ArtsInk News & Updates                    August 2016

Get to Know MAAF Video!

As part of the celebration surrounding the National Endowment for the Arts 50th Anniversary, all state arts agencies and regional arts organizations were provided with grants to help tell our individual stories through video. This winter, a group of MAAF artists got together in a studio in downtown Baltimore and helped us tell the MAAF story...even as a snow storm bore down on us from the north. As the first flakes fell, we called it a wrap and then our production company, Storyfarm, set to work making art happen. Many thanks to Brandon Albright and Illstyle & Peace, Christylez Bacon, Gary Bartz, Jonathan Gruber, Magnolia Laurie, and Meng Su for their time and creativity. We hope you enjoy this little taste of our work!

Upcoming Artist Residency Deadlines

Studios at VCCA
MAAF provides support for individual artist residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts through its Creative Fellowships program. Residencies provide artists with a private studio, room and board, and the company of other artists for an intensive period of self-guided exploration and development. Artists interested in receiving residency support should apply directly to the applicable colony. 
  • Artists in Delaware, Maryland, New York and West Virginia may apply to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Application information and materials are available at

    The next deadline to apply at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts is September 15, 2016.
  • Artists in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the U.S. Virgin Islands may apply to the Millay Colony. Application information and materials are available at  

    The next deadline to apply at the Millay Colony for the Arts is October 1, 2016.

On Screen/In Person Is Back on the Road!
Movie still from SWEET DREAMS.
Still from the film SWEET DREAMS.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's independent film touring program, On Screen/In Person, is pleased to announce the lineup of films selected to tour in the 2016-2017 season. 

September 2016: SWEET DREAMS
Co-Directors Lisa Fruchtman and Rob Fruchtman
October 2016: YOU BELONG TO ME, Sex, Race and Murder in the South
Producer Jude Hagin
November 2016: Love Thy Nature
Director Sylvie Rokab

February 2017: Hilleman - A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children
Director Donald Rayne Mitchell

March 2017: Real Boy
Director Shaleece Haas
April 2017: States of Grace
Co-Director Mark Lipman
September kicks off the 2016-2017 season with SWEET DREAMS, which follows Rwanda's first and only all women's drum troupe, Ingoma Nshya, as they partner with two young American entrepreneurs to open Rwanda's first ever ice cream shop. The film's directors will be touring separately with their film and will be present at the screenings and other community activities at every stop on the tour. Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times and locations of screenings, and other scheduled events. To find participating host sites near you or to learn more about the new film lineup, click here.

Questions about On Screen/In Person? Contact Kimberly Steinle-Super at

USArtists International Round 1 Deadline Approaching

USAI logo.
USArtists International, a nationwide program that provides grants to U.S. music, dance, and theatre artists invited to perform at significant international festivals or performing arts markets abroad, has released the program guidelines for 2016-2017. Prior to starting an application, please read the program guidelines to verify eligibility before completing the online application. The deadline for applications for Round 1 is September 7, 2016.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, consider reviewing one of our recent webinars:
  • USArtists International: Am I eligible?
    Webinar held July 25 | Webinar Recording Available

    USArtists International: Am I eligible? provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. Gain a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds.
  • USArtists International: 2017 Tips and Pointers for Applicants
    Webinar held August 16 | Webinar Recording Available

    USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants includes updates to the online application, a review of the criteria panelists use to evaluate applications, and highlights important tips for strengthening applications. Due to annual revisions, attendees should read USAI program guidelines in addition to reviewing the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past.
September 7: USAI Round 1 application deadline for projects taking place December 15, 2016 - December 14, 2017. Additional deadlines are available in the program guidelines.  
For more information on USArtists International, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Associate, International at

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Staff Coming to a City Near You!

This fall, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) staff members will attend performing arts conferences nationwide to share information about MAAF grant opportunities for artists and organizations. We look forward to meeting you at these conferences:
Individual Consults Available, Contact Robyn Busch
Arts Midwest | Milwaukee, WI
MAAF informational session September 14, 8 AM | Individual Consults Available, Contact Paul Brohan
Booth #907, MAAF informational session September 27, 8 AM | Individual Consults Available, Contact Robyn Busch
Contact Paul Brohan for additional information

Other Opportunities!

  • National Performance Network Performing Americas Program Creative Exchange and Mobility GrantsDeadline: September 16, 2016
  • 2017 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant AwardsUp to 15 grantees will be awarded $25K each in matching funds to produce their own Levitt AMP Music Series - an outdoor, free concert series featuring a diverse line up of high caliber entertainment for all ages to enjoy. Online public voting determines the Top 25 finalists. Grant applications are now open. Deadline: October 10, 2016
  • The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. Deadline: October 31, 2016
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is accepting application from Virginia artists. Deadline: November 4, 2016
  • The Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University is accepting applications for its 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellowships. Fellowships will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early-career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community. Deadline: September 19, 2016