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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 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.

The 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT guidelines and application are live.

Click here to review the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT guidelines and learn about the application process.

Two or more Presenters located in the mid-Atlantic region who partner to present the same artist/company during the project period can each receive up to 50% subsidy for that artist/company’s compensation (including artistic compensation, housing, per diem and travel) plus support for other eligible project expenses.

Mid Atlantic Arts is committed to supporting diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible programming in our region. Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, and thoughtful and inclusive efforts to engage audiences systemically underserved by the arts are encouraged to apply.

Click here to access the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT application portal.

ArtsCONNECT program timeline:

  • November 15, 2022: Application opens; Projects in Development listing available
  • December 6, 2022; 1:00-2:00pm ET: ArtsCONNECT webinar | Recording link: https://youtu.be/431d8U2kFhE
  • December 13, 4:00-5:30pm ET: ArtsCONNECT Presenter Pitch Session | View a recording here
  • February 16, 2023: Projects in Development listing closes
  • March 2, 2023: Application deadline
  • July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024: Project period for projects awarded ArtsCONNECT funding

Questions? Contact Sarah Lewitus, Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility, at slewitus@midatlanticarts.org.

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

Guidelines and Application

ONLINE APPLICATION
Click here to access the 2023-2024 ArtsCONNECT application portal.

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) 

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) 

WEBINAR
View a recording of the December 6, 2022 ArtsCONNECT program overview webinar.
View a transcript of the December 6, 2022 ArtsCONNECT webinar.

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: one presenter in a consortium must submit the project to the listing prior to the listed deadline of February 16, 2023.

Click here to submit your ArtsCONNECT project to the 2023-2024 Projects in Development listing.

View the Projects in Development Listing for January 30 as a Word document

View the Projects in Development Listing for January 30 as a PDF

Current Grantees & Tours

2022-2023

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

Acrobuffos (NY) 

Two actors - one in yellow nd the other in bright pink - stand on stage and hold huge scarves that billow over their heads.
Photo Credit: Florence Montmare.

Hamid Drake’s Turiya: Honoring Alice Coltraine (IL)

Black and white portrait of Hamid Drake. Hamid is a black man. He holds a drum in front of him and wears a head scarf.
Photo Credit: Ziga Koritnik.

Imani Winds (NY)

Five musicians in concert attire are shot full body against a white wall. They hold a variety of instruments.
Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez.

Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Company, Japan

A man sits center stage and holds a puppet in a spot of light. Around the edges of the stage shadow images of mythical creatures can be seen.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

ODC/Dance (CA)

A single dancer stands center against a grey background. She stand on the toes of one foot and kicks her leg over her head. She wears a white long skirt and black top.
Photo Credit: RJ Muna.

Paul Taylor Dance Company (NY)

Six dancers stand on stage in deep green velvet costumes. One dancer stands front and the five behind them raise their right arms into the air.
Photo Credit: Ron Thiele.

Rennie Harris Puremovement (PA)

Photo Credit: Avi Steinhard.

Shamel Pitts/Tribe: Black Hole (NY)

Black and white portrait of Hamid Drake. Hamid is a black man. He holds a drum in front of him and wears a head scarf.
Photo Credit: The Adeboye Brothers.

Soweto Gospel Choir (Australia)

Fifteen black people in bright traditional clothing stand outside in front of stairs to a building. They raise their right arm in a fist over their heads.
Photo Credit: Stephen Garnett.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience (LA)

Terrance Simien stands on stage a wears a straw pointed hat while playing a accordion.
Photo Credit: James Dean.

Third Coast Percussion & Flutronix (IL)

Six people stand in pants and jackets in front of a white brick wall. They are shot full body.
Photo Credit: Nick Zoulek.

Ulysses String Quartet (NY)

Four musicians in brightly colored clothing stand outside. They hold a variety of string instruments. In the background buildings can be seen.
Photo Credit: Lara St. John.

Urban Bush Women (NY)

Six female dancers leap into the air arms above their head. They are dressed in a variety of bright clothing.
Photo Credit: Hayim Heron.

Vuyani Dance Theatre (South Africa)

Nine dancers stand in three rows of three on a stage bathed in blue light. In the background people can be scene reading from books on the right while wooden crosses are visible on the left.
Photo Credit: Siphosihle Mkhwanazi.

Panelists

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

2022-2023 Program Panelists 

Judith Bauer (she/her) 
Dancer, a facilitator and a maker of dances; Participating Artist at Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, MD
 Washington, DC 

Desirèe Dabney (she/her) 
Actor, Singer, Director, teacher and executive director of Theatre Diva Productions 
Richmond, VA 

Dave Kyu (he/him)   
Director of Programs at Asian Arts Initiative 
Philadelphia, PA 

Brett Messenger (he/him)    
Curatorial Director of Live Arts at the Morris Museum 
Morristown, NJ

Eman Rimawi-Doster (she/her) 
Access-A-Ride Campaign Coordinator and Organizer; New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; organizer around diversity, equity and inclusion in disenfranchised communities, while using art, writing, fashion, and creativity  
New York, NY  

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

Forced Cancelation by Covid-19 or Unforeseen Challenges  

Mid Atlantic Arts acknowledges that grantees may need to cancel or change the scope of funded engagements due to ongoing complications caused by Covid-19 or other unforeseen challenges. See below for more information about virtual engagement, changes in project scope, and project cancellation pertaining to your grant award.  

Mid Atlantic Arts will not penalize grantees for changing the scope of funded projects within program guidelines or canceling grants due to complications caused by Covid-19 and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations. 

Reach out to Phillip Harmon, Director of Operations, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539. 6656 x109 to discuss changes to the scope of your funded engagement or next steps for cancelling an engagement for which you have been awarded funding.  

Virtual Engagement Guidelines 

Acknowledging the performing arts’ ongoing reality of utilizing virtual platforms for performance and other engagement, Mid Atlantic Arts will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies for grantees through June 30, 2024 (timeline may be extended). While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we also acknowledge that adaptive virtual approaches will ensure continued access to arts experiences. In some cases, engaging virtually may be preferential over in-person—for example, to increase access for audiences and/or artists across geographies and for people with disabilities.  

Please read the Virtual Engagement Guide linked below to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a 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 

Changes in the content, schedule, or budget set forth in the Application must be submitted in writing to Mid Atlantic Arts before being implemented with the exception of those listed below.  

Changes that do not require approval: 

  1. The change of switching to a virtual presentation if this change meets the requirements included in the Virtual Engagement Guidance available on our website in the Manage Your Grant tab on our website. 
  1. Changes in project venues or touring locations, as long as: all project locations are fully accessible in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, or specific accommodations will be made appropriately (see Section 8; Compliance with Statutes and Regulations); and, the constituency to be reached is the same as originally approved. 
  1. Addition or removal of auxiliary programming that was not included in the Application as long as it does not impact the overall project scope 
  1. Revisions to the budget of non-artist fee line item expenses as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 
  1. Revisions to the budget of income sources as long as a 1:1 match is maintained. 

Payment 

Please see your Grant Award Agreement for terms of payment. 

Grantee may elect to receive all grant payments by ACH electronic funds transfer. If you wish to sign up for ACH payments, download the ACH Authorization Form and follow the instructions on the form. 

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

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. 

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Delise White, Support Specialist at delise@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x112. 

For grants awarded for program year 2022 and earlier (5 digit grant number starting with a 3): 

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement. 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ eGRANT portal at https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  

The eGRANT 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the login page just above the log in fields. 

For grants awarded for program year 2023 and later (8 digit grant numbers starting with “2023-”): 

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts’ grant portal at https://midatlanticarts.smartsimple.com.  

The SmartSimple 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 “Forgot Password?” link on the SmartSimple portal page, below the purple “Log In” button, to reset your password.