The 2019 NPN Conference would not be possible without the generosity and collaboration of our partners and supporters.
We are grateful for everyone who contributed to this year’s event.

Host Partners


Ashé Cultural Arts Center is the primary initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc. 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 and experience with collaboration and on our ability to combine art, culture and community into a variety of activities, events, performances and exhibits.


The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) presents year-round multi-disciplinary programming, including contemporary performing arts showcases, visual arts exhibitions, unique education programs and other events that celebrate the art of our time. The CAC’s Performing Arts program features a specially curated season of jazz, from modern and avant-garde to big band; contemporary classical and concert music from cutting-edge musicians and composers; and bold experiments in dance, theater and performance art by local, emerging and internationally-recognized artists.


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

New Orleans Host Committee

Each year, we rely on the generosity and knowledge of our host community to ensure that the convening reflects the spirit of our host city. We are grateful to this year’s advisory committee:

Katrina Andry, Artist

William Bowling, Goat in the Road Productions

Jon Broder, InFringe Fest Organizer

Steffani Clemons, Independent Consultant

Jasmine Davis, Artist

Antonio Garza, Independent Artist

Astrid Kaemmerling, Founder & Director, The Walk Discourse

Ann Kaufman, Executive Director, Ana & Adeline Foundation

Jeff Klein, AfricaNola-Founder/Director

Brieze Levy, Arts Administrator, Dancer

Sophia Rabinovitz, Artist Director, Artivism Dance Theater

Michelle Ramos, Executive Director, Alternate ROOTS

Rotherin Ratliff, Level Artist Collective

Leslie Scott, Artistic Director of BODYART Dance

Lisa Shattuck, Theatre Artist

Nick Slie, Co-Artistic Director, Mondo Bizarro

Shannon Stewart, Artist

José Torres Tama, Performance Activist & Ensemble Creator, ArteFuturo Productions

Lauren E. Turner, Producing Artistic Director, No Dream Deferred

Monique Verdin, Artist

Mimi Zarsky, Independent Artist & Event Organizer


Thank you to our generous conference funders.