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The Foundation's Knowledge Building programs develop the effectiveness of mid-Atlantic and national artists and arts organizations and enhance their participation in MAAF's programs and services.
- Community Arts Institute is a symposium periodically offered by the Foundation to provide training to artists and organizations in planning and managing community-based arts projects involving visiting artists. Special sessions are offered on visioning innovative and ambitious projects, encouraging regional exchange, integrating artists with civic life, and stimulating broad cultural participation.
- Jazz.NEXT was a national initiative designed to encourage innovative approaches to audience development, communications, distribution, marketing, and building linkages among the jazz community that could be enhanced through the incorporation of technology to build a more sustainable environment for the art form. To view a report on the program and its outcomes, click here.
- Jazz Touring Network Sessions Sessions are convened annually at various locations in the mid-Atlantic region and provide Jazz Touring Network members and other interested presenting organizations with opportunities for professional development, peer mentoring, and planning for regional touring projects.
- Mid Atlantic Region Accessibility Retreats are held on an annual basis to address the challenges of accessibility in the cultural sector. Accessibility coordinators from Mid Atlantic’s member states and their guests join together for two days of intensive workshops with leading accessibility experts from public and private agencies to look at current issues, share idea for success, and set goals.
- Mid Atlantic Folklife Association serves Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Foundation provides a range of services to acknowledge the mission and good works of MAFA and to encourage its further growth. The Foundation also maintains the MAFA membership roster and assists with it's biennial conference.
- Mid Atlantic Folklorist's Retreat is sponsored by the Foundation approximately every 18 months. The purpose of the retreat is to provide a forum through which folklorists and other folk arts professionals can network, share information about their programs, explore potential collaboration, and explore various ethnographic methodologies.
- Mid Atlantic Forum features a series of essays submitted by mid-Atlantic folklorists and special guests. The series seeks to further the exchange of information and ideas among folklorists and their peers.
- Database Submission Forms. Our online database features jazz musicians, community artists, residency host site organizations, and folk arts practitioners. Anyone matching the criteria can request a listing on this public information resource.
- Traditional Arts Resources provides links to many traditional arts organizations in the region and nationwide focusing on professional organizations, societies, public programming, and education programs in folklore.
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