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 »


Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum

An unprecedented number of API (Asian Pacific Islander) theater artists gathered in November 2015 in response to the persistent practice of racial impersonation in American theater. From this conversation, a national initiative, Beyond Orientalism: The Forum, was launched to directly address the negative effects of yellowface and brownface in the American theater, while advocating for diverse representation of API – and all characters of color – on our stages.Read more »


Announcing the 2017 NTP Finalists

Since 2010, The National Theater Project (NTP) has supported 43 projects through convenings, networking, and grants. By far, the most significant grant offered by NTP is the Creation and Touring Grant. Each year, NTP awards six Creation and Touring grants, ranging from $80,000 to $130,000, providing funds for the development and national touring of new work. Creation and Touring grants also include an additional $10,000 to support the administration necessary to tour the project. It is a highly competitive grant process and involves a preliminary application and a final application.Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2017

CreativeGround is filled with eye-catching profiles, but this collection of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits really grabbed our attention. In addition to their excellent profiles, each has either received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts or conducts advocacy work for arts funding within their region. Read more about each of these engaging profiles and maybe get some inspiration for ...Read more »


NEFA's National Theater Project Welcomes New Advisors

This has been a big month for the National Theater Project! The Preliminary Application has closed and review is beginning. This an in-depth process that requires reading 80+ applications, a commitment to funding diverse artists from all parts of the country, work sample review, and hard conversations about the applicant pool, theater across its many intersecting forms, equity, aesthetics, and resources.

NTP relies heavily on...Read more »


Arts, Military, and Healthcare Communities Convene

Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities held March 10–12, 2017, in partnership with HowlRound, was inspired by the artists and their collaborators in the military, healthcare, and presenter communities who created five new performance works funded by NEFA's National Theater Project (NTP) and National Dance Project (NDP) in recent years. Those five performance works include:Read more »


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 »


Creative City June 2016 Public Events

Two cohorts of Creative City grantees are starting to hit the streets of Boston with their projects this month!  Last Saturday Denise Delgado hosted a Poetry Block Party with a performance by El Hombrecito at the Egleston Square Peace Garden as a part of her Creative City project, Bodega Signs + Wonders.

Check out the listing below with details about upcoming Creative City projects this month!

Saturday, June 11, 2016
12:00 - 6:00 PM
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Announcing the finalists for the NTP Creation & Touring grants

The National Theater Project supports the creation and development of new, devised and ensemble theater works. Since 2010, NTP has supported 37 projects through convenings, networking and grants. The core of the program are the six Creation and Touring grants that NTP awards every year. These grants, ranging from $80,000 to $130,000, provide funds for the development and national touring of new work. Creation and Touring grants also include an additional $10,000 for support of the administration necessary to tour the...Read more »


Grant Workshop Series for Creative City

I am excited to announce a series of grant workshops focusing on NEFA’s newest initiative, Creative City, a three-year pilot that makes grants to Boston area artists to create works that integrate public participation.Read more »


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