NPN is a network rather than just an association or service organization. By cultivating long-term relationships and promoting cultural equity, we seek to build a collaborative, non-hierarchical ecosystem based on racial and cultural justice.

NPN’s network includes more than 70 national Partners in 31 states and 47 communities; dozens of co-commissioning presenters across the U.S.; more than 30 fiscally-sponsored artist projects in New Orleans and beyond; and thousands of artists who have received NPN support.

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516 ARTS

516 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102   Google map
Claude Smith, Education & Exhibitions Manager, claude@516arts.org
Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director, suzanne@516arts.org

516 ARTS operates a museum-style gallery in downtown Albuquerque, offering programs that inspire curiosity, dialogue, risk-taking and creative experimentation. They showcase a mix of established, emerging, local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Programs include exhibitions, collaborations with museums and organizations, public art projects, the 516 WORDS literary arts series, lectures, public forums, workshops, youth programs, performances and special community arts events like the Downtown Block Party.

Openings and events draw large, diverse crowds and generate excitement, dialogue and interaction among artists and the public. Schools and community groups visit for educational tours and activities throughout the exhibitions. 516 ARTS is known for its leadership of collaborations that have drawn national and international audiences and media coverage.

National Partner

651 ARTS

1000 Dean Street, Suite 232, Brooklyn, NY 11238   Google map
Phone 718-305-1045
Monica L. Williams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, monica.williams@651arts.org
Farren Wood, Program Associate, Farren.Wood@651arts.org

Founded in 1989, 651 ARTS is Brooklyn’s premier presenter of contemporary dance, theater and music from the African Diaspora. Our signature programs are the mainstage Performance Series, Tradition and Transformation (finished work by emerging and established artists), Live & Outspoken (provocative artist interviews and live performances), Africa Exchange (exchange projects and access for African artists to perform in the United States), Artist Development Initiative, and Education and Community programs which engage artists in adult and youth learning.

651 ARTS is committed to presenting a high level of excellence in the contemporary performing arts of the African Diaspora. Our presentations, humanities events and artist development activities seek to further quality cultural programming by and for people representing the full breadth of the Black and African Diasporic experience.

National Partner

7 Stages

1105 Euclid Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA 30307   Google map
Heidi Howard, Artistic Director, heidi@7stages.org
Mack Headrick, Managing Director, mack@7stages.org

7 Stages engages artists and audiences by focusing on social, spiritual and artistic values in contemporary culture. Primary emphasis is given to the support and development of new plays, new playwrights and new methods of collaboration. Our vision is to be a global center for the creation of vital conversations through collaborative performance. We are committed to inviting national and international performances and theatre artists to our community and to bringing different cultures into intimate contact. We also maintain a multi-disciplinary performance space for other arts groups in Atlanta.

Looking specifically at physical movement, ensemble-based groups and theatre companies, 7 Stages travels nationally and internationally to identify new artists with whom we want to foster relationships. Through live encounters, video clips and electronic communications, we identify companies that fit our mission.

Fiscally Sponsored

A&A ColLABoration

Seattle, WA    Google map
June Wilson, Philanthropic Advisor & Strategist, june@centralinsights.com

Sponsored by the CrossCurrents and Compton Foundations, the Arts and Activism (A&A) ColLABoration supports six projects between artists and activist organizations. Each project uses arts-integrated organizing to build power within their respective communities. Through storytelling and community engagement they produce narratives that elevate themes of democracy, power, and freedom in the United States. While the projects vary in model, practice, and development, they share similar goals: to achieve impact and to deepen engagement on salient issues by centering the voices of those who are most affected by them.

A&A ColLABoration intentionally selected projects at different stages of development to showcase what successful collaborations between artists and activists. As part of a national learning cohort, the projects contribute to a network where methods and strategies are discussed, documented, and shared.

The projects are:

The League is one of two startups supported by A&A ColLABoration. The League offers media/marketing strategies to musicians and media producers who want to elevate social issues on their platforms. Formed by a collective of creatives, analysts, and campaigners, The League experiments with cultural engagement strategies to reach new audiences through social media and curated events.

Similarly, the School of Good Citizenship is a new venture launched by the artists duo LigaronoReese. Inspired by the success of their previous public art installations Melted Away, the artists will mount four simultaneous public art projects in Charlotte, North Carolina in the week leading up to the Republican Convention. These installations will anchor workshops around democracy that blend creativity and art with civic dialogue.

Skylight Engagement will launch its first convening of filmmakers and activists in the United States, based on successful models of their work in Central and South America. The Borderlands Solidari Labs will gather a new network of artists and activists to examine immigration in the United States along the Southwest border. The group will collaboratively prototype media projects that tell nuanced stories about immigration challenging the prevailing dominant and demeaning narratives.

The Midwest Cultural Lab will deepen its model for connecting artists and activists in Ohio. Using social media platforms, artists in the network will create content that mobilize young voters of color around local and state level issues.

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) will expand its media marketing campaign for its Families Belong Together: Coloring Without Borders children’s coloring book and accompanying curriculum. The coloring book is a result of NDWA’s partnership with numerous artists who donated their work for the pages of the book. The coloring book distribution will be done in two parts: first, to migrant children at the border to help them process their experiences. Second, to families in the U.S. whose purchases are an act of solidarity and support for NDWA’s work at the border.

Led by their Artist in Residence, Forward Together partners with artists of color and allied organizations to strengthen the effectiveness of movements and campaigns through the use of visual imagery. With A&A ColLABoration funding, Forward Together will expand the Art As Power program, with a specific focus on the fifth annual Transgender Day of Resilience as well as mobilizing artists in rapid response campaigns.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

All My Relations Arts / Native American Community Development Institute / NACDI

1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404   Google map
Alex Buffalohead, Arts and Cultural Engagement Manager, abuffalohead@nacdi.org
Edward Minnema, Chief Operating Officer, eminnema@nacdi.org

The Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI), located in the heart of the American Indian Cultural Corridor in Minneapolis, builds power in American Indian communities through community organizing, cultural engagement, and Indigenous arts. All My Relations Arts is an initiative of NACDI that seeks to serve contemporary Native artists and increase public access to Indigenous arts. Its robust arts and cultural programming includes the premiere midwestern gallery for contemporary Native arts with four quarterly exhibitions across a range of artistic mediums and styles. Exhibitions include national traveling shows, solo shows from local and emerging artists, and topical exhibits curated around current issues in the Native community.

National Partner

Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126   Google map
Diana Abouali, Director, dabouali@accesscommunity.org

The Arab American National museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in America dedicated to telling the story of Arab Americans. The AANM has the responsibility and unique capacity to foster better understanding and appreciation of Arab Americans and the Arab world. The museum’s exhibits and programs are responsive to and reflective of the Arab American community, serve the diverse population of our nation, dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about Arabs, Arab Americans, and other immigrants, and help all ethnic groups recognize their shared histories, experiences, and inter- dependence. An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, in 2008 the museum received a Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The AANM is a founding member of both the Immigration and Civil Rights Sites of Conscience Network and CultureSource. In 2013, the AANM achieved accreditation from the American Alliance of museums.

National Partner

Art2Action, Inc.

Tampa, FL    Google map
Phone 813-444-7268
Andrea Assaf, Artistic & Executive Director, andrea@art2action.org
Gabrielle Vigueira, General Manager, gabi@art2action.org

Art2Action creates, develops, produces and presents original theatre, interdisciplinary performances, performative acts and progressive cultural organizing. We support women artists, artists of color, queer or trans* artists, and creative allies. We are dedicated to these values, and hold them to be of equal importance: Cultural Equity & Aesthetic Innovation, Artistic Quality & Community Value, Performativity & Impact.

Whether developing new work, touring, or acting as a presenter, community process and meaningful engagement is central to all our work. As a mission-driven, artist-led organization, we increase capacity, extend and deepen our impact through multi-year partnerships with local and national institutions, organizations and networks.

Art2Action is incorporated in the State of New York, and the State of Florida. As a presenter, we work closely with our Tampa partners, from the University of South Florida (USF) to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, to local businesses and community service organizations. Presenting venues vary in size and technical capacity, from 50–500 seats; identifying the appropriate partners for each residency is key to our process.

Not all residencies require a public performance. Art2Action also supports new work in development by offering writing, exploration or rehearsal residencies at our *new* in-house studio, “The Artists Enclave,” which features a 19×21 studio with a sprung wood dance floor. (For individual artists or small groups, by invitation only).

Disciplines: Theatre, Dance, Performance Art, Music, Spoken Word, Multi-Discipline

Fiscally Sponsored

Artist Corps New Orleans

2533 Columbus Street, New Orleans, LA 70119   Google map
Sonya Robinson, Managing Director

Artist Corps CONNECTS New Orleans music education initiatives with local and national resources to build strong music programs with:

  • EMPOWERED Educators
  • EMBEDDED Artists and Culture Bearers
  • EQUIPPED School Leaders
  • ENGAGED Communities
  • EXCELLENT Opportunities for Young People

Artist Corps:

AFFIRMS that music is young people’s birthright, innovation is New Orleans’ legacy, and investing in the next generation is our shared responsibility.

COMMITS to establishing pathways to excellent, comprehensive, sequential music education for every young person in New Orleans.

HONORS New Orleans educators, artists, and culture bearers – valuing their expertise and amplifying their voices in developing strategy for advancing music education.

CELEBRATES the many dedicated schools, programs, cultural organizations, families, funders, resource providers and supporters that provide music education in New Orleans – and strives to coordinate efforts and focus resources to increase collaborative impact.

CENTERS equity and justice in our work, cultivating systemic opportunity that enables young people to engage in their cultural legacy and grow as musicians and as individuals.

MODELS a reflective practice that respects tradition, integrates diverse perspectives, fosters growth and embraces change.

National Partner

ArtPower At UC San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive #0029, La Jolla, CA 92093   Google map
Jordan Peimer, Executive Director, jpeimer@ucsd.edu
Molly Clark, Associate Artistic Director, moclark@mail.ucsd.edu

ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibitions, and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences on and off campus through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists.

Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue among artists, students, scholars, and the community.

National Partner

Ashé Cultural Center / Efforts of Grace, Inc.

1712 O.C. Haley Boulevard #208, New Orleans, LA 70113   Google map
Carol Bebelle, Co-Founder/Executive Director, cbebelle@gmail.com

Ashé Cultural Arts Center is the primary initiative of Efforts of Grace. Its mission is to promote, produce, create and support programs, activities and creative works that emphasize the positive contributions of people of African descent. We pride ourselves on our commitment to and experience with collaboration and on our ability to combine art, culture and community into a variety of activities, events, performances and exhibits. We are a multi-disciplinary cultural arts organization with a focus on performance art.

We encourage collaborations among and between artistic disciplines and artists in the Ashé artistic family, independent artists, and artists associated with other arts organizations. Ashé collaborates among its directing team to select artists and identify themes of interest that emerge from our artistic family and the community.

National Partner

Asian Arts Initiative

1219 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107   Google map
Anne Ishii, Executive Director, anne@asianartsinitaitive.org
Julia Shaw, Deputy Director, julia@asianartsinitiative.org

Asian Arts Initiative is a community-based arts center that engages artists and everyday people to create art that explores the diverse experiences of Asian Americans, addresses our social context, and imagines and effects positive community change. We are working toward a just and joyous world where all people, regardless of their race and class, are able to view and create art that reflects their lives and concerns. We present all disciplines, including but not limited to dance, performance art, spoken word, theater, music, film and the visual arts.

Our multi-tenant arts facility includes our black box performance space with a professional lighting grid and modular seating; a 1,200 sq. ft. gallery space with 20-ft. ceilings and street front windows; multiple studio spaces that we rent to local arts organizations, both short-term and long-term; and a multi-purpose 2,300 sq. ft. event space.

We focus on Asian-American artists and are open to any artist willing and able to dialogue in a sustained way with our communities. We encourage artists to provide context to their performances through pre- or post- performance discussions, workshops or lecture/ demos. Our executive director and staff select artists with the assistance and expertise of volunteer artists and community members. We also organize exhibitions at public sites throughout Philadelphia. Asian Arts Initiative uses a combination of open call processes and invitations to artists.

Fiscally Sponsored

Astralis Duo

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Katalin Lukács, Project Director
Lisa Hooper, Project Director

Rising Water is working to amplify the voices of regional communities threatened by rising sea levels through artistic expressions. Local artists have been commissioned to work with threatened communities to create new performance art reflective of the traditions, values, and beliefs that will be lost as rising seas swallow these communities. Through public performances of these works, Rising Water will creatively inform, challenge, and inspire the broader community to take positive action against sea level rise and climate change.

Your support helps us:

  • Equitably pay our participating composers, poets, video artists, and performers
  • Partner with local schools to hold student poetry contests (winner’s work will be set to
    music by a Rising Water composer)
  • Rent community-accessible rehearsal and performance space
  • Provide ticket-free performances


If today is your day to give, then please use the donation button on this page. Thank you!

National Partner

Bates Dance Festival

305 College Street, Lewiston, ME 04240   Google map
Shoni Currier, Director, scurrier@bates.edu

Founded in 1982, Bates Dance festival (BDf) is a leading presenter of contemporary dance in northern New England. BDf brings together over 60 dance artists with 350 participants from around the globe and 5,000 audience members from across the state and region, for an intensive six-week season. The festival includes a performance series of internationally acclaimed contemporary dance, adult professional training, workshops for teen dancers and local youth, extensive community outreach activities, and commissioning and creative time residencies.

The Bates Dance festival builds and nurtures artistic relationships in an effort to provide sustained support, peer engagement and a creative home. BDf director Shoshona Currier consults with artists, festival participants and colleagues to invite new artists into the BDf community, and a committee of choreographers often recommends new artists for our programs. Planning for residencies is done in collaboration with the artists to best meet our individual and shared goals.

Fiscally Sponsored

Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Collective

213 Gadsden Hwy Suite 108, Birmingham, AL 35235   Google map

The award-winning Birmingham Black Repertory Theatre Collective is a grassroots theatre incubator that operates as a collective of individuals invested in preserving a culture of Black theatre in the city of Birmingham. Our goal is to produce bodies of performance art by and for people across the African Diaspora in order to showcase and introduce Black artistic work to the city of Birmingham through staged readings, mainstage and black-box performances, and workshops with industry professionals. BBRTC has a continued laser focus on telling stories of people across the African diaspora who live in the margins and we are committed to hiring within those groups as well. These include, but are not limited to, Black women, Black queer people, and Black disabled people.

Read about their current project Marassa, a ritual and performance work inspired by the Haitian/Dominican divine loa twins the Marassa Jumeaux.

National Partner

Bunnell Street Arts Center

106 West Bunnell, Homer, AK 99603   Google map
Asia Freeman, Artistic Director, asia@bunnellarts.org
Adele Person, Executive Director, adele@bunnellarts.org

Bunnell was created in 1991 by and for artists to sustain artists, cultivate audiences and engage a vibrant Alaskan community. Our mission is to nurture and present exceptional innovative art in all media for diverse audiences. Bunnell presents artist residencies, artist-in-schools programs, workshops, visual art exhibitions, performances, concerts, film screenings, readings, artist talks and more. Bunnell has been a powerful force in shaping Alaska’s cultural landscape for 25 years.

Fiscally Sponsored

Bvlbancha Public Access

Thibodaux, LA    Google map

Bvlbancha Public Access is a media channel based in Bulbancha, Louisiana. We collect stories, facilitate art, and produce events on Indigenous identity in the Gulf South.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.

1323 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917   Google map
Jonathan Clark, Executive/Artistic Director, jonathan@carpetbagtheatre.org

The Carpetbag Theatre (CBT) is an African American Legacy Theater with a rich history of service to diverse populations. As an intergenerational company, our efforts to engage communities of color and other disenfranchised communities have been constant. An ensemble company both artistically and administratively, CBT works collaboratively to fulfill our mission, to build communities and to develop social capital, emphasizing inclusion and cross-cultural dialogue. “finding voice” is not simply storytelling; it reveals an individual’s power to make change in their own life and the lives of their community. Our curatorial practice is rooted in these principles, selecting work that exemplifies an aesthetic that is inclusive and meets our standard of excellence.

National Partner

Carver Community Cultural Center

226 North Hackberry Street, San Antonio, TX 78202   Google map
Phone 210-207-7211
Cassandra Parker-Nowicki, Cultural Center Supervisor, cassandraparker.nowicki@sanantonio.gov
Yonnie Blanchette, Executive Director, yonnie.blanchette@sanantonio.gov

The Carver is a multicultural and multi-disciplinary arts center with an emphasis on the contributions of African and African- American artists. for over 40 years, the Carver has celebrated the diverse cultures of our world by presenting local, national and international performing and visual artists. Our programming includes performing arts presentations, visual arts exhibits, residencies, master classes and other arts education programs. Though the Carver strives to work extensively with the city’s east-side neighborhoods, all programs are available to the larger San Antonio community and beyond.

Through our programming, the Carver strives not only to preserve, celebrate and foster the creative expression of the African-American culture, but also to serve as an agent of cross- cultural awareness, exchange and tolerance. Artistic review is a year-round process.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144   Google map
Sharon Williams, Managing Director, sharonw@cdforum.org
Nina Yarbrough, Business Development Manager, ninay@cdforum.org

Central District forum for Arts & Ideas is the only organization in the Seattle area solely dedicated to presenting emerging Black arts, artists, and ideas. Our mission is to present and produce Black cultural programs that encourage thought and debate, with a vision of inspiring new thoughts and challenging assumptions about Black culture. We believe in the value of cultural and geographic community, creativity, identity and passion. By focusing on community, we commit to collective efforts that celebrate the diversity of the Black experience. By focusing on creativity, we honor the role of artistic expression and disparate ideas in inspiring conversations leading to social and cultural change. By focusing on identity, we create spaces, experiences and conversations that allow people and communities to see themselves in the arts and ideas we present. By focusing on passion, we acknowledge the intensity and generosity of the work of artists, the interest of audiences, the intellect of thought leaders and the investments of supporters. These values serve as our strategic frame and guide day-to-day operations and curatorial decisions.

Fiscally Sponsored

Cicada Radio

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Asher Griffith, Executive Producer, louder@cicadaradio.com

Cicada Radio is a New Orleans–based audio production company and podcast network focused on equity, environmental justice, and artistic expression.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Coleman Center for the Arts

630 Avenue A, York, AL 36925   Google map
Jackie Clay, Executive Director, jackie@colemanarts.org
Suzanne McGahey, Board Chair, smcgahey@prystup.com

The Coleman Center for the Arts (CCA) is a contemporary arts organization in rural York, Alabama that uses art to foster positive social change, answer civic needs, build local pride, and use creativity for community problem- solving. The CCA was founded in 1985 through the grassroots efforts of local citizens. Programs include a community-based artist-in-residence program that produces socially engaged public art projects, an exhibition program that features the work of local artists, as well as regional and national artists completing CCA projects, and an education program that offers year-round opportunities for area youth.

CCA programs offer artists and community members opportunities to work as co- participants in projects that address civic and social needs. Calling on models of contemporary art and consensus-based organizing, projects are characterized by close collaboration with the community. By sustaining long-term relationships between artists, participants and community, the CCA seeks to have a lasting effect on individuals, issues and the means of production for contemporary art.

National Partner

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati

44 East Sixth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202   Google map
Drew Klein, Performance Curator, dklein@contemporaryartscenter.org

Founded in 1939 and rebranded as the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) in the 1950s, the organization remains committed to impacting regional and global communities by providing transformative arts experiences that challenge, entertain and educate. In 2003, the CAC moved into its current home, the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art designed by celebrated architect Zaha Hadid.

In 2011, the CAC launched its first performance program. The Black Box Performance Series presents an impressive collection of contemporary music, dance, theatre, and multimedia works from regional, national, and international artists. A dedication to presenting both emerging and established voices is matched by a strong commitment to commissioning and co-producing new works.

National Partner

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130   Google map
Phone 504-528-3805
Laurie Uprichard, Senior Curator of Performing Arts, luprichard@cacno.org
Tiffany Hall, Manager of Executive Affairs & Grants Manager, thall@cacno.org

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi-disciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC presents contemporary performing artists, visual arts exhibitions, unique education programs, and other events. The CAC’s Performing Arts program features bold experiments in music, dance, theater and performance art by local, emerging, and internationally recognized artists.

The CAC positively impacts over 10,000 students, teachers, families and artists annually through its education and public programs. The CAC demonstrates proactive leadership by educating children and adults; cultivating and growing audiences; and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities and supporters.

National Partner

Contemporary Dance Theater, Inc.

1805 Larch Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45224   Google map
Jefferson James, Artistic & Executive Director, jefferson@cdt-dance.org
Elizabeth Collins, President of the Board of Trustees, ecollins919@gmail.com

Contemporary Dance Theater (CDT) was founded in 1972 to promote contemporary dance. Over the years its mission has taken on a more social aspect, now described as “moving bodies, moving souls.” CDT feels this is the essence of contemporary dance. To accomplish this, CDT presents diverse dance and time arts, produces and assists the production of regional movement-based work and integrates art into community life.

Contemporary Dance Theater is first and foremost a dance presenter, but the inclusion of theater/dance offers a wide variety of artists/companies. founder and artistic director Jefferson James chooses the artists from her knowledge of the field. She also attends conferences and showcases and views videos to make those choices. She encourages audience and board members to offer suggestions. A season is chosen to reflect the variety within the field, to present familiar as well as new artists, and to challenge the audience with new ideas while keeping them eager for more.

Fiscally Sponsored

Creating New Futures

Ariel Lembeck
April Biggs

Creating New Futures is an arts worker-driven effort speaking to the dance and performance field in what is currently called the United States.

In Phase 1, a group of arts workers came together to create the “living document” Creating New Futures: Working Guidelines for Ethics & Equity in Presenting Dance & Performance, which attempts to frame principles and guidelines for conversations within the dance and performance field to shape our futures in light of the extraordinary chaos and disruption caused by COVID-19. The document addresses concerns regarding cancellations and what future work, funding, survival might look like. More pressingly, it looks beyond the present moment to address longstanding inequities, deficiencies, and power imbalances in the field.

Phase 2 is now emerging and is formed by working groups that include: Black and Indigenous Survivors group, Disability+ group, Intersectional Riders group, and Contracts/Force Majeure group with potential groups in discussion like the Natureculture Watershed group.

National Partner

Dance Place

3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017   Google map
Christopher Morgan, Executive Artistic Director, christopher@danceplace.org
Sarah Greenbaum, Associate Curator, sarahg@danceplace.org

Founded in 1980, Dance Place builds a community of artists, audiences, and students through high-quality performances, commissions, training and educational programs. We are committed to enriching the field of dance locally, nationally and internationally. Our thriving campus serves as an anchor in the development of our Brookland/Edgewood neighborhood in Washington, DC.

With an effective intern program for college students and junior staff program for teenagers, the organization prides itself not only as an internationally respected presenter and theater, but also as a provider of model programs for young people. Through our free, interactive “Art on 8th” programming, Dance Place offers a series of music, dance and creative crafts for people of all ages.

In September 2017, Christopher K. morgan succeeded founding director Carla Perlo and director Deborah Riley as Dance Place’s new executive artistic director.

Fiscally Sponsored

Dawn DeDeaux’s Projects

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Dawn DeDeaux, Artist, dawndedeaux1@aol.com

DeDeaux has merged art with new technologies for decades to broaden art and audience engagement. Early works from the 1970s such as CB Radio Booths were works of mobility that travelled the communication systems and streets of underserved communities. Mid-career works were large-scale installations and pioneering immersive, synchronized media environments including Soul Shadows, Women Eating, and The Face of God that premiered at the 1996 Olympics. Latter works, including Project Mutants, The Goddess Fortuna and The MotherShip Series, are inspired by environmental challenges.

Works by DeDeaux have been exhibited nationwide including Whitney Museum of American Art, Armand Hammer Museum, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art of Connecticut, The Contemporary / Baltimore, Canadian Film Society of Toronto, and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa TX. Recent exhibitions include her acclaimed Prospect.2 20,000 square foot multimedia installation The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunces, and the touring MotherShip Series that adapts the theory that mankind has 100 years left – not to save Earth but to leave. Current exhibitions include a solo exhibition I’ve Seen the Future and It Was Yesterday at Arthur Roger Gallery / New Orleans, her exhibition at MASSMoCA Thumbs Up for the MotherShip, and her participation in the international exhibition Alrededoreson on Chile’s Island of Chiloe in 2018.

DeDeaux is a 1997 Rome Prize recipient as Knight Foundation Visiting Southern Artist at the American Academy in Rome and selected among the eight most important southern U.S. artists by the 1996 Olympics. She is a 2013 Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artist in Residence, the 2014 Prospect New Orleans Triennial Alumni of the Year, and the 2015 Artist in Residence at Tulane University’s Center for Bioenvironmental Research.

DeDeaux’s work is the in-depth subject of the concluding chapter of Discipline and Photograph, a book by art theorist James Huginin of Chicago Art Institute and, Five Video Artists by Larry Qualls, Associate Editor for Performing Arts Journal, MIT Press. Her work has been reviewed in numerous publications including New York Times, Art in America, USA Today and ArtForum, and the focus of televised features including CBS Sunday Morning and Canada Public Broadcasting’s series The Future.

DeDeaux is also a writer, publisher and founding editor of Arts Quarterly. She is among the eight founders of the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans and served on its Board throughout its formative years. She produced and hosted Louisiana’s first radio program on the arts, Art Now, for National Public Radio affiliate WWNO. As an educator DeDeaux established and directed a comprehensive arts program for a 6,000 inmate facility in Orleans Parish, Louisiana and has been Visiting Artist at a number of institutions including Maryland Institute College of Art, and the Texas A&M Visualization Laboratory within the College of Architecture.

DeDeaux is the winner of the 1976 Demolition Derby in the Louisiana Superdome as the only female contestant in a field of 35 drivers.

National Partner

Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator / DVCAI

5900 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137   Google map
Rosie Gordon-Wallace, Founding Executive Director, rosie@dvcai.org

Diaspora Vibe Virtual Gallery is an online format to support the mission to nurture, promote and exhibit the works of emerging Caribbean and Latin American artists. Headquartered in Miami for the past 15 years, Diaspora Vibe supports contemporary emerging artists who explore and experiment with new forms and themes that challenge traditional definitions of Caribbean and Latin American art. The gallery is guided by the conviction that contemporary art is a vital social force that extends beyond the art world and into the broader culture. Our purpose is to engage diverse audiences ranging from arts professionals to those less familiar with contemporary art.

Our exhibition programs include three brick-and-mortar exhibitions (the Caribbean Series, Off the Wall Experimental Series, and the International Cultural Exchange), artist-in- residency programs, international cultural exchanges, and education and outreach activities that celebrate Miami-Dade County’s rich cultural and social fabric.

National Partner


3400 Main Street, Houston, TX 77002   Google map
Xandra Eden, Executive Director & Chief Curator, xandra@diverseworks.org
Ashley DeHoyos, Assistant Curator, ashley@diverseworks.org

DiverseWorks commissions, produces, and presents new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint. founded by artists in 1982, DiverseWorks is one of Houston’s most innovative multi-disciplinary arts organizations, with an astonishing record as a cultural agitator — helping to shape the arc of contemporary art nationally over the last 30 years.

DiverseWorks presents work by local, national, and international artists, with particular attention to work that expands the definitions of contemporary art and crosses the boundaries that have traditionally separated dance, theater, performance art, literary art, and visual art.

DiverseWorks values freedom of artistic expression in all forms, the artist’s role in provoking understanding of social issues, authenticity and dependability in our professional practice, artistic excellence that is born through a coupling of risk and imagination, interactions between artist and audience, diversity and inclusivity. While our work can be rigorous and challenging, we pride ourselves on being welcoming, friendly, and fun.

National Partner

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

153 Main Street, Burlington, VT 5401   Google map
Madeline Bell, Programming Manager, mbell@flynncenter.org
Steve MacQueen, Artistic Director, smacqueen@flynncenter.org

The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is the largest arts organization in Vermont, presenting world-class performances, extensive arts education classes, programs and workshops, as well as exhibitions. It encompasses a beautifully restored landmark 1,411-seat Art Deco Theater, a 180-seat black box experimental space, two studios, and a gallery in downtown Burlington. It is home to many Vermont performing groups and the box office serves as a regional ticketing agency. With broad-based community support, the Flynn has over 2,500 members; local, regional, and national donors; and serves over 200,000 audience members each season.

The Flynn’s curatorial vision is guided by its mission to present a diverse range of high-quality performances that expand the community’s cultural experiences and support artists in the development of new work. Flynn programming includes a balance of recognized masters and emerging new voices in dance, jazz, music, theater, family programs and multi-disciplinary performance. We plan our programs one to two years in advance.

National Partner


2023 East Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702   Google map
Anna Gallagher-Ross, Curator, anna@fuseboxfestival.com
Ron Berry, Artistic Director, ron@fuseboxfestival.com

Fusebox champions innovative art across a variety of mediums. The Fusebox festival is an annual contemporary hybrid-arts festival that takes place each spring. The festival acts as a catalyst for new ideas, new artistic models, and approaches to help us engage with the issues and questions that define contemporary life.

Fusebox presents local, national, and international work, including theater, dance, music, literature, visual art, and everything in between. most Fusebox presentations occur during the context of the festival, but some work is presented throughout the year. We are interested in creating a dynamic platform for conversation and ideas. We support artists who are pushing things and helping us re-imagine possibilities. Encountering different ideas outside of one’s immediate sphere is central to our understanding of creativity. To this end, we strive to create a space for different artists from different backgrounds (different disciplines/ geographies) to come together to share ideas and present work. Simultaneously, we’re also interested in using the festival as a mechanism to engage with place and community in interesting, meaningful new ways.

National Partner

GALA Hispanic Theatre

3333 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010   Google map
Abel López, Associate Producing Director

GALA Hispanic Theatre is a professional Latino theater company that produces and presents for a diverse audience in the Washington metropolitan region. Since 1975, GALA has presented a bilingual season of classical and contemporary plays, music, dance, poetry, spoken word and performances for youth by Hispanic artists from Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean and the U.S. It also commissions plays and translations of works by Latino playwrights.

GALA presents its performing arts program in its new theater and at various venues, including the Washington Performing Arts Society, Dance Place, Cultural Institute of Mexico and Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Artist presentations are selected based on quality of work and conformance with GALA’s mission to promote and present the Latino arts. Artists should submit project proposals and work samples at least one year in advance of the September season opening.

Fiscally Sponsored

Global NOLA

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Jeff Klein, Project Director, Africanola1@gmail.com
Global NOLA (formerly AfricaNOLA) is an artist-run organization that promotes and preserves global music and performing arts culture in New Orleans and throughout the world.
As global cultural ambassadors, we produce the Global Groove festival, which brings New Orleans performing artists together on a virtual stage with performing artists across four continents: bands and dancers with roots in Africa, the Caribbean, North America, South America, and Europe share their immense talents with our global audience. Free and open to all, this event shines a bright light on the plight of performing artists globally during the pandemic. United in supporting justice and equality for all, the performing artists of the Global Groove bring the world closer together in love, harmony, and expanded cultural worldview.
National Partner

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

1301 Guadalupe Street, San Antonio, TX 78207   Google map
Jorge Pina, Director of Programs, jorgep@guadalupeculturalarts.org

The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, founded in 1980, is located in the heart of San Antonio’s Westside. It is one of the largest community-based, multi-disciplinary organizations in the U.S. The GCAC provides programming across six disciplines (dance, theatre, visual arts, music, film and literature), offers year- round educational programming through its Guadalupe Academy and free community events, and also produces the annual Tejano Conjunto festival and Cinefestival.

Since 1984, The Guadalupe Theater has been an epicenter for the creation and presentation of contemporary Teatro Chicano. The Guadalupe is committed to programming that gives voice to the Latino, Chicano, and Native American experiences while providing a platform for new generations of artists to practice and develop their craft. The Guadalupe is also home to the Guadalupe Dance Company, a professional dance ensemble founded in 1991 that performs traditional Mexican Folklorico and Spanish flamenco dance. With the artistic guidance of visiting artists, the Dance Company produces both contemporary and traditional dance productions throughout the year.

National Partner

Hammonds House Museum

503 Peoples Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310   Google map

Hammonds House museum and Resource Center of African American Art is a fine arts museum established in 1988 and housed in an early 19th Century Victorian home. The mission is to preserve, exhibit and increase public awareness about art of the African Diaspora. Hammonds House museum attendees gain greater understanding and expanded knowledge about the contributions that artists of African descent make to world culture.

Hammonds House museum is known for presenting artists of merit and artistic excellence. The museum’s curator and curatorial committee use a stringent review process to select exhibiting artists two to three years in advance. The museum remains sensitive to local and/or emerging artists by providing alternate opportunities for exposure, self-development assistance and avenues to realize additional income streams. Hammonds House museum offers a year- round calendar of exhibitions, panels, lectures and symposia, workshops and demonstrations, youth programming, concerts and other unique events.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

The Hayti Heritage Center / St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation, Inc.

804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701   Google map
Angela Lee, Executive Director, alee@hayti.org
Melody Little, Director of Operations, mlittle@hayti.org

The Hayti Heritage Center opened in 1975 under the management of St. Joseph’s Historic foundation. Hayti is a cultural enrichment and arts education facility that preserves and advances the heritage and culture of historic Hayti and the African American experience through programs that benefit the broader community locally, nationally and globally.

The Hayti Heritage Center features an acoustically flawless 400-seat Performance Hall, upper and lower galleries, classrooms, a dance emporium, a community room with kitchen, a board room and offices. In addition to core programs (Bull Durham Blues festival, film festival, Concert Series, Raise A Reader Book fair, Dance and Aerobic Boxing Classes, Jambalaya Soul Poetry Slam), Hayti is available for tours and facility rentals.

National Partner

Highways Performance Space & Gallery

1651 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404   Google map
Leo Garcia, Executive Director / Artistic Director, leogarcia@highwaysperformance.org
Patrick Kennelly, Artistic Director, patrick@highwaysperformance.org

Highways promotes the development of contemporary, socially involved artists and art forms. Its mission is implemented through three core programs: the performance space, workshop/lab program and two galleries. Annually, Highways co-presents over 250 performances by solo performance artists, theatre ensembles, dance companies, spoken word artists, new music artists, interdisciplinary and mixed media artists. It also mounts contemporary visual art exhibitions with work that explores the boundaries between performing and visual art, commissions and premieres work by outstanding local performing artists, and organizes special events and festivals. In addition, Highways offers residency and educational programs through the Performance Lab. The performance space is curated by artistic director Patrick Kennelly with executive director Leo Garcia. Highways balances a strong commitment to nurturing often-ignored community voices with a willingness to critique and assess that community. Our vision embraces art that addresses challenging topics and issues within and between communities in the interest of greater understanding, social justice, individual and group empowerment and unity.

Fiscally Sponsored

In Good Company Theatre

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Rebecca Frank, Founder and Co-Project Director

A classically based New Orleans theatre collective focused on creating work that fosters collaboration with local artists from other mediums such as media arts, visual art, music and installation art. In Good Company is also passionate about presenting work that supports the voices of strong female playwrights, performers and artists.

National Partner

International Sonoran Desert Alliance / ISDA

38 W. Plaza, Ajo, AZ 85321   Google map
Aaron Cooper, Executive Director, aaron@isdanet.org
Vicki Tapp, Artist Liaison, vicki@isdanet.org

ISDA is a tri-national creative place-making organization dedicated to preserving and enriching the environment, culture, and economy of the Sonoran Desert. Located in Ajo, Arizona (formerly the three separate, segregated communities of Indian Village, Mexican Town, and the Ajo Anglo Townsite), ISDA uses arts and culture to bring people together across long-standing racial and ethnic divisions, and to build community across the U.S., Mexico, and Tohono O’odham Nation borders.

For the last decade, ISDA has been renovating historic buildings in Ajo’s town center where ISDA now manages 30 affordable live/work artist apartments, an indoor/outdoor performance venue, and the new Sonoran Desert Inn and Conference Center created for meetings, arts gatherings, and artists-in- residence. ISDA presents local, regional and national performing artists. ISDA takes a special interest in presenting community and folk arts, and art that evokes or addresses issues of social justice and racial equity.

Fiscally Sponsored

Jaime Fennelly’s Mind Over Mirrors

Chicago, IL    Google map
Jaime Fennelly, Artist

Mind Over Mirrors is the ever-evolving project of composer, harmoniumist, and synthesist Jaime Fennelly, who buttresses his modest instrumental foundation of Indian pedal harmonium with an array of tape delays, effect processors, and synthesizers that belong to the world of classic analog electronic composition. Both as a solo artist and with various collaborators, he creates immersive interdisciplinary work that NPR has described as “an out-of-body experience.” His explorations of the natural world’s sensory dimensions and the dialogues between cultural traditions—vernacular and avant-garde—have led him down a path of creating work that deliberately situates itself in a questing, edge-of-earth spirit. After five solo albums on several labels, Paradise of Bachelors released Fennelly’s first work for an ensemble, Undying Color (2017), followed by Bellowing Sun (2018), which was commissioned for its world premiere live performance by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Pitchfork called Bellowing Sun, “one of the decade’s true experimental wonders.” Bellowing Sun received funding from the NPN Creation & Forth Fund.

National Partner

John Michael Kohler Arts Center

608 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081   Google map
Phone 920-458-6144
Ann Brusky, Curator for Public Programs, abrusky@jmkac.org
Amy Horst, Associate Director, ahorst@jmkac.org

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center encourages and supports innovative explorations in the arts, fostering an exchange between a national community of artists and the public to realize the power of the arts. The Arts Center serves as a laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter of performing arts, educator, community builder and advocate for arts issues, functioning as a catalyst for ideas that will impact the lives of artists and the public.

The Arts Center works with community partners to develop goals and priorities for each season. Program coordinators attend booking conferences and related events, then research performing artists, other presenters and commissioning organizations. The staff makes the final selections based on input provided by community partners, audience members and colleagues in the field. The Arts Center presents a variety of performing arts disciplines, including contemporary dance, dance theatre, world music and contemporary theatre by local, national and international artists. At least one community-based performing arts commission is also presented each year.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Junebug Productions

1010 N. Galvez St, #111, New Orleans, LA 70116   Google map
Stephanie McKee-Anderson, Executive Artistic Director
Stephanie McKee-Anderson, Executive Artistic Director

Founded in 1980 as the organizational successor to the free Southern Theater (FST), Junebug’s mission is to create and support artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African-American community. We challenge ourselves and those aligned with the organization to make greater and deeper contributions towards a just society.

The story circle process developed by FST and Junebug Productions is central to its work. Artists who value storytelling and whose mission and values are complimentary to Junebug Productions are presented in performance residencies to support its community engagement, leadership development and social justice objectives.

Fiscally Sponsored


Indianola, MS    Google map
Samesa Hoskin, Founder, samesa.hoskins@gmail.com

“Come to the garden, and let’s talk.”

JUST SPACE creates a just space for all. This initiative innovatively addresses oppressive systems of power that are rooted in the history and legacy of exploitation. Black and Indigenous youth bear the brunt of the burdens of these systems and JUST SPACE seeks to alleviate part of that.

JUST SPACE is a center for intentional congregation and a program for place reimagination through art. Meet us at the land to garden, make art, laugh, and cry if you need to. The focus is on environmental racism in Indianola, MS. Participants enjoy access to environmental education, art education, and collaborative art production instructed by local artists. This initiative offers free resources to the entire community and is deliberately a safe zone.

National Partner

Kelly Strayhorn Theater

5530 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206   Google map
janera solomon, Executive Director, janera@kelly-strayhorn.org
Ben Pryor, Senior Producer, benpryor@kelly-strayhorn.org

The mission of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST) is to serve as a catalyst for creative expression and the active engagement of audiences. focusing on the performing and media arts of our time, KST takes a diverse, multi-disciplinary, inclusive and international approach to the presentation and understanding of the arts. KST programs examine the questions that define and inspire us as individuals and communities.

Our mission supports a vision in three parts. We are a leading presenter of innovative works in dance, theater, music, live and literary arts; a community resource for youth education, emerging artist support and community partnership; and a neighborhood destination accelerating the transformation of Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood as a destination for art, culture and economic opportunity.

National Partner

The King Arts Complex

867 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203   Google map

The King Arts Complex is located in the oldest area of African-American life in Columbus, Ohio. The Complex preserves, presents and fosters the contributions of African-Americans through creative expression and education. The Complex has built artistically strong offerings that represent the spectrum of the performing and cultural arts, establishing it as a primary African-American institution in Ohio. The Complex houses three performance spaces, two dance studios, an art gallery and three permanent interactive learning areas. The Complex sponsors community events in the adjacent public park and hosts a variety of education programs. Artist selection and review is a year-round process. The traditional performing arts season runs September through June, with artist selections finalized by the prior April.

Permanent and traveling exhibits are selected for the educational and aesthetic content that fits the mission of the King Arts Complex. A team comprised of the program director, program associate, curator, and education director research the content matter of exhibitions as well as the artists who develop them. This process presents the opportunity to bring powerful African-American and multicultural art to the Greater Columbus and Central Ohio community.

Fiscally Sponsored

Last Call

New Orleans, LA    Google map
indee mitchell, Co-Director
Lyam Gabel, Co-Director

Last Call is a multiracial collective of queer artists, activists, and archivists. Drawn together by the closing of the last remaining dyke bar, Last Call creates innovative, multi-platform performances, events, and digital media that document and interpret neglected queer history, creating connections between those who lived this history and those who have much at stake if it is forgotten. We conjure up intergenerational gathering places where the movement for queer liberation is carried forward.

There are four interwoven components to Last Call: (1) a digital archive of full-length interviews; (2) a podcast series to cull these interviews into curated stories; (3) live performance that honors these stories; and (4) community events that bring together queer people across lines of race, class, gender-identity and generational difference. Last Call was founded by Rachel Lee, Sara Pic and Lyam Gabel.

Fiscally Sponsored

Leah Glenn Dance Theatre

Williamsburg, VA 23185   Google map
Leah Glenn, Artistic Director, leahglenndancetheatre@gmail.com

Leah Glenn Dance Theatre is a modern dance company dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the world in which we live through thought-provoking works of art that entertain, inspire and challenge its audiences.

National Partner

Legion Arts

1103 Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401   Google map
F. John Herbert, Executive Director, john@legionarts.org
Mel Andringa, Producing Director, mel@legionarts.org

Legion Arts began in the 1980s as The Drawing Legion, producing original performance works under the direction of Mel Andringa and F. John Herbert. Since 1991, the organization has been known as Legion Arts and has been based at CSPS, a century-old former Czech social hall near downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In addition to generating original productions, Legion Arts now manages CSPS as a regional center for contemporary arts, hosting up to 20 exhibits and 70 performing arts events each year. Through artist-based partnerships, Legion Arts is also involved in advocacy, education and community development initiatives.

Independent, nonprofit and fiercely multi- disciplinary, Legion Arts is a vigorous and varied grassroots presenter, tending to exhibit emerging visual artists or established artists whose work is moving in a new direction. We generally book performing artists (especially musicians) who already have engagements in the area. We are also able to bring in regional, national, and occasionally international, artists for residencies and special projects. We have had over 200 exhibits at CSPS; nearly a third of those have been site-specific. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis, and we’re always happy to hear from artists we’re not familiar with. Send an artist’s statement and work sample (old-school slides, CD/DVD, website), then update us regularly about what you’re doing.

Fiscally Sponsored

Life Celebration Project

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Yohan Giaume, Artist
National Partner

Links Hall

3111 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618   Google map
Stephanie Pacheco, Executive Director, info@linkshall.org

Founded in 1978, Links Hall encourages artistic innovation and public engagement by maintaining a facility and providing flexible programming for the research, development and presentation of new work in the performing arts. Through creation and curatorial residencies, co-presentations with self-producing artists, commissions, and touring exchanges, Links Hall provides artists with space, time and support to take artistic risks. Links Hall’s doors are open to performing artists at any stage in their careers interested in creating new work, to any organization or institution interested in being a generous partner, and to any audience member who wants to deepen their relationship with contemporary performing arts practices. To help bridge divides between artist/audience, artist/ presenter, artist/administrator, Links Hall strives to foster vested interest in the artistic process and collaboration across disciplines, geographic borders, and left and right brain processes. Since 2013, Links Hall’s multi-use, shared venue with music presenter Constellation has allowed Links to expand its offerings while remaining true to its roots as an artist-led incubator.

Fiscally Sponsored

Lisa Shattuck and Jeff Becker

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Lisa Shattuck, Artist, lfshattuck@yahoo.com
Jeff Becker, Artist

Current project: A Wonder Wander

Go on a date with someone from the future, take a stroll with your great great grandparent, or meet a vibrant version of yourself in a parallel universe in a Wonder Wander play. This innovative theater walk-and-talk questions embedded inequities in our societal systems while engaging you in a unique live experience in a location of your choice.

A Wonder Wander play is a live experience between one audience member and one virtual character played by an actor remotely as they take a walk “together” in their own distinct neighborhoods. Haptic technology, which creates the experience of touch is a key factor. Supported by story, live sound and human interaction the haptic feedback is delivered through a smartphone the audience member holds as they walk. This makes Wonder Wander a pioneer in this new accessible theatrical form.

WHAT: A short immersive play for one audience member with a virtual character. Rather than a play in a theater in a traditional sense, this play takes place as the audience member takes an actual physical walk outside “with” the virtual character. Traversing the disciplines of theater and haptic technology, this captivating encounter is experienced through live interactive sound and virtual touch. The virtual character who is a great great great grandparent, a date from the future, or a version of the audience member themselves in a parallel universe is not seen but manifests through speaking and listening to the audience member live and “holding hands” through haptic vibrations through the audience member’s smartphone.

WHY: To connect when it is impossible or unmanageable to meet in person. To offer an artistic experience that could spark a new perspective or passion. To share an affordable enchanted theatrical experience in a structure that is accessible.

WHY NOW: To be invigorated by an innovative art form and connect during times of physical isolation such as a global pandemic or general apocalyptic malaise.

WHERE: The play takes place outside in a neighborhood chosen by the audience member who offers a point of interest to walk to within a 15 minute radius. Without being physically seen, an actor is performing remotely, interacting with the audience member and managing the haptics in real time.

WHO: People who have a smartphone and are able to travel on an accessible walking path.

HOW: Using wireless internet and the incredible developments in haptic technology/kinaesthetic communication, the audience member feels the haptic vibrations of the motions of holding hands, gentle heartbeats, a poke or a nudge from the virtual character through holding their smartphone, hears them speak through wireless headphones and responds through their microphone. The actor responds to the audience member’s voice and their location through GPS. Each script is written with improvisational space to accommodate the audience’s responses engaging the audience member whether they are talkative or reserved. A pre-show survey, research, and discreetly placed objects along the walk by the actor customizes the experience.

National Partner

Live Arts Miami

300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132   Google map
Kathryn Garcia, Executive Director, kgarcia4@mdc.edu

Live Arts Miami (LAM) is an action-driven, people-centered platform for powerful performances, impactful community programs, and learning experiences that spark dialogue, raise awareness around pressing issues, and open minds and hearts in all who take part. Its mission is to empower artists, audiences, and students to cultivate change through transformative programs and performances in the live arts. Over three decades of work in the community, it has featured some of the most extraordinary performing artists of our time and countless unforgettable performances, collaborations, and public art projects from all over the world. With each presentation, LAM offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the richly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.

LAM’s vision is an equitable and democratic creative culture. A thriving and fenceless garden where art is more than a delicate and precious rosebush cared for by expert gardeners; it is a wild and native grass made nourishing and ubiquitous through open collaborations, cultural cross-pollinations, and artful disruptions of the status quo. An artistic community that bears witness to injustice while bearing the fruits of the future, one where ‘artist’ is just another word for ‘person’ and the creative process is synonymous with freedom.

National Partner

Living Arts of Tulsa

307 East Brady Street, Tulsa, OK 74120   Google map
Heather Duncan, Interim Executive Director, director@livingarts.org

Since 1969, Living Arts facilitates the presentation and development of critically engaged, interdisciplinary artwork. Living Arts contains a 5,500-sq. ft. gallery/ performance space, two installation spaces, a sprung wood dance floor/performance space, and an education/workshop space. Living Arts’ Artist in Residence Program is a three to six-week research and development residency that allows artists to generate new content: engendering empowered relationships between artistic practice and the Tulsa community.

Living Arts exhibitions include performance, dance, spoken word, music, visual, and media artwork. Programs, projects, and exhibitions are selected through invitation and juried panels comprised of the artistic director and program committees. The Artist in Residence program and exhibition proposal details can be found on the website.

National Partner

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions / LACE

6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028   Google map
Sarah Russin, Executive Director, sarah@welcometolace.org
Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Chief Curator and Director of Programming, daniela@welcometolace.org

LACE fosters artists who innovate, experiment, explore and risk. We move within and beyond our four walls to provide opportunities for diverse publics to engage deeply with contemporary art. In doing so, we further dialogue between, and participation among, artists and those audiences. Since 1978, LACE has nurtured several generations of young and under-recognized artists, and championed newly emerging art forms such as installation- based work, performance art and video art.

LACE programs reflect the organization’s abiding interest in the creative process as much as the product. We believe this transforms the art experience from passive to active. LACE understands the importance of making time for artists to encounter each other and work together in a peer-to-peer setting. This environment allows for discovery and collaboration with time and space to bring together artists and audiences.

Fiscally Sponsored

Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Co-Founder & Executive Director, queenreesie@aol.com

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame is committed to supporting and maintaining New Orleans grassroots indigenous cultural expressions, particularly the Mardi Gras Indian tradition which has been carried on exclusively in the African American neighborhoods of New Orleans since the 1880s. The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to create community among those who mask; honor the individuals and group who create and uphold the masking traditions; and educate the public.

Dr. Roslyn J. Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson co-founded the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame in 1998 through the spirit of Big Chief Donald Harrison Senior (1933-1998), founder of the Guardians of the Flame and a past Big Chief of the White Eagles.

National Partner

Maui Arts & Cultural Center

One Cameron Way, Kahului, HI 96732   Google map
Colleen Furukawa, Vice President - Programming, colleen@mauiarts.org

Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) is the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary arts center in Hawaii, with five theaters — from a 5,000-seat amphitheater to a 250-seat black box and pa (hula stage), all accessible to people with disabilities. Annually, more than 200,000 people attend more than 1,700 events. Since opening in 1994, MACC has become the only arts presenter in Hawaii that produces a diverse range of offerings year-round, bringing high- quality artists from around the world, as well as the finest from throughout the state. forty percent of our diverse and multicultural season offerings are free to our community.

We present a wide range of genres: work that is easily accessible, work that pushes boundaries, authentic work of Hawaii‘ and the Oceanic regions of the Pacific, work that reflects the stories and cultures of Maui’s multi-ethnic populations, and popular entertainment that draws a broad-based local audience. Comprehensive residency activities reach nearly 9,400 residents (6 percent of our population). MACC has commissioned and produced new work by Hawaiian artists who have toured statewide, nationally and internationally. Annually more than 17,000 students and 500 classroom teachers participate in MACC’s nationally recognized arts education programs.

National Partner

Miami Light Project

P.O. Box 531385, Miami Shores, FL 33153   Google map
Elizabeth Boone, Artistic and Executive Director, beth@miamilightproject.com
Regina Moore, Grant Writer, regina@miamilightproject.com

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world, supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists, and offers educational programs for students of every age. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society. In 2010, Miami Light Project established The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse as our permanent home, a center for creativity and innovation in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District and a space where new work is experienced in its various stages of development. At The Light Box we partner with artists and the neighborhood to create programming including workshops, open rehearsals, performances, encounters with artists, informal exhibitions, arts camps for youth, international cultural exchange and research opportunities among and across disciplines. Our space provides a creative setting in which artists are able to interact with audiences in new ways.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana / MACLA

510 S. First Street San Jose, CA, San Jose, CA 95113   Google map
Anjee Helstrup-Alvarez, Executive Director, anjee@maclaarte.org
Letetia Rodriguez, Director of Operations, letetia@maclaarte.org

MACLA is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation. founded in 1989 as the result of a broad mobilization in the City of San José and nationwide on behalf of multicultural arts, MACLA promotes a vision of arts programming as a vehicle for social equity. more than 30,000 people of all ages participate in the fifty programs each year.

We commission at least one significant performance every year to further the field of contemporary Latino art. We also support local, regional and national artists rooted in a hybrid aesthetic that mixes pertinent societal issues, popular culture and sociological interests with established art forms.

Gallery exhibitions feature innovative work by artists in various points of their careers, in a range of media. Thematically, MACLA’s exhibitions deal with issues of particular societal urgency: labor, politics, gender, identity, sexuality, globalization and immigration. MACLA also has an annual priority to commission new work in the visual arts. Commissions include financial support, an exhibition at our gallery and a catalog to further the lifespan of the exhibition and contribute to the larger field of contemporary art.

National Partner

Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts / MECA

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007   Google map
Alice Valdez, Founder/Executive Director/Artistic Director, alicevaldez4@gmail.com
Ana Medellin, Finance Director, medellinana@yahoo.com

MECA is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services, and community building. A Latino-based multi- disciplinary and multicultural arts organization, MECA has been a leader in providing culturally based arts education for youth for almost 40 years from its home in the Old Sixth Ward Historic District of Houston. MECA also programs live performances and visual art exhibitions by local, national and international artists through the series, MECA Presents.

MECA Presents is a platform to convene community through the arts and encourage dialogue about issues ranging from social justice and equity to diversity and community transformation. from incubating works in progress to presenting local and touring work, MECA seeks to collaborate with innovative and socially engaged artists whose work expands the boundaries of tradition and practice. MECA is especially interested in projects that bring to light the experiences of life on the margins of societies, economies and cultures.

National Partner

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago / MCA

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611   Google map
Phone 312-397-3843
Kendall Karg, Associate Director of Performance, kkarg@mcachicago.org

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) is to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections and educational programs to excite, challenge and illuminate our visitors and to provide insight into the creative process. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation and discussion about contemporary art and culture.

The MCA presents more than 20 different projects yearly involving close to 100 performances in dance, theater, music and interdisciplinary performance. MCA champions U.S., international, and Chicago-based artists and pursues innovation, collaboration and community engagement. Audience-engaged residency activities are integrated with the public performances. The performing arts programming actively promotes diversity, featuring the voices of culturally and racially diverse artists. The MCA works with arts and community cultural organizations to co- organize and co-present about one-third of the performing arts programs, thereby utilizing the MCA as a shared resource for the city.

Fiscally Sponsored

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Gwen Thompkins, Executive Director, gthompkins@me.com

Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins is a weekly public radio broadcast that showcases musicians who have made profound contributions to the musical landscape of Louisiana and the wider world. Host Gwen Thompkins and her guests talk extensively about the fire and sweat of the creative process and parse songs that reflect Louisiana’s unusually varied cultural heritage. Each week, Music Inside Out explores unexpected layers of curiosity and inventiveness in the work of modern-day musicians. Just as Louis Armstrong loved Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and played an aria from that opera every day, contemporary Louisiana artists live with their ears wide open. Music Inside Out airs on WWNO 89.9 FM- New Orleans Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at noon. In addition, web users can access any program at musicinsideout.org.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Myrna Loy Center

15 North Ewing Street, Helena, MT 59601   Google map
Krys Holmes, Executive Director, krys.holmes@myrnaloycenter.com
Retta Leaphart, Arts Eductation, myrnaloycenter@aol.com

The Myrna Loy Center for Performing & media Arts presents contemporary indie films and performing arts of all disciplines; supports the creation of new works by Montana state, regional, and national artists; and nurtures a lifelong love of the arts through arts education and residencies. The Myrna Loy Center is one of the nation’s premier rural arts organizations, presenting 20–30 performances per year to audiences in the high mountain valley of Central Montana. Housed in a historic county jail, the Myrna Loy Center focuses on community engagement and connecting Montana audiences with the national creative conversation. The Myrna is a multi-discipline/hybrid house with small audience bases for many different works. When grant support allows, the Myrna Loy Center brings experimental/cutting edge work to Montana.

Fiscally Sponsored

New Orleans Accordion Festival

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Michael Ward-Bergeman, Steering Committee Member
Stephanie Reed, Steering Committee Member

Our mission is to foster and grow the New Orleans accordion community through performances and educational programs, and to celebrate the diverse cultural styles of the instrument within the city and beyond with a festival. The New Orleans Accordion Festival showcases the work of local and regional accordionists of diverse musical styles.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Michael Ward-Bergeman
  • Stephanie Reed
  • Greg Speck
  • David Symons
Fiscally Sponsored

New Orleans Community Printshop & Darkroom

2801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122   Google map
Savannah Levin, Collective Member
Anthony Oscar, Collective Member

The New Orleans Community Print Shop & Darkroom (NOCPD) is an artist collective that provides the New Orleans community with public access to affordable printmaking and art making equipment, training, and services. It aims to increase awareness, appreciation, and exposure of print media and contemporary printmaking. NOCPD strives to help independent artists build bodies of work and entrepreneurs grow their business through screen- printing. Additionally, it provides youth and adult classes with limited access to arts education and activity. NOCPD seeks to create a supportive print community for volunteers and collective members to grow their artistic practice during non-public Print Shop/Darkroom hours.

Fiscally Sponsored

New Orleans International Muralists’ The Tchoupitoulas St. Floodwall Project

P.O. Box 850961, New Orleans, LA 70185   Google map
Daniel ‘DeeJay‘ Pate, Co-Founder
Jamar Pierre, Co-Founder

New Orleans International Muralists, LLC (NOIM) create murals that provide artistic looks into the past, present, or future within communities. Our murals are educational tools for the community, as points of interest(s) for tourism, or simply appreciated for their aesthetic beauty. NOIM’s current project is Tchoupitoulas St. Floodwall Mural: 300 Years of New Orleans History depicting the city’s vibrant 300-year history through imagery created by lead artist Jamar Pierre. Our murals are created to enable the community to gain a better understanding of why cultural preservation is important.

National Partner

New York Live Arts

219 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011   Google map
Janet Wong, Associate Artistic Director, jwong@newyorklivearts.org
Kyle Maude, Director of Producing and Touring, kmaude@newyorklivearts.org

Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this identity is artistic director Bill T. Jones, a world-renowned choreographer, dancer, theater director and writer. We commission, produce and present performances in our 20,000 sq. ft. home, which includes a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 sq. ft. studios. Each year, nearly 100 performances are presented in our theater, and our annual season includes world premieres of works commissioned by New York Live Arts through the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning fund. New York Live Arts also supports the continuing professional development of artists. We have a deep commitment to continuing Dance Theater Workshop’s legacy of developing choreographic talent, supporting many of the country’s most outstanding choreographers long before they became well known. The 2014- 15 season marked its 30th year of programmatic support, having supported more than 700 projects and more than 1,000 independent artists through our fresh Tracks program.

Fiscally Sponsored


New Orleans, LA    Google map
Maxwell Dulaney, Co-Director
Mendel Lee, Co-Director

nienteForte Contemporary Music is a concert series that features contemporary music performers and composers from across the globe that provide concert performances and master classes/workshops for the Tulane University, University of New Orleans, and greater New Orleans community. nienteForte is built upon the belief that contemporary music of all shapes and sizes has the ability to resonate with a diverse populace and that any gap between contemporary art and its audience can be bridged with an open and inviting conversation on both sides. The hope is that nienteForte performers, composers, and audience members can walk away from our programs as a singular entity that believes contemporary music and art is something that belongs to all of us collectively and is therefore deserving of our acceptance, respect, and love.

Fiscally Sponsored

No Dream Deferred NOLA

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Lauren E. Turner, Producing Artistic Director

Launched in 2016, No Dream Deferred started as a vision for equitable and inclusive theatre in New Orleans. As a community-anchored theatre that prioritizes New Orleans’ community audience, we produce culturally relevant work written by playwrights that have been historically marginalized. Our values ensure that our productions are relevant, accessible, and affordable for all in our community.

Our vision is to employ a revolutionary approach to art making in our city for our communities and in doing so create theatre that is anchored to place. We, through our programming and advocacy, are building a future where art leaders of color are not the exception but the norm.​

  • We work to amplify the voice of historically marginalized playwrights.
  • We empower theatre-makers of color in the city of New Orleans and beyond.
  • Our approach to theatre-making is equitable in its visioning, design, and implementation.



    Claiming and giving a rightful share of the artistic pie.
    We bring authenticity to the workspace, rehearsal room and table in a way that is essential, valued, and encouraged.
    Excellent stewards of what we have been given. Intentional about what we contribute. Generous with what we leave for future generations.
National Partner

On the Boards

100 West Roy Street, Seattle, WA 98119   Google map
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director
Rachel Cook, Artistic Director

Founded by artists in 1978, the mission of On the Boards (OtB) is to introduce audiences to international innovators in contemporary dance, theater and music while developing and presenting new work by Northwest performing artists.

As one of the leading organizations of our size and focus in the U.S., OtB produces unique performance projects by leading artists and creates one-of-a-kind experiences for our audiences. We program approximately 12–15 productions per year from September through June. We present contemporary performance from all disciplines; typically companies are in residence for one week. Production residencies and commissions are selected on a case-by-case basis as part of our overall programming curation. OtB is committed to a range of resources and events that provide in-depth information and complimentary social experiences to frame the art on our stages and create dynamic access for our audiences. Alongside our live performances we also create and distribute films of full-length performance through our OntheBoards.tv initiative.

Fiscally Sponsored

Ozuzu Dances

Gainesville, FL    Google map
Onye Ozuzu, Artist

Onye Ozuzu is a performing artist, choreographer, administrator, educator, and researcher currently serving as the Dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida. Ozuzu has dedicated much of her work as a dance artist to cultivating space for diverse dance forms to exist in a pluralist relationship to one another. The deep juxtapositions in her birth and upbringing (biracial, intercultural, with American-Nigerian parents), her orientation towards physical training, and her professional practices have all resulted in understanding the body as technology and an archive that has the capacity to thread meaning through and across diverse languages. Physically, Ozuzu has negotiated the intersectionality in her body between many movement forms from tennis to ballet, West African dance to hatha yoga, freestyle house to salsa, contemporary dance to aikido. Rather than just “collecting” these dance styles, she has cultivated the ability to make choices among these techniques, like the relationship of a maker to their tools.

Artistically, Ozuzu has focused on the body as technology. Space Carcasses is the convergence of her interests in technology and the body and in trans+space+time Africanness. This interdisciplinary performance juxtaposes, superimposes, and amplifies the contested African diaspora relationship between the vaults on Factors Row in Savannah, Georgia; the architecture of La Rochelle, France; and the history of similarly complex sites (in terms of their connection to histories of humans traded as commodities) in Northern Nigeria. Developed in collaboration with visual and graffiti artist Native Maqari and video and projection designer Simon Rouby, the project will use 3D audio and visual technologies to record, recontextualize, and re-remember these spaces that echo with the impact of the events and experiences they have contained, particularly regarding African diasporic migrations. Interfacing the ephemeral residue of the body’s presence with these geographically disparate sites, Space Carcasses will reveal how space, place, history, and lineage are linked together.

National Partner

Painted Bride Art Center

230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106   Google map
Laurel Raczka, Executive Director, laurel@paintedbride.org
LaNeshe Miller-White, Marketing Coordinator, laneshe@paintedbride.org

For over 40 years, the Painted Bride, located in Old City Philadelphia, has offered a space like no other to experience leading-edge contemporary artists with distinct voices that reflect the rich cultural mosaic of our city. The Bride’s mission is to “collaborate with emerging and established artists to create, produce and present innovative work that affirms the intrinsic value of all cultures and celebrates the transformative power of the arts. Through performances and exhibitions, education and outreach, the Bride creates a forum for engagement centered on contemporary social issues.” With a jam-packed season of jazz, world music, dance, theater, performance art, poetry/spoken word and educational and community events, the Bride presents artists from around the world and in the region. The bi-level gallery offers exceptional exhibitions by artists who are breaking new ground in the visual arts. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by curators and members of the community. For Jazz on Vine and World music programs, submit a CD, press kit and a self-addressed stamped envelope. For Dance with the Bride and Performance in the Present Tense, submit a video/DVD, resume, press kit and SASE. For visual arts, submit a letter of intent, representative slides of the proposed exhibition and a resume and references for the curator’s consideration.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Pangea World Theater

711 West Lake Street, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408   Google map
Meena Natarajan, Artistic & Executive Director, meena@pangeaworldtheater.org
Adlyn Carreras, Office Manager, meena@pangeaworldtheater.org

Pangea World Theater illuminates the human condition, celebrates cultural differences and promotes human rights by creating and presenting international, multi-disciplinary theater. Pangea constitutes a vital new force in American theater, bringing an international perspective to the Twin Cities’ community. Since its founding in 1995, Pangea has been dedicated to the production and presentation of work that brings together people from different backgrounds and ethnicities, and the contextualization of work by artists from all backgrounds for a multiracial audience. Our theater works, drawn from multiple sources and multiple traditions, have always challenged dominant European-American paradigms and definitions of theater. As we create work that is truly inclusive in its scope and artistic aesthetic, we are also developing a critical language to describe our work. We are engaged in work that involves a cross-cultural perspective, illuminating issues of social justice and human rights.

The artistic and literary directors select the artists we present. members of the ensemble and staff make recommendations. In addition, we have created a community committee that helps with audience development. The selection process is ongoing. We prefer to see live work but documentation is also considered. Our aesthetic is not fixed; it includes the voices and artistic visions of multiple voices and realities.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

La Peña Cultural Center

3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkley, CA 94705   Google map
Phone 510-849-2568
Tara Dalbo, Deputy Director, tara@lapena.org
Natalia Neira, Co-Director, natalia@lapena.org

La Peña promotes social justice and cultural understanding through the arts, education and community action. Annually, La Peña presents over 200 events with emerging and established music, theater, dance, multi-disciplinary, literary, video and visual artists, produces new works by local artists; presents internationally and nationally renown artists; offers ongoing free and low-cost art classes for youth and adults; and houses a Latin American café.

Each year La Peña staff, in conjunction with its board and input from the community, sets the programming plan. Selection of artists for NPN residencies comes out of this process, which is active and continuous. Artists speak to us about their ideas, and we approach artists with our ideas about community programming. La Peña presents all disciplines with a focus on music, theater and multi-disciplinary work, as our space is limited for dance presenting.

National Partner

Performance Space New York / PS122

150 First Avenue, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10009   Google map
Benjamin Kimitch, Senior Creative Producer, benjamin@performancespacenewyork.org
Paula Bennett, Institutional Giving Manager, paula@ps122.org

Performance Space 122 (PS122) is one of New York’s ultimate destinations for cutting-edge theatre, dance, music, live art and multimedia. PS122 is dedicated to supporting and presenting artists who explore innovative form and provocative content and who rigorously challenge the boundaries of contemporary performance. PS122 is committed to a steadfast search for pioneering artists from a diversity of cultures, nations and beliefs. For over 30 years, PS122 has been a hub for contemporary performance and an active member of the East Village as well as the wider cultural community in New York City and across the globe. Under the curatorial vision of artistic directors Mark Russell (1985–2005), Vallejo Gantner (2005–2016), and Jenny Schlenzka (2016–present), PS122 has raised the curtain on more than 9,000 performances and supported the work of more than 7,200 artists, performers, choreographers, playwrights, directors and designers. PS122 passionately advocates for U.S. artists in New York City and across the world. Our organization and the artists we present are reclaiming their relevance to wider social discourse by engaging audiences and community leaders in cultural, economic and environmental debates about what it means to live in contemporary society.

National Partner

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art / PICA

415 SW 10th Avenue, 3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97205   Google map
Phone 503-242-1419
Erin Doughton, Performing Arts Program Director, erin@pica.org

Founded in 1995, PICA is a multidisciplinary art center with the mission of acknowledging and advancing ideas in contemporary art. Through exhibitions, performances, artist residencies, publications and public programs, PICA enables artists and audiences alike to push the limits of artistic expression and provocative ideas. PICA’s new home in a converted warehouse in NE Portland includes two flexible programming spaces and Resource Room library. PICA’s annual TBA (Time-Based Art) festival brings together a diverse group of artists from around the city, the country and the world for ten days of performances, exhibitions, workshops, lectures and late-night events each September. The festival and year-round programming take place in our home space as well as venues around the city.

Performing arts director Erin Boberg Doughton, visual art curator Kristan Kennedy and community engagement director Roya Amirsoleymani curate PICA’s programs, working closely with artists and partners to research and invite artists for residencies, commissions and programs on an ongoing basis — there is no formal submission process or timeline for programming.

National Partner

Portland Ovations

50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor, Portland, ME 04101   Google map
Aimée Petrin, Executive & Artistic Director, ampetrin@portlandovations.org
Laura Stauffer, Associate Director of Programming, lstauffer@portlandovations.org

Since 1931, Portland Ovations has evolved from an all-volunteer, classical music organization into one of New England’s leading multi-disciplinary presenters. Ovations curates an annual season of 20–25 public performances; five to eight school-time performances; and more than 120 collaborative community and school-based education/outreach activities. Ovations supports artists from Maine and across the country in the creation of new work through regular co-commissioning. Ovations is committed to excellence and diversity of programming, bringing the enjoyment of the performing arts to the broadest possible audience and enhancing the understanding of our world’s cultural traditions. Our goal is to make the arts available to all who seek them, while promoting the importance of the arts in nourishing a vibrant, respectful community.

Artists are chosen for their artistic excellence but also for a body of work that enables Ovations to move offstage and into its community, allowing for meaningful interaction between artist and audience. Ovations uses an inclusive approach to programming to attain a season that is diverse in its offerings and geared toward various audiences. Staff, board, community partners and patrons all have some input on the decision, which is ultimately made by the executive director.

Fiscally Sponsored

Postcards From Over the Edge

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Karel Sloane-Boekbinder, Project Producer, karel.sloane@gmail.com

The focus of POSTCARDS FROM OVER THE EDGE is to raise awareness and engage the community in:

  1. the creation and production of a theatrical work that is a truthful-telling of the historically separate and unequal treatment experienced by the LBGTQ community and woman of color as it relates to the illegal sale of sex in Louisiana,
  2. the creation and distribution of postcard art works to organizations providing services such as shelters that serve women and children and other organizations that work with women who have been trafficked,
  3. the cultivation of allies and fostering of network building by connect those in the general public that want to be more involved with organizations actively working with the homeless, particularly homeless LBGTQ youth.
National Partner

Pregones Theater / Puerto Rican Traveling Theater

571-575 Walton Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451   Google map
Alvan Colon-Lespier, Associate Artistic Director, acolonlespier@pregones.org
Arnaldo López, Managing Director, ajlopez@pregones.org

Pregones Theater is a Bronx-based ensemble whose mission is to create and perform original musical theater and plays rooted in Puerto Rican/Latino cultures, and to present other performing artists who share our twin commitment to the arts and civic enrichment. Founded in 1979, the company is known for creating plays with dynamic visual and rhythmic character, mining connections between theater and popular culture, and galvanizing multiple generations of artists and theater-goers. flagship programs are mainstage, Presenting, Education and Touring. Since 2005 Pregones operates its own professional theater in the heart of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor.

Pregones presents artists working in theater, dance, music and related disciplines. The primary goal of our Presenting program is to give a diverse home audience an opportunity to sample the full range of contemporary performing arts. Artist compatibility with our mission is crucial in the selection process, as are scheduling and budget.

Fiscally Sponsored

Red Magnolia Theatre Company

Baton Rouge, LA    Google map
Paula Shreve, President
Teresa Alvarez, Treasurer

Red Magnolia Theatre Company provides an outlet for a creative, joyful, and bonding collaboration among women in the arts through their involvement in all aspects of theatre production, while serving the community with enriching and entertaining performances. In order to promote educational, and cultural well-being and awareness in the Greater Baton Rouge region, the purpose of Red Magnolia is to:

  • Renew audiences with portrayals of strong female characters and poignant stories of women to which everyone can connect.
  • Elevate women by offering them opportunities in all aspects of theatrical production, both on stage and off.
  • Develop new friendships and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our importance to society as women in the arts.
National Partner

RedLine Contemporary Arts Center

2350 Arapahoe Street, Denver, CO 80205   Google map
Louise Martorano, Executive Director, louise.martorano@redlineart.org
Robin Gallite, Deputy Director, rgallite@redlineart.org

Founded by artist and philanthropist Laura Merage in 2008, RedLine’s mission is to be a diverse urban laboratory where art, education, and community converge. Our vision is to foster forms of social practice in the arts that inspire inquiry and catalyze change. RedLine also connects artists with the community. RedLine encourages artistic growth in our two-year residency program that provides an environment where artists can cross the red line to lose the inhibitions that may hold an artist back, while gaining support systems to excite the senses and realize one’s dreams. Artists are required to share their experiences and their personal creativity with the community as part of their residency.

Fiscally Sponsored

Remade Ruins

Clarksdale, MS    Google map
Zaire Love, Founder, zaire.zlove@gmail.com

Remade Ruins is a future land-based oasis in the magical Black south where beautiful dwellings live, delicious foods grow, and creative spaces thrive to preserve Black history, live a Black present, and inspire Black futures. Rooted in Mississippi, it centers on radical racial and social justice through rest, creative and performing arts, agriculture, and architecture.

Remade Ruins’ four pillars are: Black joy and rest, Black arts and agriculture, Black innovation and liberation, and Black land ownership.

Mississippi is the “blackest” state in America. Yet Black folks own little of its land. Remade Ruins will own land that houses, protects, nourishes, and grows what Black folks have always planted here in Mississippi: the arts, foodways, and culture.

Fiscally Sponsored

Ron Ragin’s Cultural Projects: The Spiritual Technologies Project

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Ron Ragin, Collaborator
Tamara Roberts, Collaborator

The Spiritual Technologies Project seeks to generate, document, and transmit performative practices that unify and transform individuals and groups of people. The project will manifest through recordings, writing, and live laboratories in which artists, culture bearers, and other creative practitioners explore old and new tools for personal and collective transformation.

We just completed our first digital storytelling project, A Charge to Keep, which explores the contemporary practice of metered hymn singing in African-American churches in Central Georgia and Coastal Georgia and South Carolina. We are excited to share this work with the world!


  • Ron Ragin
  • Tamara Roberts
  • Michaela Leslie-Rule
National Partner

Roy and Edna Disney, CalArts Theater / REDCAT

631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012   Google map
Phone 213-237-2800
Edgar Miramontes, Deputy Executive Director & Curator, emiramontes@calarts.edu

REDCAT, a center for contemporary performing, visual and media arts, introduces diverse audiences and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from throughout the world and provides Los Angeles artists with opportunities to develop new work. Opened in 2003 by the California Institute of the Arts, REDCAT is located in the frank Gehry-designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. REDCAT features a flexible black box performance space and a 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition space.

REDCAT’s programming values artists who blur the boundaries between artistic disciplines, cross international borders in their collaborations, experiment with artistic traditions and invent or use new technology in developing new forms of expression. Each year as many as 200 events are presented, including performances, screenings, discussions, readings and exhibitions. most performing artists are selected 12 to 18 months in advance. The gallery director and curator program the exhibitions.

National Partner

Sandglass Theater

P.O. Box 970, Putney, VT 05346   Google map
Shoshana Bass, Co-Artistic Director, shoshana@sandglasstheater.org
Eric Bass, Co-Artistic Director, eric@sandglasstheater.org

Our mission is to present, develop and support innovative theatrical work, to provide our audience with a broad interpretation of theater, and to encourage dialogue across ages and cultures. Sandglass is a touring company dedicated to the use of the puppet as a theatrical medium, often in collaboration with artists and composers to explore identity, memory and relationship to place. We are interested in other media, current issues and a range of ensemble theater forms and processes. We have been presenting guest artists since 1996, including an annual series in our 60-seat barn theater and a biannual international puppet festival in local venues.

Located in a small village in southern Vermont, we serve a rural extended community of about 30,000. There is strong interest in multicultural, urban and world affairs; much of our programming is focused on current issues around multicultural identity and diversity. We present an annual theme-based series, Voices of Community, which develops an extended dialogue over several weeks around cultural identities and a biannual International Puppet Festival, among other series and events.

National Partner

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90049   Google map
Jen Maxcy, Assistant Director, jmaxcy@skirball.org
Adele Lander Burke, VP and Director of Programs, aburke@skirball.org

The Skirball Cultural Center is a place of meeting guided by the Jewish tradition of welcoming the stranger and inspired by the American democratic ideals of freedom and equality. We welcome people of all communities and generations to participate in cultural experiences that celebrate discovery and hope, foster human connections, and call upon us to help build a more just society.

We serve Los Angeles’ many and varied communities. Through an eclectic program of music, performing arts, films, talks and conversations, we strive to bring people together across cultures and difference, creating a space where all people will feel welcome. We are a platform for building creative community committed to making the world a better place.

We seek to work with groundbreaking artists and thinkers who engage, challenge and inspire us, who are formally and creatively adventurous, who are generous of spirit and rich in imagination.

National Partner

South Dallas Cultural Center

3400 South Fitzhugh Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210   Google map
John Spriggins, Manager, john.spriggins@dallascityhall.com
Daniel Hanchett, Performing Arts Coordinator, daniel.hanchett@dallascityhall.com

The Center’s program places a high value on works that explore contemporary issues facing the African world community, particularly those that seek to inform the audience about the inter-relatedness of people of color. SDCC commissions work from local artists through its Diaspora Performing Arts Commissioning Project and sponsors the annual South Dallas Dance festival.

The 34,000 sq. ft. facility features a black box theater, two visual arts galleries, studios for dance, 2- and 3-dimensional arts and digital photography, a digital recording studio with a Pro Tools system and a video production studio with final Cut Pro editing systems.

National Partner

Space One Eleven

2409 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL 35203   Google map
Peter Prinz, Co-Founder and CEO, peterprinz@spaceoneeleven.org
Cheryl Lewis, Director of Programs, cheryllewis@spaceoneeleven.org

Founded in 1986, Space One Eleven (SOE)’s mission is to support visual artists by a commitment to artistic freedom, by paying professional artist fees and by providing opportunities for artists to exhibit and teach. SOE presents innovative contemporary art by diverse artists who address universal themes through the lens of Birmingham, Alabama’s history and its meaning to the world, providing a forum for public understanding and appreciation of contemporary art.

Space One Eleven’s curatorial team invites artists and curators to organize projects that are challenging and that prompt discussions of current social, artistic and cultural issues. SOE encourages artists to investigate the role that the Deep South plays in political matters such as economic disparity, equal access to education and healthcare, immigration, gender equity and aging. Exhibitions and visual art installations take place in the gallery and storefront windows. Art education activities are held in the pottery and multi-media studios.

National Partner

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

1010 North MacInnes Place, Tampa, FL 33602   Google map
Jeanne Piazza, Director of Programming, jennifer.gonzalez@strazcenter.org
Maggie DiPietra, Grant Writer, maggie.dipietra@strazcenter.org

The Straz Center is more than a beautiful riverside facility with five theaters (from 2,600 to 100 seats) and an on-site, accredited performing arts conservatory. We are also a presenting, producing and educating institution, a community resource, and the cultural cornerstone for the Tampa Bay region.

Our programming serves more than 500,000 people each year and includes Broadway tours, grand opera, ballet and contemporary dance, theater, cabaret, comedy, music and more. Our resident opera and theater companies produce challenging works not otherwise available. Overall, the Straz Center’s arts education programs serve over 50,000 children and adults each year and include on-site training as well as extensive off-site outreach to more than 40 partnering Title I schools, service agencies, shelters, hospitals and community centers. We are mission-driven to inspire, educate and enhance our community through the transformative power of the performing arts.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Su Teatro Cultura and Performing Arts Center

721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204   Google map
Mica Garcia de Benavidez, Organizational Manager, mica@suteatro.org
Tanya Mote, Associate Director, tanya@suteatro.org

Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center’s mission is to promote, produce, develop and preserve the cultural arts, heritage and traditions of the Chicano/Latino community, to advance mutual respect for other cultures, and to establish avenues where all cultures may come together. Su Teatro, the resident theater company born out of the Chicano Civil Rights movement, is the third-oldest Chicano theatre in the U.S. While having a strong theatrical bent, Su Teatro also presents music, poetry, visual and film artists.

Artist collaborators are programmed into Su Teatro’s season that also includes the Chicano music festival and the Neruda Poetry festival. Artist collaborators fit within the Chicano aesthetic and represent an emerging vision of the Latino World experience. Residencies are structured within the curriculum of Su Teatro’s Cultural Arts Education Institute.

Fiscally Sponsored

Summer Strings Academy for Girls

38 Main Street, East Setauket, NY 11733   Google map
Melanie Riordan, Artistic Director, Melanie@summerstringsforgirls.com

The Summer Strings Academy for Girls is an educational summer festival for female-identifying string students. The SSAG is dedicated to creating a safe space to uplift, empower, and inspire young women. Through private lessons and master classes with world-class artists, concerts, workshops, and seminars, the SSAG strives to ignite a shift in the world of classical music education by providing our students with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary for navigating this male-dominated industry. The SSAG began as a virtual festival in the Summer of 2021 and has served nearly 40 young women from 11 countries.

Fiscally Sponsored

Synamin Vixen

New Orleans, LA    Google map
Jalisa Roberts, Artist, SynaminVixen@gmail.com

Synamin Vixen is a performing artist, community healer, and educator. She has more than 25 years of dance experience locally and internationally, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Black Studies and Dance Composition from Swarthmore College. She has been studying Afro-Diasporic herbal and traditional care practices, reiki, and sex doula work for the past 3 years. With a wide range of experiences, Synamin explores how all of these different artistic interests live in one body and influence each other.

Her choreography sparks conversations on identity and social memory. Much of Synamin’s work explores how individuals relate to and influence groups, and how our narratives on similar events can differ greatly based on our lived experiences. Her work in burlesque (on and off stage) focuses on how the body is a sensual site of transformative healing. In 2021, she released her first book of ancestral poetry entitled Daughter of a Nymph Divine. In 2022, she collaborated with her performance family Haus Contraire in residency at the Contemporary Art Center.

Synamin’s mission is to use movement to create a safe space for dialogue and change.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

The Theater Offensive

565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116   Google map
Harold Steward, Executive Director & Cultural Strategist
Harold Steward, Executive Director & Cultural Strategist

The Theater Offensive creates innovative artistic/activist programs in diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (queer) communities. Growing out of a guerrilla theater troupe in 1989, we became a charter Resident Theater Company at the Boston Center for the Arts in 1993. The Theater Offensive’s OUT In Your Neighborhood strategy covers all our programming. We work with and within the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain and the South End to create relevant performances, then collaborate with neighbors, businesses and community groups to present works locally. The population we serve is about two-thirds people of color, which is reflected in our staff and the artists we present. Each NPN residency artist we present works inside our neighborhoods to develop relevant shows.

Fiscally Sponsored

Unit Souzou’s Constant State of Otherness

Portland, OR    Google map
Michelle Fujii, Co-Director, mich@unitsouzou.com
Toru Watanabe, Co-Director

The Constant State of Otherness is a multi-layered performance project exploring the feelings of isolation and displacement that come from a sense of not fitting in. A devised “otherness template” will fuel a new taiko and dance performance, and also prompt engagement with artists and communities reflecting these complex and diverse stories of identity and emotional impact. The work is inspiring from co-director Michelle Fujii’s experience as a great-granddaughter and wife of Japanese immigrants, and feelings of isolation, alienation, and displacement that come from not having an easy sense of belonging, both as a physical place and an emotional space. These feelings are heightened during our uncertain political times — of deepening socio-economic disparities, ongoing debates of travel bans, border security, gentrification, and hostility towards immigrants.

Unit Souzou ensemble members will explore otherness in their deeply personal stories: identifying as immigrant, navigating privilege as a biracial person, finding space and place as a female leader in a masculine world, being African-American in a Japanese referenced cultural art form. Root questions to create this work will illuminate the following: How have I been othered? How have I othered myself? How have I othered others?

‘Souzou’ can be written in three ways meaning ‘creation’ (創造), ‘imagination’ (想像), or ‘noisy’ (騒々), alluding to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world. Inspired by these words, the mission of Unit Souzou is to build creative, imaginative works while honoring the history and roots of the taiko art form. The core of Unit Souzou’s artistic voice is personal and authentic, sound shaped and inspired by form and by movement. The essence of Unit Souzou is an expressive blend of taiko and Japanese folk dance, forging new traditions for evolving communities. In addition to creating groundbreaking professional theatrical works, Unit Souzou is deeply committed to share taiko through community performances and collaborations, public classes for adults and youth, and school-based education programs.

National Partner

Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN 55403   Google map
Phone 612-375-7624
Philip Bither, Senior Curator, philip.bither@walkerart.org
Julie Voigt, Senior Program Officer, julie.voigt@walkerart.org

An internationally respected contemporary art center, the Walker is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. We take a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. The Walker houses one of the largest museum-based performing arts departments in the country and annually supports dozens of commissions, developmental residencies, and presentations. The McGuire Theater, opened in 2005, serves not only as a stunning platform for presentations but also as a working laboratory and production center, offering innovators the support, time, and resources to finish technically mounting large-scale work. The Walker commissions and presents new work on local, national, and international levels and continues to present a wide range of global work. We support established and innovative masters, mid-career artists and a range of emerging voices in contemporary dance, dance theater, experimental theater, new music-theater, performance art, new puppetry, avant-jazz, electronic music, contemporary classical music, international/global music and experimental pop/rock. We mainly select artists with whom we have ongoing relationships or those we have researched and sought out, but we remain open to receiving proposals and inquiries from artists who fit our mission and who are forging new directions.

National Partner

The Yard

P.O. Box 405, Chilmark, MA 02535   Google map
Alison Manning, Executive Director, Co-Producer, alisonmanning@dancetheyard.org
Chloe Jones, Director of Development/Associate Producer, chloejones@dancetheyard.org

The Yard supports diverse, contemporary dance-makers and related artists in their creative processes through paid creative residency, public performance, long-term education, and artist-driven civic engagement. We serve all ages and cultural populations on Martha’s Vineyard, and work collaboratively with artists, producers, and other cultural organizers within regional, national and international contexts.

The Yard achieves its mission through an integrated ensemble of artist residencies, public performances, local education programs, and year-round community building activities. The YARD ARTS Summer Season runs late may through mid-September, while the new WINTER YARD series populates the period November to may. MAKING IT, The Yard’s intergenerational dance-making and creativity initiative, is now active year-round in all island schools, as well as in after-school programs, libraries, senior centers, at the YMCA, on The Yard’s own Chilmark campus, and in other partner organization sites around the island.

National Partner

Youth Speaks, Inc. / Brave New Voices / Living Word Project

1663 Mission Street, Suite 604, San Francisco, CA 94103   Google map
Joan K. Osato, Producing Director

Youth Speaks creates safe spaces to empower the next generation of leaders, self-defined artists and visionary activists through written and oral literacies. We challenge youth to find, develop, publicly present, and apply their voices as creators of societal change. Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is a multi-faceted organization that believes that the power, insight, creativity and passion of young people can change the world. In addition to a wide variety of arts education, youth development and civic engagement programs that serve thousands each year in the Bay Area, we are the founders of Brave New Voices, an annual event and national network of young poets and youth development organizations, and the Emerging Arts fellows Program which prepares fellows for leadership and artistic opportunities in the performing arts field.