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May 2016
New England programs enhance arts access
Center Stage Season 3 tours begin in July
National Dance Project announces finalists
Save the date! Idea Swap 2016
RDDI receives Driehaus support
Grants Awarded
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May 2016 Opportunities  
June AFTA convention is around the corner 
NDP introduces new advisor role
Inaugural Native Arts in New England gathering 
New England programs enhance arts access 

NEFA's Expeditions and New England States Touring (NEST) programs made a total of 105 grants totaling $309,221 to artists and nonprofit organizations that support culture in communities across New England. Grants support public presentations and engagement activities, and reach all six New England states. The $309,221 in grants leveraged a total investment of $1,071,726 in creative projects. Read more at

Image: Expeditions-supported Everett Company, photo by Justine Bevilacqua.
Center Stage Season 3 tours begin in July

Now in its third season, Center Stage introduces artists from abroad to American communities. From July through October, five contemporary music and theater ensembles from Algeria and Tanzania will tour the U.S., sharing their work with Americans and bringing news of their experiences to their friends and fans at home. Additionally, two bands from Pakistan will tour the U.S. in the spring of 2017. Read more at

Image: Rajab Sulelman and Kithara, by W.Graebner.
National Dance Project announces finalists

Recently, the National Dance Project panel of Advisors met in New York for the first of two highly competitive rounds. Over two days of lengthy and intense discussion, the panel reviewed 118 preliminary applications received from artists and companies across the country and narrowed them down to these 37 finalistsEach applicant will work with an NDP Advisor over the course of the next month to prepare their full proposal. Read more at

Image: NDP finalist Camille A. Brown and Dancers, photo by Jenea Rewertz-Targui.
Save the date! Idea Swap 2016

N0VEMBER 2, 2016 
Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

The Idea Swap is an annual event for New England-based nonprofit cultural organizations to network and share tour project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA's Expeditions grant program. 

Image: Seth Lepore and Sarah Young at Idea Swap 2015, by Jeffrey Filiault
RDDI receives Driehaus support

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to support the Chicago Regional Dance Development Initiative, a collaboration between our National Dance Project and the Chicago Dancemakers Forum. Read more at
Grants awarded
NEFA recently awarded grants supporting public art, regional touring, and theater:
Image: Creative-City-supported Ryan Edwards, provided by the artist.

Apply for a grant
Upcoming application deadlines: (learn more at Grant deadlines are at 11:59PM EST, with staff available until 5:00PM EST.

JUNE 1, 2016
New England States Touring (NEST) Grant
National Dance Project Production Grant* 
*Full proposal deadline, by invitation only

JUNE 8, 2016
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grant*
*Full proposal deadline, by invitation only

JUNE 13, 2016
NDP French-U.S. Exchange in Dance (FUSED)*
*New opportunity: Curatorial Research Application

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