Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is dressed in black and gold outfit. The artist is taking off a white wig that has blonde hair while looking distressed. The background is black.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko performing at Zurich Moves! in Switzerland through USArtists International 2018. Credit: Leni Olafson.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s grant programs for artists allow artists to explore and create, provide touring engagements regionally and internationally, help to build audiences, and provide support and services to assist in career development.

Creative Fellowships
About
This is a painting with grey, brown, gold, yellow, black, spots of red and green. The artist made black paint strokes in the middle of the painting.

The artwork of Creative Fellowships grantee, Barbara F. Warden. Credit: Barbara F. Warden.

Who We Support

Through ongoing partnerships with the Millay Colony for the Arts (Millay) and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) annually supplements the cost of residencies for a limited number of artists residing in our nine state and jurisdictional region.

The Creative Fellowships are sponsored residencies. Although MAAF provides financial support, the colonies are responsible for the application submission and review process.  Only artists who have been accepted for a residency program will be recommended to receive a Creative Fellowship.

Artists from each state in our region are eligible at a different colony:

 Graphic image with text stating that artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia receive support at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. While artists in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and U.S. Virgin Islands receive support at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY.

What Fellows Receive

Creative Fellows receive $3,000 or $1,500 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency.  The grant is paid to the respective colony directly on behalf of the artist.

In addition, Fellows receive up to $250 in reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from their residency.

Guidelines

COVID-19 Coronavirus: We recognize this is a fluid and rapidly developing situation. At this time, artists who are interested in receiving support through the Creative Fellowships program are encouraged to check in with the respective residency program to for the most up-to-date information about their operating and application status. Contact information for each residency program is listed below.

Am I Eligible?

Only residents of MAAF’s nine state and jurisdictional region are eligible to receive Creative Fellowship support.  Additionally, artists who have previously received support through this program will not be considered eligible to receive another Creative Fellowship for the three years following a supported residency.

How Can I be Considered?

Artists interested in being considered for a Creative Fellowship must apply directly to the applicable residency program.

There are no additional steps you need to take once you have applied. Creative Fellows are identified through the application review process led by each colony. VCCA and Millay submit recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to MAAF for further review and approval.

Please note that you may be approved for a residency but not selected as a Creative Fellow. 

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Click here to access VCCA’s online application
Deadline: January 15
June to September Residencies

Deadline: May 15
October to January Residencies

Deadline: September 15
February to May Residencies

Millay Colony for the Arts

Click here to access Millay’s online application

Deadline: March 1
August to November Residencies

Deadline: October 1
April to July Residencies

Notification

Colonies will notify applicants that they have been selected to receive Creative Fellowship support after the review and approval process has concluded.  MAAF will then issue a Grant Award Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the Fellowship to the Fellow directly.

Timelines for notification may vary. Application status inquiries should be directed to the respective colony.

Final Reports & Forms

After their residencies, Fellows will be asked to complete a Final Report and submit a Travel Reimbursement Form along with any travel receipts. The Final Report provides MAAF with a brief overview of each Fellow’s experience. The Travel Reimbursement Form is used to calculate the amount of reimbursement the Fellow will receive for travel to and from the residency.

Both forms can be accessed in the “Manage Your Grant” tab (above).

Travel Reimbursement Payments

Travel reimbursement will be sent directly to the Fellow upon receipt and approval of the Final Report and Travel Reimbursement Form.

Questions?

All questions regarding the application and review process should be directed to the colonies.

Click here to contact VCCA

Click here to contact Millay

Stay in Touch!

Receive reminders about residency application deadlines as well as information about other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

FAQS

I am only interested in a residency if I receive a Creative Fellowship. How can I be sure that funding is still available for artists in my state for the current calendar year?
Artists who are only interested in a Creative Fellowship residency are encouraged to apply for the first residency sessions each year (February to May for VCCA; April to July for Millay) as funding will definitely be available.  If you prefer a residency during a different time of year, please check in with the respective colony before applying to see if Creative Fellowship funds are still available.

Do I need to inform MAAF that I have applied for a residency?
No. Recommendations will be forwarded to us from the colonies.

Is it possible to receive Creative Fellowship support for a different residency program?
Currently, support is only available for residents at Millay and VCCA.

I notice that the colonies charge application fees. What should I do if this presents a financial hardship?
If the fees are a barrier to application, please contact the respective colony directly.

If I am selected to receive a Creative Fellowship, will MAAF require that I show evidence of my creative output from the residency in the Final Report?
No. While we ask Fellows to report back about their experiences, we believe that artists should follow their own pace and creative process during their residencies. MAAF will never assess the success of the residency based on the amount of work produced or require that you submit examples of works-in-progress.

I run a residency program and would love to explore how we could receive funding for our residents through a similar partnership with MAAF. Is this possible?
Thank you for your work providing creative and inspiring spaces for artists!  Unfortunately, since MAAF is a non-profit organization that must raise every dollar spent on programs and new initiates, we do not have discretionary funds to support additional projects which fall outside of our budgeted funding structures.

Current Fellows

VCCA

Elise P. Church (NY), Visual Artist
Alan Frampton (MD), Visual Artist
Liana Liu (NY), Author
Kimberly Thorpe (MD), Visual Artist
John Van Kirk (WV), Author

Millay

Emma Eisenberg (PA), Author
David Galef (NJ), Author
Jacqueline Goldfinger (PA), Author
Amy Lyons (VA), Author
Aurora Masum-Javed (DC), Author

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.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Crediting
The following statement must appear in all promotional and announcement materials, websites, press releases, social media posts and other publicity materials produced by the Grantee regarding this residency.
This residency of [Artist Name] is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

The preferred reference/entry on the Grantee’s resume is as follows.
Awards: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, [Colony Name], [Year]

Website Link
Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at https://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 available here.

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. Download a final report form here.

Travel expense reimbursement should be submitted within two weeks of incurring expenses. Forms must be submitted by mail with an original signature. Download a Travel Expense Reimbursement Form here.

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.

State Fellowships
About
Intricate embroidery and lasercut lace image in black and red tones.

2018 NJSCA Individual Artist Fellowship grantee Amy Wilson’s Edge of the Earth.

Administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, state fellowship programs provide funding for individual artists residing in Delaware and New Jersey to encourage and sustain these artists’ pursuit of artistic excellence. 

Individual artists must apply following the process outlined in the guidelines for their home state. At the annual deadline for these programs a limited number of disciplines are accepted. All applications to these competitive programs are evaluated through a peer panel review process.

Questions regarding State Fellowships should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super, Program Officer, Fellowships & Visual Arts at kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

State Fellowships are made possible through support from the Delaware Division of the Arts and the New Jersey Council on the Arts.

Delaware

DelawareDelaware Division of the Arts Logo with an orange color letter "A".

Delaware Division of the Arts
2021 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships provide funding to Delaware creative artists to fulfill needs that will allow them to advance in their careers.

The Fellowship program is administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, who identifies arts professionals to serve as potential jurors and administers the jurors’ reviews of the applications.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2021 program year. 

Submission Deadline

CLOSED Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM ET

When Will I be Notified?

All applicants who submitted a 2021 application will be notified in writing after the December Delaware Division of the Arts Council meeting.

Need to update your contact information?  Email Roxanne Stanulis Roxanne.Stanulis@delaware.gov

Next Opportunity to Apply

2022 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2021.

Stay in Touch

Receive notification about the availability of the 2022 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements. 

New Jersey

New JerseyThe NJSCA Logo.

New Jersey State Council on the Arts
2021 Individual Artist Fellowships

Individual Artist Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the application submission, review, and post-award process on behalf of New Jersey State Council on the Arts though an ongoing partnership. This includes applicant notification, administration of the individual grants, and final reporting.

Application Status

Applications are now CLOSED for the 2021 program year.

Submission Deadline

CLOSED – Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5PM ET

When Will I be Notified?

Applicants who submitted a 2021 application will be notified in writing of the Council’s decision by March 1, 2021.

Please Note: While every effort will be made to maintain this timeline, delays beyond the State Art Council’s control due to the COVID-19 pandemic may impact the current timeline. This notification date is subject to change.

Need to update your contact information? Email Kimberly Steinle-Super at Kimberly@midatlanticarts.org.

Next Opportunity to Apply

2022 applications and guidelines will be available in late spring 2021 for the following categories:

Digital/Electronic
Film/Video
Painting
Prose
Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts

Stay in Touch!

Be the first to know about the availability of the 2022 application as well as other opportunities from MAAF by signing up for our eNewsletter and opting in for electronic announcements.

USArtists International
About
An artist is performing TRUCK at night outside against a projector. The projected background is a old rustic shed with two windows.

Bridgman | Packer Dance performing TRUCK at the New Baltic Dance Festival in Lithuania through USArtists International 2017. Credit: Dmitrij Matvejev.

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at impactful international festivals and performing arts marketplaces outside the United States and its territories. The program supports the engagements of exemplary solo artists and ensembles across all performing arts disciplines including dance, music, theater, multidisciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.

USArtists International is designed to encourage the presence of U.S. performing artists on international stages and in the global arts community; to support engagements that develop and expand both the careers and artistic goals of U.S. performers by providing connections with presenters, curators, and fellow artists; and to promote justice in the arts community by elevating the diverse voices contributing to the vibrant array of creative expression in the United States.

USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 toward eligible expenses; please reference the guidelines for further detail.

USArtists International is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and The Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Guidelines

Please find full guideline details below:

USArtists International Guidelines 2020 – 2021 (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Guidelines 2020 – 2021 (Word – opens in a new tab)

The USAI application is open. Applications will be accepted until October 1, 2020 at 11:59pm. You can find the application here.

USArtists International Budget Guide (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Budget Guide (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International Work Sample Preparation Guide (Word – opens in a new tab)

USArtists International FAQ (PDF – opens in a new tab)
USArtists International FAQ (Word – opens in a new tab)

COVID-19

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation seeks to serve artists and arts organizations with flexibility as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact countries globally.

Travel Track

MAAF will accept applications to the USArtists International program that seek travel funding to perform internationally and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements outlined in these guidelines; please note that two application deadlines will occur: October 1, 2020 (for projects occurring between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022), and March 31, 2021 (for projects occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022). Panel scoring will continue to only include the reviewable criteria detailed in the program guidelines, and will not incorporate the likelihood of a performance due to circumstances beyond the applicant’s control. Applicants should communicate with MAAF staff about any changes to an engagement after an application is submitted. Due to the involvement of federal funds, any news about festival postponement, cancellation, or live performances becoming virtual should be discussed with staff.

Virtual Track

Artists and ensembles whose otherwise-eligible international festival engagements have already determined that an in-person festival is impossible and have decided to offer the festival virtually are also permitted to apply for funding. Grantees that are awarded grants for travel and are later unable to travel may shift to the virtual track with staff approval. Revisions to the submitted budget will be required in this case. Please contact staff if you have any questions about virtual track eligibility.

USArtists International and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation prioritize artist health and safety. Grantees will not be penalized by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation if they cannot or choose not to perform at a festival for which they have received a grant. Should a grantee be unable to travel for any reason, options regarding grant funds are subject to federal guidance from the National Endowment for the Arts. Grantees that choose to travel do so at their own risk. Whether the engagement for which you are seeking funding is planned for an international destination or virtually, please check and abide by all recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and official health sources in the country of destination.

Deadlines

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2020 – 2021 are:

October 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by October 8, 2020.

Access the USAI application here.

March 31, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 7, 2021.

The 2021 – 2022 deadlines will be posted in summer 2021.

To receive deadline reminders and program updates, please sign up for our newsletter.

Fiscal Sponsorship

USArtists International guidelines require applicants without 501(c)3 nonprofit status to apply using a US-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Nonprofit organizations serving as fiscal sponsors must provide this service as part of their regular operations, and this service must be available to any artist that meets the respective organizations’ published criteria for fiscal sponsorship. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be located in your state of residence. The links provided below are resources for potential applicants and the organizations are not affiliated or endorsed by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be found through these resources in order to meet USArtists International guidelines. To learn more about fiscal sponsorship and securing a fiscal sponsor, visit:

Fiscal Sponsorship 101: Fiscal Sponsorship Resources by Grantspace / en Español

Information on seeking and providing fiscal sponsorship: National Network of Fiscal Sponsors

A non-comprehensive directory of fiscal sponsors nationwide: San Francisco Study Center’s Fiscal Sponsor Directory

Want to learn more? View a webinar!

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
Recorded August 20, 2020

USArtists International: Am I eligible?
 provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar highlights updates to the program guidelines. Get a clear idea about whom and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees, and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program can benefit from this webinar.

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants
Recorded September 17, 2020
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoiding common mistakes.

Learn more about presenting international artists or performing abroad by visiting our international resources page.

Current Grantees

FY20 Round Three

The Alonso Brothers, NY
Art With Me, Mexico

Ami Dang, MD
Amok, Belgium

Ben Wendel High Heart, NY
Jazz Onze+ Festival, Switzerland
NueJazz Festival, Germany

BODYART, CA
SIBU International Dance Festival, Malaysia

BODYTRAFFIC, CA
Belgrade Dance Festival, Serbia

Caborca, NY
Folds and Unfolds, Colombia

Chaksampa Tibetan Dance & Opera Company, CA
Tibetan Shoton Festival, India

Degenerate Art Ensemble, WA
International Festival of Contemporary Dance Mexico City, Mexico

Dell’Arte International, CA
Mitambo International Theatre Festival, Zimbabwe

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion, CA
International Festival of Santa Lucia, Mexico

Ekmeles, NY
Ars Musica, Belgium

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, NY
Woza Africa Festival, South Africa

Full Radius Dance, GA
International Festival for Inclusive Dance Art, Germany

Hub New Music, MA
Alba International Music Festival, Italy

International Contemporary Ensemble, NY
Dark Music Days, Iceland

Island Moving Company, RI
International Dance Festival San Nicola, Italy

The Jamie Baum Septet+, NY
Kathmandu Jazz Festival, Nepal

Josanne Francis Septet, MD
The Port-au-Prince International Jazz Festival, Haiti

Kayla Farrish Decent Structures Arts, NY
EDANCO International Contemporary Dance Festival, Dominican Republic

Kevin Spencer, VA
Atta Festival, Turkey

Leonardo Suarez Paz’s PIAZZOLLA 100, NY
Centennial of Astor Piazzolla Festival, Argentina

The Makanda Project featuring Chico Freeman, MA
Outreachmusic Festival, Austria

Nick Photinos, IL
Dots+Loops, Australia

Portland Percussion Group, OR
Gaida Festival, Lithuania

Tasha Smith Godinez, CA
Buenos Aires Harp Week, Argentina

Taylor Mac, NY
Bergen International Festival, Norway

Third Coast Percussion, IL
Salve Musica, Lithuania

Tom Lee, IL
Pesta Boneka, Indonesia

Van-Anh Vo & Blood Moon Orchestra, CA
HOZO Ho Chi Minh City International Music Festival, Vietnam

WaxFactory, NY
Cankarjev Dom/SCENE Festival, Slovenia
Croatian Cultural Center/ProgramPlus Festival, Croatia

YJastros: The American Flamenco Repertory Company, NM
Festival of Jerez, Spain

Panelists

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation panelists serve as individuals and their professional affiliations are listed solely for context. Affiliations and locations were correct at the time of panel service.

2019-2020 Panelists

2018-2019 Panelists

2017-2018 Panelists

Festival Database

Click here to go to the Festival Database. Please note that being listed in the festival database does not guarantee eligibility for USArtists International. Festivals not listed in the database may still be eligible for the program. Carefully review program guidelines to ensure eligibility.

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.

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.

Artists/ensembles 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 materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage
The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear on artist/ensemble websites and any print and electronic publicity or promotional materials created by the artist/ensemble.

The following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included in Festival programs, calendars and promotional materials, whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Website Link
Artists/ensembles are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at https://www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant. 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.

Deadlines

Creative Fellowships

The Creative Fellowships program works on a revolving deadline established by the host colonies.  Please go to the Millay Colony or Virginia Center for the Creative Arts website for information on their next deadline.

Go to Creative Fellowships…

State Fellowships

Delaware
The deadline for 2021 Fellowship applications is Monday, August 3, 2020 at 4:30 PM ET.

New Jersey
CLOSED: The application deadline for the 2021 New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowship Awards was Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 5PM ET.

Go to State Fellowships…

USArtists International

The application deadlines for USArtists International (USAI) 2020 – 2021 are:

October 1, 2020 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between January 5, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by October 8, 2020.

Access the USAI application here.

March 31, 2021 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. Certification sheets and letters of invitation are due by April 7, 2021.

Go to USArtists International…