Special Presenter Initiatives Program Announces Support for Performing Arts Engagements in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia

Musician Brandon WOody stands in left profile holding a trumpet to his mouth. Behind him, light streams through windows and people can be seen seated to the right.

Baltimore, MD – November 15, 2021 –  Mid Atlantic Arts, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Delaware Division of the Arts, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, has announced $76,425 in grants through the 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program.

The Special Presenter Initiatives provide additional opportunities for the support of small to mid-sized performing arts presenters in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. Fee support is available for in-person or virtual engagements of performing artists based anywhere worldwide. Engagements include performances as well as community activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

The 2021-2022 grantees include:

  • In Delaware, five grants totaling $20,000 will support engagements at the Arden Club, The Choir School of Delaware, Christina Cultural Arts Center, and Coastal Concerts.
  • Eight grants totaling $26,175 will support District of Columbia engagements at Building Bridges Across the River, CapitalBop, CityDance Ensemble, Dance Place/DC Wheel Productions, Dumbarton Concerts Innercity-Innerchild, and Washington Performing Arts Society.
  • In the U.S. Virgin Islands, $23,500 in grants will support four engagements at Caribbean Museum Center of St. Croix, The Forum, and St. John School of the Arts.
  • And in West Virginia, two grants totaling $6,750 will support engagements at ArtsLink and Charles T “Chuck” Mathena II Foundation.

For a complete list of grantees and artists, please click here. Guidelines for the 2022-2023 Special Presenter Initiatives will be posted in early 2022.

Image: The 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives program will support an engagement of Brandon Woodly and UPENDO at CapitalBop, in Washington, DC. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

The Special Presenter Initiatives are made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program and with the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts for DE-based organizations. 

About Mid Atlantic Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts supports artists, presenters, and organizations through unique programming, grant support, partnerships, and information sharing. Created in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts is aligned with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. We combine state and federal funding with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to nurture diverse artistic expression while connecting people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond.

To learn more about Mid Atlantic Arts visit www.midatlanticarts.org

Contact:
Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts
karen@midatlanticarts.org
410.539.6656 x104