.

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