NEFA Appoints Manager for Creative City Program



(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts announced that Kimberly M. Szeto has joined the organization as program manager for Creative City, a three-year pilot which will provide grants and technical assistance to Boston artists to create works that take place in the public realm.

Prior to joining NEFA, Kim worked with Boston Public Schools’ Department of Food and Nutrition Services to transform school food through programs including the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable and Farm to School Initiatives. In 2014, Kim was selected to be a part of the Next City Vanguard, made up of 40 urban leaders under the age of 40 making positive impacts in cities across the U.S. Her early experience as part of the community-based public art project, A Chinatown Banquet, had a formative influence on her work in neighborhood and community leadership. Kim completed Boston University’s Core Certificate Program in the Institute for Non-Profit Management (2013) and a B.A. from Wheaton College (2006).  She is a 2002 graduate of Boston Latin School, and currently resides in Jamaica Plain, MA.


“We are delighted to welcome Kim to the NEFA staff in this role as we launch Creative City,” said NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “Her interest in creating public access to the arts, and her experience in fostering community engagement and cross-sector collaboration will be true assets to this new program."

About Creative City
Creative City will support individual artists, artist collectives, and artistic collaborations in all disciplines and with roots in diverse cultures, forms, and aesthetics. Grants will range from $2,500-$10,000. An additional stipend of up to $2,500 will be available for community partners to help support presentation costs.  Application deadlines for the first year are August 3, 2015, and February 1, 2016. For more information about funding priorities, eligibility, criteria, and to access the online application, visit Creative City is made possible with funding from the Barr Foundation.

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 which strengthen and advance the national arts infrastructure. For more information, please visit or call 617.951.0010.


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Photo: Jeffrey Filiault