Cathy Edwards joined New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) as Executive Director in January 2015. The New England Foundation for the Arts invests in artists and communities and fosters equitable access to the arts, enriching the cultural landscape in New England and the nation. NEFA accomplishes this by granting funds to artists and cultural organizations; connecting them to networks and knowledge-building opportunities; and analyzing their economic contributions. The New England Foundation for the Arts serves as a regional partner for the National Endowment for the Arts, New England’s state arts agencies, and private foundations.
Prior to NEFA, Cathy was director of programming at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT. She previously served as artistic director at both the Time-Based Art Festival at PICA in Portland, OR, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and as co-director of Movement Research in New York City.
Cathy has served on numerous grant-giving and funding panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Department of Culture and Tourism, United States Artists, the Japan Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, MAP Fund, and NEFA. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Movement Research and the National Performance Network. She holds a BA in Humanities from Yale College.
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