NEC Collaboration Challenge

The NEC Collaboration Challenge is an opportunity to build on our history of innovation and our culture of practice and performance, to reflect on what we're doing now, and to consider “what’s next?”—in the classroom and studio, in performance, and beyond.

We seek to unleash the creativity and imagination of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, inviting ideas from our whole community that re-imagine teaching and learning, student experiences, and partnerships at NEC.

Challenge Areas

The NEC Collaboration Challenge seeks ideas in three challenge areas. 

Teaching and Learning: How might we look at teaching and learning in a new way? Consider ways we might integrate what are now separate classes/departments, incorporate educational technology into the curriculum, or enable even more experiential learning.

Student Experience: How might we reimagine the student experience? Consider ways of creating new, integrative, and/or collaborative performance experiences, cross-disciplinary studios and “labs,”  or blending co-curricular and extracurricular activities into the curriculum to further enhance their education.3

Partnerships: How might we explore partnerships with communities, arts organizations, educational institutions, and the for-profit sector on the local, national, and global level? Consider ways of connecting NEC to local, national, and global communities through performances and programs by building creative, connected studios, labs, and partnerships, internally and in collaboration with external partners.


The Possibility

NEC will provide focus resources and support to develop and implement selected ideas (e.g. curriculum development support/resources; support to create experiential labs; support for collaborating with outside partners to bring an idea to life, etc.).



These criteria will be used to evaluate and prioritize ideas. Strong ideas will: 

  • Show clear alignment with at least one of the Challenge areas; 
  • Involve more than one person, ideally reflecting expertise in different departments/disciplines; 
  • Be implementable at NEC beginning Fall 2020.


How to participate

Ideas will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 30, 2020. You may submit as many ideas as you wish. 

Whether your idea is revolutionary or evolutionary, complex or simple—we want to hear it!

Option One: Complete the Idea Submission Form and email to with the subject line “NEC Collaboration Challenge Idea Proposal.”

Option Two: Want support in working through your idea? Email to set up a 1:1 consultation, or attend our next in-person brainstorming event on January 20, 2020.

Ideas selected will be notified by February 7, 2020. Selected ideas will be featured/showcased during a Spring Festival Week in May 2020 and implemented beginning Fall 2020.