The Performing Americas Program (PAP) is a partnership between the National Performance Network
and La RED (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamerica y el Caribe)
, which has created a structure for the systematic exchange of contemporary performing arts touring in this hemisphere through residencies that provide opportunities for artist-to-community engagement.
The Creative Exchange has two components: Residencies and Mobility travel. The Creative Exchange two-to-five-week residencies are flexible and support work that can range from educational activities and creative research to setting a work on a host company or technical skills workshops.
To support research and project planning, an additional component was added. The Creative Exchange Mobility
awards aim to provide support for artists and hosts who wish to meet face-to-face with potential partners in the design of a future exchange project, i.e. Creative Exchange Residencies, touring, or collaborations. This subsidy supports travel only, with a maximum of $1,000 per award, and is not intended as residency or touring support
NPN/VAN is happy to announce 11 Creative Exchange awards to international performing arts exchanges as part of the Network’s International Program. The Creative Exchange is a component of NPN/VAN’s Performing Americas Program, and supports extended residencies and exploratory travel for performing artists, curators and designers throughout the hemisphere. These projects occur between artists and hosts in the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States with a focus on equitable exchange that fosters creation of new performance work, research, learning of new methodologies and a wide range of skill building.
Now in its 10th
year, this exchange program has impacted arts professionals and organizations all over the continent from Argentina to Oregon. So far, we have awarded support for 55 artist projects taking place at 47 different host sites, and we are pleased to add the following projects to this list of deeply impactful efforts by artists and organizers working across borders.
Awards for PAP Creative Exchange 2016-17
|La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley, CA)
||Manuel Román and Manuel Solomón of Rabinal Achi Culture Bearer (Baja Verapaz, Guatemala)
||Multi-hybrid Ceremonial Theater
|MECA (Houston, TX)
||Ce Acatl and Topiltzin Borsegui (Jalisco, Mexico)
|Monarcas Group (Huehuetenango, Guatemala)
||Lorena Moran of Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Los Angeles, CA)
|Mujeres en las Artes (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
||Lucia Aratanha and Dinorah Jesus Rodriguez (Miami, FL)
|Nomades Grupo de Dança (Goiania, Brazil)
||Nejla Yatkin (Chicago, IL)
|T de Teatro (Bogotá, Colombia)
||Tina Mitchell and Helen Lee (New York City, NY
MOBILITY AWARDS 2016-2017
Creative Exchange awards from prior years
Funding for the Performing Americas Program is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
|Laboratorio: Condensacion (México City, Mexico)
||Barbara Bryan of Movement Research (New York City, NY)
|Haiti DanceCO Jacmel | Dance to Save our Lives (Jacmel, Haiti)
||Marie Casimir of Links Hall (Chicago, IL)
|Matik-Matik (Bogota, Colombia)
||Chris Cogburn of No Idea Festival (Austin, TX)
|Paramo (Guadalajara, Mexico)
||Rachel Cook of Diverse Works (Houston, TX
|Cuban Institute of Music (Havana, Cuba)
||Diallo Sumbry of The Adinkra Group (Mt. Rainer, Maryland)