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Stephanie Atkins Named
Local Program Director

Posted: Monday, October 5th, 2015 at 11:48 am in News

NPN/VAN has named Stephanie Atkins to the newly created position of Local Program Director. Ms. Atkins, who has been the resource development specialist, has worked with the organization spearheading its development efforts, while also helping to shape the evolving Local Program.

Ms. Atkins’ appointment reflects her involvement and commitment to the local arts and cultural ecology. The Local Program is NPN/VAN’s connection to the community, a way for a national service organization to stay in touch with constituents and have an impact on the city in which it is located.  There are three major divisions: 1) the Local Network is a group of local organizations and artist projects that form a capacity-building, peer-learning circle with full financial services provided by NPN/VAN; 2) fiscal sponsorship provides financial and nonprofit services for short-term projects; and 3) Arts Estuary 1024 is a multi-tenant arts facility managed by NPN/VAN, which opened in the fall of 2014.

Over the next three years, NPN/VAN will deepen and expand its Local Program in order to help fulfill the needs of the local cultural community, to increase visibility for NPN/VAN and the organizations/projects that are served through the program, and to help solidify a steady stream of earned, unrestricted income. The expansion will include increasing the number of partnership organizations/projects and services to the Local Network, increasing the number of fiscal sponsorships, and expanded programming and rentals at Arts Estuary 1024.  This growth is a major step in NPN/VAN’s commitment to New Orleans. The organization moved to the city in 2000 and five years later felt the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. This has had a lasting effect on New Orleans, this region and our nation. The needs of our local community are great and local resources are very limited. However, New Orleans has an immense wealth of history, indigenous culture, talent and potential. NPN/VAN’s local program bolsters the exceptional cultural and social aspects of New Orleans thereby helping to sustain and bolster its unique local environment.

In her new role, Ms. Atkins is responsible for managing support services for artists and smaller art organizations, and spearheading NPN/VAN’s collaborative partnerships with other service providers. She has worked for NPN/VAN for nine years, starting as an executive assistant, and has honed her skills as a leader in the arts. She has been involved with the field for more than 27 years as a visual artist, arts educator, and administrator. Prior to working with NPN/VAN, she taught art education in the public school system operated by the Orleans Parish School Board and held adjunct positions at Xavier University of Louisiana and Southern University at New Orleans. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts from Spelman College and an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Cincinnati. Ms. Atkins is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Fellow. She volunteers with the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter for Spelman College (NAASC), serving as former chapter president, and at Saint Katharine Drexel Preparatory School.

E-Newsletter / September 2015

Posted: Friday, September 25th, 2015 at 9:32 am in E-Newsletters

Cherokee Preservation Foundation Seeks E.D.

Posted: Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 at 3:50 pm in Job Announcements

Cherokee Preservation Fdn

The Cherokee Preservation Foundation seeks an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated commitment to philanthropic excellence to lead the organization starting in January, 2016. The Cherokee Preservation Foundation works to improve the quality of life of members of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and strengthen the western North Carolina region near tribal land. Established in 2000, the Foundation provides funding, convening and collaboration in the areas of cultural preservation, economic development and environmental preservation, generally making grants in the $5 million to $6 million range each year.

Visit their website for a full job description:

Deadline to apply: October 2, 2015




VAN Announces the 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibition Artists

Posted: Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 at 4:57 pm in Events

The Visual Artists Network (VAN) is pleased to announce the two artists that have been selected to exhibit their work at the 2015 Annual Meeting Exhibition:  Yvonne Buchanan and Gregory Michael Hernandez. Yvonne participated in a VAN Exhibition Residency at VAN Partner site Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) in May 2015 and Gregory Michael Hernandez participated in a VAN Exhibition Residency at MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (San José, CA) in May 2012.

in Court (Basketball)

in Court (Basketball) 2012 digital video, color/silent, 13.13 minutes

Yvonne Buchanan was born and raised in New York City, and now lives in Syracuse, New York. Her video and animations are informed by African American history and that community’s strategies for survival using coping mechanisms such as religion, sports and entertainment. Yvonne maintains a studio practice in Syracuse and serves on the faculty of Syracuse University. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Paris, France, and Berlin, Germany. For more information, visit her website:

Hernandez, Ghost Window chapel

Proposal for a Ghost Window Chapel, 2015, model made of basswood, walnut, photographs, 20 x 16 x 16 inches

Gregory Michael Hernandez was raised in the Mojave Desert in Southern California, and has lived in Los Angeles since 1995. His work is landscape based, often contrasting the desert and the city, and incorporating themes of dislocation that define the human condition. Hernandez is interested in how environment shapes the way individuals and communities form their identities, and the intersections between philosophy, religion, politics and culture. To that end, his photographic methods have become a tool for mapping perspective, and translating between two- and three-dimensional representations. His work bridges photography, painting, sculpture, performance and site-specific installation, and can be seen at

The exhibition will be hosted by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center ( in Portland, OR. Disjecta builds dynamic programs that showcase new work and spur collaboration among artists, curators, and communities.

In addition to the artists above, a contingent of Portland-based artists will be selected to present hybrid, cross–disciplinary work during the exhibition opening.

MAP Fund Accepting Applications for Performing Arts Projects

Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 at 2:18 pm in Opportunities

The MAP Fund, an ancillary program of Creative Capital, is now accepting applications for performing arts projects. Visit the  Online Letter of Inquiry site to read the instructions, register your account, and submit your application. The submission deadline for LOIs is Monday, September 28, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

The MAP Fund is founded on the principle that experimentation drives human progress, no less in art than in science or medicine. The program welcomes applications from artists, ensembles, producers and presenters of a high artistic standard, whose work in the disciplines of contemporary performance embodies this spirit of exploration and deep inquiry. Letters of Inquiry  must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit federal tax status (501c3); unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through a fiscal sponsor.

Questions? Read the FAQs section of MAP’s website, or email with application inquiries.

NPN/VAN New Partners Search 2015-16

Posted: Monday, August 24th, 2015 at 2:26 pm in Field News, Member & Partner Announcements, News

updated 10/14/2015: Nominations are closed.

The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network, is beginning a nationwide search for cultural organizations to join its partnership.

As an artist-centered network, NPN/VAN is unique in its structure — an interconnected partnership among diverse communities, artists, and presenters (NPN and VAN Partners). The Network is kept small in order to facilitate communication, active participation, and sustainable relationships that have measurable impact over time. Currently, NPN/VAN is 61 performing arts and 14 visual arts Partners across 28 states and 41 cities. For them, the Network is an invaluable mechanism for sharing resources, ideas, and skills across boundaries of race, geography, aesthetics and organizational cultures.

NPN/VAN values long-term relationships and Partners remain in the Network as long as their work and commitment to NPN/VAN’s mission and values remain active. As Partner organizations change and evolve, some choose to leave the Network to pursue other goals. This gradual and inevitable process allows the Network to remain dynamic by periodically inviting new Partners to join. NPN/VAN will be accepting a limited number of nonprofit organizations to become either NPN or VAN Partners beginning July 1, 2016.

Through September 25, 2015, NPN/VAN Partners, staff, artists, state and regional arts councils, and colleagues are invited to nominate nonprofit organizations that meet the criteria for Partnership. From those nominations, a select number will be invited to submit formal applications.

Click here to see details about the process, eligibility criteria, timeline for selection, and how to nominate an organization.

CAC in New Orleans Has Two Job Openings

Posted: Friday, August 21st, 2015 at 7:13 pm in Job Announcements

The Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans has two positions open:

External Affairs Coordinator – The External Affairs Department is responsible for devising and executing public relations, marketing, and advertising strategies to promote all exhibitions, performances, and events programmed by the CAC.

Institutional Giving Manager – The Development Department is responsible for managing the contributed revenue of the CAC through public and private grants, corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and the CAC’s membership and special event programs.

Visit their website to learn more about the positions and how to apply. The deadline for both jobs is September 4, 2015.

E-Newsletter / July/August 2015

Posted: Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 3:03 pm in E-Newsletters

Playwright Residency Application

Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 12:47 pm in News, Opportunities


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with Howlround, A Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson College, established the National Playwright Residency Program (NPRP) in 2013.  The pilot round, which was on an invitation-only basis, has provided three years of salary, benefits, and a flexible research and development fund for American playwrights at 14 selected theaters.

Residencies for the next round will be selected through an open application process.  To apply, theaters and artists must apply jointly and submit letters of intent from the playwright and artistic director, together with other specified materials to demonstrate eligibility and potential to achieve the goals of the program.

  • Advance the state of playwrights in the American theater by providing them with space, time, and resources, and greater access to the institutions in which they work;
  • Influence the working environment of theaters by embedding playwrights in them;
  • Generate public value through the interaction of playwrights with local artistic and civic communities;
  • Document and disseminate the findings to help benefit the field.

Go to the Mellon Foundation website for a full description of the program, the criteria and requirements and how to apply.

  • Application Deadline:  September 15, 2015
  • Three-year residences to commence in July 2016

Announcing the 2015 Artists
Live & On Stage

Posted: Friday, July 24th, 2015 at 3:23 pm in Events

For this year’s NPN/VAN Annual Meeting in Portland, OR, we’re thrilled to announce the national and local performing artists who will present excerpts of their work during the Live & On Stage performances. A panel of NPN/VAN Partners, staff, and artists was convened to select the four national artists, all of whom have received a Creation Fund award during the last three fiscal years.

The performances will be at Lincoln Hall on the Portland State University campus at 8:00 PM on December 12 and 3:00 PM on December 13. There are limited tickets available for folks not attending the Annual Meeting; if you are interested in seeing the performances, please contact Erin Boberg-Doughton at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

The title of the works and artists are listed below. The links will take you to the artists’ websites.:

​The above artists will perform alongside these Portland-based artists:

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