A close up of a woman and a man on stage. Both are holding microphones. The woman is in the foreground wearing a colorful shirt with varied patterns. The man in the background is holding the microphone close to his lips and he is wearing a green shirt with a colorful baseball hat. Photo is courtesy of The Reminders.

USArtists International grantee, The Reminders, perform at the B-Global Indigenous Hip Hop Summit in Uganda. Photo: The Reminders.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s grant programs for artists allow artists to explore and create, provide touring engagements regionally and internationally, help to build audiences, and provide support and services to assist in career development.

Creative Fellowships
About
Maryland artist Marilyn Banner in her Virginia Center for the Creative Arts studio. Photo courtesy Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Maryland artist Marilyn Banner in her Virginia Center for the Creative Arts studio. Photo courtesy Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Who We Support

Through ongoing partnerships with the Millay Colony for the Arts (Millay) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) annually supplements the cost of residencies for a limited number of artists residing in our nine state and jurisdictional region.

The Creative Fellowships are sponsored residencies. Although MAAF provides financial support, the colonies are responsible for the application submission and review process.  Only artists who have been accepted for a residency program will be recommended to receive a Creative Fellowship.

Artists from each state in our region are eligible at a different colony:

 Graphic image with text stating that artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia receive support at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. While artists in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and U.S. Virgin Islands receive support at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.

What Fellows Receive

Creative Fellows receive $3,000 or $1,500 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency.  The grant is paid to the respective colony directly on behalf of the artist.

In addition, Fellows receive up to $250 in reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from their residency.

Guidelines

Am I Eligible?

Only residents of MAAF’s nine state and jurisdictional region are eligible to receive Creative Fellowship support.  Additionally, artists who have previously received support through this program will not be considered eligible to receive another Creative Fellowship for the three years following a supported residency.

How Can I be Considered?

Artists interested in being considered for a Creative Fellowship must apply directly to the applicable residency program.

There are no additional steps you need to take once you have applied. Creative Fellows are identified through the application review process led by each colony. VCCA and Millay submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to MAAF for further review and approval.

Please note that you may be approved for a residency but not selected as a Creative Fellow. 

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Click here to access VCCA’s online application
Deadline: January 15
June to September Residencies

Deadline: May 15
October to January Residencies

Deadline: September 15
February to May Residencies

Millay Colony for the Arts

Click here to access Millay’s online application

Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies

Deadline: October 1
April to July Residencies

Notification

Colonies will notify applicants that they have been selected to receive Creative Fellowship support after the review and approval process has concluded.  MAAF will then issue a Grant Award Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the Fellowship to the Fellow directly.

Timelines for notification may vary. Application status inquiries should be directed to the respective colony.

Final Reports & Forms

After their residencies, Fellows will be asked to complete a Final Report and submit a Travel Reimbursement Form along with any travel receipts. The Final Report provides MAAF with a brief overview of each Fellow’s experience. The Travel Reimbursement Form is used to calculate the amount of reimbursement the Fellow will receive for travel to and from the residency.

Both forms can be accessed in the “Manage Your Grant” tab (above).

Travel Reimbursement Payments

Travel reimbursement will be sent directly to the Fellow upon receipt and approval of the Final Report and Travel Reimbursement Form.

Questions?

All questions regarding the application and review process should be directed to the colonies.

Click here to contact VCCA

Click here to contact Millay

Stay in Touch!

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FAQS

I am only interested in a residency if I receive a Creative Fellowship. How can I be sure that funding is still available for artists in my state for the current calendar year?
Artists who are only interested in a Creative Fellowship residency are encouraged to apply for the first residency sessions each year (February to May for VCCA; April to July for Millay) as funding will definitely be available.  If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective colony before applying to see if Creative Fellowship funds are still available.

Do I need to inform MAAF that I have applied for a residency?
No. Recommendations will be forwarded to us from the colonies.

Is it possible to receive Creative Fellowship support for a different residency program?
Currently, support is only available for residents at Millay and VCCA.

I notice that the colonies charge application fees. What should I do if this presents a financial hardship?
If the fees are a barrier to application, please contact the respective colony directly.

If I am selected to receive a Creative Fellowship, will MAAF require that I show evidence of my creative output from the residency in the Final Report?
No. While we ask Fellows to report back about their experiences, we believe that artists should follow their own pace and creative process during their residencies. MAAF will never assess the success of the residency based on the amount of work produced or require that you submit examples of works-in-progress.

I run a residency program and would love to explore how we could receive funding for our residents through a similar partnership with MAAF. Is this possible?
Thank you for your work providing creative and inspiring spaces for artists!  Unfortunately, since MAAF is a non-profit organization that must raise every dollar spent on programs and new initiates, we do not have discretionary funds to support additional projects which fall outside of our budgeted funding structures.

Current Fellows

VCCA

James Arthur (MD), Author
Miranda Austin (NY)
, Visual Artist
JoAnn Balingit (DE), Author
Andrea Fekete (WV), Author
Matt Hohner (MD), Author
Shelly Oria (NY), Author

Millay

Erica Cavanagh (VA), Author
Andrew Nurkin (NJ), Author
Allison Spence (DC), Visual Artist
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic (PA), Visual Artist

Manage Your Grant

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Crediting
The following statement must appear in all promotional and announcement materials, websites, press releases, social media posts and other publicity materials produced by the Grantee regarding this residency.
This residency of [Artist Name] is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The preferred reference/entry on the Grantee’s resume is as follows.
Awards: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, [Colony Name], [Year]

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 available here.

Final Reports

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. Download a final report form here.

Travel expense reimbursement should be submitted within two weeks of incurring expenses. Forms must be submitted by mail with an original signature. Download a Travel Expense Reimbursement Form here.

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.

French-American Jazz Exchange
About
American saxophonist Steve Lehman worked with French soprano saxophone player Maciek Lasserre on a 2014-2015 FAJE project. Photo by Willie Davis.

American saxophonist Steve Lehman worked with French soprano saxophone player Maciek Lasserre on a 2014-2015 FAJE project. Photo by Willie Davis.

The French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) celebrates the shared and uniting cultural passion for jazz between the United States and France. A partnership of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the program is designed to initiate and extend the creative, professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States. FAJE fosters the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through support for the collaborative investigation of artistic practice and activities providing exposure to new audiences and professional relationships.

FAJE supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional jazz artists that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue, and contribute to the dynamism of the art form. FAJE annually awards individual project grants up to $25,000, through an open, competitive application process for projects that take place either in France or the United States, and/or their respective territories, within a 16-month period. The program supports activities that may result in the creation of new work, establishment of new creative and professional partnerships, and development of new audiences. Projects may include jazz artists in France and/or the United States working with artists from different musical genres.

Additional opportunity for funding support is available to artists or projects already funded through FAJE. An annual roster of FAJE projects is identified for touring in the United States with fee support available specifically to presenters of the mid-Atlantic region of Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. For more information about the French-American Jazz Exchange Regional Tours, click here.

For further assistance, contact:

American applicants: Contact Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org

French applicants: Contact FACE Foundation, jazz@face-foundation.org

FAJE is made possible through generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

Guidelines

The application deadline for the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) was May 272016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

The guidelines below are for information purposes only:
Download FAJE Guidelines (PDF)
Download FAJE Guidelines – French Version (PDF)

 

Current Projects
Antoine Berjeaut (Photo: Vincent LeBrun) and Makaya McCraven.

(l-r) Antoine Berjeaut (Photo: Vincent LeBrun) and Makaya McCraven.

Antoine Berjeaut (France)  with Makaya McCraven (United States)

Trumpet-player Antoine Berjeaut will work with “beat scientist” Makaya McCraven and three other musicians from Paris and Chicago to bridge the modern jazz, post-rock, and hip hop scenes. They will compose, collectively improvise, perform, and record live and in the studio in both cities. The material developed from this unique collaboration will then be used as a resource to be decontextualized and remixed into a creative mashup, or sonic collage, using modern post production techniques. The final product will be tracks that stand alone as complete works but that also lend themselves to further collaborations for poetry, rap, and additional remixes.

FOX Trio (Photo: Eric Garault) and Chris Cheek.

(l-r) FOX Trio (Photo: Eric Garault) and Chris Cheek.

 


FOX (France) 
with Chris Cheek (United States)

French trio FOX will work with saxophonist Chris Cheek to develop a musical investigation about French roots in Louisiana and mixing African-American grooves and rhythms with French influences. The instrumentation features accordion and banjo along with guitar, bass, drum and saxophone.

(l-r) Gaël Horellou and Ari Hoenig (Photo: Francesco Truono).

(l-r) Gaël Horellou and Ari Hoenig (Photo: Francesco Truono).

 

Gaël Horellou (France) with Ari Hoenig (United States)

Saxophonist Gaël Horellou and drummer Ari Hoenig make up the duo Nasty Factorz, a group with little name recognition in France.This FAJE project will allow the duo to work in residency in Paris while composing and releasing a new album on the DTC Records label. The duo will also perform several concerts in France.

(l-r) Karim Maurice (Photo: Jack Urvoy) and William Galison.

(l-r) Karim Maurice (Photo: Jack Urvoy) and William Galison.

 

Karim Maurice (France) with William Galison (United States) 

This project will result in a repertoire of music composed by pianist Karim Maurice and harmonicist William Galison. The work will include music for a chromatic harmonica accompanied by a jazz quartet and a classical string orchestra with harp. A jazz quartet and 17 string instruments will be highlighted by the nostalgic rushes of the melody played by harmonica, one of the most traditional instruments in the United States.

(l-r) Keith Witty and Christopher Panzani (Photo: Boris Wilensky).

(l-r) Keith Witty and Christopher Panzani (Photo: Boris Wilensky).

 

Keith Witty (United States) with Christophe Panzani (France)

Bassist Keith Witty and saxophonist Christophe Panzani are undertaking a continuation of prior musical endeavors with the ensemble THIEFS, incorporating two new musicians and three vocalists. The body of work, entitled Up-Rooted/Re-Rooted, explores the migratory element of the human experience in both a broad, abstract sense and in a way that is quite literal, pertaining to the immigrant struggle and notions of belonging.

(l-r) Yohan Giaume and Evan Christopher.

(l-r) Yohan Giaume and Evan Christopher.


Yohan Giaume (France) with Evan Christopher (United States) 

Trumpeter Yohan Giaume and clarinetist Evan Christopher will collaborate on a recording inspired by the musical universe of Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Gottschalk played a key role in the development of American music and significantly influenced the art music of his day by integrating ethnic elements especially African-American and Caribbean traditions. Building upon Gottschalk’s interest in subjects of death, love, and the celebration of life, the work will utilize many of the same imprints that inspired Gottschalk such as Afro-Creole folk melodies, syncopated rhythms from the Americas and Caribbean, folk songs from New Orleans & France, works by Chopin & Berlioz and even poetry.

Manage Your Grant

Note: Grantees who received their French-American Jazz Exchange Grant Award Agreements directly from FACE Foundation should visit face-foundation.org for information pertaining to your award and final report forms.

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

Credit and Logo Usage Details
Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from the French-American Jazz Exchange program through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

  • The following statement and the logo of the French-American Jazz Exchange program must prominently appear on all promotional and advertising materials, including programs, brochures, flyers, postcards, press releases, recording liner notes, websites, and other publicity produced by the Grantee or its agents whether in hard copy or electronic format.In addition, the following crediting language must be permanently affixed to any works created as part of the funded project and must be provided each time said work is performed or presented

(working title) has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

When no written materials are available, such as television, radio or Internet broadcasts, Grantee shall ensure that the above crediting statement is announced or included among the program’s listed credits.

Grantee shall ensure that in all interviews where their French-American Jazz Exchange project is discussed that the program and its funders are acknowledged.

Download the French-American Jazz Exchange logo below:
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Website Link
Funded artists are required to link their websites to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (www.midatlanticarts.org) and FACE Foundation (face-foundation.org) websites. The links MUST remain active during the entire length of the grant period. You are requested, but not required, to use the FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logos to indicate the link on your website. Electronic versions of the logos can be found on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website here, and on the FACE Foundation website at face-foundation.org.

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 must be submitted using the form downloaded below.
French-American Jazz Exchange Final Report Form

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.

On Screen/In Person
About
A woman with a camera is on the right hand side of the picture lying on the ground. She is looking into a screen on the camera, while a mongoose appears to sniff at the camera. There is a large group of mongooses behind him, and another looks to be approaching the camera as well. Photo is courtesy of filmmaker Sylvie Rokab.

Sylvie Rokab is director of the 2016-2017 OSIP film Love Thy Nature. Photo: Sylvie Rokab.

On Screen/In Person tours new independent American films and their respective filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region.  Six films and their creators are selected for touring annually. Each tour engagement includes a public screening, a pre- or post-screening discussion with the visiting filmmaker, and a community activity with the filmmaker that provides greater appreciation for their work and the art of film.  Organizations in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia interested in serving as host sites for tours are selected by the Foundation through an open, competitive application process. The program is open to filmmakers from across the United States through a nationwide call for entries.  Animation, documentary, experimental and narrative works are eligible for consideration. Organizations accepted as host sites participate in the film selection process.

For more information about On Screen/In Person host sites, click on the Host Site tab above.

On Screen/In Person is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guidelines

Information for Filmmakers

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s (“MAAF”) On Screen/In Person program provides opportunities for independent filmmakers to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region with their recent films and foster greater understanding and appreciation of their work through direct audience engagement.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2017-2018 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED – Friday, December 9, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST

Next Opportunity to Apply

Applications and guidelines for the 2018-2019 program year will be available in September 2017.

How it Works

  • Nonprofit venues and arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic region apply to partner with MAAF and serve as host sites for the touring filmmakers.
  • Six films and filmmakers are selected to tour by the appointed host sites through a competitive review process.
  • Tours are scheduled during six months of the program year (September-October-November; February-March-April of the applicable program year). Each selected filmmaker is scheduled to visit between five and ten host sites and tour for approximately two-to-three weeks during ONE of the months the program is active.
  • Each engagement on a tour includes a public screening preceded or followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, and a community engagement collaboratively developed by the filmmaker and the local host site.

What Filmmakers Receive

  • All travel expenses are paid by MAAF.
  • A $200 per diem (for each calendar day the filmmaker is on tour) to cover accommodations, food, and miscellaneous travel costs.
  • A $400 stipend from each host site/screening engagement.

Who is Eligible*?

To be eligible, filmmakers must:

  • Warrant that they have the legal right to submit the film for consideration to On Screen/In Person.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be available to tour during at least four out of six months the program is active (September-October-November; February-March-April of the applicable program year). Note: Within this timeframe, selected filmmakers will only be required to tour for ONE 14-20 day period.
  • If the filmmaker is residing outside of the U.S. at the time of the tour, be willing and able to pay for their own international travel expenses (the Foundation cannot cover the cost of international travel).
  • NOT be enrolled a K-12 student, or a matriculated student in any degree-granting program at the time of application or during the months the program is active.
  • Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents.

Film Eligibility*

To be eligible, films must:

  • NOT have a confirmed theatrical distribution deal at the time of submission.
  • NOT have been completed while the filmmaker was a K-12 student, or as part of any degree-granting program.
  • Be the original work of the applicant filmmaker and the filmmaker’s production team, if applicable.
  • Have been finalized after the completion date specified in the program guidelines, generally within the last three years.
  • Have a total running time in any category (animation, documentary, experimental or narrative) of between 45-120 minutes OR consist of a group of short films collectively equaling the same length.

* Eligibility requirements are subject to change and will be outlined in greater detail in future program guidelines.

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2018-2019 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

Other questions about the program should be directed to Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts, Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Current Tours

Visit our On Screen/In Person blog for the latest news from the road

SEPTEMBER 2017

DEEJ
Director Robert Rooy

DEEJ is the story of DJ Savarese (“Deej”), a gifted, young writer and an advocate for nonspeaking autistics. As a child, he was trapped in a silent world, abused in foster care, and written off as “retarded”. Now, as a high school student dreaming of college, he confronts the terrors of his past, stubborn obstacles to inclusion, and the often paralyzing beauty of his own senses. In this first-of-its-kind collaboration between a veteran filmmaker and a nonspeaking autistic, Robert Rooy and DJ share editorial control as they navigate the challenges of representing autism.

OCTOBER 2017

Oil & Water
Co-Directors Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith

Oil & Water is the true story of two boys coming of age as they each confront one of the world’s worst toxic disasters. Hugo and David were born on opposite ends of the oil pipeline. Hugo comes to America to fight for the survival of his Cofan tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon, while David goes to Ecuador to launch the world’s first company to certify oil as “fair trade.” Their journeys lead them to explore what could be a more just future, not just for the Cofan, but for all people around the world born with oil beneath their feet.

NOVEMBER 2017

Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Director Richard Goldsmith

From the rough-edged courts of New York City to recruitment by legendary Coach Pat Summitt in 1995 for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw impressed crowds with her artistry, athleticism, and drive. As a 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to threaten her life. Narrated by Glenn Close, Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw’s athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate.

FEBRUARY 2018

Little Stones
Director Sophia Kruz

From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art. Featuring interviews with leading women’s rights experts in government, philanthropy, technology, public health and education sectors, Little Stones is a powerful showcase of how art can create positive change for women and girls around the world.

MARCH 2018

Big Sonia
Director Leah Warshawski

For years, Sonia Warshawski (90) has been an inspirational public speaker at schools and prisons, where her stories of surviving the Holocaust as a teenager have inspired countless people who once felt their own traumas would leave them broken forever. But when Sonia is served an eviction notice for her iconic tailor shop (in a dead mall), she’s confronted with an agonizing decision: either open up a new shop, or retire. For a woman who admits she stays busy “to keep the dark parts away”, facing retirement dredges up long-forgotten fears and memories of her past. Big Sonia explores what it means to be a survivor and how this affects families and generations.

APRIL 2018

Ghost Town to Havana
Director Eugene Corr

Ghost Town to Havana follows filmmaker Eugene Corr as he spends five years on ball fields in inner city Oakland and Havana, documenting the lives of two extraordinary youth baseball coaches: Nicolás Reyes, a 61 year old Afro-Cuban who coaches in an economically desperate Havana neighborhood, and Roscoe Bryant, a 46 year old African-American man coaching in an Oakland neighborhood wracked by three decades of gang violence. After two years of US/Cuba sanctions and red tape, Coach Roscoe and 9 players fly to Havana to play Coach Nicolas’ team. As the boys gradually warm to the fun-loving friendship of their hosts, Roscoe receives a fateful phone call from home. Right fielder Chris Fletcher’s stepfather has been murdered on an Oakland street.

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2017-2018 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, Bloomsburg, PA
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro, VA

Please contact the venues directly for dates, times and locations of film screenings, and other program activities in their respective communities.

Filmmakers

SEPTEMBER 2017

DEEJ
Director Robert Rooy

Film director Robert Rooy headshot.Robert Rooy is a producer and director whose latest film, DEEJ, is the latest of a lengthy array of projects in which Rooy has created media that engages and educates people about important human issues.  He has worked in more than twenty countries, profiling people and organizations involved in anti-poverty, human rights and environmental struggles.

Rooy’s credits include Farmer to Farmer: Strategies For Sustainable Agriculture, in partnership with Rodale Institute; The Social Entrepreneurship Series, a sixteen-part collection profiling social innovators produced in collaboration with Ashoka: Innovators for the Public; and To Our Credit, a two-part PBS series that was the first in-depth examination of microcredit, an innovative anti-poverty strategy, to air in the United States, among other projects.

Formerly a first assistant director in the mainstream film industry, Rooy is a veteran of more than forty productions, including Diner, Fame, Lonesome Dove, Honeymoon in Vegas, Tombstone, Minority Report, and The West Wing, as well as several films created for Prudential Lines, a passenger ship company.

Rooy received a BA from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned his MFA from the Yale University School of Drama.  Recently he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Calvin College, honoring his media work.  He is currently a National MediaMaker Fellow with the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco.

OCTOBER 2017

Oil & Water
Co-Directors Francine Strickwerda and Laurel Spellman Smith

Oil & Water co-directors Laurel Spellman and Francine Stickwerda.Francine Strickwerda is an award-winning director, writer, and producer of independent documentary films for PBS and Showtime, and owner of Flock This Way Films. Her other film credits include the feature documentary, Busting Out, about the history and politics of America’s obsession with the female breast. Her new documentary, Spirit of the Game, (in production) is the story of an extraordinary school counselor who helps children and families heal through the sport of Ultimate Frisbee.

An expert film fundraiser and grant writer, Strickwerda has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Independent Television Service (ITVS), Chicken & Egg Pictures, the City of Seattle, and many others. She offers consulting services to other filmmakers on story and fundraising.  She also runs Hullabaloo.tv, a Seattle production company that creates high-end corporate and commercial videos and websites with Tracy Dethlefs, creative director and editor. She has created videos for clients including the United Nations, Fortune 500 companies, and the Seattle Fire Department.

Previously, she worked on feature documentaries at Seattle’s KCTS Public Television, produced and executive edited national PBS websites, and was a senior producer at HealthTalk.com. Strickwerda began her storytelling career as a newspaper reporter, and she has a degree in journalism from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Laurel Spellman Smith
is a two-time regional Emmy Award-winning producer of national and local programs for PBS including The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and the documentary Faith & Fear: The Children of Krishna. She became an independent producer in 2003 and, in addition to Oil & Water, she co-directed and produced the women’s health documentary Busting Out which aired on Showtime and the Iraq War documentary The Corporal’s Diary, seen on PBS stations and Al Jazeera English. She is also a fan of other people’s films and is an annual juror for the News and Documentary Emmy Awards. Spellman Smith grew up in Los Angeles and Kauai before making a home in Seattle with her husband and cat.

Spellman Smith graduated from The Evergreen State College, where she studied film and cultural anthropology, pursuing her interest in the latter by traveling to over 100 countries. When not on the road or in the edit room, she manages a vacation rental house on a remote island in The Bahamas, and is a personal dresser, and President of the board at Dress for Success Seattle .

NOVEMBER 2017

Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw
Director Richard Goldsmith

Head shot of film director Richard Goldsmith.Rick Goldsmith’s documentary films address important social issues, have been broadcast nationwide and internationally, and are used in high schools, colleges, universities, and by activist and community organizations in the U.S. and throughout the world.

In addition to directing and producing Mind/Game: The Unqiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw, Goldsmith co-produced and co-directed (with Judith Ehrlich) The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers, the story of a former war planner who risks life in prison by leaking 7,000 pages of a top secret Pentagon report to The New York Times to help stop the Vietnam War.  The film was an Academy-Award nominee for Best Feature Documentary, an Emmy nominee, and winner of a George Foster Peabody award (for its POV nationwide broadcast on PBS). Goldsmith is also producer, director, editor, and co-writer of Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press, also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and broadcast/cablecast nationwide on public television, The Sundance Channel, and Free Speech TV.  His films have screened theatrically in more than 150 cities nationwide, and have been broadcast in 25 countries around the world.

He co-produced, co-directed (with Abby Ginzberg), and edited the acclaimed Everyday Heroes, a behind-the-headlines look at AmeriCorps and a provocative look at youth, race and national service.

Goldsmith is a member of the Documentary Branch of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the Writers Guild of America, West, and the International Documentary Association (IDA).

FEBRUARY 2018

Little Stones
Director Sophia Kruz

Film director Sophia Kruz.

Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Sophia Kruz has a passion for non-fiction storytelling and using art to create social change. Her work has screened at film festivals, museums, libraries, community centers, and health-care facilities nationwide, and broadcast on PBS.

Formerly a producer in Detroit Public TV’s National Documentary Unit, Kruz produced Ride the Tiger, an hour-long documentary on neuroscience and bipolar disorder, and Beyond the Light Switch, Hour 3, for national PBS broadcast. She also produced and directed the Emmy Award-winning documentary A Space for Music, A Seat for Everyone, which was broadcast on all Michigan PBS stations, and throughout Canada. She is also an accomplished public speaker, appearing at audience Q&As at film festivals throughout North America, numerous keynote addresses to audiences at universities and to non-profit community organizations, and as a speaker at the 2017 TEDxUofM conference.

In 2015, Kruz co-founded the non-profit organization Driftseed with Little Stones cinematographer Meena Singh and Washington D.C. based attorney Ankita Singh. The non-profit seeks to empower women and girls in the U.S. and around the world through the art of documentary storytelling. Kruz was the recipient of the 2015-2016 University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women Visiting Social Activist fellowship, and her documentary work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Womanity Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, International Expressive Arts Therapy Association, Chace Foundation of the American Dance Therapy Association, and many others. She is an alumni of the University of Michigan department of Screen Arts and Cultures.

MARCH 2018

Big Sonia
Director Leah Warshawski

Film director Leah Warshawski.Leah Warshawski
produces documentary-style features, television, commercials, and branded entertainment in remote parts of the world. Her first feature film, Finding Hillywood won six awards including the Critic’s Award (Sebastopol Doc Festival) and the Audience Award (Napa Film Festival), and screened at more than 65 festivals around the world. Warshawski’s current documentary, Big Sonia, has already received international press and pitch forum invitations from IFP and HotDocs.

Warshawski’s career in film began in Hawaii working in the marine department for Lost and Hawaii. She is currently Co-Executive Producer for the feature documentary Personhood, and advises filmmakers on outreach, marketing, and hybrid distribution plans. In addition, Warshawski co-founded rwandafilm.org in 2012, a “LinkedIn” for Rwandan filmmakers supported by Bpeace and The Academy of Motion Pictures. When she’s not on a plane, you can find her swimming, hiking, and dreaming of whales.

APRIL 2018

Ghost Town to Havana
Director Eugene Corr

Film director Eugene Corr.Eugene Corr has broad experience in both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. He wrote and directed the feature documentary Waldo Salt: A Screenwriter’s Journey (with Robert Hillmann), for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. He also wrote and directed the dramatic feature, Desert Bloom (Jon Voight, AnnaBeth Gish), Columbia Pictures (Sélection Officielle, Cannes Film Festival).

Corr has worked as a second unit director on major motion pictures (Bull Durham, Cobb), written or co-written dramatic features (Prefontaine, Never Cry Wolf, Wildrose), and written for TV (Getting Out, MC Hammer: Too Legit). Corr has directed episodic television, including Crime Story, Miami Vice, Shannon’s Deal, I’ll Fly Away, Dream Street, Against the Law, and Arli$$. He directed television commercials for Chelsea Pictures from 1987-92.

From ages 17-26, Corr was a factory worker, warehouseman, forklift driver, crane operator, auto, steel, and cannery worker. He started his career in film in 1973 as a member of Cine Manifest, a radical San Francisco film group in the 1970s. A restored print of his first feature, Over-Under, Sideways-Down, screened recently at the Film Anthology Center in New York City.

His current documentary, Ghost Town to Havana, has had a successful run on the festival circuit, winning, among other awards, the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival Audience Award and the Syracuse International Film Festival Sophia/Basel Shehade Award For Social Justice.

Manage Your Grant

Filmmakers

Final Reports

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

Filmmakers 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.

Use the below form for submission of any eligible travel expense reimbursement requests related to your participation in the On Screen/In Person tour. Please see your Grant Award Agreement for eligible expenses

Filmmaker On Screen/In Person Travel Reimbursement Form

For questions about the final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109

 

State Fellowships
About
Maryland State Individual Artist Award recipient Joan Belmar’s <em>Corona.</em> From the <em>ONCE</em> series. 32”x30”. Acrylic, ink, mylar, wood, and vinyl on plywood. Copyright 2013.

Maryland State Individual Artist Award recipient Joan Belmar’s Corona. From the ONCE series. 32”x30”. Acrylic, ink, mylar, wood, and vinyl on plywood. Copyright 2013.

Administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, state fellowship programs provide funding for individual artists residing in Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey to encourage and sustain these artists’ pursuit of artistic excellence. Through these three programs, more than 1,000 applications are received, supporting over $500,000 in awards annually.

Individual artists must apply following the process outlined in the guidelines for their home state. At the annual deadline for these programs a limited number of disciplines are accepted. All applications to these competitive programs are evaluated through a peer panel review process.

Questions regarding State Fellowships should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super, Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts at kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

State Fellowships are made possible through support from the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

Delaware

Delaware Division of the Arts
2018 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships provide funding to Delaware creative artists to fulfill needs that will allow them to advance in their careers.

The Fellowship program is administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, who manages the eGrant system, identifies arts professionals to serve as potential jurors, and administers the jurors’ reviews of the applications.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2018 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

All applicants who submitted a 2018 application will be notified in writing after the December Delaware State Arts Council meeting.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Roxanne Stanulis Roxanne.Stanulis@state.de.us.

Next Opportunity to Apply

2019 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2018.

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2019 application as well as other opportunities from the Foundation by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

Maryland

Maryland State Arts Council
2018 Individual Artist Awards

Individual Artist Awards are grants awarded to Maryland artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to encourage and sustain their pursuit of artistic excellence.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the application submission and review process on behalf of the Maryland State Arts Council through an ongoing partnership. Post-award, all aspects of the program are managed by the Maryland State Arts Council directly, including applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2018 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Friday, July 21, 2017 at 4:30 PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2018 application will be notified of award decisions by mail in April 2018.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

2019 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2018 for the following categories:

Fiction
Theater: Solo Performance
Visual Arts: Media/Digital/Electronic Arts
Visual Arts: Painting
Visual Arts: Works on Paper

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2019 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

New Jersey

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2018 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the application submission, review, and post-award process on behalf of New Jersey State Council on the Arts though an ongoing partnership. This includes applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2018 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED – Friday, July 14, 2017 at 5PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2018 application will be notified in writing of the Council’s decision by March 1, 2018.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

2019 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2018 for the following categories:

Media/Digital/Electronic
Painting
Prose
Works on Paper

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2019 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

USArtists International
About
Full Radius Dance Company is spread across a dark stage. They are holding a ribbon connecting all seven members of the company. Two dancers are in wheelchairs. All members are wearing red shirts and black pants.

Full Radius Dance, based in Atlanta, performed at A Different Look festival in Spain with support from USArtists International. Photo: © marcosGpunto/Centro Dramático Nacional.

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.

USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

Please click through the tabs above to read about the guidelines, current cycle, festival database, and managing your grant.

USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Guidelines

Guidelines


USArtists International Guidelines 2017-2018
(pdf)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (pdf)
Budget Instructions (pdf)
USArtists International FAQ (pdf)
Online Application Access

Deadlines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2018 grant rounds are:

September 7, 2017 for projects taking place between December 15, 2017 and December 14, 2018. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2017.

December 1, 2017 for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2017.

April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2018.

Fiscal Sponsorship

USArtists International guidelines require applicants without 501(c)3 nonprofit status to apply using a US-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal sponsors must provide this service as part of their regular operations and this service must be available to any artist that meets the respective organizations’ published criteria for fiscal sponsorship. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Grantspace: Fiscal Sponsorship
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!

August 22: USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants Webinar
2:00 – 3:15 PM ET | Sign me up!

In USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants, attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI are welcome to join! Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Can’t attend? A recording will be posted here after the completion of the August 22 webinar.

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar. View the recording of the July 27th webinar below.

Current Cycle

FY17 Round Three

600 HIGHWAYMEN, NY
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Netherlands
Zürcher Theater Spektakel, Switzerland

Anne LeBaron, CA
Totally Huge New Music Festival, Australia

Ballet Hispanico, NY
Internationale Tanzwochen Neuss, Germany

Bang on a Can, NY
Music of Changes Festival, Lithuania

Beth Morrison Projects, NY
EFG London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
Guimaraes Jazz Festival, Portugal

Blair Thomas & Company, IL
World Festival of Puppet Theaters, France

BODYTRAFFIC, CA
Holland Dance Festival, Netherlands

Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger, NY
Documenta 14 Athens, Greece

Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Society, NY
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival, Poland

Charles Lloyd, CA
National Forum of Music, Jazztopad, Poland

Christian McBride Big Band,NJ
Cheltenham Jazz Festival, United Kingdom

Early Morning Opera, CA
The International Theatre Festival of Sao Paulo – MITsp, Brazil

Eighth Blackbird, IL
MITO September Music, Italy

Ensemble Pamplemousse, NY
Borealis, Norway

Gibney Dance, NY
The East African Nights of Tolerance International Dance Festival (EANT), Rwanda

Imagination Stage, MD
ASSITEJ Korea International Summer Festival, South Korea

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, PA
pOnderosa TanzLand Festival, Germany

JACK Quartet, NY
Gulbenkian Music: String Quartet Festival, Portugal

Jones Jones, CA
Vilnius Mama Jazz Festival, Lithuania

Keith Hennessy/Circo Zero, CA
Running with Concepts: Infrastructures and Aesthetics of Mutual Aid, Canada

Kronos Quartet, CA
Singapore International Festival of Arts, Singapore

Liberty Ellman, NY
North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands
Along Came Jazz Festival, Italy

Manual Cinema, IL
Avignon Off Festival, France

Maria Hassabi, NY
Block Universe Performance Art Festival, United Kingdom

Rosy Simas Danse, MN
DANSEM, France

Sara Juli, ME
Edinburgh Fringe Festival, United Kingdom

So Percussion, NY
GAIDA, Lithuania

The Builders Association, NY
Shanghai Interactive Festival of Theater, China

The Railsplitters, CO
The Woodford Folk Festival, Australia

The Wooster Group, NY
Taipei Arts Festival, Taiwan
ACC Contemporary Performing Arts Festival, South Korea

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.

Artists/ensembles 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 materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage
The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear on artist/ensemble websites and any print and electronic publicity or promotional materials created by the artist/ensemble.

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included in Festival programs, calendars and promotional materials, whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary.

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

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Website Link
Artists/ensembles 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. 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.

Deadlines

Creative Fellowships

The Creative Fellowships program works on a revolving deadline established by the host colonies.  Please go to the Millay Colony or Virginia Center for the Creative Arts website for information on their next deadline.

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French-American Jazz Exchange

The application deadline for the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) was May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.

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On Screen/In Person

The application deadline for filmmakers interested in participating in the 2017-2018 On Screen/In Person tours was Friday, December 9, 2016.

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State Fellowships

Delaware
The deadline for 2017 fellowship applications is August 1, 2016.

Maryland
CLOSED: The deadline for 2017 Award applications was July 22, 2016.

New Jersey
CLOSED: The deadline for 2017 fellowship applications was July 15, 2016.

Go to State Fellowships…

USArtists International

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2017 grant rounds are:

September 7, 2017 for projects taking place between December 15, 2017 and December 14, 2018. Certification Sheets due by September 14, 2017.

December 1, 2017 for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 8, 2017.

April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 12, 2018.

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