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.

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. Guidelines and application form for the 2020-2021 program cycle will be announced in Fall 2019.


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)

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

The listing is currently closed from submissions.

Current Grantees & Tours


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

Ballet Hispanico of New York, New York, NY
8/17/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
3/19-22/2020 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
4/1-3/2020 Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
Compagnie Herve Koubi, Brive, France 
2/11 – 12/2020   Oswego College – ARTSwego Performing Arts Series, Oswego, NY
2/18 – 23/2020 The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
2/24 – 3/3/2020 Dance Place, Washington, DC
Ephrat Asherie Dance, New York, NY
8/2 – 3/2019 PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY
2/6 – 8/2020 University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
3/4 – 5/2020        University of Maryland College Park – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
Hear in Now, International
5/16/2020 CapitalBop, Washington, DC
5/17 -18/2020 Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
5/23/2020 Arts for Art, New York, NY
Jumatatu Poe & Donte Beacham, Philadelphia, PA
9/23  – 10/5/2019 BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY
9/23 – 10/12/2019 Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
6/18 – 29/2020   Dance Place, Washington, DC
Layer the Walls, Brooklyn, NY
9/16  – 10/11/2019 Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
9/23  – 11/17/2019 Jewish Community Center of Baltimore – Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD
10/16 – 17/2019 Ocean County College – The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ
4/22 – 25/2020   The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
Manual Cinema, Chicago, IL
10/9 – 10/2019 Shenandoah University – Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
10/17 – 18/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
11/1 -2/2019 Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
1/15 – 5/19/2020 State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
2/22/2020 Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
3/20 – 21/2020 University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
6/20 – 21/2020   Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Windsor, NS, Canada
1/26 – 27/2020 Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
1/30/2020 Potsdam College – Community Performance Series, Potsdam, NY
2/4 – 5/2020 University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Pitt-Bradford Arts, Bradford, PA
The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Brass Band, Newtown Square, PA
11/6 – 14/2019 UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY
11/15 – 16/2019 Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
11/17 – 18/2019 Geneva Concerts, Geneva NY
2/20 – 22/2020   New Jersey City University Center for the Arts, Jersey City, NJ


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, 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.