(Boston, MA – May 16, 2016) The New England Foundation for the Arts announces a three-year partnership between NEFA’s Creative City program and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston. The partnership is supported by an award from the Boston Foundation of $30,000 over the three-year period.

Creative City, a pilot program launched in fall of 2015, enables local artists to create projects of all disciplines in the city of Boston that integrate public participation into artistic process and/or presentation. Creative City provides awards to artists ranging from $2,500-10,000 per project, along with an evolving suite of professional development resources.  Through the partnership with the Arts & Business Council, Creative City grantees will access expertise through individual coaching and customized workshops and trainings based on artists’ needs, on topics such as business development support, fiscal sponsorship, copyright and more.

“This partnership between NEFA and the Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston benefits both the Creative City grantees and the local artist community; we are grateful for the support of the Boston Foundation of this initiative, and for the support of the Barr Foundation to underwrite the Creative City program,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards.

“We are very excited to be partnering with NEFA and these talented artists to support their collective work. The A&BC believes the arts have the power to engage and transform communities and to address some of today's most critical issues,” said Arts & Business Council executive director Jim Grace. “We look forward to providing this cohort with fundamental business education, services, and support in an effort to grow and sustain their important work.”

About NEFA
NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. NEFA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that operates in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the New England state arts agencies, with additional funding from foundations, corporations, individuals and other government agencies.

NEFA’s work is accomplished through grantmaking, services, and initiatives that strengthen and advance the arts infrastructure of New England and the nation. For more information, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.

CONTACT: Ann Wicks | awicks@nefa.org | 617.951.0010 x534