Past Programs

When NEFA projects, programs, and initiatives have run their full cycle, they still serve NEFA's work and the arts field in many ways. NEFA's archive of past efforts informs the development of new projects and programs at NEFA, and provides documented best practices to the field. Our philosophy is to treat all programs and projects as laboratories from which participants can use experiences to enhance their own work in the arts, and that provide end products and case studies that inform arts programming locally, regionally and nationally. Below is a list of archived projects, programs and initiatives.

American Masterpieces: Dance (AMD) was the dance component of a major initiative of the NEA to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy. AMD celebrates the extraordinary and rich evolution of dance and choreography in the United States.

Art & Community Landscapes was a national initiative developed in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Park Service, which supported site-based public art projects as a catalyst for increased environmental awareness and stewardship.

Arts Jobs Recovery Funding was part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Through stimulus funding awarded to the National Endowment for the Arts, provided NEFA approximately $330,000 to distribute in support of preserving arts jobs.

Building Communities through Culture identified, linked, and strengthened arts-based community development projects throughout New England that were characterized by arts/non-arts partnerships.

Cambodian Artists Project was a multi-phased presentation and documentation effort to recover and restore Cambodia's cultural legacy.

Clearing the Path was a groundbreaking regional conference on arts and accessibility hosted by NEFA in March of 2000.

The Favorite Poem Project celebrated, documented and promoted poetry's role in Americans' lives. NEFA served as lead administrator of the Project through October, 1999.

The International Commissioning and Touring Study was developed by the Rockefeller Foundation and NEFA to research and document current systems for commissioning and touring contemporary international arts projects in the United States.

The International Collaboration in the Arts Project was an ethnographic documentation project conducted by NEFA and the Ford Foundation to research and document programs engaged in supporting international artistic collaboration.

Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Arts Plan was a national bicentennial commemoration of Lewis and Clark's historic, cross-country expedition. Through the arts, this initiative celebrated the human spirit and our commonalities as a people and a nation.

The Mexico Exchange Initiative's goal was to create long-term relationships for artistic and cultural exchange by supporting, assisting, and connecting artists, presenters, producers, and other cultural representatives from the New England region and Mexico.

National Dance Lab was a pilot project that enabled choreographers to conduct creative research and develop projects without the normal pressures brought on by commissions and performances with revenue expectations.

National Dance Project International Partnerships offer opportunities for communities and audiences in the U.S. to engage with artists from other countries, to explore commonalities and differences, and to learn about diverse cultural perspectives.  NDP has partnered on several international exchanges.

Triangle Arts Project encouraged cultural communication and exchange between the United States, Indonesia, and Japan; three parts of the world that are each home to distinctly different and equally vital dance and performing arts communities.

Visible Republic was a pilot program that supported artist-driven, visual and new media public art work in Greater Boston from 1998-2002.