Baltimore, MD – July 15, 2019 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has awarded $95,090 in grants supporting 37 performing arts engagements through its 2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours program. The grants, awarded directly to presenting organizations, will support engagements by the following artists at venues throughout the mid-Atlantic region. All engagements will include public performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists’ work and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. Information on the Mid Atlantic Tours program and a complete list of current tours, including presenters and dates, can be accessed here. For specific performance dates and times, please contact the appropriate presenting organization. The 2020-2021 Mid Atlantic Tours roster will be available for booking in late fall 2019.

Chris Matthews wears a black shirt and colorful bow tie.  She is standing on a outside stage in front of a microphone holding her guitar. Blurred trees are visible behind her.
Credit: Ursula Hoppe.

Crys Matthews, VA

A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews blends Americana, folk, jazz, blues, bluegrass, and funk into a bold, complex performance steeped in traditional melodies and punctuated by honest, original lyrics. In August 2017, Matthews simultaneously released both a new, full-length album, The Imagineers, and an EP, Battle Hymn For An Army Of Lovers. Songs from both projects have already won her recognition and awards. She was one of ten finalists (out of 5,000 entrants) in 2017’s NewSong Music and Performance Competition, and after performing at Lincoln Center, she was named grand-prize winner.

Crys Matthews will visit:

Six women stand against a bright blue wall. Only the last woman hols an instruments. They are all brightly dressed and smiling.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Ontario, Canada

Multi-Juno award winner and multi-Grammy nominee, jazz flautist/saxophonist Jane Bunnett is an internationally acclaimed musician who has built her reputation working with Cuban musicians for over 35 years. In 2014, she founded Jane Bunnett and Maqueque to promote and extend performance opportunities to talented, young, female musicians from Cuba. Since then, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque have broken new territory in Afro-Cuban music and toured Australia, Brazil, Canada, and the United States numerous times.

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque will visit:

Los Pleneros plays live. From left to right a man plays percussion while standing; a man plays the standing bass; a man sings; and a woman dances, her skirt twirling in a circle to obscure her face.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Los Pleneros de la 21, NY

Founded in 1983 by NEA Heritage Fellow Juan Gutiérrez, Los Pleneros de la 21 (LP21) is an intergenerational ensemble of today’s venerated Latino musicians and top Bomba and Plena practitioners. The ensemble, based in the heart of El Barrio (Spanish Harlem), is known for creating infectious sounds which combine the folkloric and raw percussion elements of Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena genres with contemporary and urban styles, like Son, Salsa, Jazz, and Hip Hop.

Los Pleneros de la 21 will visit:

A black and white image of four women dressed in black standing around a table reviewing sheet music that is scattered along the top. A violin lies in the foreground.
Credit: David Oldfield.

Nordic Affect, Reykjavík, Iceland

Icelandic ensemble Nordic Affect has been hailed as a “multi-disciplinary force of nature” (A Closer Listen), and for its “ineffable synergy between the performers” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Founded in 2005, Nordic Affect is four Icelandic women musicians, united in their passion for viewing familiar music from a different perspective and venturing into new musical terrain. The group’s highly unique voice has earned them international recognition. Nordic Affect was named Performer of the Year at the Iceland Music Awards in 2014 and was featured on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Reykjavík Festival in 2017.

Nordic Affect will visit:

Paige Hernandez jumps onstage clicking her heels together to the right. She wears sneakers, black pants, and a white shirt. To the left behind page, a man stands at a tall table. The set resembles a school play yard.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Paige Hernandez, DC

Paige Hernandez is a multifaceted theater artist who is known for her innovative fusion of hip hop, arts integration and cultural inclusion. With her company B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT, Paige has written and performed several original works that focus on multicultural hip hop experiences for all ages. As a master teaching artist, Paige has taught throughout the country, to all ages, in all art disciplines. Paige has been named a “classroom hero” by The Huffington Post, a “Citizen Artist Fellow” with the Kennedy Center, “40 under 40” by Washingtonian Magazine and one of “Six Theatre Workers You Should Know” by American Theatre Magazine.

Paige Hernandez will visit:

"Bewildered", Adryan Moorefield, Courtney Robinson, Janine Beckles, PHILADANCO, Rosita Adamo, Tommie-Waheed Evans, Victor Lewis Jr. Six dancers leap straight up in a v-shaped split jump against a white background. They are costumed in primary colors - each one different.
Credit: Lois Greenfield.


Celebrated for its innovation, creativity, and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance, PHILADANCO! will kick off the celebration of its 50th anniversary in the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1970 by Joan Myers Brown, PHILADANCO! will celebrate its achievements in contemporary dance by touring repertory that features recently commissioned works such as Iquail Shaheed’s The Order, Anthony Burrell’s Endangered Species , alongside important legacy works of Sagan (Suite En Bleu), Huggins (Enemy Behind the Gates), and Mercer (Super 8!).

PHILADANCO! will visit:

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts.

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

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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