NEFA at Arts Advocacy Day 2018

On March 12-13, 2018, I joined a passionate delegate of arts professionals from across the country for Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. to remind our legislators of the importance of federal support for the arts.Read more »


Help Art Blossom this Holiday Season: Support NEFA’s Annual Fund!

NEFA advances the art in YOUR world and values the impacts of the arts in our collective community.  

Donate to NEFA's Annual Fund

Now, more than ever before, it is important for all of us who support the arts to declare our values loud and clear. One simple and effective way to take action is to donate to NEFA’s Annual Fund. Your gifts go far toward sustaining the artistic strength of artists, cultural organizations, and creative...Read more »



This week, the U.S. Senate appropriations committee will look at spending, including the budget for the National Endowment for the Arts. The House recommended a $5M decrease in NEA funding, while advocates are working towards sustaining the current funding of $150M. Is arts funding important to you and your community? Share your story with your representative; it’s as simple as calling your Senators’ offices and telling them you support full funding of the NEA, and that federal support for the arts is a critical issue for you.

With Sen. Patrick Leahy (VT) serving as...Read more »


Beyond Orientalism: The Boston Forum

An unprecedented number of API (Asian Pacific Islander) theater artists gathered in November 2015 in response to the persistent practice of racial impersonation in American theater. From this conversation, a national initiative, Beyond Orientalism: The Forum, was launched to directly address the negative effects of yellowface and brownface in the American theater, while advocating for diverse representation of API – and all characters of color – on our stages.Read more »


Seven CreativeGround Profiles We Love: April 2017

CreativeGround is filled with eye-catching profiles, but this collection of artists, creative businesses, and cultural nonprofits really grabbed our attention. In addition to their excellent profiles, each has either received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts or conducts advocacy work for arts funding within their region. Read more about each of these engaging profiles and maybe get some inspiration for ...Read more »


Reaching out to Your Elected Officials

It’s more critical than ever to share the value of the arts.

As part of the reporting process for our National Endowment for the Arts funded programs, New England States Touring (NEST) and Expeditions, NEFA grantees are required to write letters of appreciation to their elected officials. This is to inform them about the purpose of their award, and the impact it has on the grantee organization and service to the community. It is also an opportunity to formally invite representatives to attend events and see work in action.Read more »


Federal Arts Funding Update

Dear NEFA friends,

Many NEFA constituents have reached out to us with questions and concerns related to recent news reports about the possible elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the privatization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. We at NEFA are concerned, too, about federal arts funding in the new administration. 

We want to reassure you that all of our upcoming open grant cycles will be fully funded, and you can confidently submit for any of our current deadlines. 

As we...Read more »

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