Folk & Traditional Community Projects Grants Announced

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants to Support 27 Organizations in 2023-2024

Hands are visible as a person holds up a jug face made of clay.

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Image: Jug Face by Jim McDowell. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

Baltimore – September 6, 2023 – Mid Atlantic Arts has announced $123,570 in grants through the 2023-2024 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants program. Funds will support 27 projects in 9 states and jurisdictions in the mid-Atlantic region.

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects designed to support the vitality of traditional arts and cultural communities in the mid-Atlantic region. Non-profit organizations in the mid-Atlantic region which seek to engage folk and traditional artists, practitioners, or culture bearers in community-based projects are eligible to apply funding for grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,000. Eligible project activities include but are not limited to performances, public art collaborations, workshops, trainings, exhibitions, fieldwork, and artistic collaborations. Projects must include some publicly accessible component, including but not limited to a performance, event, exhibit, video, podcast, Q&A session, public interest meeting, archival collection, website, or report.   

Community Projects Grants for 2023-2024 include Delaware-based Indigenous beadwork and tanning; West African and Afro-Caribbean drumming and song; cultural traditions of Rwandan communities in Virginia and West Virginia; African-American quilting and storytelling; Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ House Ballroom; and Balinese Gamelan music in Buffalo, NY. These projects promise to support the vitality of traditional arts in their respective communities and beyond, while facilitating cross-cultural understanding.

The full list of 2023-2024 grantees and projects includes:


Native Roots Farm Foundation
The Beauty Around Us: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Plants, & Art 

District of Columbia

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Navidad Flamenca: A Celebration of Hispanic Holiday Traditions


Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
Baltimore Rhythm Festival

New Jersey

Camden Fireworks, Incorporated
Storytelling Quilts: Communal Textile Traditions 

New York

Arts Westchester, Inc.
The Arts of House Ballroom

Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
Old/New Threads Exhibition: Empowering Women Refugees 

Henry Street Settlement
Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter by Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Inc.
Riddim Section 2024

Jiva Performing Arts
“Lessons From My Mothers”

Living Traditions, Inc.
The Ninth Annual Brooklyn International Music Festival 

Mind Builders Creative Arts, Inc.
Mind-Builders Community Folk Culture Program  

Nusantara Arts, Inc.
Enhancing West New York’s Access to Balinese Music Education and Performance

Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Inc.
BEATNIX: A Monthly Online Program Highlighting LatinX Artists in the Beatnik Tradition

O Team
La Rueda de Oro Project – Puerto Rican and Colombian Afro Indigenous Interdisciplinary Project. 

Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Inc.
Story Circle Café: Flushing 

Works and Process, Inc.
The History of Beatbox


Arts Council of Erie
Use the Groove: Folk Songs for Strong Kids, Classrooms, and Communities 

Bottle Works-Ethnic Arts Center
Arts, Literature, and Music: A Celebration of Black Art and Stories 

The Pennsylvania State University 
Move Mix Festival: an opening celebration of Bhangra and Latine music and dance 

Rivers of Steel Heritage Corporation
Steel Town Storybuilders: Heritage Arts Workshops in Communities

Puerto Rico

Museo de las Americas, Inc.
Highlighting the Value of our Folk Arts


Center for Cultural Vibrancy
Support for the Baltimore Old Time Music Festival 

Semilla Cultural
The Banyan Tree of the Americas: Music Evolution in the African Diaspora Symposium 

Shenandoah University
The Book of Life

Front Porch CVille
Exploring Our Roots

Venture Richmond, Inc.
2023 Richmond Folk Festival

West Virginia

Positive People Association
The 3-Building Mural Project on 8th Avenue

For more in-depth project descriptions, please go to the Community Projects Grants web listing.

A panel of three experienced folk and traditional artists/practitioners and/or folk and traditional arts professionals met on July 13, 2023 to review submissions and make recommendations. The panelists were:

  • Junious Brickhouse (Silverspring, MD)
  • Dr. Anna Morel O’Brien (Culpepper, VA)
  • Isiah Smallwood (Elmira, NY)

For more program information, please click here. Guidelines for the 2024-2025 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants will be posted in early spring 2024.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants program is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts‘ Regional Touring Program. 

Image: Jug Face by Jim McDowell, to be presented at Bottle Works-Ethnic Arts Center. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

About Mid Atlantic Arts 
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Mackenzie Kwok
Communications and Social Media Manager
Mid Atlantic Arts
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