Special Presenter Initiatives 2023-2024 Grants Announced

Special Presenter Initiatives Bringing
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Image: Kanawha Valley Friends of Old-Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) engaged Dance of Hope with support from the 2023 Special Presenter Initiatives. For the FOOTMAD public performance Saturday evening, West Side Middle students joined Dance of Hope on stage, shown here dancing in Ugandan traditions. Credit: Jennifer Bauman.

Baltimore – July 25, 2023 – Mid Atlantic Arts, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Delaware Division of the ArtsThe Institute of Puerto Rican Culture (ICP), the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture, and History, has announced over $102,000 in grants through the 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives program.

The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography. The program supports presenting projects with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The supported projects include public performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

The artistic engagements proposed by applicant presenters are diverse in performance genre and artist identity. Examples of Special Presenter Initiatives engagement and community exchange include:

  • Puerto Rican presenter Productora Angels-Del-Fin will present Latinx Performance Ensemble, Inc., a NY-based, Puerto Rican diasporic theater company highlighting queer experiences. During their engagement, they will share a play that brings awareness to—and works to prevent—homophobia and suicide. 
  • Delaware-based, groundbreaking female Kora player Sona Jobarteh will be presented in her home state by Arden Club, along with her band, to share her evolution of the African musical tradition through performances and an open Q/A and sound-check.  
  • The Capital Jewish Museum will present the band Minnush at their inaugural block party. Minnush will share Sephardic musical traditions through their performance and will lead a workshop discussing the influence of Ladino (a language that was developed by the Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula) and Judeo-Spanish influences on their practiced form.

The 2023-2024 grantees include:


District of Columbia

Puerto Rico

United States Virgin Islands

West Virginia

For more program information, please click here.

Special Presenter Initiatives grants are made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program and with the support of the Delaware Division of the Arts for Delaware-based organizations. 

About Mid Atlantic Arts 
Mid Atlantic Arts supports artists, presenters, and organizations through unique programming, grant support, partnerships, and information sharing. Created in 1979, Mid Atlantic Arts is aligned with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. We combine state and federal funding with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to nurture diverse artistic expression while connecting people to meaningful arts experiences within our region and beyond. To learn more about Mid Atlantic Arts visit www.midatlanticarts.org.

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts 
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