Head shot of Michael Royce.Baltimore, MD – April 12, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced that Michael L. Royce has been named the inaugural recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award (ACLA). Named after MAAF’s Executive Director from 1994 through April 2017, the Award honors an arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Royce has served as the Executive Director of The New York Foundation for the Arts for the past 12 years. His leadership has led to an exponential growth of support programs for artists in New York, nationally, and internationally. Mr. Royce’s work in the creation of programs serving artists in all stages of their careers and his understanding of the importance of partnerships has led to robust training opportunities. His efforts in recognizing immigrant artist populations, the importance of international exchange, and artist mentorship have made him an exemplary choice for the inaugural Award round. On learning of his selection, Mr. Royce said “Knowing of Alan Cooper’s leadership, and of the high quality work that Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has done for so many years for so many individuals and organizations, it is an honor to receive this recognition.” Mr. Royce will be recognized at the May 2018 MAAF board meeting.

Mr. Royce was selected by a panel of six arts professionals based on the published Award criteria.

Of Mr. Royce’s selection, ACLA Board Committee Chair Hal Real said “The Alan Cooper Leadership Award Committee congratulates Michael Royce as the first recipient of this prestigious new award from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.  Michael’s innovative leadership and outstanding track record of accomplishments during his tenure at The New York Foundation for the Arts so perfectly exemplifies the spirit and the substantive leadership of Alan Cooper, the arts leader in whose honor this award is named.”

“Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is very proud to honor Michael Royce.  Because of his deep commitment to the development and continued support of individual artists throughout the various stages of their careers, Michael has helped to create a thriving cultural community at the regional, national and global level with the artist clearly placed at the center,” added MAAF’s Executive Director, Theresa Colvin.

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

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at www.midatlanticarts.org.