Events

Idea Swap

When
11.2.17 | 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
16th Idea Swap square

WHERE
Mechanics Hall | 321 Main St., Worcester, MA | View directions

The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations and touring artists to network and share tour project ideas, including those that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program.

Please note that the event is now SOLD OUT.

#NEFAIdeaSwap
Watch a highlight reel from a past Idea Swap!

READ THE PROGRAM BOOK

View the 2017 Idea Swap Participant List (as of 11/02/17)
Review the Mini Swap Projects.

GET INVOLVED: DISCOVER, SHARE, & PRESENT PROJECT IDEAS

In addition to networking, Idea Swap participants are encouraged to share ideas in all stages with their colleagues from around the region. Project ideas are selected in advance to make five-minute presentations at the Idea Swap. Please see below for more details about how to present.

  • Discover project ideas

Visit the Idea Swap Project Ideas page to find out what other New England presenting organizations and performing artists are working on.

  • Share your project idea online

Submit your project idea on the Project Ideas page. Project ideas will be listed on this page before and after the Idea Swap, and will be distributed in hard copy to all event participants.

  • Present your project idea at the Idea Swap

In advance of the Idea Swap, NEFA selects 15-20 projects from the Project Ideas page to make 5-minute presentations at the Idea Swap.

SUBMIT A PROJECT IDEA

schedule

9:00-9:30

New to NEFA or Idea Swap?

Meet and mingle with NEFA staff and colleagues, including representatives of New England Presenters (NEP) and Arts Presenters of Northern New England (APNNE).

9:30-10:00

Light Breakfast &  Networking

10:00-10:45

NEFA Welcome & Overview of the Expeditions

Highlights from NEFA’s new strategic plan. An overview of the Expeditions program and application process.

10:45-12:00 

Project Presentations

A selected group of presenters and artists share 5-minute formal presentations of touring projects. View the Idea Swap Project Ideas page for all projects.

1. NIGHT TREE
Isabel Fine | Wellesley College Concert Series 
2. A SIMPLE SPACE
Matt Cahoon | Pinkerton Academy
3. MEET FRED
Roxanna Myhrum | Puppet Showplace Theater
4. FLORENCE RICE HITCHCOCK & THE THEORY OF THE SOFT EARTH
Sara Coffey | Vermont Performance Lab
5. THE TELLING PROJECT
Shannon Mayers | Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College
6. EQUATORS
Arien Wilkerson | Tnmot Aztro Performance Art and 
Dance Installation
7. KNOW NO.
Maria Finkelmeier | Masary Studios  
8. HOLOSCENES
Kathleen Pletcher | FirstWorks 
9. REQUIEM FOR AN ELECTRIC CHAIR
Hanifa Nayo Washington | The Hands of Hanifa 
10. SAMHARA
Ranjanaa Devi | UMass Amherst Asian Arts & Culture Program
11. SHEBANG
Eve Boltax | Patchtax

12:00-1:15

Lunch & Networking

Optional lunch table topics will be available for participants to discuss and learn about:

  • National Dance Project (NDP) opportunities for artists
  • National Theater Project (NTP) opportunities for artists
  • National Dance Project (NDP) and National Theater Project (NTP) opportunities for presenters
  • Center Stage program for presenters
  • Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility – leaning in to learning and making change
  • Artists and presenters collaborating with veterans & military communities
  • and more!
1:15-2:15

Mini Swaps 

Participants break out into small groups to informally share project ideas in quick, two to three-minute succession. Project ideas will be shared for approximately 45 minutes followed by networking. Groups are divided by the disciplines of music, dance, and theater. Sign up at the registration table to present at a mini swap.

2:15-3:00

Project Presentations

12. RADICALS IN MINIATURE
Chad Herzog | International Festival of Arts & Ideas
13. THE NATURE OF FORGETTING
Aaron Shackelford | UMass Fine Arts Center
14. PARt
Ali Kenner Brodsky | Ali Kenner Brodsky & Co. 
15. WE'RE MUSLIM, DON'T PANIC
Steve Raider-Ginsburg | Autorino Center - University of 
Saint Joseph
16. NEW
Aretha Aoki
17. WAR STORIES: A VETERANS PROJECT
Peter Van Heerden | Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University
18. THE FORCE OF THINGS: AN OPERA FOR OBJECTS
Aimee Petrin | Portland Ovations
19. GRAVITY
Bridget Mundy | A Far Cry

3:00-4:00 Dessert & Networking Reception

Parking & carpool

 

There is limited on-street parking available. The nearest parking lots are on Waldo Street, Exchange Street, East Central Street, Main Street, and the Elm Street Garage.

View parking lots in the surrounding area.

Need a ride/have a ride? Sign up to carpool.

hotels

NEFA is delighted to offer a discounted rate with the Holiday Inn Express Worcester Downtown.
Rooms are $140/night excluding taxes, including free parking, Express Start Breakfast, and WiFi. Reserve by 10.1.17.

Holiday Inn Express Worcester Downtown
110 Summer Street, Worcester
508.757.0400

There are 2 ways to make a reservation:

  1. Call 855-914-9635 and mention “NEFA Idea Swap”
  2. Click this link below:
    NEFA Idea Swap. You need to select the dates of the stay but the group code will populate.  If it does not, the group code is "NIS"

MAKE A RESERVATION

There are several other hotels within a 3-15 minute drive to Mechanics Hall. Please see the list below for more hotel options.

In order of proximity to downtown Worcester:

Hilton Garden Inn
35 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester
508.753.5780

Courtyard by Marriott Worcester
72 Grove Street, Worcester
508.363.0300

Beechwood Hotel
363 Plantation Street, Worcester
508.754.5789

Residence Inn by Marriott
503 Plantation Street, Worcester
508.753.6300

Quality Inn & Suites
50 Oriol Drive, Worcester
508.852.2800

The Suburban Extended Stay Worcester
50 Oriol Drive, Worcester
508.852.2800

Fairfield Inn & Suites Worcester Auburn
718 Southbridge Street, Auburn
508.832.9500

Holiday Inn Express Auburn
10-12 Johnson Street, Auburn
508.832.2500