NEFA supports the field of public art through professional development, networking, and grantmaking. Whether you’re an artist, nonprofit organization, community member, or public art supporter, NEFA's public art program has something for you.


NEFA serves the field of public art in New England through network opportunities and professional resources. 

  • Public Art Discussion Series: periodic events that engage artists and organizations with their peers and with public art experts on a variety of topics.
  • Newsletter: e-newsletter with updates from NEFA including the Public Art program. Sign up for NEFA's mailing list to receive these updates in your inbox.
  • NEFA Blog: an online space dedicated to calls to artists, public art resources, workshops, events, and discussions around critical issues in the field.


Since 1998, NEFA’s public art program has supported projects that stem from artist and community partnerships. Public art refers to a wide variety of artistic expressions in the public realm; NEFA is focused on those that engage community members with professional artists towards the creation of new, site-specific, contemporary artwork. 

NEFA’s public art grants support partnerships between professional artists and community-based organizations. Public art projects represent a range of sectors including the arts, the environment, health care, community development, youth, and education. Artists  represent a range of disciplines including sculptors, painters, media artists, performing artists, landscape architects and interdisciplinary artists. Please reference the grants available for artist and organization eligibility requirements.


Public art activities at NEFA are supported by the Fund for the Arts and Creative City, with support from the Barr Foundation.