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It's Harvest Time

WELCOME to the new version of the dynamic directory that celebrates Creative New England. We have rebuilt and reimagined the platform to better help you make new connections. Our virtual, region-wide gathering on September 15th was the start of a yearlong invitation to plug in and thrive!

Over the coming weeks and months, we’ll provide lots of support to make engaging with CreativeGround simple and rewarding. In case you missed our big kickoff (or want to recapture the magic!) we’ve prepared this handy way to reference the proceedings.


A link to the recording is HERE. Listen in its entirety, see the full transcript, or go to specific portions:

  • 0:07     Welcome & Moment of Silence / About Land Acknowledgement
  • 2:50     Reflections on the Creative Economy
  • 4:00     Welcome video: Search, Connect, and Share
  • 5:20     How sharing stories, relationships & data helps all of us
  • 8:20     Highlights of the redesign (site demo)
  • 11:56   CreativeGround’s uniquely equipped for data gathering & analysis
  • 14:22   The importance of partnerships – with NEFA grants, the National Endowment for the Arts
  • 15:03   Travel ‘Around the Ground’ to see the benefit of partners using CreativeGround
  • 15:50   Connecticut Office of Arts (CT Artist Directory, list of nonprofits for research analysis)
  • 19:30   Maine Arts Commission (ME Arts Directory)
  • 23:23   Maine teaching artists: Gretchen Berg & Laurie Downey of the Local Stories Project SEE PROFILES
  • 26:38   Massachusetts Cultural Council (Promotional platform, finding MA Venues)
  • 31:53   ArtsHub of Western Massachusetts (API to solve a local need for a directory)
  • 38:00   New Hampshire State Arts Council (Artist rosters)
  • 42:57   Rhode Island State Council of the Arts (Connect producers and press)
  • 44:50   Vermont Arts Council (Content to promote artists)
  • 48:56   Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (Find Native American artists)
  • 53:11   Next steps to Dig In

We learned a great deal that afternoon, from all around the ground! In the coming weeks, we’ll dive more deeply into how each partner is leveraging the platform, with links to helpful resources for the whole region. Then we’ll explore topic areas like Finding Space, Sharing Data, Placemaking/keeping, and Unpacking the Toolkit. If you have suggestions for any aspects of CreativeGround you’d like to hear more about, or want to tell us how YOU use CreativeGround, please connect with us.