Sponsors and Partners
Founded in 2003, LINC is a ten-year national initiative to improve conditions for artists in all disciplines, so that artists can more readily do their creative work and contribute to community life.
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is a state agency committed to building a central place for arts and culture in the everyday lives of communities across the Commonwealth. It pursues this mission through a combination of grants, services, and advocacy for cultural organizations, schools, communities, and artists. The MCC receives an annual appropriation from the state Legislature and funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.
The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the nation, with an endowment of over $730 million. In 2005, the Foundation and its donors made more than $60 million in grants to non-profit organizations and received gifts of more than $70 million. The Foundation is made up of some 850 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener, and sponsor of special initiatives designed to address the community’s and region’s most pressing challenges. For more information about the Boston Foundation, visit www.tbf.org or call 617-338-1700.
New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) has been a significant cultural force since 1975, when it was created as one of six regional arts organizations nationwide. Through extensive funding, advocacy, and networking efforts, NEFA promotes the creation and distribution of the full range of artistic expression. NEFA is a grantmaker, program initiator, regional laboratory, project coordinator, developer of resources, and builder of creative partnerships among artists, arts organizations and funders. NEFA is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England state arts agencies; and corporations, foundations, and individuals.
NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, make vital connections between artists and audiences, and build the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region's creative sector.
The LEF Foundation was established in 1985. Its mission is to support the creation and presentation of innovative contemporary work in visual art, performing arts, intermedia, and independent film. LEF funding protects the artist’s ability to take creative risks and strengthens the environment in which artists live and work.
LISC helps community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into good places to live, do business, and raise families. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities. LISC helps neighbors build communities.
As the City of Boston’s Planning and Economic Development agency, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) oversees real estate development review and economic initiatives in each of Boston’s many neighborhoods. The BRA operates two initiatives to support the creative sector: the Artist Space Initiative works with developers and neighborhood groups to encourage the development of permanent, affordable artist space. Create Boston offers financial tools and space-finding for creative industry businesses. For more information visit www.createboston.com.
Founded in 1973, the mission of the Artists Foundation is: 1) to advocate for artists in public policy issues; 2) to convene artists, arts institutions, the private sector and diverse groups on issues of mutual interest; 3) to support the presentation of the arts in traditional, nontraditional, and public spaces; and 4) to support access to essential resources/services for artists.
Big thanks to our Web Site Contributors:
Jero Nesson, manager of Artspace Maynard
Note: Frequently you will notice that ArtistLink links to information on the Chicago Artists Resource site to a guide called Square Feet Chicago. This excellent online resource was developed through a partnership with ArtistLink’s major funder, Leveraging Investments in Creativity,the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Toronto Artscape. Because it contains thorough and useful information on many topics included below, we have chosen not to reproduce that content on our website but link to it where appropriate. Where that guide becomes Chicago specific, we have added Massachusetts specific information to our site.