Publications

Creative Economy Research

Documentation and information-sharing are major objectives of NEFA's research. If you have questions about our research, contact research@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x530.

New England's Creative Economy: Nonprofit Sector Impact - September 2011

This study uses methodology from prior NEFA reports for the next installment in the series focusing on the economic impact of New England’s arts and cultural nonprofits. It provides aggregate data on the number, spending, and employment of New England’s nonprofit arts and cultural organizations; data on their overall economic impact, and individual stories that illustrate that economic impact. Comparisons are drawn to prior years and other economic sectors wherever possible in an effort to understand the profile of the New England creative economy’s nonprofit subset and give context to sharing the report data with a broader audience.

New England’s Creative Economy: The Nonprofit Sector – December 2009

These data demonstrate the size and financial statistics of cultural nonprofits in New England from fiscal year 2007 (before the changes of the economic downturn of the latter part of 2008), organized by New England state, organizational discipline, and nonprofit type. 

The Creative Economy: A New Definition - November 2007

This report includes a definition of cultural enterprise and cultural worker categories from widely available U.S. federal data sources; protocol for measuring these categories; data on cultural enterprise employment in each state of New England and data and demographics on cultural workers in each state of New England.  

Highlights from The Creative Economy: A New Definition

Creative Economy Research in New England: A Reexamination - March 2006

This white paper examines the definition of the creative economy developed in the Creative Economy Initiative report: "The Role of Arts and Culture in New England's Economic Competitiveness," released in 2000 by NEFA, Mt. Auburn Associates and The New England Council, as well as subsequent approaches advanced in the U.S. and abroad.

New England's Creative Economy: The State of the Public Cultural Sector - 2005 Update

This study examines the financial status of New England's nonprofit cultural organizations – an important component of the region’s creative economy -- between 2000 and 2002. New methodology developed by NEFA for this report enables us to better define the types of organizations that are included in the nonprofit cultural sector, and provide a more accurate and consistent look at their economic impact. Additionally, an exciting new partnership with the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute has enabled us for the first time to examine New England’s nonprofit cultural sector within a larger regional and national context.

For research listed below, contact research@nefa.org or 617.951.0010 x530.

  • New England's Creative Economy: Employment Update, July 2004
  • New England's Creative Economy: The Non-Profit Sector - 2002 
  • New England's Creative Economy: The Non-Profit Sector - 2000
  • The Creative Economy Initiative: A Blueprint for Investment in New England's Creative Economy
  • The Creative Economy Initiative: The Role of the Arts and Culture in New England's Economic Competitiveness - 2000
  • Arts, Cultural, and Humanities Organizations in the New England Economy, 1996 

Arts Administration

GPS for the Arts: Recommitting America to International Cultural Exchange

Released in January 2009, this is a report to the Obama Administration from the U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.

Documenting the Arts: A Practical Handbook for Cultural Organizations

Released in May 2005, this handbook provides cultural organizations with practical guidance on developing written and audiovisual documentation of their work or improving the quality of existing efforts. It is intended to help small and medium-sized organizations that often struggle to create a lasting record of their accomplishments or to find the space to examine and reflect upon their accustomed ways of doing business.
Hard copies of Documenting the Arts are available for purchase; contact NEFA’s communications department if you are interested.

NEFA Programs

Native New England Now: Celebrating Native Arts at NEFA

October 2013 publication accompanying an exhibit of NEFA-supported Native American artists

Center Stage: Artists from Abroad in American Communities

A Report on Center Stage 2012

Center Stage: Artists from Abroad in American Communities

Pilot round activity summary for June-December 2012 tours.