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Over $170,000 in Grants Awarded to Bring Performing Artists from Latin America to Communities Across the United States



Baltimore, MD -September 18, 2015 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) have announced grants through the 2015-2016 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.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is pleased to partner with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to present the artists of Southern Exposure to American audiences,” said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu. “Through this partnership, we are able to foster international cultural understanding and help build connections among people through the arts.”

Alan Cooper, Mid Atantic Arts Foundation’s Executive Director commented, “Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America expands the commitment of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation to promote cross-cultural connections. MAAF works to forge meaningful opportunities for artists from Latin America to engage with audiences and communities across the United States.”

MAAF and the NEA have made awards totaling $172,340 to 34 organizations across the United States to bring these remarkable companies to their towns and cities:

Combinado Argentino de Danza (Argentina)
Combinado Argentino de Danza (CAD) is a contemporary dance company based in Buenos Aires. Formed by dancers, musicians, a DJ, beat boxer, and percussionist, members combine diverse genres including contemporary, hip-hop, and traditional Argentinean folkloric dance. CAD has performed extensively throughout Argentina including at TEDx Talks in Buenos Aires, and internationally in Spain, Brazil and South Africa.

Combinado Argentino de Danza will visit:

> Miami, FL
> Long Island City, NY
> Twisp, WA

La Quinta del Lobo (Colombia)
La Quinta del Lobo is an interdisciplinary performance group formed by electronic artists, musicians and dancers from Bogotá. In Cuentos de la Mangleria (The Mangrove Tales – the name given to the collection of stories and popular literature passed down through oral tradition in the Pacific region of Colombia) the company investigates a memory that refuses to disappear. Myths, legends, and indigenous dances and music are rendered through a contemporary lens. The use of video and the interactivity of stage action and lighting create a lush landscape for the setting of these stories as we rethink our present.

La Quinta del Lobo will visit:

> Port Gibson, MS
> Lake Placid, NY
> Twisp, WA

Cimarrón (Colombia)
Cimarrón performs the festive dance music of joropo which consists of rippling melodies and powerful rhythms that combine Andalusian, African and indigenous Indian roots. Led by harpist Carlos Rojas, Cimarrón experiments with the rich tradition of Llanero music (distinctive for its use of the harp, the maracas and a small guitar called a cuatro) while retaining its essence. The result is a fusion of instrumental and vocal virtuosity. Cimarrón’s Smithsonian Folkways Recording album Sí Soy Llanero was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005. Their last album, ¡Cimarrón! Joropo Music from the Plains of Colombia, won Best Album, Latin Category at the Independent Music Awards (2012).

Cimarrón will visit:

> Phoenix, AZ > Black Mountain, NC  > Lewisburg, PA
> Livermore, CA > Albuquerque, NM > Salt Lake City, UT
> San Francisco, CA >  Santa Fe, NM > Appleton, WI
> Lake Charles, LA  > Flushing, NY  > Sheboygan, WI
> Cambridge, MA > Duncan, OK
> Salisbury, MD  > Easton, PA

Cumbia All Stars (Peru)

Cumbia All Stars is a stellar ensemble comprised of musicians from the legendary bands of psychedelic Peruvian Cumbia who have united to recreate the sound they helped popularize during the 1970s. The band members started their careers as pioneers in a Peruvian variant of Cumbia, a music genre popular throughout Latin America that originated along Colombia’s Caribbean coast and Panama with cultural roots in local indigenous populations. Cumbia All Stars presents an original sound of delirious melodies with bold guitar, dissonances and funky beats.

Cumbia All Stars will visit:

> Arden, DE > Louisville, KY > Philadelphia, PA
> Miami, FL  > Salisbury, MD >  Twisp, WA
> Richmond, IN  > Albuquerque, NM
> West Lafayette, IN  > Santa Fe, NM

Christiane Jatahy (Brazil)

Christiane Jatahy expertly negotiates the boundaries between cinema and theater. The content of her work focuses on the reality of Brazil and an exploration of its current society. Her plays have been presented across Brazil as well as at international festivals in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. Jatahy won the prestigious Premio Shell Theater Award (Brazil) for Best Director for her play Julia based on the classic Strindberg work.

Christiane Jatahy will visit:

> Los Angeles, CA
> Seattle, WA

Each year MAAF works with a group of curators to suggest potential artists for the Southern Exposure roster. The 2015-2016 curators included Betto Arcos, an independent radio journalist and producer from Los Angeles, CA; Elizabeth Doud, Coordinator of the Performing Americas program for the National Performance Network in Miami, FL; and Shoshana Polanco, the General Producer of the Buenos Aires International Performing Arts Festival in Argentina. 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 for the 2016-2017 Southern Exposure program will be available this fall at

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

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, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our web site at

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation.