U.S./Korea Connection

Created in 2010, the U.S./Korea Connection is a partnership between the National Performance Network and the Korea Arts Management Service (KAMS).

Knowledge Building

During the first two years of the project, the U.S. presenters traveled twice to Performing Arts Market Seoul (PAMS), in October 2010 and 2011; reciprocally, Korean curators traveled twice to NPN Annual meetings (Dallas in 2010 and Tampa in 2011). During these trips, the curators learn about the cultural policies and funding systems of the U.S. and Korea, respectively, and see a wide range of work that enables them to select the artists/companies that will tour each year to the two countries.  After two years of meetings and research to design a reciprocal ongoing program, the artistic exchange started in FY 2013 while the knowledge building continues with presenters’ travels to each other countries.

Touring Residencies in 2012 and 2013

Tacit Group, a Korean electronic music group, was presented in December 2012 by Legion Arts in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago,IL, and Lincoln Center in New York, NY.  Tacit Group was in residence at each venue for one week and, in addition to public performances, they conducted residency activities in the community.

The U.S. artist who will tour to Korea is currently being selected.

Links from NPN’s archives

October 2012 E-Newsletter – Korean Company Visits U.S. through NPN International Program
During a 2010 visit to Seoul, U.S. presenters such as F. John Herbert, executive director at Legion Arts, first learned about the Tacit Group. Herbert described the work as a “unique, cross-cultural experience that combines pleasure, humor and thought-provoking analysis of the most basic structures of music, communication and meaning.”

September 2012 E-Newsletter – “Korea Hosts International Arts Showcase”
NPN sent Asia Connection curators F. John Herbert, Legion Arts; Yolanda Cursach, Museum of Contemporary Arts Chicago; and Dawnell Smith, OutNorth to Seoul to attend the eighth edition of the Performing Arts Market (PAMS), October 8 to 12, 2012 at the National Theatre of Korea and other venues.

November 2011 E-Newsletter – “A Glance into Korea and Japan”
For the second year, a U.S. curatorial team visited Seoul and Tokyo to meet with their Asian counterparts, see exciting new work and learn more about our disparate cultures.  Renata Petroni, director of NPN’s International Program, reports on the October 2011 visit, with observations on the different systems of cultural support in Korea, Japan and the U.S.

May 2011 E-Newsletter – “NPN Delegation Visits Seoul”
Seoul, Korea hosted a six-person delegation as NPN expands its international exchange activities into Asia. Elizabeth Doud, program coordinator for the Performing Americas Program, and John Herbert, from NPN/VAN Partner Legion Arts (IA), reflect on their exploratory trip to Seoul in October 2010.

The U.S./Korea Connection is funded, in part, by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Korea Arts Management Services.

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