New England


New England Creative Economy Network: Focus on Advocacy

NEFA’s New England Creative Economy Network connects creative community leaders from around the region to discuss New England creative economy models, priorities, and strategies. The goals of the network are to:

  • Formalize and increase connections among practitioners
  • Spotlight creative economy projects
  • Share resources across communities
  • Brainstorm on New England priorities and strategies

The NECE Network is a peer group convened by NEFA, but it is important to note that it is led by its participants. Since the...Read more »


On the Creative Ground with Czésare Santana

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage month, CreativeGround talked with Czésare Santana, a Latin musician based in Providence, Rhode Island for our “On the Ground With” blog. Born in the Dominican Republic, Czésare writes and performs alternative, folk, and world music style music, and took the time out of his busy day to answer a few questions about his life as a musician in New England.

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APNNE/NEP Workshop: Intro to Accessible Ticketing & Expeditions Discussion

Co-hosted by APNNE and NEP


The workshop is free, but lunch will be $20.

When the 2010 ADA Revised Regulations went into effect, including an entirely new section regulating...Read more »


Update on Native Arts Consortium Planning

Over the last several months, the development of a New England Native Arts Consortium has been underway. With a planning grant in hand, I, Dawn Spears, former Native Arts program manager at NEFA, have taken on the task of coordinating meetings to explore planning a consortium that will continue and build on the work that began at NEFA. The planning grant was given to five organizations, all former Native Arts program grantees/partners who represented the region and would be able to...Read more »


National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Regional Arts Training Workshop

Our partners at RISCA are hosting the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) 2-day Regional workshop on October 10 & 11, 2014 in Rhode Island.  This is the first time NALAC has been in New England, and it's a great opportunity to engage Latino artists throughout the entire region.

NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened throughout the nation to assist in strengthening local networks and build the leadership of Latino artists and...Read more »


Reflecting on the LEAD Conference: New insights on accessibility

As part of my role as NEFA’s accessibility coordinator, I have the opportunity to champion access to the arts for all people and especially the disability community. Last year when I first attended the Kennedy Center’s...Read more »


Grantee Voices: Watertown Community Mural Project

A year ago, Watertown’s first public mural in decades, titled A Bicycle Ride Through Watertown, was being completed.  We had been working on a plan for a community bicycle/pedestrian path through Watertown and responded to a suggestion that a long blank wall on the path was a perfect spot for a mural.  Knowing nothing about public art, we talked to neighboring communities, formed a committee, and received funding from local businesses.  We sought out and interviewed local artists, and were thrilled to find...Read more »


Promoting Curiosity and Interaction Through Public Art

On the evening of July 24, a few NEFA staff members and Fund for the Arts advisors attended the opening of Bounce, by Boston-based artist Liz Nofziger, on the plaza of the Boston Center for the Arts. Funded in part by  Fund for the Arts at NEFA, Bounce is an interactive outdoor installation made up of three conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-...Read more »


On the CreativeGround with Easthampton City Arts+

We sat down with Burns Maxey, coordinator for Easthampton City Arts+ (ECA+), to learn more about this dynamic organization. We learned so much about ECA+ and some of Burns' favorite organizations and publications. Find out more about ECA+ and their many programs and partnerships on their ...Read more »


New England Creative Economy Network: Focus on Establishing Creative Spaces

On a beautiful day in June, folks from around New England who are invested (or engaged) in space development for the creative sector met in Providence, RI. They came to meet their peers from other New England communities and to learn about two very different, but very complementary, organizations that have developed important spaces that have changed the landscape of Providence. The organizations are artist-driven, but they intentionally serve the entire Providence (and broader) community. Here are my notes from the day (with special thanks to Stephanie Fortunato and her intern Liza Yeager...Read more »


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