Performance Residency Program

As of July 1, 2017, the Artist Engagement Fund replaces the NPN Performance Residency and VAN Exhibition Residency. One fund is available to NPN and VAN Partners per Fiscal Year. NPN/VAN Partners who are commissioners on Creation & Development Fund work, may access one additional fund to present commissioned work.

The Performance Residency subsidizes the presentation of touring artists through one- or two-week community engagement residencies at NPN Partner sites. Artists are paid to publicly present their work and engage in community activities such as demos, open rehearsals, master classes or workshops in a wide variety of venues, from prisons to schools to community centers.

Each year about 110 residencies provide direct support to artist through a standard contract that guarantees artists a fair fee. NPN provides a subsidy ranging from $1,500 to $12,000 to every NPN Partner to offset artist’s fees. NPN does not maintain a roster of artists. NPN Partners make their own curatorial choices.

Annually NPN supports $400,000+ in subsidies, leverages $1,000,000+ in matches, pays 600+ artists and facilitates 500+ residency activities per year.

Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.




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