April 2019
Julia Olin Named 2019 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts
Award Recipient
MAAF is pleased to announce that Julia Olin has been named the 2019 recipient of the  Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award  (ACLA).
Julia has been involved with the research, documentation, and public presentation of traditional music and culture for 47 years. She was with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) for 28 years where she worked tirelessly on behalf of folk and traditional arts and artists. She has been involved in the planning, artistic direction, and production of 88 national festivals, including the NCTA’s flagship program, the National Folk Festival. Other projects include national traditional arts tours, large-scale cultural events on the National Mall, co-curation of the Roots of American Music Museum at the Blue Ridge Music Center, traditional music recordings, and countless programs for public media. Julia has worked with federal, state, and regional agencies and has overseen the completion of a 17-year project to digitize and preserve the NCTA’s priceless archive of endangered field recordings, which are now housed at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.  
Nominations for the 2020  Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award  will open this fall. Nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts in one or more of MAAF's nine partner jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. 

Image: Courtesy Julia Olin.
Join MAAF for the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in DC!
Join us on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC for the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud! The event, which is free and open to the public , runs from 7pm to 9:15pm and features students from across the country who have competed in their schools at the local, regional, and state level to reach the National Finals. Hosted by poet and
National Book Award recipient Elizabeth Acevedo , the evening will feature a performance by Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. The Poetry Out Loud National Champion will be announced at the end of the evening and win $20,000! Can't make it to DC? Join us for the online stream at  www.arts.gov  or follow the event on Twitter @PoetryOutLoud or #POL2019
Calling all DE, NY, and WV Artists! Apply Now for a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship!
2019 Creative Fellowship funding is still available for authors, visual artists, or composers residing in Delaware, New York, or West Virginia! Apply now for a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and be considered for a 2019 Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Resident artists are provided with private studios, room and board, and the company of other artists from around the nation for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy.  
Artists should apply directly to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. For more information and to access the application, visit the  Virginia Center for the Creative Arts' website   .   
The next deadline for applications is May 15, 2019.

Image: Kit Warren, NY, 2018 VCCA Fellow. Altered States. 17x14 acrylic powdered pigment on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Celebrating a 21 Years of Service: Tom Gaeng Announces Retirement from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Tom Gaeng, MAAF's Director of Operations, has announced his retirement effective September of 2019. Tom joined MAAF in 1998, and is responsible for fiscal operations, IT system management, physical plant, and human resources. Working closely with the board, he has significantly enhanced the financial stability of MAAF. Tom is dedicated to staff care and the HR policy and benefits he has instituted reflect that value. In addition to his work in fiscal management and HR, he has been instrumental in helping build our grants management and accounting systems and ensuring MAAF has the IT support it needs to meet its goals. Best of all...Tom reads all of the rules and regulations and translates them into understandable language for the rest of us! He will be greatly missed and we wish him every wonderful thing as he starts on this next life journey!
Opportunity Quick Links

  • The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, presented by the American Academy of Poets, honors the memory of Lenore Marshall, a poet, novelist, essayist, and political activist. This $25,000 award recognizes the most outstanding book of poetry published in the United States in the previous calendar year. The prize includes a ten-day residency at Glen Hollow in Naples, New York, and distribution of the winning book to hundreds of Academy of American Poets members. Deadline: May 15, 2019.

  • The Theatre Development Fund (TDF) offers a limited number of two-year partnerships with professional regional theatres to sponsor open captioned performances and increase attendance by people who are deaf or hard of hearing. TDF is specifically interested in partnering with new markets and partnerships are not intended to be used as a funding source for theatres already offering open captioning. For more information on program guidelines and how to apply, see TDF's website. Deadline, May 31, 2019.