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NPN // Creative Exchange Residency and Mobility Grants

National Performance Network’s Performing Americas Program has opened the online grant applications for Creative Exchange residencies, and mobility funds for performing artists and performing arts curators.


The Performing Americas Program (PAP) is a cultural exchange partnership between the National Performance Network and La RED (Red de Promotores Culturales de Latinoamerica y el Caribe). This partnership has created a structure for systematic exchange of contemporary performing arts touring in this hemisphere through residencies that provide opportunities for community engagement. This program is based on reciprocity and mutual respect with knowledge building through peer and artist exchange. Performing Americas focuses on cultural activities and artists from Central and South America, the Caribbean and the United States.

The Creative Exchange has two application options:

  • The Creative Exchange Residency
  • The Creative Exchange Mobility

Creative Exchange Mobility Application Form:
Creative Exchange Residency Application Form:

Please see attached Guidelines and application instructions in PDF format.

  •  Increase access to international artists for NPN Partners and other U.S.-based host sites, as well as to members of La Red and other colleague organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, that have the facilities and infrastructure to host extended educational/creative/skill building residencies for up to two artists.
  • Reinforce and deepen relationships already developed through PAP touring and peer exchange through curator travel. Artists, NPN Partners and La Red sites that have participated in PAP performance-focused residencies are encouraged to apply for the Creative Exchange. However, you do not have to have been previously supported through PAP to be eligible.
  • Provide individual artists with exchange opportunities not directly linked to the touring of finished work.

Artists may develop new work and methodologies, and pursue research in an environment of cultural exploration that is stimulating, challenging and productive for their art making without having to produce a final performance.


  • Provides base support for artists and hosts who wish to explore face-to-face relationships with potential partners in order to design future exchange projects, i.e. Creative Exchanges, touring, or collaborations. This support funds travel only for a maximum of $1,000 per award, and is not intended as residency or

touring support.

Performing Americas Creative Exchange Application Timeline 2016-2017:

  • July 2016 - Guidelines and Application forms are posted online, and e-mailed to NPN and La Red members and other associate organizations and colleagues in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean
  • July 1, 2016 – September 15, 2016 - Required phone or email consultation with PAP staff
  • September 16, 2016 Deadline for completed applications
  • October 1, 2016 - Earliest date for projects to begin and disbursement of funds
  • September 30, 2017 - Latest end date for projects

Please see attached PDF versions of grant Guidelines, or contact or 305.851.3342 for
more details.


Elizabeth Doud
Performing Americas Program Coordinator

National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network

P.O. Box 56698

New Orleans, LA 70156-6698
Skype:  elizabethdoud