Thank you for attending our 2017 Annual Conference in San Francisco! See you next year in Pittsburgh:

2018 NPN/VAN Annual Conference
December 13-16, 2018
Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

All are welcome, and registration opens this spring. For updates, join our newsletter at and follow us on social media.

This year’s conference theme of Arts & Activism was an easy call—as soon as we started talking with Bay Area artists and Partners it became clear that activism was an integral part of their work as artists and citizens. We’ve kept this theme in mind as we’ve built content, engaged participating artists, Partners and colleagues, and developed the culture tours.


  • From the Field / Show
    • Reader, Writer, Thinker, Doer “Rinku Sen” READ NOW – Join the conversation about Social Change and how to make it.
    • Readings and Platicas by the Esperanza Center READ NOW
    • Non-Profit Always Fresh VISIT WEBSITE
    • CREATIVITY CONNECTS: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists by Center for Cultural Innovation for National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Surdna Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation READ NOW 
  • Arts and Activism / Show
    • 5 Elements of a Thriving Justice Ecosystem: Pursuing Deep Equity by Sheryl Petty and Amy B. Dean. April 13, 2017. READ NOW
    • Deloitte Thinks Diversity Groups Are Passé by Jeff Green. July 19, 2017. READ NOW
    • Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement by the United States Department of Arts & Culture. READ NOW
    • New tax “reform” bill could seriously screw nonprofits and the people we serve by Nonprofit Always Fresh. READ NOW
    • Review: Life is Soccer, and Soccer is Life, in ‘/peh-LO-tah/’ by Elizabeth Vincentelli. Oct. 19, 2017 READ NOW 
    • The Art of Destroying an Artwork by David Xu Borgonjon. Oct. 25, 2017. READ NOW
    • Transactions Transformations Translations: Metrics that Matter for Building, Scaling, and Funding Social Movements by Manuel Pastor, Jennifer Ito, and Rachel Rosner. Oct. 2011. READ NOW
    • Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer by Kalima Rose, Milly Hawk Daniel, and Jeremy Liu. 2017. READ NOW 
  • Racial Equity / Show
    • Does “Strong and Effective” Look Different for Culturally Specific Arts Organizations? By National Center for Arts Research. Jan. 2016. READ NOW
    • Placemaking When Black Lives Matter by Project for Public Spaces. May 24, 2017. READ NOW
    • Study sends a “wake-up call” about black and Latino arts groups’ meager funding by Mike Boehm. Oct. 12, 2015. READ NOW
    • The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates. June 2014. READ NOW
    • Twin Cities theaters of color worry about survival as Guthrie gets more diverse by Rohan Preston. May 17, 2017. READ NOW – Local organizing by Theaters of Color: Racial Equity in Funding and Support
    • White Dominant Culture by Tema Okun. READ NOW – Best Practices for Recognizing and Dismantling White Supremacy in the Workplace 
  • Equity in Philanthropy / Show
    • Building a Stronger ALAANA Arts Community: Keeping an Eye on Systems by Janet Brown and Angelique Power. Published in: GIA Reader, Vol 27, No 1 (Winter 2016). READ NOW
    • Not just money: Where is the Money going? by Helicon Collaborative. July 10, 2017. READ NOW
    • Shifting Philanthropy From Charity to Justice by Dorian O. Burton & Brian C.B. Barnes. Jan. 3, 2017. READ NOW
    • Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy by Grantmakers in the Arts READ NOW 
  • Bias in Non-Profit Leadership / Show
    • It’s Bias That Hobbles People of Color, Not Lack of a Leadership Pipeline by Frances Kunreuther and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld. June 06, 2017. READ NOW
    • RACE TO LEAD: Confronting the Racial Leadership Gap READ NOW – Study on Race & Leadership with fantastic graphics
    • Leadership and Race: How to Develop and Support Leadership that Contributes to Racial Justice. July 2010.  READ NOW
    • Where is the Next Generation of Performance Curators? It’s Time to bet on Women. by Laura Diffenderfer. Oct. 25, 2017. READ NOW 
    • Comparative American Identities by Hortense Spillers
    • Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
    • Emergent Strategies by Adrienne Maree Brown
    • Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
    • Sister Outsider – The Master’s Tools will never Dismantle the Master’s House by Audre Lorde
    • This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color is a feminist anthology edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa
    • VOICES FROM THE BATTLEFRONT: Achieving Cultural Equity Edited by Marta Moreno Vega and Cheryll Y. Greene
    • We Make the Road by Walking by Paulo Freire & Miles Horton 
    • Carlton Turner @ GIA Racial Equity Summit 2015 WATCH NOW
    • “What is Systemic Racism” Video Series WATCH NOW
    • People’s Institute Workshop: Undoing Racism/Community Organizing WATCH NOW
    • Simplifying Complexity: Eric Berlow Ted Talk WATCH NOW 
    • Bias Cleanse (7-day workshop on cleansing bias on race, gender, and sexual orientation) PARTICIPATE NOW
    • Project Implicit (Test your Bias) PARTICIPATE NOW