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September 2020 Update
New England Vernacular #4 by Rosemary Benivegna (North Haven, Connecticut)
It's about people: artists and creatives are at the core of what makes a community thrive.

While the CreativeGround team has been working diligently with our developers to update the site, (see more on the News page) our focus is always on you, our creative people - the creative workers that make art, produce art, help artists, treasure art, share art, train artists, and gather audiences. To that end, NEFA's creative economy team (i.e. CreativeGround team), is expanding to better serve creatives. Read on to learn about how you can join in these efforts.
Fresh Opportunities & Fresh Faces
It Takes a Village
A community workshop at Indigo Arts Alliance (Portland, ME)
The mission of NEFA's creative economy team is to re-establish and strengthen the network of people from various sectors across New England who want to see creativity having a positive effect on the directions of their communities, a group we call the New England Creative Economy Network. We do this by supporting its visibility, connection, and knowledge building - internally among creatives and externally beyond the creative sector. CreativeGround is our primary tool for this, as an online community that maps existing relationships and creates a space to forge new ones.

You can help CreativeGround evolve into a space that offers experimentation and enables stewardship and "permaculture." In this case, the permaculture we seek is a self-sustaining system fueled by the interdependence of the creative people, places, and work of New England. Sound familiar? Originally a gardening term, "permaculture" was the featured Creative Economy term in our Summer Newsletter.
Cultivators of the 'Ground (and beyond)
Panache Quartet (Amherst, MA)
In all communities, there are unsung people driving the work by nurturing, connecting, and employing their creative skills to make the whole garden thrive. If you're one of these informal creative community builders, you might be interested in an opportunity we plan to pilot in 2021 called Creative Community Cultivators.

We are still fine-tuning the details, but the goal is for each Cultivator to offer a short-term, mutually beneficial project to the New England Creative Economy Network for a stipend and cohort support. The first few Cultivators selected will help to co-create the process and administration of this opportunity.

We recognize that there are not nearly enough "official" opportunities in the creative economy and aim to open more doors for those within our community already doing the work. Cultivators should share in NEFA's values and commitment to the work of dismantling the legacies of racism, anti-Blackness, and white supremacy culture, and NEFA's Creative Economy team will prioritize participation by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and rural constituents.

Want to learn more? We will be gathering questions and sharing more information as the details of this opportunity are defined. Indicate your interest via the Nominate a Featured Profile webform.

Pssst. Cultivators should have an exemplary public profile that demonstrates skills to be offered to the CreativeGround community (and beyond).
New to CreativeGround? Ready to deepen your engagement by first sprucing up your profile? Setting up your community for virtual visibility by asking them to update their profiles?
Fresh Face
Welcome, Jess Muise!
We're thrilled to share that Jessica Muise (she/her) has joined NEFA's Creative Economy department as Program Administrator. Jess will be focusing on tech and data projects, and is already working with our web developers to implement changes to the CreativeGround platform. A choreographer and horticulturist, Jess is excited to bring her permaculture and whole system design experience to bear in planting the seeds for this new role. She joins our team of Dee Schneidman (she/her), Senior Program Director, and Morganna Becker (she/her), Community Engagement Coordinator.

Additional Resources and Opportunities for Professional Development
Michelle Nugent (Providence, Rhode Island)
Advocacy Alert: Have you engaged with AFTA's Proposal to Put Creative Workers to Work?
NEFA's monthly opportunities blog lists upcoming regional and national deadlines for grants, professional development, gigs, and more.

NEFA Opportunities


NEFA Public Art Workshops
Opportunities by state

Your State Arts Agency

Bringing CreativeGround to your (virtual) Grounds

CreativeGround will see you at

*usually in Keene, NH
**usually rotates New England cities

We won't be on the physical road this fall, in light of the pandemic. However, we still want to connect with you virtually! Help bring the CreativeGround team to your community's virtual events by emailing creativeground@nefa.org.
Morganna Becker (she/her/hers)
Community Engagement Coordinator, Creative Economy
CreativeGround@nefa.org | 617-951-0010 x535
A project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Vermont Arts Council.
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