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Contemporary Arts Center
Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center
for Contemporary Art
44 E. 6th Street,
Cincinnati, OH 45202

513 345 8400

The National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network WELCOMES the contemporary arts center as a national Partner

The National Performance Network, including its program the Visual Artists Network, (NPN/VAN), is pleased to announce that the NPN/VAN Board of Directors has selected the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) as one of ten new Partners to join NPN/VAN on July 1, 2016.

This concludes a two-year process that considered a number of factors simultaneously including geography, aesthetics, and cultural diversity; values and mission alignment; and expanding new opportunities for artists. NPN/VAN received 100 nominations and invited 45 organizations to submit full applications. From this group, the CAC in Cincinnati was selected as one of ten organizations to join the Network.

The CAC Performance Curator Drew Klein said, “I’m beyond thrilled that we have been invited to join such a distinguished network of some of the country’s most vital and culturally important arts institutions. This is a great recognition of our program’s growth in just over four years’ time, a period in which we have received incredible support from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. We join our friends at the Contemporary Dance Theater in proudly representing the region at NPN, bringing even more powerful arts experiences to Cincinnati, and opening new doors for our city’s artists to introduce their work to the world.”

The CAC Black Box Performance Program has consistently brought diverse performers and audiences to the Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky region for what are often local, national, or world premieres of challenging, engaging performance pieces. By incorporating performance, the CAC stands alone in Cincinnati as a visual arts organization that has expanded its reach to incorporate all forms of art-making. The CAC Black Box Performance series has earned a reputation for progressive, contemporary music performances and experimental theatre, providing a stage for boundary-pushing live art in Cincinnati.

Partnership Committee Chair and Cowles Center Community Engagement Consultant Michèle Steinwald said, “The board and staff National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network conducted thoughtful and sensitive work to come to this decision. The slate of new partners is a dynamic group of organizations, representing varying perspectives and practices across the country.”

The addition of these ten organizations (listed below) expands the Network to 77 NPN and VAN Partners in 47 cities and 31 states across the country. Stanlyn Brevé, Director of National Programs National Performance Network/Visuals Artists Network, stated, “As NPN/VAN begins a new chapter, we are excited by the opportunities and energy that this group of organizations will infuse into the Network.”


Arab American National Museum (Dearborn, MI)

Art2Action (Tampa, FL)

Bunnell Street Art Center (Homer, AK)

Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH)

International Sonoran Desert Alliance (Ajo, AZ)

Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)


All My Relations Arts (Minneapolis, MN)

Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (Indianapolis, IN)

McColl Center for Art + Innovation (Charlotte, NC)

Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (Brooklyn, NY)

About the Contemporary Arts Center
Founded in November 1939, as the Modern Art Society by three visionary women in Cincinnati, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to exhibiting the art of our time.

CAC focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art, and new media, presenting an average of 10 exhibitions and 30 performances annually in its ZahaHadid-designed facility.

The CAC is supported by the individuals and business that give annually to ArtsWave; Ohio Arts Council; City of Cincinnati; and the generous contributions and grants of individuals and corporations and foundations.


NPN/VAN is a relationship-based network of presenters and exhibitors that serve and connect diverse cultural organizations, artists, and communities. Annually, NPN/VAN provides over 1.5 million dollars in support to artists through its network of 77 Partners. NPN/VAN generates paid opportunities for artists to create, exhibit, and tour work to diverse communities across the globe. Partners facilitate collaborations that inspire artistic experimentation, honor cultural heritage, and promote social change.

NPN/VAN is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation, Japan Foundation - Center for Global Partnerships, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of the Tides Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, Quixote Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, RobertSterling Clark Foundation, Southwest Airlines and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

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