Woman in green smiles in a studio space
Program Director, Public Art
Ryan Edwards' SOUND/SCULPTURE, by Rachel Tine

Creative City information sessions are in full swing in anticipation for the final application deadline of Creative City’s pilot phase on September 25. We are delighted to announce further opportunities for artists to familiarize themselves with the program and receive assistance with their applications.

Here is the full suite of opportunities for prospective Creative City applicants to get help preparing applications this summer.


There are two more info sessions taking place this month for potential applicants.

8.3.17 | Creative City Info Session | Northeastern Crossing, Roxbury, 5:30-7PM
8.17.17 | Creative City Info Session | Harvard Ed Portal, Allston, 3:00PM-4:30PM

Information sessions are designed to provide space for artists to learn more about the program priorities, funding process, and grantee requirements. Info session attendance is encouraged but not for Creative City applicants. Participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program background and the grant guidelines, and to bring questions regarding the program and/or funding process.

Denise Delgado, writer, artist, educator and consultant, along with Kim Szeto, Creative City Program Manager at NEFA, will co-lead a 3-hour grant writing workshop geared towards artists who are interested in applying for Creative City and sharpening their grant writing skills in general.

Denise has not only received a Creative City grant in our first cohort of artists, but has also served on one of our review panels for a subsequent round of Creative City applications. She also has years of experience successfully applying for grants as an individual artist and former grant writer for various non-profits. She will engage participants in small group discussions and writing activities aimed at helping you to refine project ideas, articulate artistic goals and process, develop a realistic budget for the Creative City application. Using the Creative City grant application as a teaching tool, we hope that artists will also leave this workshop feeling better equipped to apply for other opportunities as well.

8.22.17 | Creative City Grant Workshop | NEFA, 6-9PM
8.24.17 | Creative City Grant Workshop | NEFA, 9AM-12PM

Space is limited; registration is required. Participants are also strongly encouraged to have a Creative City application started in the portal, and be willing to share their project idea in the workshop. Please note that these workshops are specific to the Creative City application, so topics covered will relate directly to the application form. Parents are welcome to bring their children, though NEFA is not able to provide child care at this time. For questions, please contact creativecity@nefa.org.

If you have already started an application and have specific questions you’d like to discuss, you may register for office hours. Registration is required for office hours, which will be available on a first come, first served basis. You must have an open application in order to register for office hours.

9.5.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 1-1:45PM
9.5.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 2-2:45PM
9.5.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 3-3:45PM

9.8.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 9:30-10:15AM
9.8.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 10:30-11:15AM
9.8.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 1-1:45PM
9.8.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 2-2:45PM
9.8.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 3-3:45PM

9.12.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 9:30-10:15AM
9.12.17 | Creative City Office Hours | NEFA, 10:30-11:15AM

If you need technical assistance with the online application, our Creative City team is here to help! Please email creativecity@nefa.org and we will gladly assist. Note: The Creative City team will be available to answer questions until 5 PM EDT on September 25, 2017. (Deadline to submit is 11:59 PM EDT.)

Creative City is made possible with funding from the Barr Foundation with additional support from The Boston FoundationLearn about the projects that have received support from earlier grant rounds.