ArtsCONNECT supports performing arts touring projects collaboratively developed by presenters working together in the mid-Atlantic region.

The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities.

Two or more located in the mid-Atlantic region who partner to present the same artist/company during the project period can each receive up to 50% subsidy for that artist/company’s compensation plus support for other eligible project expenses. Projects that demonstrate clear mission impact, strong artistry, well-rounded community and artist engagements, and thoughtful and inclusive efforts to engage audiences systemically underserved by the arts are encouraged to apply.

Grant support range: Engagement support of up to 50% of artists fees. Maximum of $10,000. Other eligible expenses of up to $2,000 to support direct project expenses.

Eligibility and Schedule


To be eligible for an ArtsCONNECT grant award, presenters must:

  • Be based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography;
  • Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government or Federally recognized Indian tribal government;
  • Demonstrate organizational administrative capacity to complete all required project components;
  • Be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts at the time of application, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents

Review full program guidelines for more details on program structure and eligibility.


  • September 26, 2023: ArtsCONNECT guidelines available
  • November 13, 2023: ArtsCONNECT application opens
  • November 16, 2023: ArtsCONNECT presenter webinar
  • January 31, 2024, 10:00-11:30am ET: ArtsCONNECT Presenter Pitch Session | Webinar Recording
  • February 15, 2024: ArtsCONNECT Projects in Development closes
  • March 7, 2024: ArtsCONNECT application closes

Projects In Development

The Projects in Development Submission Form closed on February 15, 2024. To be eligible for ArtsCONNECT support, presenters must propose participating in a cohort to present an artist/company listed on the Projects in Development Listing, linked below. 

Projects in Development Listing

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Image: Arturo O’Farrill. Credit: Laura Mariet.

Current Grantees

Explore the current grantees and tour engagements.



For this program, Mid Atlantic Arts works with a panel of independent reviewers to recommend applications for funding. To be considered as a panelist for this and other programs, complete our Panelist Interest Form. You only need to complete the form once to be considered for multiple programs. Click here to access the Panelist Interest Form.

2023-2024 Program Panelists
2022-2023 Program Panelists
2021-2022 Program Panelists

Opportunity & Support Type
Target Candidate
Federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Units of government, Performing Arts Presenter
Folklife & Traditional Arts
Performing Arts
Regional Requirement
Questions or need guidance?
Sarah Lewitus
Program Director, Performing Arts and Accessibility Coordinator
Sarah Theune
Program Associate. Performing Arts and Creativity in Community
Funding support provided by:
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