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NPN/VAN Annual Conference

  • CONFERENCE HOTEL - Parc 55 San Francisco 55 Cyril Magnin St San Francisco, CA (map)

NPN/VAN’s Annual Conference is a dynamic international forum for artists, arts leaders, activists, organizers, funders, and others to develop a more artist-centered, just, and sustainable performing and visual arts field. Read and learn more about NPN/VAN at:


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In alignment with NPN/VAN’s commitment to creating an arts sector rooted in justice, we are committed to ensuring a space that is free of racism, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, misogyny, classism, or other bias. Our hope is that all Annual Conference participants – whether leading a discussion, performing/presenting work, or simply attending – both honor and accept a shared commitment to this ethic, and join us in a spirit of openness, learning, and respect.

At this year’s convening, we look forward to deepening our connections to the local artist community by focusing our Live & On Stage performances on work by local artists and companies, making off-site visits to art spaces and studios in San Francisco and the East Bay, and exploring the Bay Area’s vibrancy, challenges, and resilience through the lens of art and activism.

In addition, we’ve included more opportunities for local and national artists to share their work, for NPN/VAN Partners to exchange ideas and projects with each other, and for colleagues, funders, presenters, and artists to develop relationships, strategies, and inspiration together.

We are honored to recognize this year our NPN/VAN Partner hosts around the Bay – Youth Speaks (San Francisco), La Peña (Berkeley), and MACLA (San Jose); our Live & On Stage host — Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and dozens of Bay Area artists, arts leaders, activists, and community organizers on our Local Host Committee. Join us this December 14-17!

Earlier Event: December 1
Edgar Arceneaux