New England


Federal Arts Funding Update

Dear NEFA friends,

Many NEFA constituents have reached out to us with questions and concerns related to recent news reports about the possible elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We at NEFA are concerned, too, about federal arts funding in the new administration. 

We want to reassure you that all of our upcoming open grant cycles will be fully funded, and you can confidently submit for any of our current deadlines. 

As we...Read more »


On the CreativeGround with the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition

In preparation for NEFA’s Creative Communities Exchange in New London, Connecticut, this June, CreativeGround is talking to creative businesses, nonprofits, and individuals from across Mystic Country. We start off by getting in touch with the CCX’s local host, the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition (SECT Cultural Coalition), to find out more about the creative economy of the area and what exactly makes Southeast Connecticut so unique.Read more »


February 2017 Opportunities

Here are opportunities for this month - check them out and pass them along to your colleagues. And as always, email us if you know of any professional development events or calls to artists that we should consider posting in the future.

Visit NEFA's events calendar for even more.

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Idea Swaps and Intersecting Interests

I had not attended an Idea Swap in a decade. Monkeyhouse was not currently planning any projects to tour New England. So what could I gain by hustling out to Worcester for the 2016 Idea Swap?Read more »



APAP | NYC 2017 Conference
Hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters
01.6.17 - 01.10.17

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in NYC is fast approaching, and NEFA staff will be attending, as usual. Be sure to stop at the booth or join us in any of the following:


NEFA Booth #122 (Rhinelander, Level 1, EXPO Hall)
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CreativeGround on the Road

CreativeGround staff will be stopping in each of the six New England states this fall to get the word out about NEFA, CreativeGround, and the upcoming survey of New England creative workers, including artists. From exhibiting at conferences, to presenting at creative economy summits, to meeting and hearing from our users in person, we’re staying very busy. Will you be joining us on the road?Read more »


Creatives Count: The New England Creative Worker Survey

Creative workers are a vital part of our region’s vibrancy, but are often undercounted - and underserved - because of the fluid nature of their work life. You can help change that!Read more »


Developing international exchange: NEFA's Idea Swap & CINARS Biennale

NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec. 

The exchange will:

  • Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two regions
  • Increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region
  • Expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec 
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Call for Local Host: CCX 2017

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, and New Hampshire, and we hope it will take place in Connecticut in June of 2017.

To that end, we are looking for the right location and local host; criteria and responsibilities are listed in detail below. Any groups or...Read more »

Collaborating for Maximum Impact: Presenting the Nile Project at Boston University

The Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Boston University, Jean Morrison, created the BU Arts Initiative in September of 2012 to engage all BU students in the arts so that “the arts are fundamental to the BU student experience” (J. Morrison, personal communication, March 19, 2013), to encourage interdisciplinary arts programming, and to raise the profile of the arts at Boston University. Part of our programming is to present a campus Signature Event - a major artist or arts scholar, each semester. The Nile Project residency served as our Spring 2015 Signature Event.Read more »


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