Folk and Traditional Arts Community Project Grants Applications are Open!

Five musicians perform on a stage lit in purple lights. Members play a stand up bass, a keyboard, and sing at microphones.

Mid Atlantic Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants applications are now open! This program funds projects that support the vitality of traditional arts and cultures in the mid-Atlantic region. Non-profit organizations in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, PR, VA, USVI, or WV may apply for $1,000 to $7,000 grants. A 1:1 match is required.

Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2024.

Questions? Join us for an informational webinar on Wednesday, May 8 at 2pm.

Sign up here.

Learn more here

Image: Cheres performs at the CoStar Group stage during the Richmond Folk Festival. Left to right: Valerie Glava on violin, Victor Cebotari on accordion, Igor Iachimciuc on cimbalom, Branislav “Brano” Brinarsky on bass, and Andriy Milavsky on clarinet. Credit: Remsberg INC.

Read about some of our previous Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grantees in the news:

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The 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals will take place on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday, May 2 at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, in Washington, DC.

Poetry Out Loud is a recitational poetry competition and program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, in partnership with state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals are administered by Mid Atlantic Arts.

This year, over 160,800 students participated. Fifty five state and jurisdictional champions will complete in the semifinal round on May 1, and nine finalists will continue to the National Finals on May 2. Admission to the semifinals and National Finals is free and open to the public - tickets are not required.

The national champion will receive a $20,000 cash prize. Second-and third-place finalists will receive $10,000 and $5,o000 awards. You can view a list of the finalists for Poetry Out Loud here.

The semifinals and finals will also be livestreamed at

Stream Poetry Out Loud here

Updates and Opportunities

"Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses" National Dialogue

Did you know that more than 90% of businesses in the United States have fewer than 50 employees and approximately 1.8 million people with disabilities are small business owners? Very small businesses employ millions of Americans and often play an essential economic role in their communities. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy invites you to participate in the “Advancing Disability Inclusion in Very Small Businesses” national online dialogue. By submitting ideas and insights on current policies and disability-inclusive practices, you can help inform the development of resources, tools, and actions to address the needs of very small businesses that employ disabled workers or are owned by a disabled person. Get started by visiting the dialogue at today. Simply log in, register, and submit your ideas, or comment and vote on ideas submitted by others.

Join the dialogue here.

Panelist Interest Form

Want to get involved in Mid Atlantic Arts programs? Fill out our Panelist Interest Form! Panelists play a crucial role in helping to determine which artists and organizations receive funding in the next year for our programs. Artists and cultural workers from the Mid Atlantic region and the broader United States are invited. All panelists receive payment for their participation. 

Fill out the Panelist Interest Form here.

NEA Arts Indicators Project

On April 2nd, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) launched tools for research as part of its National Arts Statistics and Evidence-based Reporting Center (NASERC). NASERC created the Arts Indicators Project to track measures across: artists and other cultural workers, arts participation, arts and cultural assets, and arts and education. These indicators summarize developments in the arts field according to national statistics.

View the statistics here.

Arab-American Heritage Month Spotlight

April is Arab-American Heritage Month! This month, we recognize the many contributions by Arab-American artists to our creative landscape. Below are only some examples of many groups and organizations with upcoming programming for and by Arab artists.

Arabic Music Circle Virtual Workshop

A flyer featuring a man in a brown turtleneck holding a violin. Below, black text details the Arabic Music Circle logistics.

Calling all musicians! The New York Arabic Orchestra's Artistic Director, Layth Sidiq, is hosting a biweekly virtual Arabic Music Circle. These workshop sessions are tailored for experienced musicians who aim to explore Arabic music theory, improvisation techniques, and more to enrich cultural understanding.

Register here.

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is a Philadelphia-based organization that promotes cross-cultural exchange and understanding of Arab language, arts, and culture through artistic and educational programming. Check out some of these upcoming programs and opportunities:

The Damned Don't Cry Screening

The Philadelphia-area premiere of The Damned Don't Cry, a queer drama set in Morocco, will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2024, co-presented with the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. After the screening there will be a remote Q&A with director Fyzal Boulifa.

Learn more about the screening here.

View the trailer:

A green photo graphic of poet Naomi Shihab Nye, with white and purple text detailing the Naomi Shihab Nye Prize instructions.

Naomi Shihab Nye Prize

The Naomi Shihab Nye Prize is an annual award for unpublished English-language manuscripts by children ages 8-12. Nye, a Palestinian-American writer, editor educator, is the former Young People’s Poet Laureate for the U.S.

Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024.

Learn more here.

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Al-Bustan’s 2024 Arab Arts and Culture Camp

Al-Bustan's Summer Camp includes Arabic language, visual art, storytelling, and music. The camp takes place between June 18-21 and June 24-June 28.

Register here.

Opportunity Quick Links

Mythilii Prakash kneels and poses on a wooden rehearsal stage, with musicians behind her.

  • The Harpo Foundation invites applications for its Grants for Visual Artists program, which provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to artists based on the quality of the artists’ work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the ability to fulfill the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field. The foundation also invites applications for the Impact Award for Native American Art, which provides a $25,000 fellowship to amplify the contributions of under-recognized Native American contemporary visual artists. Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2024. Learn more here.
  • Shepherd University’s Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence (AHWIR) Project and the West Virginia Center for the Book are accepting submissions for the 2024 West Virginia Fiction Competition. The award consists of a $500 First Prize Award and possible publication, $100 each for Second Place, Third Place, and Judges’ Choice Awards for high school and middle school students. West Virginia residents or students in West Virginia are eligible to apply. Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Learn more here.
  • The Doris Duke Foundation invites applications to the Performing Arts Technologies Lab, which aims to support and nurture expansive ideas focused on experimentation with the potential of digital tools in the creation, presentation, and distribution of performing arts. The foundation seeks innovative ideas in jazz, contemporary dance and theater that make use of new digital tools and production methods. Both a grant and a support system, the initiative is a space for individuals and organizations at all levels of technical expertise who seek to experiment at the intersection of technology and the performing arts. Deadline: Monday, May 6, 2024. Learn more here.
  • First Nations Development Institute, in partnership with the Henry Luce Foundation, invite applications for the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship. The intent of this fellowship is to support the exceptional creativity, progressive and critical thinking, and Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they move forward their field in ways that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities. The fellowship is open to emerging and experienced individual Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers actively engaged in meaningful, positive work that benefits Indigenous people and communities in either reservation and/or urban settings. Deadline: Tuesday, May 7, 2024. Learn more here.
  • The Lab is accepting applications for its fourth Global Fellows Program, an 18-month remote, transnational residency that brings together artists and changemakers from across cultural, geographic, disciplinary, and generational boundaries. Designed for theater artists who are also community-based, globally-minded activists, educators, or policymakers, the program fosters collaboration and inspires intersectional, interdisciplinary, and international dialogue. Participants connect to a community of peers as well as to The Lab’s expansive network of leading artists and changemakers. Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024. Learn more here.
  • The Leeway Foundation invites applications for its annual Transformation Award program, which provides unrestricted grants of $15,000 annually to women, trans, and gender-nonconforming artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a commitment to art for social change work. The award is open to individual artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional and multimedia and experimental forms. To be eligible, candidates must be a woman, trans, and/or gender-nonconforming artist who has lived for the past two years or more in Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia county. Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Learn more here.
  • The Academy of American Poets is accepting applications for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. a prize of $25,000 is awarded to an outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The winner also receives a 10-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members. Deadline: Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Learn more here.
  • The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania (FCFP) invites applications for Williamsport Lycoming Competitive Grant Cycle. The program considers requests from qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving the residents of the City of Williamsport and Lycoming County, with missions relating to art and culture, education, health and human services, youth, environment, and economic development. Deadline: Saturday, June 1, 2024. Learn more here.

Image: USArtists International Mythilii Prakash's rehearsal for Taapam in Chennai, India. Credit: V. Gowrishankar

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