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U.S.-Japan Connection Travel 2016-17:
Blog Reflection: Caitlin Strokosch

Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 12:11 pm in International Program Reflections, News

Blog Reflection:
Caitlin Strokosch, President & CEO, NPN/VAN

Our public round-table discussion at TPAM in February 2017 gave us an opportunity to engage face-to-face with artists, curators, and presenters from Japan to explore the role of the arts in addressing Japan’s most critical social issues. What we heard in response was frustration at the frequent disconnect between the arts world and the “real world” in Japan, and a resistance from many audiences and public funders toward artists who are engaging in controversial social or political topics. These topics include Japan’s aging population and the difficulties of the younger generation as caretakers, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, wealth disparity and hidden poverty, and the 3/11 earthquake in Tohoku. Our shared urgency to invest in risk-taking artists and their work, particularly in the face of increasing censorship in both the U.S. and Japan, gives greater focus to our U.S.-Japan Connection program, to ensure our limited resources are filling a critical need. It was a powerful introductory meeting, just the start of the deep relationship-building and learning our U.S. curators and I are embarking on. I left the convening inspired, imagining how we might support each other as colleagues through a shared commitment to freedom of expression and centering marginalized voices.

U.S.-Japan Connection Travel 2016-17:
Introduction

Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017 at 12:04 pm in International Program Reflections

Sha Cage, Catalyst Series Curator, Intermedia Arts (Minneapolis, MN)

In the February 2017 trip to Tokyo and Yokohama, the U.S-Japan Connection group consisted of Julie Bates MacGillis (Intermedia Arts), who attended in my stead, along with incoming curators Benjamin Akio Kimitch (P.S. 122), Colleen Furukawa (Maui Cultural Arts Center) and, from NPN/VAN, President/CEO Caitlin Strokosch and program consultant Kyoko Yoshida. The majority of research was done in Yokohama at TPAM (Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting). The group also had a chance to take in some fringe shows and meet with partners and allies as part of the overall agenda. Throughout the nine-day TPAM convening, there was the opportunity to view more than 50 artists/companies that presented more than 200 performances, and attend more than 300 meetings, discussions and seminars. The conference hosted more than 700 people from over 40 countries. More specifically, those attending were professionals engaged in performing arts as artists, festival directors, venue producers, facilitators, company managers, presenters and in other forms in the profession. More than 15,000 people visited the “Creative City” of Yokohama looking for encounters with performing arts. As one of the new curators, this level of curated performance is both exciting and provocative. We invite you to follow the blogs and reflections throughout the year.  Here is a link to learn more about TPAM and what this convening is all about: https://www.tpam.or.jp/info/en/about-us

Emergency Preparedness for the Performing Arts

Posted: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 2:24 pm in Field News, Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE
Contact: Meg Blum
Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, LYRASIS
720.215.2179
meg.blum@lyrasis.org

“The Show Must Go On” – Performing Arts Emergency Preparedness Initiative Receives Implementation Funding

June 21, 2017, Atlanta, GA – The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded a $2,500,000 grant to LYRASIS, a leading member-based non-profit organization serving libraries, archives, and museums, to implement a project with nine partner organizations that will strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations.

The three-year grant will support a variety of programs increasing knowledge, ability, and readiness among performing arts organizations to plan and execute emergency recovery plans.

The Project Partners have expertise in emergency preparedness from both the performing arts and cultural heritage communities, with representatives from: ArtsReady at South Arts, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, LYRASIS, Midwest Art Conservation Center, National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response, National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Northeast Document Conservation Center, Performing Arts Alliance, and the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service.

Robert Miller, CEO of LYRASIS, says of the initiative: “We’re excited for the opportunity to work directly with performing arts organizations, especially as they are key resources within their communities, and within the cultural heritage field. LYRASIS has long been committed to serving the cultural heritage community and I am happy that our deep experience with disaster preparedness can help us in leading a project that will serve this new audience.”

“A performing arts organization that’s prepared in the event of a disaster would be prepared to protect its contributions to its community, such as educational partnerships, diverse cultural offerings, and local economic support. We’re pleased to serve as a partner in this important national effort to help our field stand strong in the event of an emergency,” noted Cristine Davis, General Manager of the Performing Arts Alliance.

This implementation project will test ideas and models developed from a 2016 planning study which assessed issues and needs among performing arts organizations in regard to emergency plan development. Highlights of this new, nationwide project include:

  • Outreach and community engagement efforts to raise awareness of the value of, increase the priority for, and improve understanding of the importance of planning for emergencies.
  • The provision of information resources, models and best practices, online and in-person training, and conference programming specific to the contexts of performing arts organizations, to address the need for expanded emergency preparedness knowledge and expertise in the field.
  • Readily-accessible and easy-to-use templates and enhanced online tools that enable customized planning, from basic to advanced levels, to suit the emergency preparedness needs of a diverse range of organizational sizes and situations.
  • A “Circuit Rider” mentoring program which will provide local community-based training, consulting, and expertise in selected cities and states, for the development of individual institutional emergency plans and area-wide networks and partnerships.
  • Grants that provide the resources to build or enhance cooperative emergency networks in cities, states, and regions, and to support the creation of continuity of operations and emergency response plans for individual institutions.

“Performing arts organizations play a uniquely important role in community vitality and expression, and yet they can also be uniquely vulnerable in an emergency. With this new partnership, we will help ensure that performing arts venues and performing companies are more resilient and sustainable through the resources that will be updated, created, and delivered through this project,” said Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, ArtsReady Director at South Arts.

As each of the services is introduced, the Project Partners will provide information to the performing arts and cultural heritage communities.  For more information, or to get involved in the project, please contact Project Director Tom Clareson, LYRASIS’ Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services, tom.clareson@lyrasis.org or Meg Blum, LYRASIS’ Associate Director of Marketing and Communications, meg.blum@lyrasis.org or (720) 215-2179.

Website: http://performingartsreadiness.org/

Sign up for future announcements about the project at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PARML.

About LYRASIS
LYRASIS (www.lyrasis.org), a non-profit membership organization, partners with member libraries, archives, and museums to create, access, preserve and manage information, with an emphasis on digital content, while building and sustaining collaboration, enhancing operations and technology, and increasing buying power.

About The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Founded in 1969, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies by supporting exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work. Additional information is available at mellon.org.

About ArtsReady at South Arts
ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, provides arts organizations with customized business continuity plans for post-crisis sustainability. ArtsReady is a national initiative of South Arts. South Arts, one of the nation’s six regional arts organizations, strengthens the South through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies and nurturing a vibrant quality of life. South Arts works in partnership with the state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  The ArtsReady Library and online planning tool are at www.artsready.org.

About Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts
The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is a nonprofit conservation facility specializing in the treatment of works on paper, photographs, and books through conservation and state-of-the-art digital imaging services. Founded in 1977, CCAHA serves nonprofit cultural institutions, private individuals, and other collecting organizations.  To learn more, please visit www.ccaha.org.

About Midwest Art Conservation Center
The Midwest Art Conservation Center is a non-profit regional center for the preservation and conservation of art and artifacts, providing treatment, education, and training for museums, historical societies, libraries, other cultural institutions, artists, and the public.  To learn more, visit www.preserveart.org.

About National Performance Network
The National Performance Network, including the Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN), is a group of diverse cultural organizers and artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the arts in the United States. For additional information, visit www.npnweb.org.

About the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response
The Coalition is a voluntary network of government agencies, private organizations and individuals dedicated to building and sustaining an organized safety net of services, tools and information for those involved the arts and culture sector – artists, arts/culture organizations and arts businesses – before, during, and after disasters and emergencies. The Coalition also collaborates with other sectors at national, regional, and local levels to strengthen recovery efforts in the larger community, http://www.giarts.org/group/arts-funding/emergency-readiness-response-and-recovery.

About New Jersey State Council on the Arts
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, created in 1966, is a division of the NJ Department of State. The Council was established to encourage and foster public interest in the arts; enlarge public and private resources devoted to the arts; promote freedom of expression in the arts; and facilitate the inclusion of art in every public building in New Jersey. The Council receives direct appropriations from the State of New Jersey through a dedicated, renewable Hotel/Motel Occupancy fee, as well as competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. To learn more about the Council, please visit www.artscouncil.nj.gov.

About Northeast Document Conservation Center
Founded in 1973, the nonprofit Northeast Document Conservation Center serves museums, libraries, archives, and individuals nationwide. NEDCC provides conservation treatment for book and paper collections as well as digital imaging, audio preservation, assessments, consultations, training, and disaster assistance. To learn more, visit www.nedcc.org.

About Performing Arts Alliance
The Performing Arts Alliance is the national policy advocate, leadership forum, and learning network for America’s nonprofit performing arts organizations, artists, and allies. Through legislative and grassroots action, PAA advocates for national policies that recognize, enhance, and foster the contributions the performing arts make to America. Coalition members work together towards a vision of a nation where the diverse ecology of the performing arts is deeply-valued and supported, adequately and equitably resourced, and where participation is accessible to all. For more information, please visit:  www.ThePerformingArtsAlliance.org.

About the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service
WESTPAS is an NEH-funded preservation information, education, and training program designed to extend the access lives of heritage collections, including performing arts libraries and archives, throughout the 14 U.S. Western and Pacific states and territories. WESTPAS also supports collaborative disaster planning and assistance.  More information is available at www.westpas.org.

Southern Exposure Subsidy for DanzAbierta

Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 4:46 pm in Opportunities

Hello Presenters!

At this time, we are organizing the specific tour dates for DanzAbierta’s 2017-18 U.S. tour. To date, we have two windows of touring activity available: November 2017 and March 2018. I have been in touch with many of you individually, but if you are interested in presenting the company in either one of these tour windows, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can create a calendar of activities for the tour. Additionally, if you have other dates you would like to suggest, please contact me directly to explore possibilities further.

Some important details:

The Southern Exposure subsidy is first-come, first-served, so if this support is critical for your presentation of the company, please be aware that this subsidy is limited. At this time, Southern Exposure has allocated a total of $29,100 in total subsidy for DanzAbierta, and we want to make sure this subsidy, once allocated, will be substantial enough to offset costs for presenters in a meaningful way. In order to allocate this subsidy properly, presenters must advise me of their interest promptly. Final letters of agreement are due April 1 to be eligible to receive the subsidy.

Additionally, The National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) is coordinating this tour and providing administrative support though its Performing Americas Program in the form of visa preparation. Please note that NPN/VAN will also pay for all visa petition and application costs for the tour, so these costs will not be passed on to tour presenters.

Company fees and travel details:

The company is traveling with 10 individuals and is touring with two different works. They can perform either or both for any given engagement.

Company fee: $6,000 per performance for 1-2 performances; $4,500 per performance for 3 or more performances
Per diem: $50/day/person
Hotel, local transportation and local production: paid by presenter
Extra baggage: paid by presenter
International and domestic airfare: Shared equally among tour presenters
Visa petition and application fees: paid by NPN/VAN

Please be in touch with any further questions regarding DanzAbierta’s tour. Use this link for additional details on the work.

Elizabeth edoud@npnweb.org

Southern Exposure Subsidy for Pájaro

Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 4:14 pm in Opportunities

Hello Presenters!

At this time, we are organizing the specific tour dates for Trinidad Gonzalez’s 2017-18 tour of Pájaro. To date, the likely window of touring is January 2018. I have been in touch with many of you individually, but if you are interested in presenting the company around this time, please contact me as soon as possible so that we can create a calendar of activities for the tour. Additionally, if you have other dates you would like to suggest, please contact me directly to explore possibilities further.

Some important details:

The Southern Exposure subsidy is first-come, first-served, so if this support is a critical for your presentation of the company, please be aware that this subsidy is limited (please note that presenters may receive more than one Southern Exposure tour subsidy in the same fiscal year!). At this time, Southern Exposure has allocated a total of $29,100 in total subsidy for Trinidad Gonzalez, and we want to make sure this subsidy, once allocated, can be substantial enough to offset costs for presenters in a meaningful way. In order to allocate this subsidy properly, presenters must advise me of their interest promptly. Final letters of agreement are due April 1 to be eligible to receive the subsidy.

Additionally, The National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) is coordinating this tour, and providing administrative support though its Performing Americas Program in the form of visa preparation. Please note that NPN/VAN will also pay for all visa petition and application costs for the tour, so these costs will not be passed on to tour presenters or artists.

The company tours with six company members.

Company Fee: $5,000 per performance for 1-2 performances; $4,000 per performance for 3 or more performances
Per diem: $50 / day / person
Hotel, local transportation and local production: paid by presenter
Extra baggage: paid by presenter
International and domestic airfare: Shared equally among tour presenters
Visa petition and application fees: paid by NPN/VAN

Please be in touch with any further questions regarding the tour of Pájaro. Use this link for additional details on the work.

Elizabeth Doud
edoud@npnweb.org

American Dance Abroad Pitchbook

Posted: Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 2:40 pm in Opportunities

Pitchbook, American Dance Abroad’s biannual publication of new works by U.S. choreographers, is open for submissions now through April 1, 2017.

The third volume of Pitchbook will feature 10 dance projects that have premiered since July 1, 2016 or will premiere before June 30, 2018.

Pitchbook publicizes new projects without the necessity or expense of traveling. It is available through print and digital formats, and will be distributed by American Dance Abroad to international programmers at marketplaces and professional gatherings such as Aerowaves Spring Forward (Aarhus, Denmark), Performing Arts Market Seoul (Seoul, South Korea), and China Shanghai International Arts Festival Performing Arts Fair (Shanghai, China).

Download submission instructions here.

E-Newsletter / February 22, 2017

Posted: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 1:20 pm in E-Newsletters

Dance Place, Executive/Artistic Director

Posted: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 4:17 pm in Job Announcements, Member & Partner Announcements

Over 35 years, retiring leaders Carla Perlo and Deborah Riley developed a unique merger of artistic vision and bold leadership that prepared them to thoughtfully plan for succession while celebrating Dance Place’s capital and program expansion. Now in its 36th year, Dance Place is poised for its next stage of growth. The Board of Directors has established a search committee to identify a highly talented and experienced Executive / Artistic Director to lead Dance Place into the future. A highly qualified new leader will bring energy and expertise as the organization continues as a prolific dance presenter and leader of creative placemaking in Washington, DC.

Link to Dance Place’s website to read more about the position and download a full job description and instructions on applying by February 28, 2017.

 

Contemporary Arts Center
in New Orleans
Associate Director of External Affairs

Posted: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 4:16 pm in Job Announcements, Member & Partner Announcements

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in New Orleans is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. It expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs; educating and enlarging audiences for the arts; and encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

The CAC seeks an Associate Director of External Affairs, reporting to the Director & CEO. Expected start date is July 1, 2017.

The Associate Director of External Affairs is a senior staff member and department head responsible for planning and implementing sales and marketing programs, both short and long range, targeted toward existing and new markets. The External Affairs Department is responsible for devising and executing public relations, marketing, and advertising strategies to promote all exhibitions, performances, and events programmed by the CAC. Leading the External Affairs Department, the Associate Director will play a critical role in the success of the CAC’s strategic initiatives for audience development and artistic production.

Link to the CAC’s website for a full job description and information on how to apply. The CAC will keep the position open until a suitable candidate is chosen, but preference will be given to candidates who submit completed materials by May 1, 2017.

Director of Bates Dance Festival

Posted: Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 at 4:53 pm in Job Announcements

Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, invites applications for the position of Director of the Bates Dance Festival, an internationally renowned summer program celebrating its 35th anniversary of bringing together a diverse community of international choreographers, performers, educators, and students in a cooperative environment to study, perform, and incubate new work. Serving as a leader in the development and exposition of the performing arts on campus and throughout the world of dance, the Director is the producer, artistic curator, coordinator, and manager of a contemporary dance program that combines academic excellence, innovative programming, and community engagement.

Follow this link for full job description, qualifications and how to apply: https://apply.interfolio.com/39373

Review of applications begins February 10, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The position will begin in summer of 2017.




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