On October 1, 2019, NEFA announced a series of changes to the Expeditions and New England States Touring (NEST) programs, merging the two under the NEST moniker and sunsetting the Expeditions program. Find the updated guidelines and criteria for the March 2020 deadline. 

Program Goals

NEST Artists

NEST artists are professional artists from New England who meet the NEST artist requirements. They represent a wide range of disciplines, including dance, folk art, interdisciplinary work, media, music, musical theater, opera, poetry, storytelling, and theater. NEST artists must be available for public performances and must maintain a permanent residence in New England.

CreativeGround houses the directory of all artists who may be chosen by NEST applicants for funding.

Visit the NEST grant page for information about finding NEST artists or becoming a NEST-eligible artist.

 

Advisors

The New England state arts agencies serve as the review panel for all NEST 1 and 2 applications. Applicants are highly encouraged to contact their state arts agency when applying.

NEST 3 applications are reviewed by panelists from the presenting and touring field with knowledge of the New England arts landscape. Learn more about how to become a NEST 3 panelist.

 

Idea Swap Event 

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The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations and touring artists to network and share touring project ideas, including those that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s grant programs. Each year, NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 participants. The Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while raising awareness and support for arts projects and activities available to New England communities.

The Idea Swap begins with informal networking, followed by five-minute presentations of projects available for New England-wide touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to discuss project ideas.

The 19th annual Idea Swap will be November 5, 2020 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.

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“This was wonderful to be a part of the event, so rich and packed with opportunities to connect and find partners. It is very impressive to see how you are able to take so good care of so many elements, bigger ones and details, how the event is so well prepared and organized on every level and how at the same time you build a wonderful culture of kindness and connectives.”

-Jacek Zuzanski, Founder and Artistic Director of Dream Tale Puppets in Cotuit, MA


 

Funders

The New England States Touring program is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

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