Cathy Edwards, New England Foundation for the Arts

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Dance, theater, music, visual arts

CONTACT: CEdwards@NEFA.org, (617) 951-0010

PROFILE: Cathy Edwards was named the new executive director of New England Foundation for the Arts in December 2014. The organization's press release announcing her hire shares:

Ms. Edwards comes to NEFA from the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT, where she has served as director of programming since 2006. She has also served as the artistic director of the Time-Based Art Festival at PICA in Portland, OR. Previously, she was artistic director of Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and co-director of Movement Research in New York City. 

“We are excited to have Cathy bring her thinking, energy and experience to NEFA,” said NEFA board chair Larry Simpson. “She brings deep knowledge about the field and the challenges and opportunities ahead for NEFA, and has a history with the organization via her service as a program advisor and panelist. I want to thank the entire search committee, chaired by board vice chair Andrew Cornell and including interim co-executive directors Laura Paul and Jane Preston, for their service during this time.”

Edwards has served on numerous grant-giving and funding panels in addition to NEFA’s, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Culture and Tourism, United States Artists, the Japan Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Creative Capital.  She serves on the boards of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Movement Research, where she is currently board chair. She holds a BA in Humanities from Yale College.

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Ms. Edwards comes to NEFA from the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT, where she has served as director of programming since 2006. She has also served as the artistic director of the Time-Based Art Festival at PICA in Portland, OR. Previously, she was artistic director of Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and co-director of Movement Research in New York City. . .

Edwards has served on numerous grant-giving and funding panels in addition to NEFA’s, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, Connecticut Culture and Tourism, United States Artists, the Japan Foundation, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Creative Capital. She serves on the boards of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and Movement Research, where she is currently board chair. She holds a BA in Humanities from Yale College.