Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Announces Over $213,000 

in ArtsCONNECT Performing Arts Touring Grants


Baltimore, MD – July 14, 2016 – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is pleased to announce 29 grants through its 2016-2017 ArtsCONNECT program. These grants will provide $213,640 in support of tours by eight performing artists and ensembles at 25 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:

  • Bang on a Can All-Stars: Contemporary music ensemble presenting Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Files, a five-movement oratorio for choir and sextet about coal miners
  • Barely Methodical Troupe: Experimental acrobatic circus company with a strong background in street dance
  • Evidence: A Dance Company: Integrating traditional African, Caribbean, and social dance styles with contemporary choreography and spoken word
  • Kid Koala: Scratch DJ collaborating to present Nufonia Must Fall, a multidisciplinary adaptation of a graphic novel featuring media, puppetry, and live music
  • Manual Cinema: Visual theatre that combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and sound
  • Pilobolus: Modern dance company creating sculptural and physical choreography
  • Step Afrika!: Dance company anchored in step and African traditional dance with influences from a variety of other dance forms, songs, and storytelling
  • Twyla Tharp Dance Company: Expanding the boundaries of modern dance with work that combines elements of jazz, ballet, boxing, and other genres

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:

  • David Dower, Vice President, Office of the Arts
    Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Leatrice Ellzy, CEO
    Beatrix Moss, Atlanta, GA
  • Michael Harrington, University Director of Arts Advancement
    Long Island University, Brookville, NY
  • Brooke Horejsi, Executive Director
    UtahPresents, Salt Lake City, UT

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. Established in 1979 the Foundation is one of six regional arts organizations in the United States. The Foundation primarily serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. It also works nationally and internationally.