March 2 017
IN THIS ISSUE  National Budget Proposes Elimination of NEA | Arts, Military, & Healthcare Communities Convene  Attend Nuts and Bolts of Being a Performing Artist Workshop  | Read About CCX Workshops, Register for the Event |   Apply for a Grant Staff Update On the Blog 
On Thursday morning, the White House proposed the elimination of the  National Endowment for the Arts  (NEA).

In FY16, New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) programs alone made 462 grants totaling just over $3.4 million, with support from the NEA and private foundations. The NEA invested $5,648,200 in New England through partnership grants to New England's six state arts agencies and their regional partner the New England Foundation for the Arts. 

For information about how to advocate to our elected officials for federal support for the arts and National Endowment for the Arts visit
Image: Akwaaba Ensemble, of New Hampshire, has toured to Massachusetts, Maine, and Rhode Island with support
from New England States Touring (NEST); photo by Laura Chadwell.

Arts, Military, & Healthcare Communities Convene
NEFA partenered with  HowlRound , a knowledge commons by and for the theatre community, to host  Art in the Service of Understanding: Bridging Artists, Military, Veterans, and Civilian Communities a special convening of key stakeholders from the arts, healthcare, and military communities for deep discussion on practices, learning, challenges, and impact around creating and presenting arts projects addressing military and veterans' issues. 
Check our Facebook page for photographs from the event.
Image: Liz Lerman, Keith A. Thompson, and Paul Hurley present "Healing Wars" as a case study at the Art in the Service of Understanding convening, by Jeffrey Filiault/NEFA. 
Performing Artists: Attend 'Nuts & Bolts' Workshop
New England performing artists listed in CreativeGround are invited to apply to participate in a free two-day crash course for performing artists on May 23-24 in Boston. Learn the ins and outs of running a creative business from working artists/educators Seth Lepore and Amy Smith. Participants will be equipped with tools that can be implemented right away, including the fun and effective  Business Model Canvas , while having the business-speak explained from an arts-based perspective. 
Deadline to Apply: 3.21
Image: NEST and New England Dance Fund-supported ali kenner brodsky & co.'s PARt, photographed by Erin X. Smithers
Read About CCX Workshops, Register for the Event
Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) 
June 8-9, 2017 | New London, CT
Connect with your peers, exchange ideas, and build your network at NEFA's biennial Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)! CCX workshops share the successful strategies of creative entrepreneurs, city planners, small businesses, and the arts sector that provide actionable tools that you can execute to strengthen your own communities.  Check out the workshops for CCX 2017 where you will learn about creative economy initiatives from throughout New England. 
$100 through 4.14 | $150 after | Scholarship applications due 3.24

David Grant, author of The Social Profit Handbook, will deliver an interactive keynote. David will share  share new ways to assess your impact in order to improve future work rather than merely judge past performance. 
Apply for a Grant

Grant deadlines are at 11:59 PM ET, with staff available until 5:00 PM ET.
*Round two applications, by invitation only 
Staff Update

Abby Southwell has joined NEFA as Salesforce and IT Administrator.

Prior to joining NEFA, Abby served as a graduate academic technologist at Harvard Business School, collaborating with faculty and technical staff, and designing tools for in-class learning. As an independent consultant, Abby has migrated data and customized Salesforce databases for both nonprofits and higher education.
Image: Abby Southwell by Jeffrey Filiault/NEFA
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CCX 2017 Local Host & Sponsors
Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee

NEFA builds connections among artists, arts organizations, and funders, powering the arts to energize communities in New England, the nation, and the world. 
The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in the arts to enrich communities in New England and beyond. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to each other and their audiences; 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