Additional New England Arts Resilience Funds Awarded

Supporting the sector’s recovery and resilience by investing in historically under-resourced organizations

Christal Brown/INSPRIT at Colby College, photo by Melissa Blackall

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(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) is pleased to announce additional awards totaling $125,000 to nine arts and cultural nonprofits in New England through the New England Arts Resilience Fund, part of the national United States Arts Resilience Fund.

The Fund, an initiative of the six U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Mid-America Arts Alliance, New England Foundation for the Arts, South Arts, and Western States Arts Federation) was made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It was created in response to the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s arts infrastructure and supports organizations with recovery and planning capital for a post-pandemic future. The program was funded nationally through a $10 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and amplified in New England with funding from the federal CARES Act; Seventy-one organizations across New England were awarded $1.806 million in September, 2020.

“These grants are possible due to additional CARES Act funding and support from an anonymous source. We are pleased to be able to award funding to nine additional organizations from the original applicant pool; these organizations contribute to community vitality and are essential to our region’s future,” said Adrienne Petrillo, Senior Program Director, New England Presenting & Touring.

The New England Arts Resilience Fund prioritized organizations, communities, populations, and art forms that have historically had less access to major financial resources for sustainability. The Fund sought to support organizations that are led by and deeply engage communities of color. The recipients are:

  • BarnArts Center for the Arts, Barnard, VT, $15,000
  • Christal Brown/INSPIRIT, Middlebury, VT, $10,000
  • Everett: Company, Stage & School, Providence, RI, $15,000
  • L/A Arts, Lewiston, ME, $15,000
  • Litchfield Jazz Festival, Litchfield, CT, $15,000
  • Puerto Rican Institute for Arts & Advocacy (PRIAA), Providence, RI, $10,000
  • Royall House and Slave Quarters, Medford, MA, $15,000
  • The Colonial Performing Arts Center, Keene, NH, $15,000
  • WAM Theatre, Inc, Lenox, MA, $15,000

“We are grateful for the opportunity to infuse additional support for recovery into the region, and for the continued partnership with the Mellon Foundation and the six regional arts organizations, and to our partners at the National Endowment for the,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

The New England Arts Resilience Fund is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CARES Act through the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, with additional funding for these nine grants from Anonymous.

About NEFA

The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at

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