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Inspiration for Your CreativeGround Journey

The New England Creative Economy Network is incredibly diverse and covers a broad spectrum of disciplines, institution/business types, activities and services, and more. Here are some tips to help you Dig In to the site, customized to your role(s) as part of the Creative Core, a Community Leader, a Data Partner, or a site searcher from anywhere!

Creative Core

  • Create and update free public profiles that visually represent the creative work, activities, and services offered
  • Demonstrate the vibrancy and connection of the New England creative economy by listing who you work with, professional accomplishments, and communities engaged 
  • Find and connect with other collaborators and resources through the platform
  • Share your stories – contribute directly to the data from the ground up

Artists/Creatives of all disciplines use CreativeGround as a tool for visibility, connection, and knowledge building.

Cultural Organizations are a wide range of profiles, including historical societies, art centers, libraries, museums, cultural heritage organizations, and even higher education programs and municipal arts departments.

Creative Businesses are entities ranging from a solo creative to institutions that employ thousands of people, such as advertising agencies, architecture firms, recording studios, and cinemas.

Community Leaders

Community leaders both within and outside of the Creative Core go beyond updating and contacting profiles. You share the resource, which helps incentivize participation, which allows CreativeGround to be more representative of the creative work – and workers – in their communities, and ultimately increase the investment in the creative core.

  • Claim and update your organization, business, or artist/creative profile (see tips above)
  • Identify artists and resources in CreativeGround for grants and other opportunities
  • Submit suggestions for the profiles in your area with outdated information, and encourage the owners to directly update their profiles
  • Share CreativeGround listings on your website to bring resources and visibility to your creative community 
  • Activate Your Network and promote CreativeGround by sharing communications and hosting meetings/events

Data Partners

Local leaders and national organizations become data partners when they license the data to use as their free local cultural directory or for research projects - this greatly helps maintain the accuracy of data on CreativeGround.

  • Use the established infrastructure of CreativeGround as the container for mapping your local creative assets
  • Integrate customized search results on your own website by using CreativeGround's technical API
  • Review the data and help to keep it accurate and updated
  • Share the data for advocacy and to benefit the creative community
  • Integrate the data into your grant decisions, research analysis, and program design

Everyone, Anywhere

Anyone can search CreativeGround to easily get connected to our region’s creative community – explore the artists and creatives that make all communities in the region thrive! Non-arts organizations and individuals both within and outside of New England - you look to CreativeGround to find collaborators, commissions, performers, grant recipients, and more. Head over to our FAQ for general questions.