$120,000 in Grants Awarded to
Bring Performing Artists from Latin America to
Communities Across the United States   


Baltimore, MD – July 23, 2018 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have announced grants through the 2018-2019 Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program. The support will help communities across the U.S. bring exceptional performing arts groups from Latin America for performances and community engagement activities that build an understanding and appreciation for the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures.

Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the NEA said, “The arts can serve as a bridge of understanding between people of different countries and cultures. Through Southern Exposure, the NEA showcases music and dance of Latin America for audiences in the United States, connecting people through the arts.”

“Southern Exposure continues to support presenters nationwide in their efforts to bring some of the finest performances from Latin America to communities across the United States. From Tulsa to Thermopolis, Southern Exposure will create opportunities to strengthen connections between the Americas,” stated Theresa Colvin, MAAF’s executive director.

Through the program, $120,000 will be awarded to support 39 engagements across the United States.

Explosions Negra performs on stage with a large screen in the background projecting images.Explosión Negra (Colombia)
Hailing from the Chocó region on the Pacific Coast of Colombia, Explosión Negra fuses African rhythms with native Colombian sounds and a modern twist. By combining the African styles of bunde, flageolet and currulao with Colombian genres of cumbia and bullerengue in addition to hip hop, dancehall, reggae, and other modern influences, Explosión Negra represents the modern evolution of Colombia as well as its rich musical heritage.

Explosión Negra will visit:

> Berkeley, CA > Minneapolis, MN > Tulsa, OK
> Frederick, MD > Flushing, NY > Norfolk, VA


La Patronal stands outside against a blue sky. They are wearing black pants, white shirts, blue vest and are holding their instruments.La Patronal (Peru)
Rooted in the tradition of ‘fiestas populares’ or town festivities common in rural villages across Latin America, La Patronal honors these gatherings, which celebrate tradition through fireworks, dancing, and religious images. La Patronal members are direct descendants of rural musicians from Peru, and use this knowledge of folk culture in combination with their formal music studies to preserve their heritage while also bringing it to the present.

La Patronal  will visit:

> Escondido, CA > Marshalltown, IA > Lumberton, NC
> San Francisco, CA > Salisbury, MD > Flushing, NY
> Miami, FL > Carrboro, NC > Loganton, PA
> Grinnell, IA > Greensboro, NC > Thermopolis, WY


A rock band performs on a stage in front of a large blue and green map.Lola Arias (Argentina)
Celebrated Argentinian theatre director, writer, songwriter and performer Lola Arias’ Minefield brings together actual British and Argentinian veterans of the Falkland/Malvinas War to share their own first-hand experiences of the conflict and life since. Rich with live-action projections, and told in both Spanish and English, the piece is staged on a film set that also serves as a time machine, where those who fought are teleported into the past to reconstruct their memories of the war and aftermath.

Lola Arias will visit:

> Fairfield, CT
> New York, NY


A woman stands behind a potting table on a white stage with a black background. Her head is bent over in a terracotta pot.Manuela Infante (Chile)
Renowned Chilean playwright, director, writer and musician, Manuela Infante, will present Estado Vegeta or Vegetative State, a riveting one-woman show based on the revolutionary thinking of plant philosopher Michael Marder and plant neurologist Stefano Mancuso. Vegetative State probes the ways in which new concepts such as plant intelligence, vegetative soul, or plant communication can change human perspectives.
Manuela Infante will visit:

> Miami, FL > New York, NY > Portland,OR
> Chicago, IL > Cincinnati, OH > Austin, TX


The band Rio Mira stands in the street in front of a two-story pale blue and cream house. Children with instruments are interspersed throughout the band members.Río Mira  (Ecuador)
Named for the river dividing their respective countries, Río Mira brings together the Colombian musician Esteban Copete and Ecuadorian musician Karla Kanora and additional master folkloric musicians from the region. As an ensemble, Río Mira’s cultural identity is rooted in the Pacific Coast of Ecuador and Colombia, with the marimba playing a unifying role in the ensemble’s sound.

Río Mira will visit:

> Chicago, IL > Winona, MN > Flushing, NY
> Bloomington, IN > Carrboro, NC > Saint Bonaventure, NY
> Williamstown, MA > Durham, NC > Tulsa, OK
> Minneapolis, MN > Albuquerque, NM > Kutztown, PA

For a complete list of engagement dates, times, and detailed project descriptions, click here.

Each year MAAF works with a group of curators to suggest potential artists for the Southern Exposure roster. The 2018-2019 curators included Celso Curi, Artistic Director of the project Oficinas Culturais do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; Chía Patiño, Artistic and Executive Director of Fundación Teatro Nacional Sucre, Quito, Ecuador; and Shoshana Polanco, International Producer of La Teatrería, Mexico City, Mexico. The final roster is compiled with input from presenting organizations from throughout the U.S. Presenters are able to book artists from the roster and receive fee subsidy for bringing the artists to the presenter’s community. The roster of artists/companies for the 2019-2020 Southern Exposure program will be available this fall at www.southernexposurearts.org.

For more information on the Southern Exposure program, click here.

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional, national, and international perspective. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our website at www.midatlanticarts.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $5 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. www.arts.gov 

Karen Newell, Director of External Affairs