Program Brings Performing Artists to Communities in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia

A man and a woman stand on a tree-lined street in front of old homes, He stands to the left and wears a white shirt, maroon vest and straw hat. He has a guitar over one shoulder. She wears a black top, black & white cardigan, and green head scarf.

Baltimore, MD – July 29, 2019 –  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Virgin Islands Council on the Arts, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, has announced $51,938 in grants through the Special Presenter Initiatives program.

The Special Presenter Initiatives offer small and mid-sized presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia grants to support performing arts touring projects in these regions. Artists may be from anywhere across the U.S. and around the world, but must be based outside of presenter’s home state/territory.

  • In Delaware, eight grants totaling $11,888 will support engagements at Christina Cultural Arts Center, Coastal Concerts, Delaware Art Museum, The Grand Opera House, and Wilmington Winter Bluegrass Festival.
  • Six grants totaling $10,000 will support District of Columbia engagements at Building Bridges Across the River, CapitalBop, Dance Place, Dumbarton Concerts, and Washington Performing Arts.
  • In the U.S. Virgin Islands, $15,000 in grants will support three engagements at The Forum and St. John School of the Arts.
  • And in West Virginia, eight grants totaling $15,050 will support engagements at ArtsLink, Beckley Concert Association, Carnegie Hall, FOOTMAD, and Pocahontas County Opera House.

For a complete list of grantees, artists, and engagement dates, please click here.

The Special Presenter Initiatives are made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program. 

Image: Dane Zanes & Claudia Eliaza of Brooklyn, NY will play at The Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives program. 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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