Five Headlines That Defined 2017
1. #TAKEACTION: Doing the NEA Defunding Math | TAKE MAGAZINE
Sadly, our friends at Take Magazine will publish their final issue early next year. This piece arguing on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities was a highlight for us. We will miss their voice and support for New England's creative economy.
2. But Is It Art? In the Case of ‘Doggie Hamlet,’ Yes | The New York Times
National Dance Project-supported Ann Carlson saw her work become fodder for those who were keen to discredit the National Endowment for the Arts. Gia Kourlas bravely stepped in and defended the work beyond its three-minute promotional video.
3. ART INSTALLATION FEATURES 400 SUITCASES SHOWCASING JOURNEYS OF AMERICAN IMMIGRANTS | JAMAICA PLAIN NEWS
Nobody can speak about this piece better than the artist herself, Nora Valdez. "Immigration Nation is a vehicle for immigrants to share their individual journeys using suitcases. Each suitcase will be transformed into a work of art that celebrates individual stories and represents a collective American experience," said Valdez.
4. New Report Proves the Creative Economy is Underpinning New England’s Growth | The Boston Globe
The Jobs in New England's Creative Economy and Why They Matter was produced for NEFA by the Economic and Public Policy Research Group of the UMass Donahue Institute. The report demonstrates that creative workers are employed in nearly every sector that powers New England, from education, to technology and science, to major global brands. They help shape our industries and culture, defining who we are and where we want to live. "A quarter of all creative workers and a third of all artists are self-employed. Meanwhile, just ten percent of the region's broader workforce is self-employed." We hope this report will help inform policy to support the sector.
5. Portsmouth’s African Burying Ground receives honor | The SeaCoast Online
Our biennial Creative Communites Exchange (CCX) convening occured in New London, CT this June. Portsmouth's African Burying Ground Memorial Park/City of Portsmouth, NH and Rhode Island Latino Arts were the recipients of our Creative Economy Awards. The recipients are selected for their clear community development strategies and outcomes, deep collaboration, and innovative use of local assets; and are models for those invested in the New England creative economy.