Research & Findings


Dancemaker Survey - how should NDP evolve?

As the National Dance Project (NDP) approaches our 20th anniversary in the 2016-17 season, we are using this opportune moment to reflect on NDP’s impact over the years and to consider how NDP can best support artistic and presentation practices in the years to come. We are working with Metris Arts Consulting and RMC Research to evaluate the comprehensive impact of NDP on the dance landscape in the United States.

Our work with Metris Arts Consulting involves a two-part research project–a retrospective impact evaluation of NDP and a field scan of the larger dance...Read more »


Art in the Service of Understanding: Convening Learnings

We are pleased to present the summary of learning from Art in the Service of Understanding, a convening held March 10 – 12, 2017.  NEFA partnered with HowlRound and is deeply appreciative of this collaboration that made the event possible, especially the brilliant leadership of Jamie Gahlon, HowlRound’s Senior Creative Producer. 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:


Lessons from the National Theater Project Pilot

Devising a theater work is an exciting endeavor which draws upon the unique talents and creativity of a theater ensemble.  Devising an initiative to support artist-led ensembles is equally exciting—that’s the experiment that NEFA initiated six years ago with the National Theater Project (NTP) pilot.  The initial 12 NTP grantees have finished touring, so it’s an optimal time to share lessons from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s investment in the national touring infrastructure for artist-led ensemble theater.Read more »


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 »

RFP for Creative Economy Employment Study & Artist Survey

NEFA is seeking research proposals for the third installment of the Creative Economy Employment Report of the New England creative sector to be published on NEFA’s website in spring 2017. Submissions are due March 31, 2016.

Lead funding for the project activities in this RFP is provided by the Barr Foundation. Project partners...Read more »


Presenter Survey - How Should NDP Evolve?

As noted in an earlier blog, NEFA’s National Dance Project (NDP) is approaching our 20th anniversary in the 2016-2017 season. We are working with Metris Arts Consulting to evaluate the comprehensive historic and forward looking impact of NDP on the dance landscape...Read more »


New England Creative Economy Network: Focus on Project Evaluation

On September 29, the New England Creative Economy Network gathered at NEFA for a very interactive creative economy project evaluation working session, with small group assignments and then large group process and discussion. Pacey Foster, Ph.D. (UMass Boston) and Richard Maloney, Ph.D. (BU) provided framework and answered questions specific to the local projects, and other participants also helped...Read more »


2014 Idea Swap: the results are in!

On November 13, 2014, 125 arts presenting organizations and performing artists came together in Worcester, MA, to talk about projects that may tour New England – either now or in the future.  Here at NEFA this is known as the Idea Swap, an annual event that supports our Expeditions grant program, which funds tours throughout the region.

An important element of every Idea Swap, and every NEFA event, is to gather feedback from all who attended. Even though 2014 was Idea Swap #13, there’s always room for...Read more »


New England Creative Economy Network: Focus on Advocacy

NEFA’s New England Creative Economy Network connects creative community leaders from around the region to discuss New England creative economy models, priorities, and strategies. The goals of the network are to:

  • Formalize and increase connections among practitioners
  • Spotlight creative economy projects
  • Share resources across communities
  • Brainstorm on New England priorities and strategies

The NECE Network is a peer group convened by NEFA, but it is important to note that it is led by its participants. Since the...Read more »


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