Creative Economy


CreativeGround on the Road: Fall 2018

Fall in New England is arguably the best season! CreativeGround staff will be journeying through the autumnal foliage to five of the six New England states this fall. (We’ll see you in the spring, CT!) Staff will be sharing knowledge of NEFA’s free online cultural directory –CreativeGround, NEFA’s New England and national programs, and NEFA’s recent Creative Economy report: Jobs in New England’s Creative Economy and Why They Matter.Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: July 2018

New England’s creative sector is thriving - look no further the lush garden of captivating CreativeGround to see the fantastic profiles for regional artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits. We’ve picked the freshest bouquet of featured profiles for our Home and About pages, and we think you’ll love the arrangement as much as we do! Catch the signature notes of the Summer Features below, and click the profile name or image to view their full profile.

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Call for Local Host: CCX 2019 in Vermont

Would you like to help NEFA produce the next CCX and bring 250 New England leaders to your community for peer learning and networking? Apply to be the Local Host for CCX 2019 in Vermont!

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, New Hampshire,...Read more »

Creative Community Fellowship for New England

NEFA is partnering with National Arts Strategies to get the word out about their upcoming Creative Communities Fellowship specifically for New England leaders like you.Read more »


Five Headlines That Defined 2017

From the New York Times to Jamaica Plain News, here are the headlines that changed and defined the arts and culture sector for us.Read more »


Congrats to the 2017 Creative Economy Awardees

Even if you missed this year’s Creative Communities Exchange in New London, CT, you still can experience one of the most exciting elements of the CCX: the 2017 Creative Economy awards.

At each CCX, NEFA presents two Creative Economy awards - one to an organization and another for a specific project - in recognition of successful strategies, scope of impact on the creative economy, and possibility for replication in other...Read more »


CCX 2017 Recap

At a meeting this morning, I ran into a local colleague who said, “I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the CCX in New London. I’m still thinking about it.” That was the inspiration I needed to finish reading the evaluations and share the learnings, and perfectly timed for us to share these video highlights:


The simple way to keep your CreativeGround profile up-to-date

We asked, you answered…

The CreativeGround team regularly solicits user feedback, and we watch for changes and trends in the creative economy. It’s one of the ways we make important updates to the directory, including how users identify their work on the site.

Over the past year, we’ve added or updated more than ten institution and business types based on user feedback.

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Use CreativeGround to activate your creative community

CreativeGround is a lot more than just a place to build a beautiful online profile. It’s also a powerful cultural directory, a tool for increasing the visibility of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits at work in your state, city, and even your neighborhood. Here are a few easy ways to use CreativeGround to promote your creative community to all New England and beyond!Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2017

CreativeGround is filled with eye-catching profiles, but this collection of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits really grabbed our attention. In addition to their excellent profiles, each has either received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts or conducts advocacy work for arts funding within their region. Read more about each of these engaging profiles and maybe get some inspiration for ...Read more »


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