New England



APAP | NYC 2017 Conference
Hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters
01.6.17 - 01.10.17

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in NYC is fast approaching, and NEFA staff will be attending, as usual. Be sure to stop at the booth or join us in any of the following:


NEFA Booth #122 (Rhinelander, Level 1, EXPO Hall)
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CreativeGround on the Road

CreativeGround staff will be stopping in each of the six New England states this fall to get the word out about NEFA, CreativeGround, and the upcoming survey of New England creative workers, including artists. From exhibiting at conferences, to presenting at creative economy summits, to meeting and hearing from our users in person, we’re staying very busy. Will you be joining us on the road?Read more »


Creatives Count: The New England Creative Worker Survey

Creative workers are a vital part of our region’s vibrancy, but are often undercounted - and underserved - because of the fluid nature of their work life. You can help change that!Read more »


Developing international exchange: NEFA's Idea Swap & CINARS Biennale

NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec. 

The exchange will:

  • Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two regions
  • Increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region
  • Expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec 
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Call for Local Host: CCX 2017

It’s time to start planning the next iteration of NEFA's biennial regional creative economy convening, the Creative Communities Exchange! Prior events have traveled around the region to Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, and we hope it will take place in Connecticut in June of 2017.

To that end, we are looking for the right location and local host; criteria and responsibilities are listed in detail below. Any groups or...Read more »

Collaborating for Maximum Impact: Presenting the Nile Project at Boston University

The Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University, Jean Morrison, created the BU Arts Initiative in September of 2012 to engage all BU students in the arts so that “the arts are fundamental to the BU student experience” (J. Morrison, personal communication, March 19, 2013), to encourage interdisciplinary arts programming, and to raise the profile of the arts at Boston University. Part of our programming is to present a campus Signature Event - a major artist or arts scholar, each semester. The Nile Project residency served as our Spring 2015 Signature Event.Read more »


June AFTA convention is around the corner

The Americans for the Arts convention is coming to Boston in June! NEFA has been hard at work to encourage regional participation in this annual conference.

We have awarded 11 scholarships to the main conference to arts leaders from Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, and 15 scholarships to the public art pre-conference to constituents in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

NEFA’s deputy director Jane Preston is...Read more »


Inaugural Native Arts in New England Gathering

On Saturday April 9th amid much camaraderie, Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA) in partnership with New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) joined for the inaugural Native Arts in New England Gathering. With over 55 artists registered to attend and many last minute inquiries, we had a fantastic turnout. From the very beginning of the day, there was a clear sense of connectedness between all the participants and a quick viewing of one episode of APTN’s Askiboyz series.  As the meeting opened, I shared how NIAA was born from my prior work as the Program Manager for the Native Arts program at NEFA. This was a moment of reckoning for me. For so long, I had been working toward making NIAA a reality. Finally I could share my vision with those who the work was intended to assist.Read more »


CreativeGround Office Hours - Hartford, CT

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Connecticut Office of the Arts
One Constitution Plaza, 2nd Floor | Hartford, CT 06103

Hosted by Connecticut Office of the Arts

Artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses are invited to CreativeGround's Office Hours workshop. Sign up for a free one-hour time slot to work with a NEFA staff member to walk through how to create or update your profile and use CreativeGround to locate others for potential collaborations.  It is...Read more »


CreativeGround Survey

CreativeGround, NEFA's free, online directory of artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses is two years old! We're constantly seeking feedback from users in order to continue to improve the site and insure it is a useful tool for those looking to promote themselves or their organization, search for partners and collaborators, explore their New England creative community, and more. Last year, we received over 200 responses to the 2015 survey and learned a tremendous amount about how people are using the site and what...Read more »


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