New Radio and Performing Arts
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. (NRPA) was founded in New York City in 1981 to foster the development of new and experimental work for radio and sound arts. In 1996, it extended its mandate to net art and launched its pioneering web site, Turbulence. In March 2002, NRPA opened an office in Boston to extend the geographic reach of its existing programs and explore new ones, and continue to build its audience for experimental sound and net art.
NRPA has a distinguished history in two experimental fields, radio art (New American Radio] and net art; it has commissioned ($1,000,000 +), distributed and archived hundreds of works, thereby supporting and advancing many artists' careers, and establishing itself as a vital resource for arts and educational institutions, and the general public. It is the only organization in the United States that has as its core mission the commissioning of networked art by both emerging and established artists.
New American Radio, a weekly national radio art series, commissioned and distributed over 300 original works between 1987 and 1998, and was ranked with such high-profile programs as ABC Australia's "The Listening Room," and Austria's "Kuntsradio." Its works, which won numerous international competitions, were aired throughout North America, Europe and Australia. 140 full-length works have been archived on somewhere.org and at Wesleyan University. 100 more works will be archived by February 2007.