The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award was established to honor the legacy of an arts leader who has made outstanding contributions to the arts through extraordinary leadership. Alan W. Cooper served as Executive Director of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) for 23 years, from 1994 through April 2017. Under Alan’s Leadership, MAAF established a reputation for excellence, integrity, and innovative programs and services that extends beyond the mid-Atlantic region to national and international communities.  Alan’s belief in the importance of public-private partnerships and international cultural exchange was reflected in the programs he fostered and promoted, including USArtists International, the French-American Jazz Exchange, Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, and the BNY Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award.  The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award seeks to recognize individuals who continue Cooper’s legacy of leadership in the arts sector.

Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts in one or more of MAAF’s nine partner jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Michael L. Royce – 2018 Award Recipient

Head shot of Michael Royce.Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has announced that Michael L. Royce has been named the inaugural recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award.

Mr. Royce has served as the Executive Director of New York Foundation for the Arts for the past 12 years. His leadership has led to an exponential growth of support programs for artists in New York, nationally, and internationally. Mr. Royce’s work in the creation of programs serving artists in all stages of their careers and his understanding of the importance of partnerships has led to robust training opportunities. His efforts in recognizing immigrant artist populations, the importance of international exchange, and artist mentorship have made him an exemplary choice for the inaugural Award round. Mr. Royce will be recognized at the May 2018 MAAF board meeting.

2019 ACLA Award Information

The nomination period for the 2019 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will open this fall. Nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts in one or more of MAAF’s nine partner jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Questions? Please contact Adam Plantz at adamp@midatlanticarts.org