On sage is a large group of men sitting in chairs reading from books. Behind them is a line of women who sit in front of a raised platform. On the platform is a six piece instrumental ensemble conducted by a man. The ensemble contains an upright bass, an electric guitar, a cello, a piano, and various percussion instruments. Projected onto the back of the stage is a historical black and white image of three men wearing overalls and hats. The men in the image appear to be covered in dirt. Photo by Dax Finley.

Bang on a Can All-Stars toured through the 2016-2017 ArtsCONNECT program. Here they perform “Anthracite Fields” at the historic Roebling Wire Works factory in New Jersey. The performance was presented by Westminster Choir College of Rider University and featured student performers. Photo: Dax Finley.

ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. The program aims to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters, helping build a more sustainable touring environment for artists and ensembles. The supported tours include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience, and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

A competitive, peer-panel-reviewed program, ArtsCONNECT supports tours developed by consortia of at least three presenters from a minimum two different states and jurisdictions served by MAAF. Proposed artists/ensembles may be from anywhere worldwide, but may not be based in the home state or jurisdiction of any of the applicant presenters. Priority consideration will be given to commissioning projects and/or projects that tour widely within the mid-Atlantic states and jurisdictions.

Matching grants are awarded once per year ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per presenter for non-commissioning projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000.

Questions regarding ArtsCONNECT should be directed to Haowen Wang at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.


ArtsCONNECT is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.


The application deadline for ArtsCONNECT was Friday, March 9, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.


To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please see the program guidelines below. Guidelines are for information purposes only.

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats below.

Download 2018-2019 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2018-2019 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a screen-reader friendly Word document (click link to download)

Current Tours


Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Jamaica, NY
9/25-30/2017 Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY
11/27/2017-12/2/2017 The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
2/2-4/2018 Peak Performances, Montclair, NJ
Cynthia Oliver Company Dance Theater, Urbana, IL
10/25-28/2017 Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
1/15-22/2018 Dance Place, Washington, DC
1/26-27/2018 Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
1/28/2018-2/4/2018 Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic, Brooklyn, NY
1/19-20/2018 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
1/23-24/2018 Oswego College Foundation, Oswego, NY
1/24-27/2018 University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
2/26-28/2018 Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
3/2-3/2018 The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA
globalFest on the road—The New Golden Age of Latin Music

featuring Las Cafeteras (CA) & Orkestra Mendoza (AZ)

2/3/2018 Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2/5-6/2018 Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
2/10/2018 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2/12-13/2018 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns Marionetteater, Sweden
4/14-16/2018 BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
4/17-19/2018 Friends of House of Sweden , Washington, DC
4/20-23/2018 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
Oliver Lake Big Band, Montclair, NJ
5/25/2018 Arts for Art, Inc., New York, NY
6/15/2018 Painted Bride Art Center, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
6/16/2018 CapitalBop, Washington, DC
Paul Taylor Dance Company, New York, NY
7/1/2017 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
11/2-5/2017 NextMove Dance, Philadelphia, PA
2/2-3/2018 Raritan Valley Community College, Somerville,
Roy Assaf Dance, Israel
9/28/2017-10/14/2017 Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY
10/3-8/2017 Dance Place, Washington, DC
10/4-6/2017 CityDance, Washington, DC
So Percussion, Brooklyn, NY
10/8-9/2017 Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
10/12-13/2017 Lafayette College, Easton, PA
11/15/2017 Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, NY
1/19/2018 James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
1/20/2018 Candlelight Concerts, Columbia, MD

Manage Your Grant

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net. Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the application for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109.