1. Review the Workshop Guidelines on the CCX event page.
  2. Confirm that you agree to lead a workshop at the 2019 CCX by email (dschneidman@nefa.org).
  3. GO TO MY ACTIVITY ON SIGNUPS.COM to select a date/time in March to review your workshop presentation by video conference (GoToMeeting) with a CCX organizer. This is to give workshop leaders feedback on their presentation and handouts in an effort to have the most effective and informative workshops possible. When we videoconference in March we’ll look at your presentation and checklist, make suggestions, and generally check in and answer questions. Please sign up for your review time by 5pm Friday February 15.
  4. The discounted registration for workshop leaders is $75* but you may also apply for additional registration or travel support. Find the application here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCX2019SupportApp  - the deadline is March 22.
    *Please wait to register until you receive your personal discount code in April.
  5. Draft your CCX workshop Presentation and To Do Handout.
    • PRESENTATION (PowerPoint or Prezi or other) - A 20 minute walk-through of the specific elements of the creative economy initiative that was selected. This is not a promotional presentation, you are teaching participants HOW you did the project using visuals and bullet points. This tends to work best if you have 10-15 slides total – the first few that touch briefly on history and goals and move quickly to spend the bulk of your time on project specifics, obstacles, and impact. Please don’t read your slides, only include text that adds to your workshop! Please cover the following information, which is based on the information you submitted for your community initiative:
      1. Brief History: When and why was the project idea conceived? What were the motivating factors in your community and its economic development strategy?
      2. Project Goals: What were the project goals? How have they changed over time? Who are the stakeholders?
      3. Project Specifics: How was the project executed? (include details) How has it been refined over time?
      4. Obstacles: What were your major obstacles? Who or what was instrumental in overcoming those obstacles? What do you suggest for other colleagues that might undertake this work?
      5. Project Impact: How did this project contribute to creative placemaking and/or community and economic development? What is different in your community as a result of this project? What do you consider particularly successful about the project? How did you measure this success? Who could and should replicate this project?
    • TO DO HANDOUT – Detailed list of actions to execute this project. What would someone else need to know to adapt your strategies to their community? This could be a timeline, a workplan, or a list of tips as a handout for participants. Two pages maximum – be sure to include your name and workshop title at the top. See selected workshops from prior years for samples of handouts uploaded onto their Community Initiatives https://www.nefa.org/resources/creative-economy/community-initiatives


  1. Review your presentation online with CCX mentor for feedback at the time you selected
  2. Refine your presentation and checklist
  3. Confirm your Community Initiative to be published on nefa.org
  4. Update your CreativeGround profile


  1. FILL OUT THIS FORM (by April 5) to confirm your workshop information for the program booklet:
    • Workshop title and Project description
    • Name of any partner leading your workshop with you (one maximum.)
    • Submit your bio (and bio of additional workshop partner) - one paragraph each.
  2. Register for the event after the scholarships have been decided. Use the personal discount code and instructions from Dee for you (and your workshop partner, if you have one.)
  3. Submit draft of To Do Checklist/Workshop Handout by April 28.


  1. Confirm the day and time of your workshop in the event schedule
  2. Submit the final draft of your To Do checklist handout by email (by May 31)
  3. Submit the final draft of your PowerPoint by email (by May 31)


  1. Check in as a workshop leader at CCX Registration (Capitol Plaza) promptly at 9:00 am on June 6. Attend CCX and learn with your peers!


NEFA will provide all workshops with handouts for participants to act as a reminder for them once they leave the event and are sitting at their desk ready to work. Handouts will include your Project Description and To Do Checklist.  You may also bring other materials to the Exchange that are relevant to your workshop.

20/20/20 Format: A NEFA staff person will be at your workshop location to assist you and keep track of time. They will help to facilitate the discussion and networking time if necessary.

CCX workshops will not be recorded in their entirety. Parts of CCX workshops will be documented with photos and video recording, but this will be determined by resources available.

CCX participants are asked to evaluate their experience at the event, including which workshops were the most helpful and which workshop leaders they would want to contact. There will also be a quick exit survey for each workshop. You will receive the exit surveys and attendance list for your workshop.

The project information that you submitted in your application is published on NEFA’s website. These Community Initiatives are how people find out about the work in your community and decide to attend your workshop. After the CCX, your session handout will be uploaded to your Community Initiative to serve as an archive of your workshop.

THANK YOU for leading a CCX workshop!



Dee Schneidman
NEFA Program Director for Research and Creative Economy
617-951-0010 x530