In a white void, two dancers (in brightly colored costumes) dance with orange and beige fabric.

National Dance Project-supported BANDALOOP | photo by Krystal Harfert

Supporting a Thriving, Creative Future

NEFA invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.

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Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines

NEFA offers grants to artists and organizations to support the creation and presentation of work. These are the grants with upcoming deadlines.

August 1, 2022
Funds nonprofit organizations to present touring artists in venues across New England.
By invitation only
Presentation Grants are made to eligible organizations to support up to 50% of the artist fee and travel expenses per engagement of NDP awarded projects on tour.
Rolling Deadline
National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works.
By Invitation Only: Rolling Deadline
Presentation Grants are made to invited U.S. presenters and support up to 50% of the artistic fee for NTP projects.
Rolling Deadline
Grants provide monetary assistance for travel to promote the touring of NTP funded projects.

What's happening

Christa is a woman of color. She has short bleach blonde hair and wears a floral dress. She poses in front of a brick building with vines.
Public Art
I had the privilege of sitting down and getting to listen to insight from this year’s four Newell Flather Leadership in Public Art Awardees. Christa Brown, founder and executive director of Free Soil Arts Collective, shared her profound connection to the legacies of Black Lowellians, the skilled
In a field, women of color, in event t-shirts, dance together. One of them, in the foreground, wears a fedora and smiles.
Public Art
We invite you to get comfortable in your body, whatever that means for you, and take three deep breaths in and out. As you relax, visualize a positive memory you’ve had with art in a public space. What did that experience look like? Smell like? Feel like? Take a few seconds to feel it in your body
On a sunny day, a brick building, with a steeple.
Professional Development
Here are opportunities for this month; check them out and pass them along to your colleagues. Email us if you know of any professional development events, calls to artists, or cultural events that we should consider. The format for the listings is as follows: "deadline/date of event | location of
A collage of squares in NEFA orange, yellow, and teal - where two of the squares are replaced with smiling portraits of Chris and Dawn.
NEFA announces the election of two new Board members and acknowledges members rotating off the board.

Fostering regional, national, and international connections


CreativeGround spotlights the creative people and places at work in New England: cultural nonprofits like libraries and theaters, creative businesses like recording studios and design agencies, and artists of all disciplines such as performing arts, visual arts, and crafts.

Center Stage

Center Stage is among the most successful programs to bring contemporary international performing artists into direct contact with people across a wide range of U.S. communities, and to share these experiences globally.