CreativeGround’s first year: a look back


It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since CreativeGround launched! It’s a good time to take a moment to reflect - not only on CreativeGround's first year, but also on the planning, discussion, and hard work that has gone into the...Read more »


Grant Application Tips for the Expeditions Touring Program

NEFA’s Expeditions Touring grant program brings engaging, innovative...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 »


2014 Idea Swap: Q&A with Jamie Hook, Denmark Arts Center

Nearly 125 arts presenters and performing artists from New England attended NEFA's 13th annual Idea Swap on November 13, 2014 in Worcester...Read more »

Update on Native Arts Consortium Planning

Over the last several months, the development of a New England Native Arts Consortium has been underway. With a planning grant in hand, I, Dawn Spears, former Native Arts program manager at NEFA, have taken on the task of coordinating meetings to explore planning a consortium that will continue and build on the work that began at NEFA. The planning grant was given to five organizations, all former Native Arts program grantees/partners who represented the region and would be able to...Read more »


National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Regional Arts Training Workshop

Our partners at RISCA are hosting the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) 2-day Regional workshop on October 10 & 11, 2014 in Rhode Island.  This is the first time NALAC has been in New England, and it's a great opportunity to engage Latino artists throughout the entire region.

NALAC Regional Arts Training Workshops are convened throughout the nation to assist in strengthening local networks and build the leadership of Latino artists and...Read more »


Reflecting on the LEAD Conference: New insights on accessibility

As part of my role as NEFA’s accessibility coordinator, I have the opportunity to champion access to the arts for all people and especially the disability community. Last year when I first attended the Kennedy Center’s Leadership Exchange in Arts and...Read more »

NEFA on the road: September 2014

NEFA staff will be out and about attending regional booking conferences this September as the 2014-2015 season kicks off.  There are opportunities to attend panels and meet individually; see below for details.

September 2-5, 2014

Western Arts Alliance (WAA) Annual Conference | Seattle, WA
You can set up individual consultations with NEFA staff during the conference. Email us directly...Read more »


New England Creative Economy Network: Focus on Establishing Creative Spaces

On a beautiful day in June, folks from around New England who are invested (or engaged) in space development for the creative sector met in Providence, RI. They came to meet their peers from other New England communities and to learn about two very different, but very complementary, organizations that have developed important spaces that have changed the landscape of Providence. The organizations are artist-driven, but they intentionally serve the entire Providence (and broader) community. Here are my notes from the day (with special thanks to Stephanie Fortunato and her intern Liza Yeager...Read more »


NTP Receives National Funder Award

On June 20, I was lucky enough to stand on the stage at the Theatre Communications Group's national conference and accept the National Funders Award on NEFA’s behalf, which was presented by NTP advisor and TCG board chair Diane Rodriguez of Center Theatre Group. This award was to acknowledge the work that NEFA has done, through the National Theater Project, and in part, to acknowledge the contributions made to the field by our former executive director Rebecca Blunk, who had retired...Read more »


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