Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes that art is essential, that it has the power to transform individuals and communities, and in so doing helps define our society. Excellence, integrity, service, inclusion, and engagement are fundamental tenets of its commitment to the arts.
We envision a vital arts and cultural sector enriched by the movement of a vibrant and diverse environment of artists and arts organizations engaging audiences across geographic, artistic and institutional boundaries regionally, nationally, and internationally.
The Foundation serves the states
and territories of Delaware,
the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West
Virginia. Additionally, the Foundation engages in national and international work focused on performing arts touring, jazz, and independent filmmakers.
Atlantic Arts Foundation was established in 1979 to promote
and support multi-state arts programming. Over the years, MAAF has built a core of program initiatives
designed to address
specific issues of regional, national and international arts support. We do this by:
- Expanding access to the arts
- Exploring new forms of creative expression and presentation
- Providing leadership in the development of new models and partnerships
- Expansion of markets for artists and their work
- Providing resources to enable organizations to expand audiences
- Exploring new ways for artists and organizations to enhance operational and creative practices
- Representing best practices in management and governance
Our programming focuses on performing arts touring, jazz, the traditional arts, international engagement, filmmaking and touring, and artist fellowships.
is a region that is particularly rich in the arts.
One-half of the acknowledged “major museums” in
the U.S. are located in
the region. Twenty-four percent of the artists in
the U.S. labor force work
in the mid-Atlantic region.
wealth of arts resources
in the mid-Atlantic helps to differentiate
from other areas of the country.
While the challenges facing
are significant, the opportunities
abundant. Mid Atlantic Arts
Foundation will continue
the great wealth of resources
in the region and work to
resources and make them
to the widest possible audience.