Mali sings and holds a bass next to a man who plays a brass instrument.

New Work New England-supported Mali Obomsawin | photo by Nolan Altvater, Passamaquoddy Tribe

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.

September 23, 2022
The New England Dance Fund awards grants to New England-based choreographers of all genres and backgrounds who identify an opportunity that will advance their careers in dance.
October 17, 2022
Supports public art that creatively expresses and embodies a more just version of what’s possible in public.
October 17, 2022
Strengthens collaborations to collectively imagine creative, impactful, accountable public artmaking in Massachusetts.
Rolling thru December 19, 2022
The Public Art Learning Fund aims to strengthen the field of public art in New England by providing professional development support directly to artists.
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.
Rolling Deadline
Grants provide monetary assistance for travel to promote the touring of NTP funded projects.

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility
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Creative Economy
Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility
NEFA announces the re-launch of CreativeGround, a directory that celebrates and reflects the vital work of artists, creatives, culture bearers, creative organizations and businesses across New England.
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Creative Economy is the dynamic directory that celebrates New England's artists, creatives, culture bearers, arts and culture organizations and creative businesses. A unique combination of database and directory, the user-generated and maintained profiles on CreativeGround provide a real-time
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NEFA is pleased to announce that Leilani Ricardo has joined the organization in the role of Program Officer, Theater.

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.