Creative Communities Exchange 2013



Maine College of Art (event hub) and other surrounding locations in Portland, Maine

Join New England leaders to exchange innovative ideas, strengthen our network, and offer practical advice on building our creative communities. We will explore the creative assets of New England and learn how - through connections, influence, vision, leadership, and patience - the creative sector continues to breathe life and opportunity into the region.

Workshops will highlight “creative place-making” initiatives from cities and towns of ALL sizes throughout New England. Topics will include:

  • Physical and organizational infrastructure to attract and retain cultural assets (cultural plans, zoning, real estate development).
  • Collaborations within the creative sector (cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, artists, entrepreneurs working together).
  • Leadership from within or from outside the creative sector (cultural plan implementation, program development).
  • Creative partnerships across sectors (“creative bedfellows” developing language to bridge gaps in understanding between arts, creative, government, etc.) 
  • Creative community in context (outcomes and effects of a thriving creative community)

Creative sector leader? Engage in creative place-making? Research or support the creative economy?

Participants are creative and cultural community leaders who work on creative economy initiatives in various sectors and types of organizations including cultural nonprofits, creative businesses, economic development, city planning, funders, researchers, and government.

This CCX will immerse participants in Portland's vibrant Arts District, a downtown area that has experienced a remarkable story of revitalization through a focus on the arts, culture, education, and creative inspiration. Locations include: Maine College of Art (Event hub), Community Television Network, Portland Stage, Space Gallery, and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.




  • Attendance at all workshops & presentations
  • Thursday & Friday lunch
  • Friday breakfast
  • Friday award/closing reception.


  • $80 if registered by 5.6.13
  • $100 after 5.6.13
  • Presenter Registration: workshop presenters will receive a registration code via email.

All event meeting spaces and hotels are accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.  Please contact Elyse McNiff (617.951.0010 x243) by Monday, April 8, if other accommodations are needed.


The CCX partners aim to create an event that reflects diversity of age, gender, race, ethnicity, geography, sexual orientation, national origin, and socio-economic status.

The deadline for applying has passed and scholarships have been awarded.


Workshop presentations focus on a single initiative, are strictly timed, and include a how-to demonstration, Q&A, and networking time. Presenters provide instructional handout outlining their initiatives.

2013 CCX Workshop Schedule

Search the 2013 CCX Workshops

Creative Economy Award & guest speaker

Two creative economy initiatives are recognized at each CCX with NEFA's creative economy award.

This year, the ceremony will take place during the closing reception at Portland Stage. Jonathan Katz, Ph.D., CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, will speak to participants and help with the awards.

Jonathan Katz is one of the primary spokespersons on behalf of funding and support for the arts and cultural activities in the United States. For more than 20 years, he has guided the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the association through which the nation's 56 state arts agencies share knowledge and strategic thinking, develop leadership and professionalism, and advocate the value of the arts and culture.

A frequent speaker and workshop leader at forums on cultural issues and trends, Katz has consulted extensively on strategic planning, cultural policy development, advocacy, leadership development and financial planning for nonprofits. He is a cofounder of the Arts Education Partnership, established by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Arts as the nation's forum for the advancement of arts education. A former member of the U.S. Commission on UNESCO, Katz recently returned from Vancouver, Canada, where he advised the International Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies on its strategic planning process; from Seoul, Korea, where he advised the national arts council on its grant programs; and from Johannesburg, South Africa, where he led the CEO Seminar for heads of national arts and cultural agencies at the IFACCA World Summit.

Katz directed the graduate arts administration program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, The Children's Museum of Denver, and the Kansas Arts Commission. For NASAA, Katz coauthored Advancing America's Creativity: An Agenda for Leadership in Support of the Arts and Cultural Activities, the State Arts Agency Strategic Planning Toolkit, and Facing Controversy: Arts Issues and Crisis Communications, and wrote the Report of the Task Force on Cultural Pluralism.


2013 CCX Workshop Schedule

Workshop Format 25/25/25: presentation (25 minutes), discussion (25 minutes), networking (25 minutes). Workshops will run simultaneously during seven sessions.

Thursday, June 6

10:30AM Registration opens at the Porteous Building at MECA
11:00AM-1:15PM Opening Session: Workshop Orientation, Facilitated Networking & lunch                            
1:30PM-2:45PM Session 1 Workshops 
2:45PM-4:00PM Session 2 Workshops
4:00PM-5:15PM Session 3 Workshops
6:30PM Dine-arounds: scheduled no-host dinners in Portland with fellow CCX participants

Friday, June 7

8:15AM-9:15AM Breakfast & Networking
9:30AM-10:45AM Session 4 Workshops
10:45AM-12:00PM Session 5 Workshops
12:00PM-1:15PM Lunch
1:30PM-2:45PM Session 6 Workshops
2:45PM-4:00PM Session 7 Workshops
4:00PM-6:00PM Closing: Creative Economy Awards & Reception                                

Post-Event Options

5:00PM-8:00PM Portland First Fridays Art Walk                                         
Various Portland's not-to-be missed activities - with discounts for CCX attendees!

directions & hotel

CCX 2013 kicks off at the Porteous Building at MECA (Maine College of Art) located at 522 Congress St., Portland, ME.

 View a map of all event session locations, parking, and hotels.


Clarion Hotel Portland |1230 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

  • $109/night + tax
  • Reserve by 5.6.13 by calling 207.774.5611. Reference "Creative Communities Exchange" for the block rate.
  • Walking distance: two miles

Holiday Inn by the Bay | 88 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101

  • $129/night + tax
  • Reserve by 5.5.13 by calling 800.345.5050. Reference "Creative Communities" for the block rate.
  • Walking distance: 0.2 miles

Maine College of Art's Oak Street Residence Hall | 51 Oak Street | Portland, ME 04101

  • $65/night for a single room; $60/night per person for a shared double
  • Reserve by 5.6.13 by calling 207.879.5754 or email
  • Walking distance: 150 yards


Browse NEFA's directory of creative economy initiatives to find current projects from around the region, including 2011 and 2013 Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) workshops. The submission deadline for CCX 2013 workshops has passed, but new projects can be shared at any time.

View other community initiatives or share your initiative.


Event Inquiries:
Elysian McNiff | Program Coordinator, Public Art & Creative Communities | 617.951.0010 x243

Media Inquiries:
Ann Wicks | Communications Manager | 617.951.0010 x534

To become a CCX sponsor:
Liz Epsen | Development Associate | 617.951.0010 x532

NEFA operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the six New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

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