Baltimore, MD – July 28, 2017 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to announce 33 grants through its 2017-2018 ArtsCONNECT program. These grants will provide $251,900 in support of tours by nine performing artists and ensembles, including two commissioning tours, at 29 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. The grants, awarded directly to the presenting organizations, will support tours of:

  • Camille A. Brown & Dancers: Presenting Ink and Black Girl: Linguistic Play, the final installations of Brown’s trilogy on identity
  • Cynthia Oliver Company Dance Theater: Presenting Virago-Man Dem, a commissioned work that explores the nuances of masculinity
  • Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic: Cinematic shadow play for all ages created by Iranian visual artist/filmmaker Hamid Rahmanian
  • globalFest on the road – The New Golden Age of Latin Music: Featuring performance by Las Cafeteras and Orkesestra Mendoza
  • Kulturhuset Stadsteaterns Marionetteater: Stockholm-based puppet theater for all ages presenting Paper: A Wordless Tale of Life
  • Oliver Lake Big Band: Performing repertoire from Lake’s big band albums and the debut of a new, three movement suite
  • Paul Taylor Dance Company: Presenting a repertoire of works by the company, including Arden Court, Sunset, and Piazzolla Caldera
  • Roy Assaf Dance: Presenting An Evening, Israeli choreographer Assaf’s two-part, seminal work
  • So Percussion: Presenting both premiere and repertory performances, including works by Reich, Cage, and Lansky

A complete list of ArtsCONNECT grants, including presenters and artists, can be accessed here under the Current Tours tab. For specific performance dates and times, please contact the appropriate presenting organization.

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

  • André Dowell, Chief Programming Officer
    The Sphinx Organization (Detroit, MI)
  • Edgar Miramontes, Associate Director
    REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Jodee Nimerichter, Executive Director
    American Dance Festival (Durham, NC)
  • Shanta Thake, Director
    Joe’s Pub (New York, NY)

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.

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

Karen Newell
Director, External Affairs
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
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