NEFA Releases 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

(Boston, MA) The New England Foundation for the Arts is pleased to release our 2018-2020 Strategic Plan.

One year ago, NEFA embarked on a strategic planning process in order to position our work within a rapidly changing political and social environment for arts and culture organizations. With new staff and board leadership in place, NEFA’s goal was to craft a three-year plan that is both comprehensive and adaptable to changing conditions. NEFA engaged AMS Planning & Research and artEquity to guide the planning process.

“We began with a vision that NEFA contributes to a nation where artists flourish and communities celebrate art as essential to a thriving, equitable society,” said Cathy Edwards, NEFA’s Executive Director. “We were guided by Board Chair Lawrence Simpson and planning task-force chair Amy Zell Ellsworth, and the wisdom and aspirations of the NEFA staff, and thoroughly informed by the needs and insights of both constituents and field leaders, gathered through surveys, focus groups, and interviews.”

With a new vision, mission, and values as guidance, the plan’s goals call for a greater commitment to:

  1. Artists and the creative process
  2. Networks and knowledge-building
  3. Equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility
  4. Value, impact, and sustainability
  5. Organizational culture and capacity

Read NEFA's 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

About NEFA
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation.  NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to networks and knowledge-building opportunities; and analyzing their economic contributions. NEFA serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations. Learn more at


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