The New England Foundation for the Arts (Boston, MA) will showcase dozens of creative economy projects from throughout New England as part of its fourth Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) in Keene, NH, on June 2-3, 2015. This major regional event is being produced with local host Arts Alive.
The Creative Communities Exchange offers workshops led by New England leaders showcasing model projects of cultural economic development at the local level. The gathering promises a dynamic setting for peer-to-peer learning and networking, and builds upon previous events held in Portland, ME (2013), North Adams, MA (2011) and Providence, RI (2009). An extension of NEFA’s longstanding research on the creative economy, the CCX helps build a bridge between the creative sector and community development by providing a forum to explore the creative assets of New England and share —through collaboration, ingenuity, vision, leadership, and patience—ways the creative sector continues to breathe life and opportunity into the region.

“Each CCX reflects the unique characteristics of its host site, while sharing a common theme: the success of the creative economy relies on strong partnerships and participation grounded in local community,” noted NEFA executive director Cathy Edwards. “This year, with Arts Alive leading the local host committee, along with the event sponsors, we are engaging participation from other sectors including city planning, research and economic development.”

This year’s CCX will kick off with a welcome from the president of Keene State College, Dr. Anne Huot, and the mayor of Keene, the Honorable Kendall W. Lane. The event will culminate with remarks from National Endowment for the Arts Chair Jane Chu and close with the presentation of NEFA’s Creative Economy Awards, recognizing two of the region’s most outstanding creative economy projects. This cash award was created to recognize excellence in arts-based community development.

Registration for the two-day event is $80 through April 15 and $100 after. Travel and registration support is available; the deadline to apply is March 23, 2015, with notifications made by early April.  For details on the workshops, registration, and other ways to save, visit

CCX 2015 is made possible with partnership funding from the NEA and the state arts agencies of New England, and with additional financial support from the Lincoln Financial Group and Flint & Foster. Media sponsorship is generously provided by Art New England and the Keene Sentinel.

About Arts Alive
Arts Alive is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization working to sustain, promote and expand access to arts and cultural resources in the Monadnock Region. Arts and culture are community assets that enhance financial strength, health and wellness, and social capital in the communities where they are supported. Arts Alive is comprised of a broad range of arts and cultural organizations and businesses that share a common goal: to enhance quality of life by promoting arts and culture in the Monadnock region. Visit

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 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. Visit


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