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 provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. The program aims to develop and deepen relationships among the region’s presenters, helping build a more sustainable touring environment for artists and ensembles. The supported tours include performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience, and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

A competitive, peer-panel-reviewed program, ArtsCONNECT supports tours developed by consortia of at least three presenters from a minimum two different states and jurisdictions served by MAAF. Proposed artists/ensembles may be from anywhere worldwide, but may not be based in the home state or jurisdiction of any of the applicant presenters. Priority consideration will be given to commissioning projects and/or projects that tour widely within the mid-Atlantic states and jurisdictions.

Matching grants are awarded once per year ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per presenter for non-commissioning projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000.

Questions regarding ArtsCONNECT should be directed to 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.


The application deadline for ArtsCONNECT was Friday, March 8, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.


To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines below (for information purposes only).

For your convenience, guidelines are available in both PDF and Word formats.

Download 2019-2020 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download 2019-2020 ArtsCONNECT Guidelines as a screen-reader friendly Word document (click link to download)

Application Webinars

MAAF offered three free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the ArtsCONNECT program and filling out the online application. You can access a recorded copy of the webinar at the link below:


Projects in Development

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

To help connect presenters in our region and develop projects for ArtsCONNECT, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offers a Project in Development listing. Presenters can use this listing to:

• List artists/ensembles to find additional presenting partners for ArtsCONNECT, and
• List information about themselves so other presenters can contact them to form presenting partnerships

To view the last listing, click here.

Current Grantees & Tours


All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue for times and ticket information.

Ananya Dance Theatre, Minneapolis, MN
10/22-27/2018 Virginia Commonwealth University – VCU Dance, Richmond, VA
3/4-8/2019 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – Mason Gross Dance, New Brunswick, NJ
3/24-4/1/2019 Dance Place, Washington, DC
5/7-11/2019 Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
David Roussève/REALITY, Los Angeles, CA
12/5-8/2018 Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
1/28-2/2/2019 Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
3/27-30/2019 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, VA
Koresh Dance Company, Philadelphia, PA
1/16-17/2019 Wayne Theatre Alliance, Waynesboro, VA
1/24-26/2019 The Robinson Grand Performing Arts Center, Clarksburg, WV
2/12-16/2019 Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD
2/20-23/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
3/14-17/2019 Queens Theatre in the Park, Corona, NY
5/6-6/24/2019 Clay Center, Charleston, WV
The Rose Ensemble, Saint Paul, MN
9/30-10/1/2018 Capitol Early Music, Washington, DC
10/3-4/2018 Canisius College, Buffalo, NY
10/5-6/2018 Chatham Baroque, Pittsburgh, PA
San Jose Taiko, San Jose, CA
10/28/2018 Ocean County College – The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ
11/1-2/2018 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton, NY
11/9-10/2019 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
3/10-11/2019 Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
Theatre Re, London, UK
10/18-19/2018 Reading Area Community College – Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA
10/20-22/2018 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
10/25/2018 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
10/26/2018 Lafayette College – Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
10/27/2018 The Theatre at RVCC, Branchburg, NJ
11/13-14/2018 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Moss Arts Center, Blacksburg, VA
Tiger Trio, Berkeley, CA
9/15/2018 CapitalBop, Washington, DC
6/6/2019 Arts for Art, New York, NY
6/14-16/2019 The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Urban Bush Women, Brooklyn, NY
9/25-27/2018 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
2/14-17/2019 Dance Place, Washington, DC
3/12-14/2019 The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State, University Park, PA


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

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, Grants and Operations Officer, 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, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109.