ArtsInk News & Updates                     April 2016

VCCA Artist Residency Deadline

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Studio Barn
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides support for individual artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) through its Creative Fellowships program. Residencies at VCCA provide artists a private studio, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation for an intensive period of self-guided exploration and development. Creative Fellowships at VCCA support two-week or one-month residencies for composers, literary and visual artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia. A modest travel subsidy is also awarded to the selected artists.

The next residency application deadline for VCCA is May 15, 2016. Creative Fellowship support is provided to a limited number of artists who have been accepted for VCCA residencies. Artists interested in the Creative Fellowships should apply directly to VCCA. For information and application instructions, please visit Questions should be directed to
Join Us in DC for the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud!

Watch state champions from high schools across the country compete for the Poetry Out Loud national title! The 2016 National Finals will be held Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm at Lisner Auditorium on the campus of The George Washington University. Admission is free and open to the public - no ticket required! For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here. Can't make it to DC? The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will be webcast live at

Maryland Individual Artist Awards Announced
The Maryland State Arts Council has announced the recipients of the 2016 Individual Artist Awards.  Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the program on behalf of the Council and extends its congratulations to all awardees.  Click here to see the list of recipients.

REMINDER: French-American Jazz Exchange Applications Being Accepted!

Program guidelines and online application for the French-American Jazz Exchange are now available for 2016-2017.  Co-administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE Foundation (French-American Cultural Exchange), the French-American Jazz Exchange supports projects jointly conceived by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, foster intercultural dialogue and contribute to the dynamism of jazz as an art form.  Application deadline is Friday May 27, 2016 for projects taking place between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.  Program guidelines and information about the application are available here.  Questions should be directed to Paul Brohan at

Other Opportunities!

  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has announced the availability of the 2017 grant guidelines and applications!
  • National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for its 2016 Creative Community Fellowship program, which supports innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems.Deadline: April 24, 2016
  • In recognition of the importance of experiencing original works of art, the  Terra Foundation for American Art supports exhibitions that enlarge the understanding and appreciation of historical American art made between 1500 and 1980. Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 1, 2016
  • Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Deadline for Spring 2017: October 1, 2016