The Rebecca Blunk Fund at the New England Foundation for the Arts was established in memory of Rebecca Blunk (1953-2014), celebrating her 29 years of service to NEFA and her abiding passion for the arts. Honoring Rebecca’s desire that the fund support artistic creation, connection, and curation, the Fund awards annual grants to New England artists whose work demonstrates creative excellence and professional accomplishment. Thanks to generous support from our community, the Fund has raised over $110,000 thus far and supported 13 artists living and working in New England. NEFA welcomes donations to the fund on an ongoing basis; as with all donations to NEFA, donations to the Rebecca Blunk Fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

For the first five years of the Fund, awards provided unrestricted funds intended to support artists’ professional development and creation of new work. Inspired by the impact of the Rebecca Blunk Fund, NEFA launched a new grantmaking program, New Work New England in Summer 2020. Recognizing the strong alignment between these two funds and their shared goal of supporting artistic creation throughout our region, NEFA now makes Rebecca Blunk Fund awards through the New Work New England program. We continue to work in collaboration with NEFA staff and external advisors to designate which awards are made in Rebecca’s honor, ensuring the awardees reflect Rebecca’s dedication to artists and the creative process. NEFA is proud to preserve Rebecca’s legacy by supporting the excellent diversity of artists enriching our New England communities.