ArtsInk News & Updates                       April 2017
Join us for Poetry Out Loud National Finals Next Week

High School Champions from each state will compete for the Poetry Out Loud national title and $20,000 next week in Washington, D.C. The 2017 National Finals will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, April 26th in the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University. The semifinals on April 25th, also in the Lisner Auditorium, and the finals are free and open to the public - no need for tickets! If you cannot make it to the events in D.C., don't worry! They will be live streamed at For more information and a complete schedule, click here
Upcoming 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, 2017.

Interested in learning more about the Creative Fellowships?  A full program overview and FAQ page is now available here on the MAAF website!  
Maryland Individual Artist Awards Announced

The Maryland State Arts Council has announced the recipients of the 2017 Individual Artist Awards, which are administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. MAAF extends its congratulations to all awardees. Click here to see the list of recipients. 
French-American Jazz Exchange Tours in April
Photo Credit: Fabrice Journo
In April, American trumpeter Dave Douglas and French pianist Frank Woeste toured their French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) collaboration, DADA People. Their quartet, featuring Yasushi Nakamura and Clarence Penn, performed at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC; Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA; and Troy Savings Bank Hall in Troy, NY with support from FAJE Tours.

FAJE Tours raises the visibility of the French-American Jazz Exchange by annually curating a Touring Roster comprised of ensembles that have received a project grant through the program. MAAF provides performance fee subsidies to eligible presenters in the mid-Atlantic region that book engagements with FAJE Tours Roster Artists. 

For more information about the 2017-2018 FAJE Tours artist roster available for booking and agent contact information, please click here. Questions? Contact Jess Porter at
Other Opportunities!

  • Nonprofit organizations operating in or supporting the New York City area are invited to apply for the Nonprofit Excellence Awards. These awards support nonprofits by finding excellent management practices and rewarding those organizations with cash awards and tuition scholarships for a program at Columbia Business School. Deadline: April 21, 2017.

  • Maryland Humanities Council is accepting applications for their Mini Grant Program. The grants of up to $1,200 support public humanities projects, documentary film, and civic education programs. Smaller institutions and those who support under-served audiences are given priority. Deadline: July 1, 2017.
  • Those performing works, conducting research, or running education programs regarding composers Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein are invited to apply for grants through the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music. Projects should take place between January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2019. Deadline: November 1, 2017.
  • Women's Studio Workshop is accepting applications for their Art-in-Education Artist's Book Residency Grant. Grants support two women artists to create a new artist book and teach young people in the Women's Studio Workshop. Deadline: November 15, 2017.