A group of men and women stand on the center of a circular group pf church pews and sing. Stained glass windows can be seen behind them.
The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers workshop with Appalachian Ensemble at Davis and Elkins College through the Folk Arts Touring Network. Credit: Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center.

Established by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) in 2018, Folk and Traditional Arts Network (FTAN) is a presenter based membership network designed to bolster the presentation of folk and traditional arts in the mid-Atlantic region.

Through its members, FTAN aims to provide audiences and communities with direct access to folk and traditional arts and artists, increasing their community’s appreciation and understanding of cultural practice and identity. FTAN engages artists and tradition bearers that represent the breadth and diversity of folk and traditional arts across the United States and beyond, exhibit artistic excellence in their practice and demonstrate the desire to develop and expand their public presentation expertise.

A list of current FTAN members is available on the Members tab.

Questions regarding the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.


Membership applications for the pilot program were accepted by invitation only.

New member applications are currently closed. Please sign up for the MAAF newsletter to receive updates about MAAF’s folk and traditional arts programs.

Current Tours

2020-2021 Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network Engagements

Projects listed below have been approved for funding. Engagement dates may be pending due to COVID-19. Please check with the performance venue to inquire about dates and times, and for ticket information.

Lady D holds a microphone and sings in front of a grey background. She wears a black camisole with a silver shimmering jacket.

Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV presenting Lady D, Beckley, WV

Doris Fields nee Cotton was born in the coalfields of Cabin Creek, WV.  Her first experience in singing publicly came in church where she sang in the gospel choir from a young child to adulthood.

In 1985 she became known professionally as Lady D while singing in local bands. She was active in community and professional theatre. She formed her own band, MI$$ION in 2003. Today, MI$$ION is comprised of members Robert Gray (keyboard), Phillip Copney (bass guitar), Dan Bailey (lead guitar) and Demetrius Cross (drums). Lady D’s original song, “Go Higher” was the winner of the Obama For Change Inaugural Song competition in 2008. She and MI$$ION traveled to Washington, D.C. to perform the song at the Obama For Change Inaugural Ball in January 2009.

Lady D has recorded five albums, performs her original one-woman stage play based on the life and music of Bessie Smith called “The Lady and the Empress” and has produced many live music events and festivals along with being a novice visual artist.

Photo Credit: Eva K. Graham.

Las Cafeteras stands in the corner of two silver metal corrugated walls. They all hols their instruments as if playing.

Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD presenting Las Cafeteras, Los Angeles, CA

Las Cafeteras have taken the music scene by storm with their infectious live performances and have crossed-genre and musical borders. Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete jungle of Los Angeles. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone) and tarima (a wooden platform), Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish and add a remix of sounds, from rock to hip-hop to rancheras. Las Cafeteras use music as a vehicle to build bridges among different cultures and communities, and create ‘a world where many worlds fit’.

Touring artist, Las Cafeteras will be joined by a local ensemble, Conjunto Bruja (Baltimore, MD): Conjunto Bruja is an all-woman ensemble of cajón, marimba, guitar, charango, Irani setar, dance, and ranchera-inspired vocals. Their diverse cultural backgrounds influence the “corazón” of their music, bridging dynamic sounds from Bolivia, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Iran.

Photo Credit: Rafael Cardenas.

Daryl Davis sits at a piano, his hands on the keys. He is in right profile with his face turned to the camara. He wears black pants and a black short sleeve shirt.

Reading Area Community College- Miller Center for the Arts, Reading, PA presenting  Daryl Davis and Band, Baltimore, MD

A child of a Foreign Service officer, boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis was born in Chicago but spent much of his childhood bouncing around the globe with his parents. Chicago did leave an impression though; it was here that Davis absorbed the sounds of African American musicians from the Deep South who had traveled North to Chicago during the Great Migration. He also began to dream of performing with Chuck Berry.

Davis eventually came to the Washington, D.C., region to earn a degree in music from Howard University. By then, he was an avid fan of piano styles invented far before he was born; his piano chops came naturally, but the training to learn the musical nuance was not easy. In 1985, 72-year-old Pinetop Perkins, considered one of the great blues and boogie-woogie pianists, selected 27-year-old Davis to succeed him in the Muddy Waters-influenced Legendary Blues Band.

Davis stands out for his ability to bridge traditions that are often segregated into black and white musical categories but that actually flow from the same source, be it boogie-woogie, blues, R&B, rockabilly, or even rock and roll. These labels do not concern him. Instead, Davis is attracted to their shared musical legacy. “This is music from a community of great players,” he says. “Many of them never met, but they knew about each other. I think their creation is a legacy for all Americans.” Living Blues Magazine proclaimed, “Davis’ piano work impresses with his winning combination of technique and abandon, and his vocals are strong and assured…. Black rock and roll lives!”

The who’s who list of artists Davis has performed with includes Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley’s Jordanaires, and the great Piedmont blues duo Cephas & Wiggins. Davis has also released three solo albums. And, yes, he did fulfill his dream of playing with the legendary Chuck Berry.

Bio provided by the National Council for Traditional Arts.

Photo Credit: Edwin Remsberg.

Bijayini Satpathy performs onstage. She wears a pink and gold sari and ornamented headdress. Her arms are held up in front of her as her hands gesture.

Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD presenting Bijayini Satpathy, New York, NY

Globally acclaimed for her skill as an Odissi dancer and teacher, Bijayini is one of the most recognizable names in dance today. She is a solo performer and has toured nationally and internationally as a member of the acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. As a researcher and teacher, Ms. Satpathy helped distinguish Nrityagram Dance Ensemble’s training program as one of the most acclaimed and sought after schools in Odissi.

Visiting artist, Bijayini Satpathy will be joined by local tradition bearer and dancer, Moushumi (Mou) Chakraborty (Salisbury, MD): Mou Chakraborty, is a trained dancer, specializing in Bharatnatyam, Oddissi & Rabindrick traditions and is also the Director of External Library Services at Salisbury University Libraries.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of the artist.


Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College
Emily Miller, Artistic Director
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304.637.1306
E-mail: millere2@dewv.edu

Carnegie Hall
Allan Sizemore, Artistic Director
611 Church Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304.645.7917
E-mail: artistic@carnegiehallwv.org

Creative Alliance
Josh Kohn, Performance Director
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.276.1651
E-mail: Josh@Creativealliance.org

Flushing Town Hall
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
E-mail: ekodadek@flushingtownhall.org

Lake Placid Center for the Performing Arts
James Lemons, Executive Director
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518.523.2512
E-mail: james@lakeplacidarts.org

Miller Center for the Arts at Reading Area Community College
Cathleen Stephen, Director
10 S. Second Street
Reading, PA 19603
Phone: 610.607.6205
E-mail: cstephen@racc.edu

Salisbury University Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410.543.6271
E-mail: JEKRELL-SALGADO@salisbury.edu

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
Jon Elbaum, Executive Director
30 Second Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: 518.273.8945
E-mail: jon@troymusichall.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 Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in collaboration with the National Council for the Traditional Arts 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 http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form 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