Presenters in Mid-Atlantic Region Receive Over $240,000 in Support

Baltimore, MD – July 25, 2019 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) is pleased to announce 33 grants through its 2019-2020 ArtsCONNECT touring program. The grants, awarded directly to the presenting organizations, will provide $240,036 in support of tours by nine performing artists and ensembles at 30 different performing arts presenters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Grantees include a mix of independent and university-based presenters from urban, suburban, and rural communities across the mid-Atlantic region. Tours will visit the following organizations and communities: 

Eight dancers, male and female, stand in a line font to back behind the first female dancer.  They all have their lags aprt in a front crouching position with their hands arms bent at the elbows above their heads.  They are all wearing red.

Ballet Hispanico of New York
New York, NY

  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
  • New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ
  • Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
 A group of male dancers in a variety poses surround a central male figure standing straight and looking forward. All of the dancers are bare-chested and wear long cotton skirts of white and blue. Shot on stage against a black background.

Brive, France 

  • Dance Place, Washington, DC
  • The Joyce Theater, New York, NY
  • Oswego College – ARTSwego Performing Arts Series, Oswego, NY
Six beat girls and boys dance on a grey stage with a grey background.  They are all dressed in street clothes in shades of black and grey.

Ephrat Asherie Dance
New York, NY

  • PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century, Chatham, NY
  • University of Maryland College Park – Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park, MD
  • University of Pennsylvania – Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Three women dressed in casual clothing stand in front of a weathered blue wooden wall. They all pose with string instruments.

Hear in Now

  • Arts for Art, New York, NY
  • CapitalBop, Washington, DC
  • Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Two male dancers, dressed in shorts. t-shirts, and sneakers, dance on a marley stage in front of a brick wall. The dancer on the left in down stage and kicks his right leg above his head.  The dancer on the right is upstage and moves his arms to the left.

Jumatatu Poe & Donte Beacham
Philadelphia, PA

  • BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Bronx, NY
  • Dance Place, Washington, DC
  • Henry Street Settlement – Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY
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Layer the Walls
Brooklyn, NY

  • The Bardavon, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
  • Jewish Community Center of Baltimore – Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Owings Mills, MD
  • Ocean County College – The Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts, Toms River, NJ
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Manual Cinema
Chicago, IL

  • Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA
  • Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia, MD
  • Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
  • Shenandoah University – Shenandoah Conservatory, Winchester, VA
  • State University of New York New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
  • University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA
  • Williams Center for the Arts, Easton, PA
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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Windsor, NS, Canada

  • Potsdam College – Community Performance Series, Potsdam, NY
  • Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
  • University of Pittsburgh at Bradford – Pitt-Bradford Arts, Bradford, PA
Seven musicians stand in a group line on a black stage in front of a champagne colored background. They are dressed in business casual and hold their instruments in various poses.

The Rodney Marsalis
Philadelphia Brass Band
Newtown Square, PA

  • Geneva Concerts, Geneva NY
  • Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, NY
  • New Jersey City University Center for the Arts, Jersey City, NJ
  • UAlbany Performing Arts Center, Albany, NY

A complete list of ArtsCONNECT grants, including engagement dates and links to presenters and artists, can be accessed here. To confirm performance dates and times, please contact the appropriate presenting organization. 

Recommendations for support were made to MAAF by the following panel of arts professionals:  

  • Viviana Benitez, Associate Producer, David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, NY)
  • Laura Kendall, Vice President of Programming & Education, Omaha Performing Arts (Omaha, NE)
  • Bonnie Schock, Executive Director, Sheldon Theatre of Performing Arts (Red Wing, MN)
  • Sixto Wagan, Director – Center for Art & Social Engagement, University of Houston (Houston, TX)

ArtsCONNECT increases access to live performing arts engagements across the mid-Atlantic region through support for touring projects proposed by presenter consortia. In addition to public performances, each engagement includes complementary activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists’ work, and offer meaningful exchanges between artists and the public. The program supports tours of exceptional artists involving all performing arts disciplines, including dance, music, theater, multi-disciplinary work, and folk/traditional arts.  

ArtsCONNECT is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts‘ Regional Touring Program. 

Images: Ballet Hispanico in Linea Recta. Credit: Paula Lobo; Compagnie HERVÉ KOUBI. Credit: Stéphanie Para; Ephrat Asherie Dance in Odeon. Credit: Matthew Murphy; Hear in Now. Credit: Courtesy of the artist; Jumatatu Poe & Donte Beacham. Credit: Theo Cote; Layer the Walls. Credit: Buatti-Ramos Photography; Manual Cinema in Frankenstein. Credit: Michael Brosilow; Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in The Rainbow Fish. Credit: Michael Venn; The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Brass Band. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.

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. For more information on the Foundation’s programs and services, please visit:

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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