Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is dressed in black and gold outfit. The artist is taking off a white wig that has blonde hair while looking distressed. The background is black.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko performing at Zurich Moves! in Switzerland through USArtists International 2018. Credit: Leni Olafson.

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
This is a painting with grey, brown, gold, yellow, black, spots of red and green. The artist made black paint strokes in the middle of the painting.

The artwork of Creative Fellowships grantee, Barbara F Warden. Credit: Barbara F Warden.

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

Barbara F. Warden (DE), Visual Artist
Jennifer Cognard-Black (MD), Author
Katharine Noel (MD), Author
Kit Warren (NY), Visual Artist
Barrie Lyn Kaufman (WV), Visual Artist

Millay

Leslieann Hobayan (NJ), Author
Andrew Conklin (PA), Composer
Matt Broaddus (VA), Author

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: Creative Project Grants
About
Black and white horizontal image of 2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boularès and Vincent Segal with their project, Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits.

2016 FAJE Grantees Yacine Boularès and Vincent Segal with their project, Abu Sadiya featuring drummer Nasheet Waits. Credit: Tom Payeur.

Since 2011, MAAF has partnered with FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange) Foundation to foster the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE).

During that time, MAAF and the FACE Foundation have supported 36 FAJE Creative Projects, totaling $698,460 in funding and impacting over 200 musicians. These unique cross-cultural explorations of jazz have resulted in the release of countless recordings and the development of new jazz audiences in the United States, France, and beyond.

The 2018 FAJE grantees will be the final cohort supported under this partnership. MAAF is privileged to have partnered with the FACE Foundation on FAJE and acknowledges the exceptional contributions and accomplishments of all past FAJE grantees.

If you’d like to learn more about future FAJE funding opportunities, please contact Suzanne Buracas, Program Officer for Music, Cultural Services of the French Embassy suzanne.buracas@diplomatie.gouv.fr or by telephone at 212-439-1448.

The 2018-2019 FAJE Creative Project Grants are made possible through generous support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation Chanel, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).

Current Projects

Current Projects

Arturo O'Farrill stands with his arms crossed in front of a wall covered in graffiti. Malika Zarra poses in front of a white background in a pink, yellow, and green top.

(l-r) Arturo O’Farrill (Credit_Laura Mariet) and Malika Zarra.

 

 

 

 

 


Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble featuring Arturo O’Farrill (United States)
with Malika Zarra (France)

Middle Eastern Roots of Afro Latin Jazz is a musical exploration of the Arabic and North African roots of Afro Latin Jazz and Afro Cuban music. The project is led by pianist, composer and band leader Arturo O’Farrill (founder and Artistic Director of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance) in collaboration with French Moroccan vocalist and composer, Malika Zarra and will trace the Afro-American and Afro-Caribbean roots of what has come to be known as “jazz”. Arturo and Malika will collaborate to compose and arrange a suite of music for the Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble that will blend traditional roots with contemporary improvisational jazz. Through public performance, this project will give audiences the opportunity to experience a deeper appreciation and understanding for the universality of the musical traditions of the Americas and the commonalities that seemingly different cultures and traditions actually possess.

 

Claiudia Solal is dressed all in black and holds a microphone against a black background. Katherine Young is seated center in a garden and framed on both sides by stone walls with leaves above. She is playing a bassoon.

(l-r) Claudia Solal (Credit Alexandra Lebon) and Katherine Young (Credit Caroline Kox).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Claudia Solal (France) with Katherine Young (United States)

The project, Antichamber Music, will employ the creative process of improvisation to musically reinterpret Chamber Music, collection of poems by the influential Irish poet and writer, James Joyce. Antichamber Music is a collaboration between French-vocalist, Claudia Solal and American musician, Katherine Young who pairs her classical mastery of the bassoon with the use of electronics to manipulate and magnify the unique sound of the instrument. The quartet also features French pianist, Benoit Delbecq and Chicago-based sound artist Lou Mallozzi, on turntables and electronics. Antichamber Music is a meeting of the musical universes of jazz electroacoustic music, contemporary improvisation, and pop made possible through the intertwining creative visions of the participating musicians.

 

Etienne Charles in left profile playing a trumpet against a clouded blues sky. Vincent Segal sits center against a black background playing the cello.

(l-r) Etienne Charles (Credit Laura Ferreira) and Vincent Segal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etienne Charles (United States) with Vincent Ségal (France)

United States-based jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles and French cellist, Vincent Segal will bring together an eclectic group of musicians for this unique project to tell the story of the migrations between the Caribbean and South America and the resulting musical influences. Charles and Segal will compose and arrange works for a quartet also featuring New York musicians, Jorge Glem on cuatro and Or Bareket on bass. The compositions will create a new soundscape in jazz chamber music highlighting distinctive musicians from diverse cultural backgrounds (French, Venezuelan, Israeli, and Trinidadian) who improvise on instruments that have limited representation in the jazz idiom.

 

Isabelle Olivier is seated center playing a harp against a backdrop of skyscrapers. Rez Abbasi stands against a white brick wall holding an electric guitar.

(l-r) Isabelle Olivier and Rez Abbasi (Credit John Rogers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isabelle Olivier (France) with Rez Abbasi (United States)

This project, titled In Between #2, is a collaboration between French harpist, Isabelle Olivier and Rez Abbasi, an award-winning American guitarist and composer originally born in Pakistan. The pairing of harp and guitar will provide unique compositional and improvisational opportunities in melody, harmony, rhythm, and sound. In addition to the creation of new music, this project will connect to a broad audience through intergenerational and intercultural workshops and public performance in a wide variety of spaces including parks and gardens.

 

Black and white headshot of Laika in slight right profile. Brian Blade plays the drum kit

(l-r) Laika Fatien Thomas (Credit Koria) and Brian Blade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laika Fatien Thomas (France) with Brian Blade (United States)

French vocalist, Laika Fatien Thomas seeks to explore the theme of “resilience” through an experimental songwriting and performance process with American drummer, Brian Blade and ensemble members Christopher Thomas and Geoffrey More. The project will take a creative approach that frees up overall structure, configuration, and composition without judgement while incorporating unique combinations of instrumentation, song structures, lyrical concepts, and emotional consciousness not normally found within the jazz world. Instrumentation would include the addition of theatrically visual portions to the show, creating an interactive sonic and visual experience.

 

Sylvain Rifflet lies in left profile on a blue background surrounded by a rope design and playing the sax. Jon Irabagon stand against a white wall and city view with a sax.

(l-r) Sylvain Rifflet (Credit Sylvain Gripoix) and Jon Irabagon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvain Rifflet (France) with Jon Irabagon (United States)

French saxophonist and clarinetist, Sylvain Rifflet and New York based saxophonist, Jon Irabagon will continue their collaboration through a new project inspired by France and The United States’ shared value for civil rights and activism. Based on this shared foundation, Rebellion(s) will explore the everlasting link between music and politics. Rifflet and Irabagon will research and examine songs within their musical cultures that have inspired revolution or have been written during or about protests. Rebellion(s) will pay homage to jazz musicians that have and continue to create social charged compositions reflective of the times. Through Rebellion(s), Rifflet and Irabagon will explore how jazz composition and improvisation can imitate expressions of revolt.

Manage Your Grant

The below requirements apply to projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and December 31, 2019.

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 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation organizational logos as outlined below. Use of the logos 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 logos of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation 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.

Crediting Language:

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

(working title)
has been made possible through the French‐American Jazz Exchange, a program of FACE and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Fondation Chanel, 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.

Logos:
Download MAAF Logo
Download FACE Foundation Logo

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.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and forms were included as part 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 (click link to download)

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.

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.

On Screen/In Person
About
On the left there is an older male dressed up like a businessman behind a horizontal stick of fire. On the right there is a cameraman who is behind the camera with a man in a red jacket to the right of him.

Still from Man on Fire.

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.

Animation, experimental, documentary, and narrative films on any subject are accepted for consideration.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2018-2019 program year.

Next Opportunity to Apply

Applications and guidelines for the 2019-2020 program year will be available in October 2019.

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 approximately six-to-ten host sites and tour for up 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:

  • NOT be enrolled as 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 (September-October-November 2018; February-March-April 2019)
  • 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). Note: Within this timeframe, selected filmmakers will only be required to tour for ONE 14-21 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 (MAAF cannot cover the cost of international travel)
  • Be in good standing with MAAF at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant document

Film Eligibility*

To be eligible, films must:

  • NOT have a confirmed theatrical distribution deal at the time of submission that in any way limits the use of the film for the program.
  • 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.
  • Be completed works. No works-in-progress will be considered. To be considered “complete” for the purposes of this program, the film must be either exhibition-ready or in the final stages of post-production and picture locked at the time of submission.
  • Have a total run time of 45-120 minutes OR consist of a group of short films with a collective run time of 35-100 minutes.
  • Have been finalized after the completion date specified in the program guidelines, generally within the last three years for feature length films. For short films, the required date of completion is generally within the last eight years, with at least one of the films having been completed in the last three years.

*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 2019-2020 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter (link opens in a new window) 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 2018

Break the Chain
Director Laura E. Swanson

Break the Chain captures the first-hand accounts of Debbie and Kwami, two survivors of child sex and labor trafficking, to provide a startling look at how this overly sensationalized issue is, in reality, hiding in plain sight.  Accompanied by interviews with those actively working to raise awareness and create creative solutions to combat this global problem, the film helps us learn that we have the power to change lives by choosing how we consume our information, and what we support.

OCTOBER 2018

Holden On
Director Tamlin Hall

Holden Layfield is a 17-year-old junior and it’s homecoming week in his small Georgia town. The popular, athletic teen is already fielding early scholarships. But Holden has a secret. Over the next two years, Holden fights to keep his mental illness hidden as he morphs from a beloved, small town football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. Based on a true story, filmmaker Tamlin Hall weaves audiences through Holden’s harrowing tale in this narrative film set in the early 1990s.

NOVEMBER 2018

Tyrus
Director Pamela Tom

Tyrus is Pamela Tom’s tour-de-force documentary about Guangzhou-born, American artist, Tyrus Wong, his breathtaking scope of work across multiple artistic mediums, and his personal and professional journey navigating racial bigotry in 20th century America. Weaving together images of his work, archival footage, interviews, and commentary from the artist himself, the film captures how Wong’s unique style helped shape the Disney animated film, Bambi (1942), and established a signature style of animation in early Hollywood.

FEBRUARY 2019

Man on Fire
Director Joel Fendelman

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past. Man on Fire untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.

MARCH 2019

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave and NextStepRun!
Director Pam Maus

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave is the story of filmmaker, Pam Maus, told through the voices of others who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement.  Landmark legislation of 1960’s outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.

NextStepRun! follows four women from different locations, backgrounds, and political affiliations running for elective office in their local House districts during the 2014 midterm elections. Regardless of their differences, they all have one thing in common: to bring integrity to the legislative process through consensus, collaboration, and inclusion.

APRIL 2019

CHAVELA
Director Daresha Kyi

A thought-provoking look at the life of Costa Rican singer Chavela Vargas, CHAVELA weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, perform, and dream to her own unique beat. Centered around exclusive, never-before-seen interview footage of Vargas shot in 1991 and guided by the artist’s voice, CHAVELA explores the myths and tales others have told about her and those she spread about herself.

Host Sites

Host sites for the 2018-2019 On Screen/In Person film series are as follows:

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
Appell Center for the Performing Arts, York, PA
BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Lancaster, PA
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
Queen Theater, Wilmington, DE
Reading Area Community College, Reading, PA
TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia, Beckley, WV
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Bradford, 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 2018

Break the Chain
Director Laura E. Swanson

A young blonde woman looks seriously into the camera.

Credit – McShane Photography

Laura E. Swanson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, professional speaker, sexual assault survivor/advocate, and human rights activist currently residing in Michigan. Her work is heavily rooted in building awareness for important, yet misrepresented, issues of social justice using a non-sensationalized and victim-centered artistic approach. Swanson’s entrance into the film world began in 2014 after working several years in a sexual and domestic violence crisis clinic – helping survivors receive support and resources while also healing from her own experiences with rape and relationship violence. Feeling empowered and inspired by the hundreds of people she encountered, she attempted her first documentary film about sexual assault in 2014 in which she appeared alongside 17 other male and female survivors.

After receiving a national grant from the Robin McGraw Foundation and appearing on a special segment of the Dr. Phil show, she was able to tour the Midwest with the film in 2015 to research how various colleges were addressing the sexual assault epidemic.

Since then, Swanson has found her passion in creating documentary films that not only empower her survivor subjects, but encourage greater understanding and empathy among audiences. Break the Chain is her second feature-length documentary film about survivors of sex and labor trafficking and has been independently produced with the help of Michigan-based task force agencies, law enforcement, shelter homes, and non-profit organizations.

OCTOBER 2018

Holden On
Director Tamlin Hall

Closeup of filmmaker looking into the camera and smiling.

Credit – Barbara Beneville Photography

Tamlin Hall is an award winning writer, filmmaker and founder of IAMHOLDENON, a progressive grassroots 501(c)(3) that uses interdisciplinary arts, education and humanities to absolve mental health “othering” and prevent teen suicide.

A recipient of the prestigious Humanitas Prize for television writing, Hall received his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA. After graduating, Hall went on to make his directorial debut, Holden On, a true story social impact teen drama about Hall’s childhood friend, Holden Layfield. The film won numerous awards around the country and was nominated by the Georgia Film Critics Association for the Oglethorpe Award for Excellence in Georgia Cinema.

Hall is a 2018 Georgia General Assembly honoree for his work in Advocacy and the Arts. He currently serves on the Dramatic Writing Academic Review Committee for the Georgia Department of Education and has recently been attached to co-write a film adaptation of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Child Called “It”, for the Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated production company, FOR GOOD.

NOVEMBER 2018

Tyrus
Director Pamela Tom

A woman with curly hair stands in front of a red door. She is wearing a necklace with a red stone and smiling into the camera.

Credit – Ildiko Laszlo

Pamela Tom is a writer, director and producer whose work includes documentary and narrative film and television. Tom’s feature debut, Tyrus, premiered at the 42nd Telluride Film Festival and had its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s American Masters. The film has won nine awards, including best director at the Cinetopia Int’l Film Festival. Tom’s award-winning narrative short film, Two Lies, tells the story of a divorced Chinese woman who has plastic surgery to make her eyes rounder. Exploring issues of identity, beauty and intergenerational conflict, it screened at hundreds of film festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, New Directors/New Films, the Smithsonian Institution, and aired on numerous PBS stations. In 2017, she directed Sir Sidney Poitier, a one-hour documentary commemorating Poitier’s 90th birthday, which aired on Bahamas national television.

Tom also served as a production executive at KCET where she was a post-producer on the BBC/PBS national series WW2: Behind Closed Doors: Stalin, The Nazis, and the West and producer on Wired Science; the field producer on Becoming the Buddha in Los Angeles, a PBS pilot for a series on religion in America; and the Senior Associate Producer on the ABC documentary special, The Story of Mothers and Daughters.

She is currently in post-production on Through Their Own Eyes, a one-hour documentary that tells the story of four foster youth living in Los Angeles. The film will premiere on PBS in the fall/winter of 2018.

FEBRUARY 2019

Man on Fire
Director Joel Fendelman

Man wearing a hat and a sweatshirt looks off into a distance under a tent.

Credit – Alec Ploof

With roots in Miami, Austin, and New York City, Joel Fendelman has written, produced and directed a number of award-winning narrative and documentary films. Fendelman strives to embrace socially conscious stories that deal with religion, social class, minorities and communicates the underlying connection between us all.

In 2011, Fendelman completed his first dramatic narrative feature, David, a coming of age story about identity and friendship between a Muslim and a Jewish boy in the ethnic neighborhoods of south Brooklyn. The film screened at the Rome and Montreal World Film Festival, which awarded the film its prestigious Ecumenical Prize, and at many other venues around the globe. His second narrative feature film, Remittance, which follows the story of a Filipino mother who travels to Singapore to work as a maid in order to bring a better life to her family back home, won many festival awards including Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the Brooklyn Film Festival and is currently being distributed worldwide. Last year, Fendelman’s short film Game Night, a film about aging and unfulfilled dreams, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Super Short at the Savannah Film Festival. Man on Fire is Fendelman’s third feature film.

MARCH 2019

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave and NextStepRun!
Director Pam Maus

An older woman in sunglasses wearing an "I voted" sticker gives a thumbs up to the camera.

Courtesy of the Filmmaker

It wasn’t until Pam Maus started making films that she realized she had always been in the business of storytelling. Filmmaking started for Maus in 2009 with the opportunity to work with an independent filmmaker to complete her three films projects. She discovered documentary film as a way to bring her voice and passion to breaking down barriers to social justice for women and other marginalized groups.

After growing up in Arkansas, she moved to Maine from Boston where she earned a Master’s degree in Organizational and Career Development from Northeastern University. She put her skills to work at Polaroid, where she found a team of colleagues invested in making storytelling instantly accessible.

Maus’ additional life and career pursuits took her throughout the U.S. and Europe, and included stints at the Harvard Business School, as a private chef in the South of France, owner of a bed and breakfast on the coast of Maine, and a political campaigner where she worked to complete the unfinished business of gender equality.

APRIL 2019

CHAVELA
Director Daresha Kyi

Close up of filmmaker Daresha Kyi looking seriously into the camera

Credit – Naylor Mitchell

Daresha Kyi writes, produces, and directs film and television in Spanish and English. After graduating with a degree in Film & TV from New York University, she wrote, directed, and co-starred with Isaiah Washington in his screen debut in the award winning short, Land Where My Fathers Died. In 2011, Kyi was Executive Producer of Emmy winning writer Kevin Avery’s short comedy, Thugs The Musical starring Margaret Cho and David Alan Grier. In 2016, she produced a satirical take off on The Wiz called The Whizz, starring an all white cast (almost) for Fusion Comedy and the web series, How Not to Pick Up Asian Women with Kristina Wong.

In 2017, Kyi, together with Catherine Gund, co-directed and co-produced the feature-length documentary, Chavela, which won the 2nd place Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, Audience Awards at ten national and international festivals, as well as Jury Awards for Best Documentary at four festivals including Outfest. Kyi also co-produced Dispatches from Cleveland for Aubin Pictures in 2017.

Kyi has produced television for FX, WE, AMC, Oxygen, E!, Telemundo, Bravo, and FUSE, among others and is a fellow in the Firelight Media Documentary Lab.

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
2019 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 2019 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

All applicants who submitted a 2019 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

2020 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2019.

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2020 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
2019 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.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2019 application will be notified of award decisions by the Maryland State Arts Council in April 2019.

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

Questions About the Upcoming 2020 Program?

Contact Steven Skerritt-Davis at the Maryland State Arts Council for more information.  Steven can be reached by email at steven.skerritt-davis@maryland.gov or by phone at 410.767.6494.

New Jersey

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2019 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.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2019 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5PM EST

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2019 application will be notified in writing of the Council’s decision by March 1, 2019.

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

Next Opportunity to Apply

2020 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2019 for the following categories:

Choreography
Music Composition
Poetry
Sculpture

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2020 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

USArtists International
About
An artist is performing TRUCK at night outside against a projector. The projected background is a old rustic shed with two windows.

Bridgman | Packer Dance performing TRUCK at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Lithuania through USArtists International 2017. Credit: Dmitrij Matvejev.

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 2018-2019 (Word Version)
Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word Version)
USArtists International FAQ
Online Application Access

Deadlines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) are:

CLOSED: September 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 14, 2018.

November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 7, 2018.

April 3, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 10, 2019.

To receive deadline reminders and program updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

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 / en Español
National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? Join us for a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Sign up for the webinar on October 11, 2:30 – 3:30 PM ET | View a recording
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.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
Sign up for the webinar on November 15, 2:00 – 3:15 PM ETView a recording
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoid common mistakes.

Current Grantees

FY18 Round Three

3rd Eye, NY
International Festival of the Cajon, Peru

600 HIGHWAYMEN, NY
Dublin Theatre Festival, Ireland
International Theater Festival MESS, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Abraham.In.Motion, NY
Helsinki Festival, Finland
Tanz Theatre International Festival, Germany

BalletMet, OH
Saint-Sauveur Arts Festival, Canada

BANDALOOP, CA
Budapest Spring Festival, Hungary

Beth Morrison Projects, NY
New Vision Arts Festival, China

Bohemian Trio, MA
Haiti International Piano Festival, Haiti

Cardell Dance Theater, PA
EDANCO, Dominican Republic

Dafnis Prieto Sextet, FL
Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba

Edward Perez Trio, NY
New Docta International Music Festival, Argentina

Ensemble Dal Niente, IL
Manuel Enriquez International Forum for New Music, Mexico

JACK Quartet, NY
BBC Proms, United Kingdom

Jamie Baum Septet+, NY
EFG London Jazz Festival, United Kingdom
Jazztopad Festival, Poland

Ken Thomson Sextet, NY
Jazzstage Dresden, Germany
November Music Festival, Netherlands

Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble, IN
International Sefika Kutluer Festival, Turkey

Ledoh & Salt Farm, CA
International Butoh Festival Thailand, Thailand

LIKHA-Pilipino Folk Ensemble, CA
International Folk Festival, Croatia

Live the Spirit Residency Big Band, IL
Maputo International Jazz Festival, Mozambique

Lucidity Suitcase Intercontinental, PA
Territory Festival, Russia

Mark Morris Dance Group, NY
Melbourne Festival, Australia

New York Polyphony, NY
Mainz Music Summer, Germany
Nordhessen Cultural Summer, Germany
Voices Festival, Germany

Nora Chipaumire, NY
Dance in August, Germany
Summer Opera Festival Veneto, Italy

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, NY
Chopin and His Europe International Music Festival, Poland

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band, PA
Early Days Music Festival, Germany

Pontus Lidberg Dance, NY
Oriente Occidente Dance Festival, Italy

Somi, NY
Marseille International Jazz Festival of the Five Continents, France
St. Moritz Jazz Festival, Switzerland
Umbria Jazz, Italy

THE WOOSTER GROUP, NY
Kyoto Experiment, Japan
Wuzhen Theatre Festival, China

Theater Mitu, NY
Cairo International Festival for Contemporary & Experimental Theatre, Egypt

Panelists

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation panelists serve as individuals and their professional affiliations are listed solely for context. Affiliations and locations were correct at the time of panel service.

2017-2018

Round I
Alicia Adams
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington D.C.

Marcos Balter
Montclair State University
New York, NY

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Carla Perlo
Dance Place, retired
Takoma Park, MD
Lay Panelist

Michelle Witt
University of Washington
Seattle, WA


Round II

Dance/Theatre
Madeline Bell
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Burlington, VT

Lane Czaplinski
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH

Juan José Escalante
José Limón Dance Foundation
Yonkers, NY

Laura Faure
Bates Dance Festival, retired
Portland, ME
Lay Panelist

Julie Nakagawa
DanceWorks Chicago
Chicago, IL

Music
George Lewis
Columbia University
New York, NY

Sofia Ochoa
Miami Symphony Orchestra, retired
Miami, FL
Lay Panelist

Somi
Artist
New York, NY

Julia Tai
Philharmonia Northwest
Seattle, WA

Blaine Waide
National Council for the Traditional Arts
Silver Spring, MD


Round III

Dance/Theatre
Nixon Beltrán
The Watermill Center
New York, NY

Mary Kathryn Nagle
Pipestem Law, P.C.
Skiatook, OK
Lay Panelist

Carla Peterson
Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography
Tallahassee, FL

Jose Luis Valenzuela
Latino Theater Company
Monterey Park, CA

Julie Voigt
Walker Art Center
Minneapolis, MN

Music
Taylor Ho Bynum
Tri-Centric Foundation
New Haven, CT

Jing Jing Luo
Artist
Oberlin, OH

Art Menius
SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance
Carrboro, NC

Dr. Rosita M. Sands
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL

Lisa Shiota
Library of Congress
Hyattsville, MD
Lay Panelist

Festival Database

Click here to go to the Festival Database. Please note that being listed in the festival database does not guarantee eligibility for USArtists International. Festivals not listed in the database may still be eligible for the program. Carefully review program guidelines to ensure eligibility.

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.

Go to Creative Fellowships…

On Screen/In Person

CLOSED: The application deadline for filmmakers interested in participating in the 2018-2019 On Screen/In Person tours was Friday, December 1, 2017.

Go to On Screen/In Person…

State Fellowships

Delaware
CLOSED: The deadline for 2019 Fellowship applications was Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

Maryland
CLOSED: The deadline for 2019 Award applications was Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

New Jersey
CLOSED: The deadline for 2019 Fellowship applications was  Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5:00PM EST

Go to State Fellowships…

USArtists International

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2019 grant rounds are:

CLOSED: September 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by September 14, 2018.

November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by December 7, 2018.

April 3, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Certification Sheets and letters of invitation due by April 10, 2019.

Go to USArtists International…