Ford Supporting Diverse Arts Spaces and
LINC Space For Change
National Performance Network

US/LINKS is a One-Year Project – July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

US/LINKS, a project of the National Performance Network (NPN) initiated by Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC), is funded by the Ford Foundation to increase knowledge and opportunities for the free flow of artists and ideas within the Supporting Diverse Art Spaces (SDAS) cohort, organizations who received support from LINC’s Space for Change program, and professional U.S.-based visual and performing artists supported/commissioned by these organizations.

Crossings is a travel grant that supports curatorial and research travel to build knowledge about the arts across the U.S. and relationships with colleagues that will open up new opportunities for artistic exchange and increase organizational capacity. Eight awards were made (award amount maximum $2,000):

Creative Exchange Residency is a grant that supports three-to-five week residencies for one or two person(s) that encourage creative collaborations, community engagement and mentorships. Four awards were made (maximum award for one person is $4,500, for two persons is $9,000):

  • A three-week residency for hula masters Mauli Ola Cook and Kapono’ai Molitau at La Mama in New York City to instruct resident artist Kiku Sakai in the rare art of hula ki’i.
  • During a three-week capacity building residency, Vicky Holt Takamine, executive director of Pa’i Center in Honolulu will spend one week at Northwoods NiiJi (Lac du Flambeau WI) to meet with staff and board to make programming recommendations, while Patricia O’Neal, executive director of Northwoods NiiJii, will spend two weeks at Pa’i to study their marketing, fiscal planning strategies and programming.
  • A month-long residency will enable visual artist Eduardo Duval Carrie and director Lars Jan to develop Amanda, a contemporary opera conceived and written by Carl Hancock Roux and commissioned and produced by Harlem Stage in New York City.
  • A three-week capacity building residency for Cassie Chinn, deputy executive director, and Michelle Kumara, exhibits manager, at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience to implement The Wing’s community-based exhibition model at Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.

Applications were submitted by an organization in Ford’s Supporting Diverse Art Spaces cohort (including Space for Change grantees), on behalf of an organization’s staff member or on behalf of an individual artist whose work it has supported or commissioned.

For information, please contact NPN International Program Director Renata Petroni at or (504) 717-5257



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