A project of the New England Foundation of the Arts (NEFA), CreativeGround is brought to you through ongoing partnerships with the National Endowment for the Arts and the six New England State Arts Agencies (Connecticut Office of the Arts, Maine Arts Commission, Massachusetts Cultural Council, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Vermont Arts Council), with additional funding from the Barr Foundation.
Partner organizations use CreativeGround to learn about and connect their local artists/creatives to a wider network and help maintain the accuracy of data on CreativeGround. They are empowered through access to real-time, centralized data about their creative communities to strengthen the sector with resources and support.
The New England State Arts Agencies are vital partners to the development and ongoing data integrity of CreativeGround. They advise on all NEFA's creative economy work, and use CreativeGround as their state's cultural directory; to promote the artists on their artist rosters; and to quantify their state's creative sector.
The Barr Foundation is a thought partner and investor in NEFA's creative economy program. This includes supporting commissioned research reports on regional creative economy employment, programmatic operations and staff, as well as the strengthening of the New England Creative Economy Network with CreativeGround as its core tool.
Dawn Spears (Narragansett), former NEFA Native Arts program manager, was supported by NEFA in 2017 to found the Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance (NIAA), an Indigenous-led service organization that provides opportunities for regional Indigenous artists. The two organizations continue to partner to plan annual professional development and network building activities for Indigenous-led organizations and Native artists, such as in-person and online services that are designed to enhance access to networks, entrepreneurial capacity, and visibility for New England’s Native artists. NIAA reviews the information submitted by artists who wish to be designated as Native American Artists on CreativeGround.
ArtsHub Western Mass is the first partner to use CreativeGround as their regional arts directory, integrating the profiles for their counties into their new website of local opportunities, events, and professional resources.