Performing Arts


Project Listen: Pop-Up Movement Performances by the Deaf Community

The month of May is ripe with public events within NEFA’s Creative City Program. The first is Project Listen, a series of outdoor public pop-up movement performances by the Deaf community, choreographed by Wendy Jehlen of ANIKAYA Dance Theater. The performances, free and open to the public, will take place hourly on Saturday, May 5, 2018, throughout Boston.Read more »


Building Knowledge and Networks for Performing Artists

On April 4 and 5, Amy Smith, Co-Director of Headlong in Philadelphia and Seth Lepore, Co-Founder of Mass Collaborative in Easthampton, Massachusetts, led an intensive two-day workshop titled “The Nuts & Bolts of Being a Performing Artist,” co-hosted by NEFA, the Boston Foundation, and MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, and held at the office of the Boston Foundation.Read more »


Creative City Q&A with Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner

Maia Dolphin-Krute and Jesse Erin Posner’s Creative City-supported The Way We Live Now (2018) is a multimedia, performance-based collaborative project centered on the Susan Sontag short story The Way We Live Now (1987). This project updates the story, originally set during the AIDS epidemic, to reflect our current opioid epidemic and uses this updated script to facilitate the public processing of what too often remain private and painful experiences. This project uses the model of Susan Sontag’s short story to ask: What does it mean to live within an epidemic? How do we continue living?Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2018

CreativeGround is brimming with compelling profiles for artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits, and we are excited to announce our newest iteration of featured profiles. Now posted on the CreativeGround homepage and about page, this cohort features NEFA award winners, newcomers to the site, and longtime cultural partners. Read a brief blurb on these engaging profiles below, and click on the profile name or image to view the profiles to get the full experience!

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Creative City Grantee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol's Premiere of DEVRAN

In November 2017, Creative City  grantee Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol premiered his new composition entitled DEVRAN: Music of Islam, Turkey & Renaissance Europe for two free public performances in Boston, at NEC’s Jordan Hall and at First Church in Roxbury. The aim of the composition and the concerts was to connect diverse people and cultures through enjoying live music.Read more »


New England Artists showing at APAP 2018

During the month of January, thousands of performing arts leaders, artists, managers, and other arts professionals from around the world gather in New York City to attend performing arts conferences, industry-wide convenings, multidisciplinary festivals, and showcases. There are abundant opportunitiesto see new work by artists in theater, dance, opera, music, and performance; check out JanArtsNYC to learn more about the various events. New England artists that are showing their work during the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) Conference on January 12-16, 2018, are listed below. Read more »


A Pleasantly Overwhelming Idea Swap

“The Idea Swap is one of the few places where the whole presenting community comes together each year and that builds the relationships that form the ecosystem of the performing arts in the region.” – 2017 Idea Swap Participant

On November 2, 2017, NEFA hosted the 16th annual Idea Swap and for the very first time it was sold out!  The Idea Swap was filled with sharing and networking for New England's presenting and touring community. Over 160 people registered and nearly half of the participants attended for the first...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 »


Connect with NEFA at APAP | NYC 2018

APAP | NYC 2018 Conference
Hosted by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals
01.12.18 - 01.16.18

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (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 #132 (Rhinelander, Level 1, EXPO Hall)
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Idea Swap: More Ways to Connect Before, During & After

The registrations are in, the event is sold out, and we are excited to share these additional ways to engage with your colleagues before, during, and after the Idea Swap!

1. New England Presenters & Arts Presenters of Northern New England to host joint meeting the evening before Idea Swap

Wednesday, November 1 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Bocado Tapas Wine...Read more »


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