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Shot from behind the audience, a group of six artists in street clothes sit across the front of a stage, their legs hanging down from the edge. Behind them, two large panels show maps of the world. We can see the backs of the audience member heads as they face the stage.
Photo: The University of Richmond’s Modlin Center for the Arts (Richmond, VA) hosted an audience Q&A with Kaneza Schall & Christopher Myers CARTOGRAPHY with support from ArtsCONNECT. Credit: Shannon Hooker.

ARTSCONNECT APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!

HOW TO APPLY
Go to midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com and create an account (or login if you have an existing SmartSimple account.) After logging into SmartSimple, click “Funding Opportunities” under “Available Applications.” Then, select “Apply Now” under the program description for ArtsCONNECT to begin your application.

supports touring projects collaboratively developed by presenters working together in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities. Presenters must be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography. Active participation for presenters of all sizes is encouraged.  

The program recognizes that offering funding support for a variety of well-coordinated, collective booking efforts increases routing opportunities, leverages access for smaller markets, and benefits the region. Acknowledging that collaborative planning during an ongoing global pandemic is challenging for presenters and artists alike, the FY23 ArtsCONNECT program will reduce the number of required presenters to a minimum of two (previously a minimum of three was required). 

ArtsCONNECT projects are supported in two funding tiers: Projects with artist fees at or below $8,000 and projects with artist fees of $8,001 or above. 

Presenter participation in the Projects in Development listing is required.  A presenter must submit an artist’s information to the listing by Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Cohort applications proposing artists that have not been submitted to the listing by Tuesday, May 24, 2022 will not be eligible for ArtsCONNECT funding. 

Submit to the Projects in Development listing at the link here.   

2022-2023 ArtsCONNECT Timeline: 

  • April 4, 2022: timeline and program guidelines released 
  • Week of April 11, 2022: virtual guidelines video overview posted  
  • April 25, 2022: ArtsCONNECT application live  
  • May 4, 2022, 3pm: ArtsCONNECT informational webinar.  Click here to register for the 2022-2023 ArtsCONNECT webinar. 
  • May 24, 2022: ArtsCONNECT projects in development listing closes  
  • June 7, 2022: ArtsCONNECT final application deadline  

Project period for ArtsCONNECT supported projects: September 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. 

For more information about how ArtsCONNECT works, please see program guidelines.

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

ArtsCONNECT is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.

Guidelines and Application

Please review FY23 ArtsCONNECT guidelines and preview application narrative questions below.   

GUIDELINES 

Download ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 
Listen and view the virtual guidelines video overview at the link here (click link to open mp4 file)

APPLICATION NARRATIVE PREVIEW QUESTIONS  

Download a preview copy of ArtsCONNECT narrative questions as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download a preview copy of ArtsCONNECT narrative questions as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 

An informational webinar for the 2022-2023 ArtsCONNECT program was held on May 4, 2022 at 3pm EST.

HOW TO APPLY

Go to midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com and create an account (or login if you have an existing SmartSimple account.) After logging into SmartSimple, click “Funding Opportunities” under “Available Applications.” Then, select “Apply Now” under the program description for ArtsCONNECT to begin your application. 

Projects in Development

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT LISTING 
The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated information hub that includes consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT. 

Presenter participation in the Projects in Development listing is required.  A presenter must submit an artist’s information to the listing by Tuesday, May 24, 2022. Cohort applications proposing artists that have not been submitted to the listing by Tuesday, May 24, 2022 will not be eligible for ArtsCONNECT funding. 

Submit to the Projects in Development listing at the link here.   

View the Projects in Development listing here. New submissions to the Projects in Development listing will be added each Monday through the submission deadline of May 24, 2022. Check back each Monday to learn about new projects planning to apply for ArtsCONNECT support in 2022-2023.

Current Grantees & Tours

2021-2022

Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

7NMS: Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders (CA & NY)

A man sits front right reaching toward the camera.  The woman behind himlft holds a wooden mask over her face. The backdrop is a rustic wooden fence.
Credit: M62Photography.

Ballet Hispanico (NY)

Members of the Ballet Hispanic company face each other an a long line.  Each side leans on each other toward the center. They are brightly dressed against a dark background.
Photo Credit: Paula Lobo.

Buster Williams & Something More (NJ)

Buster Williams plays his bass. Shown from the chest up Buster wears a light tan suit and dark tie against a cream background.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana (NY)

A man strikes a flamenco pose. behind him a man and a woman clap and a guitar player is seated center.
Photo Credit: Christopher Duggan.

Gamelan Cudamani (Canada & NY)  

A group of all male musicians wearing traditional dress and head wear, sit on stage behind traditional instruments.
Photo Credit: Hollis Ashby.

Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán (USA & Cuba)

The Harlem Quartet stands outside with a blurred city street behind them. The four men and one woman wear heavy dark winter coats.
Photo Credit: Juan Miguel Hernandez.

Kinetic Light (NY)  

A woman with curly red hair balances on the edge of a jagged grey precipice. Stars light the sky behind her.
Photo Credit: BRITT / Jay Newman.

Kyle Marshall Choreography (NJ)

A single female dancer poses in the foreground dressed in casual clothing. Behind her in the distance we see a male dancer bending over and string musicians playing.
Photo Credit: Robert Torres.

Nrityagram Dance (India)

Male and female dancers in brightly colored traditional Indian dress pose in front of a green tiled rooftop.
Photo Credit: Margaret Lawrence.

Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE, A Dance Company (NY)  

A lone female dancer in arabesque wears an elaborate plum dress and head wear. The backdrop is a lighter magenta and a column of white fabric hangs to the left.
Photo Credit: Ernesto Mancebo.

Waves Across Time: Traditional Dance and Music of Okinawa (Japan)   

A dancer in traditional Japanese clothing and makeup, poses on a wooden stage. In the background traditional musicians can be seen seated on the floor.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

William Parker Trio (NY)  

William parker stands behind his bass. He wears a black leather jacket and cap. In the background black scrollwork sits over a bright purple wall.
Photo Credit: Peter Gannushkin.

Panelists

If you are interested in serving as a panelist for ArtsCONNECT, please email Program Officer Sarah Lewitus at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org with your name and a short bio for consideration.  

2021-2022 Program Panelists

Dr. Kreative (Malakhi RL Eason II)
Director of Programming and Community Impact at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas
New Haven, CT

Maria Manuela Goyanes
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
Washington, DC

Isabel Soffer
Co-Founder and Co-Director, globalFEST; Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Generators; Co-Founder and Co-Director, Live Sounds
Malden, NY

Beatrice L. Thomas
Principal, Authentic Arts and Media
Vallejo, CA

Laurie Uprichard
Independent Curator, Producer, and Consultant
New Orleans, LA


2020-2021 Program Panelists

Kristy Edmunds
Center for the Art of Performance, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Tamara Loewenthal
Lotus Education and Arts Foundation
Bloomington, IN

Aaron Shackelford, Ph.D.
Georgia Tech Arts
Atlanta, GA

Anonymous
Chicago, IL

Anonymous
NY/CA

2019-2020 Program Panelists

Viviana Benitez
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY

Laura Kendall
Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha, NE

Bonnie Schock
Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts
Red Wing, MN

Sixto Wagan
University of Houston
Houston, TX

2018-2019 Program Panelists

Paul Bonin-Rodriguez
University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

Adam Fong
Center for New Music
San Francisco, CA

Ben Pryor
American Realness
New York, NY

Dayna Martinez
Ordway Center
Saint Paul, MN

Manage Your Grant

COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible.  We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the Mid Atlantic Arts program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here.  Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.

Virtual Engagement Guidance

As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.

Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.

Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)

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, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

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

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below. Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

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

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Website Link

Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with Mid Atlantic Arts. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in Mid Atlantic Arts’ 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’ eGRANT system at
https://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, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109.