Performing Arts


Idea Swap 2018: A Few Highlights & More Opportunities to Connect

The 17th annual Idea Swap was a record-breaking event with over 180 participants. Presenters, cultural organizers, and artists from all over New England gathered at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, for an energizing day of knowledge sharing and networking.

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Creative City Grantee Events: Winter 2018

Creative City Artists are bringing live performances and creative placemaking to Boston neighborhoods. Check out these upcoming events to find out what art experiences are popping up near you!Read more »


How to Hit A Home Run with your Project Pitch at Idea Swap

This October brings us perennial favorites: fall foliage, the World Series (let’s go Red Sox), and NEFA’s 17th annual Idea Swap! On October 30th in Worcester, MA, over 180 New England-based nonprofit organizations that offer arts and cultural programming, cultural organizers, and touring artists will meet for a full day of networking and sharing touring project ideas, including those that may qualify for funding from our Expeditions program...Read more »


Creative City Grantee Events: Fall 2018

Public art events are here for the fall season! Check out Creative City Artists’ workshops, interactive art installations and performances that are popping up around Boston October-November!Read more »


Breath and Balloons: A Movement-Based Public Performance

Breath and Balloons is a public dance performance choreographed by Chavi Bansal who worked with the youth from Roxbury Tenants of Harvard ("RTH") to create a movement-based performance, using balloons as a way to introduce stillness. Bansal led a series of workshops using balloons to inspire movement, and letting the slow and suspended motion of the balloon itself instill a sense of stillness and safety.Read more »


Fabiola Decius // Teens WRITE: Ten-Minute Play Festival

Last month, Creative City grantee Fabiola Decius directed the Teens WRITE: Ten-Minute Play Festival, at Riverside Theatre Works in Boston’s Hyde Park neighborhood.Read more »


Creative City Grantee Events: August 2018

It's August! Here's what Creative City artists are up to this month: Read more »


Mother & Father Wit: Life Lessons

Throughout the spring, long-time legendary jazz singer, story-teller, and Creative City grantee Valerie Stephens worked with Boston-area seniors for her live story-telling project, Mother & Father Wit: Life LessonsRead more »


Travel Grants for Presenters & Dance Grantees

NEFA offers three travel grant opportunities for cultural and nonprofit organizations to see work that they may be interested in presenting. One of the opportunities, National Dance Project Travel Fund, also supports current National Dance Project Production grantees. The deadlines for these opportunities are rolling throughout our fiscal year, which begins anew June 1. Now is a great time to apply for upcoming fall and winter showcases and conferences!Read more »


Dance and Movement for All

Last month, Creative City grantee Wendy Jehlen led a group of seven Deaf movement artists in a series of public pop-up performances throughout Boston, called Project Listen. The troupe, raising awareness that dance/movement is for both the hearing community and the Deaf, too, performed their unique, wordless piece.Read more »


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