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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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LANE Cohort / National Partner

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

1414 East Franklin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc.

1323 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917   Google map
Contacts:
Linda Parris-Bailey, Executive/Artistic Director, lindapb1@aol.com
 

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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas

104 17th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Coleman Center for the Arts

630 Avenue A, York, AL 36925   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

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

804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, NC 27701   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Junebug Productions

1010 N. Galvez St, #111, New Orleans, LA 70116   Google map
Contacts:
Stephanie McKee-Anderson, Executive Artistic Director, smckee@junebugproductions.org
Damia Khanboubi, Director of Community Collaboration & Marketing, dkhanboubi@junebugproductions.org
 

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.

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
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Myrna Loy Center

15 North Ewing Street, Helena, MT 59601   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Pangea World Theater

711 West Lake Street, Suite 101, Minneapolis, MN 55408   Google map
Contacts:
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
http://www.lapena.org   
     
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

Su Teatro Cultura and Performing Arts Center

721 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204   Google map
Contacts:
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.

LANE Cohort / National Partner

The Theater Offensive

565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 2116   Google map
Contacts:
Evelyn Francis, Producing Co-Executive Director, evelyn@thetheateroffensive.org
Harold Steward, Producing Co-Executive Director, harold@thetheateroffensive.org
 

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.