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5.20.16

Grants Enhance Access to the Arts & Leverage Investment in Communities

NEFA core grants resulted in over $1 million in funds to local economies

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts has made grants totaling $309,221 to artists and nonprofit organizations that support culture in communities across New England. Grants support public presentations and engagement activities, and reach all six New England states. The $309,221 in grants leveraged a total investment of $1,071,726 in creative projects.  This amount is in addition to investment from NEFA’s other programs.

NEFA’s Expeditions and New England States Touring (NEST) programs made a total of 105 grants during the most recent fiscal year. Grant-making supports artists and cultural organizations to energize New England communities by increasing access to creative opportunities.

“These grants enhance life in New England by investing in cultural organizations and artists,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “The impact of NEFA support can be felt long after a performance is over, as we enable artists to develop their work, support communities with creative engagement opportunities, and connect cultural organizations to regional resources.”

Expeditions supports artists to engage with multiple New England communities through tours. The New England States Touring (NEST) program provides support for performances and activities by New England artists in the New England states. Grants range from $400 to $10,000. Both the Expeditions and NEST programs are made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the six New England state arts agencies.

2016 Expeditions Touring Grants

BODYTRAFFIC (Los Angeles, CA) to tour to: 
Camden Opera House, Camden, ME; 
Portland Ovations, Portland, ME; 
University of Connecticut, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, Storrs, CT; 
World Music/CRASHarts, Cambridge, MA

Camille A. Brown & Dancers (Jamaica, NY) to tour to:
International Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Haven, CTJacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Beckett, MA
The Yard, Chilmark, MA
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts. Middletown, CT

Cirque Mechanics (Las Vegas, NV) to tour to:
FirstWorks, Providence, RI
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Portland Ovations, Portland, ME
University of Maine, Collins Center for the Arts, Orono, ME

Everett Company (Providence, RI) to tour to:
Ko Festival of Performance, Belchertown, MA
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford, VT

Jenny Scheinman (Arcata, CA) to tour to:
Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord, NH
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
Portland Ovations, Portland, ME
University of Saint Joseph, Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, West Hartford, CT
University of Vermont Lane Series, Burlington, VT

Raphael Xavier (Philadelphia, PA) to tour to:
The Yard, Chilmark, MA
University of Saint Joseph, Autorino Center for the Arts and Humanities, West Hartford, CT
World Music/CRASHarts, Cambridge, MA

Rennie Harris Puremovement (Philadelphia, PA) to tour to:
Connecticut College, New London, CT
FirstWorks, Providence, RI
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT

So Percussion (Brooklyn, NY) to tour to:
Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford, VT
College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, VT
Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Augusta, ME
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA
Quick Center for the Arts, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Wakka Wakka (Brooklyn, NY) to tour to:
Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Waterford, CT
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, NH

Yuval Ron Ensemble (Studio City, CA) to tour to:
Portland Ovations, Portland, ME
A
sian Arts & Culture Program, University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA
Spruce Peak Arts Center, Stowe, VT
Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

2016 Expeditions Tour Planning grants:

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, for BANDALOOP (Oakland, CA) 
'62 Center for Theatre and Dance, Williams College, Williams, MA, for Forklift Danceworks (Austin, TX)
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, NH, for Moonfish Theatre (Galway City, Ireland)

New England Organizations receiving NEST grants in 2016:

3S Artspace, Portsmouth, NH
ACES Educational Center for the Arts, New Haven, CT
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, Littleton, NH
Arts Council of Tamworth, Tamworth, NH
Bangor Public Library, Bangor, ME
Bates Dance Festival, Lewiston, ME
Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA
Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA
Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington, VT
Charlestown Working Theater, Charlestown, MA
Common Fence Music, Middletown, RI
The Community Art Center, Cambridge, MA
Court Street Arts at Alumni Hall, Haverhill, NH
Cultural Organization of the Arts, East Greenwich, RI
The Dance Complex, Cambridge, MA
Davisville Middle School, North Kingstown, North Kingstown, RI
Eastport Arts Center, Eastport, ME
Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI
Ko Festival of Performance, Belchertown, MA
Litchfield Jazz Festival/Camp, Litchfield, CT
Mahoosuc Arts Council, Bethel, ME
Maine Coast Waldorf School, Freeport, ME
Mayo Street Arts, Portland, ME
Music on the Hill, East Greenwich, RI
Ocean State Theatre Company, Warwick, RI
Opera House Arts, Stonington, ME
Piti Theatre Company, Shelburne Falls, MA
Pontine Theatre, Portsmouth, NH
Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline, MA
Rangeley Friends of the Performing Arts, Rangeley, ME
Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, Keene, NH
RI Latino Arts, Providence, RI
Royall House and Slave Quarters, Medford, MA
Saint Anselm College, Dana Center for the Humanities, Manchester, NH
Sandglass Theater, Putney, VT
Society for the Preservation of the Free Will Baptist Church, Islesboro, ME
SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME
Temple Stream Theater Association, Temple, ME
UMass Fine Arts Center, Amherst, MA
The University of Vermont Lane Series, Burlington, VT
Vermont Performance Lab, Guilford, VT
Wesleyan University, Center for the Arts, Middletown, CT
West Claremont Center for Music and the Arts, Claremont, NH
Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA
The Yard, Chilmark, MA

New England Artists benefitting from engagements supported by 2016 NEST grants:

Aaron Larget-Caplan, Boston, MA
Akwaaba Ensemble, Manchester, NH
ali kenner brodsky & co., Dartmouth, MA
ANIKAYA Dance Theater, Somerville, MA
Aretha Aoki, Northampton, MA
Ari and Victor Duo, Jamaica Plain, MA
Asher Woodworth, Portland, ME
Avery Sharpe (Jade Enterprises), Plainville, MA
Bohemian Quartet, South Woodstock, CT
Bonnie Duncan, Jamaica Plain, MA
Burlington Taiko, Burlington, VT
Circus Smirkus, Greensboro, VT
Cordis, Wakefield, MA
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre, West Brattleboro, VT
Debo Band, Jamaica Plain, MA
elephant JANE dance, Wakefield, RI
Ensemble Aubade, Somerville, MA
Ensemble Chaconne, Somerville, MA
Blue Heron & A Far Cry, Ashland & Jamaica Plain, MA
Jean Appolon Expressions, Boston, MA
Jimmy Greene Quartet, Newtown, CT
John Bell and Trudi Cohen, Cambridge, MA
Junichi Fukuda, Portsmouth, NH
Junk Music, Manchester Center, VT
Los Sugar Kings, Framingham, MA
Marvelous Marvin, East Providence, RI
Miller-Porfiris Duo, Canton Center, CT
Mister G, Whately, MA
Motoko, Amherst, MA
Mouli Pal, Wilmington, MA
No Strings Marionette Company, Randolph, VT
Perry Alley Theatre, Strafford, NH
PuppetKabob, Milton, VT
Sandglass Theater, Putney, VT
Sara Juli, Falmouth, ME
Split Knuckle Theatre Company, New Haven, CT
Strange Attractor, Newport, RI
Surcari, Hartford, CT
Tammy Denease, East Hartford, CT
theatre KAPOW, Manchester, NH
Veronica Robles, Saugus, MA
Wondertwins, Boston, MA
Zili Misik, Jamaica Plain, MA

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 national arts infrastructure. For more information, visit www.nefa.org.

Images: Camille A. Brown and Dancers, by Jenea Rewertz-Targui; Williams College '62 Center for Theater and Dance, provided by Williams; Ain Gordon's "Not What Happened," by Jeff Woodward.