New England States Touring (NEST) program from the New England Foundation For the Arts (NEFA) provides support to nonprofit organizations based in New England for community-related activities by select New England performing artists from outside of the presenter's state. Any nonprofit, school, or government entity based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) is eligible to apply for a NEST grant.
The most recent Maine recipients of this grant include:
Mahoosuc Arts Council, to support touring the Bosoma Dance Company, Incorporated / Boston Somatic Dance Company to Maine in October.
Merriconeag Waldorf School, to support the touring of Circus Smirkus to Maine in August
Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House, to support the touring of Cordis to Maine in August.
Bates Dance Festival, to support the touring of Race Dance to Maine in July
Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's, to support the touring of Laszlo Gardony Group to Maine in October.
Beehive Design Collective, to support the touring of Shirim Klezmer Orchestra to Maine in August.
Space Gallery, to support the touring of What Cheer? Brigade to Maine in September.
If you have the opportunity, please support these organizations and these artists. A complete list of NEST recipients can be found here.
If you are interested in the NEST program visit the NEST page at NEFA. The next deadline for applications is June 1.