SALVAGE RITUALS, Tim Smith Stewart & Jeffrey Azevedo. Photo: Jeffrey Azevedo.

Photo: SALVAGE RITUALS, Tim Smith Stewart & Jeffrey Azevedo. Credit: Jeffrey Azevedo.

Special Initiatives are structured to address the needs of the Network while advancing NPN’s work to advance racial and cultural justice in the arts, build artists’ power, and foster systems change in arts and philanthropy.

Initiatives shift depending on the needs of the network.

For Artists

Documentation & Storytelling Fund
The NPN Documentation & Storytelling Fund supports artists’ ability to document, promote, and share their work, ideas, and selves, as well as to create pathways to new opportunities for career advancement, such as creating work materials for a grant or sharing stories and ideas to develop collaborative relationships. The fund provides up to $3,000 of support for artists who have received an NPN Artist Engagement Fund or Creation & Development Fund between July 1, 2020 and April 1, 2022 and have not previously received a Documentation & Storytelling award.

Deadline: June 24, 2022
Project Period: For projects beginning between May 1, 2022 and April 30, 2023

View recent awards:
Summer 2021 Documentation and Storytelling Fund recipients
Fall 2020 Documentation and Storytelling Fund recipients
Spring 2020 Documentation and Storytelling Fund recipients

Summer 2022 Documentation & Storytelling Guidelines and Application:

For NPN Partners

Community Fund
The NPN Community Fund supports up to $5,000 for activities that deepen partnerships, equitable practices, and support opportunities for civic engagement, self-representation, and joy. Activities do not need to be connected to an existing NPN-supported project.

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Professional Development Initiative
NPN’s vision includes a strong network that maximizes collective wisdom, resources, and leadership. The Professional Development Initiative supports up to $3,000 for the professional development of NPN Partner staff, giving cultural leaders time, space, and resources for personal renewal and professional growth.

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Artist Engagement Fund for Mexico-Based Artists
While NPN operates within a national network, we believe both local and international engagement are essential to cultural exchange as a tool of social justice. As NPN explores a multifaceted approach to global programming, we are committing additional funds to support US­–Mexico exchange. NPN Partners may access an additional Artist Engagement Fund of up to $5,000 (over and above their one per year) to support exchange with Mexico-based artists.

Application Deadline: Rolling

Log in to the NPN Partner Portal for program guidelines and more information.

Photo: Word Becomes Flesh, Marc Bamuthi Joseph

“My relationship with NPN has been essential in the breath and breadth of my development of new performance language. No other organization has been more instrumental in the rise in slope of my career path. I am deeply indebted to NPN for fostering the construction of alternative artistic media and enriching our national community of venues, audiences, and artists in search of artistic evolution. In a time when a conservative political environment is active in stifling emergent voices, NPN is boldly turning the volume up.”

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
2002 NPN Creation Fund Recipient for Word Becomes Flesh