Camille A. Brown & Dancers are performing on a bare stage against a red wall. The dancers and musicians are playing percussion instruments; some of sitting down, while others are standing up.
Camille A. Brown & Dancers performed at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY through ArtsCONNECT 2018. Credit: Kevin Colton.

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects developed by presenter consortia based in the region that includes public performances and community engagement activities. Presenters must be located in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI or WV.

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 as a whole. To that end, ArtsCONNECT facilitates an open process of sharing touring project ideas amongst presenters and encourages active participation for presenters of all sizes.

ArtsCONNECT projects are supported in three funding tiers: Projects with artist fees of $5,000 or below; Projects with artist fees between $5,001 and $15,000; And projects with artist fees of $15,001 or above.

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

Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.

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

Guidelines and Application

The ArtsCONNECT 2021-2022 application deadline was Friday, May 21, 2021. The guidelines and application form below are for information purposes only.

Download 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 

Download a preview copy of 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Application as a PDF (link opens in a new window) 
Download a preview copy of 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Application as a as an accessible Word document (click link to download) 

Projects in Development Listing Submission Deadline:  Friday, April 16, 2021 
Final Application Deadline:  Friday, May 21, 2021 

Due to updates to the 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT program, we recommend all applicants participate in an application webinar before applying.   Watch a recorded webinar here.

Projects in Development

The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated information hub that includes all of the consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT.  

Presenters can seek potential presenting partners by submitting artist and project information to the listing, and learn about other developing consortia to possibly join. 

Submission to the Projects in Development listing is required. Applications for artists that have not been submitted to the listing will not be eligible for funding. 

The final date to submit an artist to the listing was Friday, April 16, 2021, approximately five weeks prior to the application deadline. 

Here are the 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Projects in Development listings: 
Circus/Public Spectacle 

Presenters were invited to participate in virtual pitch sessions to coordinate potential ArtsCONNECT consortia with other presenters in the region. Pitch sessions were organized by Mid Atlantic Arts.  

Each pitch included a five-minute slot to share a project idea as well as a 30-minute breakout room to initiate conversation towards forming a consortium. Sessions were conducted via Zoom.  

The 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT Pitch Sessions have passed. Information below is for reference only.

Monday, April 26, 2-5PM ET  
Session agenda 

Thursday, April 29, 2-4PM ET  
Session agenda 

Friday, April 30, 2-5PM ET  
Session agenda 

Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org  

Current Grantees & Tours


Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many funded projects are being rescheduled into the next seasons. MAAF is actively working with our grantees to find suitable solutions to support these projects. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Alarm Will Sound (NY, USA)

A small orchestra plays on a stage bathed in blue and white light. The conductors back is to the audience and we can see their silhouettes in the image foreground.
Credit: Michal Ramus.

American Patchwork Quartet (NY, USA)

Four musicians, three men and a women, pose with their instruments against a white background. (l-r) Standing bass, guitar, hand percussion, and standing snare.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Cirque Kalabante (Montreal, Canada)

Two female acrobats face each other upside down. Their faces are turned to the camera. They are doing matching split handstands.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Far From the Norm (Kingston Upon Thames, UK)

A person, dressed in a hooded animal suit, sits cross legged. They wear a shiny gold paper crown in their head. The stage is lit in dark blue with a white spot.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Fifth House Ensemble (IL, USA)

A large group of musicians is posed against a white background with children's instruments. Balloons and confetti cover the floor in the foreground.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Jane Comfort and Company (NY, USA)

Four women face the camera, their bodies tilted in slight profile. They are all wearing pageant swimsuits and smile and wave at the camera.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers (NY, USA)

A group of five people sit on stage around and in an inflatable raft
Credit: Elman Studio.

Red Sky Performance (Toronto, Canada)

A group of dancers in white pull and move around a central male dancer. Some of the dancers are marked with white paint. In the background, a bright half circle glows on a dark background.
Credit: David Hou.

Xenia Franca (Sao Paolo, Brazil)

Head shot of Xenia Franca in slight right profile. She wears a burgundy blouse and flowered wallpaper can be seen in the background.
Credit: Courtesy of the artist.


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

Chicago, IL


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 MAAF 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 Foundation 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 Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 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 crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation 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 Foundation 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 Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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.

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 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.