Celebrating New England artists, creatives, culture bearers, arts and culture organizations, and creative businesses
Picture This: Creative New England
Image courtesy of In Kinship Fellowship, Photo credit: Robyn Nicole Photo
Hello CreativeGrounders,

Thank you so much for being part of the New England creative community and taking part in the soft launch of CreativeGround 2.0! We are so grateful to have your strong participation in giving visibility to vital regional creative work.

Sharing the stories, relationships, and data of the creative community empowers its people with more knowledge, connection, and resources. When creative communities are supported, all communities thrive.

Since the relaunch, nearly 7,000 current CreativeGrounders explored the upgraded platform and updated hundreds of profiles!
Keep Reading for:
-Soft Launch Refresher
-Grow Tip: How to Add Media to your Profile
-Profiles in the Spotlight
-Events & Office Hours

Quick Clicks:
Dig In guide for CreativeGround
Remind me...what a soft launch is?

CreativeGround 2.0 is in its soft launch phase. Some changes to the platform experience are still in progress. You may notice some differences each time you return, and we’ll keep you in the loop as updates go live. Please let us know if you notice anything not working as it should that might need the admin team's attention.
Grow Your CreativeGround Skills: Media
A picture is worth a thousand words. No matter the kind of creative work you do, having media in your profile's gallery enhances your portfolio. Add representations of your work to the Image and Video Gallery by following the steps below.
screengrab of the profile edit view on CreativeGround: use the navigation sidebar to navigate to the Media section of your profile to add photos and videos.
Where do I add my profile's main image and other media?
  1. Log into CreativeGround and go to the Manage My Profiles tab on My Dashboard.
  2. Click Edit to make updates. You will land on the section called "Basic Required Information." Scroll down the left sidebar and select Media.
  3. Note that the media section includes:
  • Main Profile Image
  • Image and Video Gallery
  • Social Media links
  • Additional Content links

We hope that the site interface guides you smoothly through uploading media. If you think you'd benefit from a detailed how-to, please join the CreativeGround team for a webinar on April 20. Details below!

Psst. You will get a pop-up reminder to save your profile progress as you shift between sections. Don't forget to click Update Profile before navigating away from the Editing view.

Double Psst. Add at least three media items to boost your profile score!
Beyond the gallery...
  • For your profile image, use an image of you at work, a picture of your work, or an image that shows what your organization or business does. This is your first impression, so help searchers pick your profile from the bunch!
  • Have more work that is best shared in a written or aural format? Use the Additional Content section to supplement with links for non-visual examples of your work, like SoundCloud, Spotify, publications, video games, etc.
Bonus tip: Need visual documentation of your work? Search photography and videography services on CreativeGround.
Media on CreativeGround Webinar
Join the CreativeGround team for a step-by-step breakdown on uploading a profile image and adding media to your gallery, including:
  • How to use required fields like Alt Text and Photo Credit
  • How to use the thumbnail selection tool
  • What types of images and videos best visualize the disciplines in which you work
Picture your Profile: Media on CreativeGround
Wednesday, April 20
1:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Q&A beginning at 1:30pm.
Freshly Picked Spotlight Six
These blossoming profiles are ready for their close up. Click on any profile to learn more about the work being done by your creative neighbors, or read the blog to get a one-page preview of all their awesome experience, work samples, and current projects.
Know a profile ready for the spotlight?

Submit the Shine a Light on Creative Work webform to let us know! The link can be found in the website footer. Watch this video for a quick visual journey to the nomination form from any page on the site.
The CreativeGround Team is Here for You
2/3 of the CreativeGround team sharing CreativeGround at the RDDI: New England Now dance platform at the ICA Boston
April Events & Office Hours
The CreativeGround team has drop in office hours, webinars, and 1:1 appointments available.

Join Drop In Office Hours on Zoom: Tuesdays from 11am - 12pm
Thursdays from 1pm - 2pm

Read the blog to get the Zoom link and to register for various events.
CreativeGround: 1.0 to 2.0
All of your info has made the journey to the new platform, but there are a few specific items you'll want to update so that your profile looks best in the new design. Read the Quick-Start Guide to get oriented.
Resources & Opportunities
Photo courtesy of The Groovalottos (MA)
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)
NEFA's monthly opportunities blog lists upcoming regional and national deadlines for grants, professional development, gigs, and more.

NEFA is excited to offer New England artists free access to Art World Learning (AWL). Learn more and enroll by 4.24.22 or until all slots are filled.

National Theater Project (NTP) will host 2022 Regional Convening in New England. NTP’s regional convenings expand knowledge and experience of ensemble and devised theater in regions of the U.S. that are less well known and resourced. Registration opens soon for 5.24-5.27 event

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
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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