December 2018
Thanks To You This Holiday Season!
It’s the end of the year and we take a moment to remember the people who have meant so much to us. And that’s where you come in. You are the reason Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is eagerly looking forward to 2019 and our 40 th Anniversary. Your love of the arts has transformed our work, and your belief in the power of creativity has changed people’s lives; you make us want to find new ways to share the arts with more people.

We look back with gratitude at forty years of service even as we consider that there is still so much to be done. And we are excited about that work because of you! Now comes the part you have been waiting for…won’t you please join us in commemorating 40 years of arts support by making a donation to MAAF’s annual fund ? Whether you consider a gift of $4, $40 or $400, we welcome your generosity and assure you that your gift will continue to fund creativity.

Happy Holidays and many wishes for a New Year filled with art!
The fountain at VCCA is a stone structure that looks like a concave mushroom.  Water pours from the top to a pool below.
Creative Fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
Are you an author, visual artist, or composer residing in Delaware, Maryland, 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 January 15, 2019.

Image: The fountain, entitled "Persephone's Renewal, is by sculptor Ivy Parsons of Maryland. It is on Mt. San Angelo on the grounds of VCCA. Credit: Joelle Wallach, New York.
Southern Exposure 2019-2020 Roster Now Booking!
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Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America brings the best in contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to audiences across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters based anywhere in the United States or its territories who book artists from a curated roster.

The 2019-2020 roster includes:
Music - Fidel Nadal, Argentina; Francisco El Hombre, Brazil; and Sofía Viola, Argentina Dance - Son Luna y Jóvenes Zapateadores, presenting “Vivelo”, Mexico
Theater - Teatro y Su Doble, presenting “Feos”, Chile

Presenters contact roster artist representatives directly to book engagements and discuss fee support grants. Each engagement must include a community outreach activity that includes the artist. Presenters can receive multiple subsidies for multiple roster artists contracted. Funding is available on a first come, first served basis. Deadline : March 25, 2019.

For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the  2019-2020 program guidelines . Additional questions? E-mail Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts.  
Image: Sofía Viola from Argentina will tour through Southern Exposure in 2019-2020. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.
Folk & Traditional Arts Touring Network Inaugural Tours
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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) has announced the inaugural tours of the  Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network (FTAN). FTAN is a presenter based membership network designed to increase public understanding of folk and traditional arts in the region. FTAN members annually book tours featuring artists and practitioners that represent the range of living traditions and cultural backgrounds present in the United States.
The inaugural tours include:
> Country Blues and Dance | featuring Phil Wiggins’ Blues House Party and The Harris Brothers
> Lift Me Up! Gospel Masters | featuring The Legendary Ingramettes with special guests The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers
> Picker’s Paradise: From Balkans to Bluegrass | featuring Tamburaški Sastav Ponoć and Danny Knicely’s Next Generation
For in-depth tour descriptions, please click here

The Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network is made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Phil Wiggins' Blues House Party. Photo Credit: Michael G. Stewart.  
USArtists International Round One Grants Announced
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MAAF has announced grants totaling $172,050 to three dance, 10 music, and six theater companies and solo performers from across the United States in support of the first round of USAI 2019. Engagements will take place at 20 festivals in 17 countries around the globe. 

First round 2019 grantees include:
  • The Actors' Gang, CA: Santiago a Mil International Theater Festival, Chile
  • Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble, NY: Jazz Plaza International Festival, Cuba
  • Aizzah Fatima, NY: OnStage! Festival, Italy
  • The Alonso Brothers, NY: Haiti International Piano Festival, Haiti
  • Analog Arts, NY: Montreal New Music Festival, Canada
  • Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi, OR: Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, Australia
  • Arias Company, NY: Colours International Dance Festival, Germany and Fuori Programma Festival, Italy
  • The Azar Lawrence Experience, CA: Inntoene Jazzfestival, Austria
  • Boston Symphony Chamber Players, MA: Prague Spring International Music Festival, Czechia
  • Edgar Arceneaux, CA: Lagos Theatre Festival, Nigeria
  • Erin Markey, NY: In Between Time Festival, United Kingdom
  • Kontras Quartet and the Kruger Brothers, IL: OppiKoppi, South Africa
  • SPEAK, CA: International Live, India
  • The Knights, NY: Heidelberg Frühling International Music Festival, Germany
  • NW Dance Project, OR: Ballet Festival Weeks of the Thüringen State Ballet, Germany
  • Sinking Ship Productions, NY: Varscenefest, Norway
  • THIEFS, NY: Nova Jazz, Switzerland
  • Vân-Ánh Võ & Blood Moon Orchestra, CA: BridgeFest, Vietnam
  • White Snake Projects, MA: Hong Kong Arts Festival, China 

The third and final deadline of the 2019 USAI cycle is  April 3, 2019  for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Information about the USAI program, guidelines, current grantees, and the online application can be accessed  here

USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from The  National Endowment for the Arts  (NEA), the  Andrew W. Mellon Foundation , the  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  for support of artists from the Chicago area, The Trust for Mutual Understanding , and the  Howard Gilman Foundation  for support of New York City-based organizations. 

Photo: Vân-Ánh Võ & the Blood Moon Orchestra will perform at Bridgefest in Vietnam in January through USAI 2019. Photo Credit: Anil Prasad.
Upcoming MAAF Program Deadlines!
ArtsCONNECT: March 8, 2019

Mid Atlantic Tours: March 1, 2019

USArtists International: Round Three April 3, 2019
Congratulations Grammy Nominees!
Congratulations to all former and current MAAF grantees and touring artists announced as Grammy Nominees:

Best Americana Album
Bettye LaVette

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance
Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet

Best Choral Performance
Donald Nally

Best Dance Recording

Best Improvised Jazz Solo
Regina Carter; Fred Hersch; Miguel Zenón

Best Instrumental Composition
Terence Blanchard

Best Jazz Instrumental Album
Fred Herch Trio

Best Jazz Vocal Album: 
Cécile McLorin Salvant; Kurt Elling
Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album: 
Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album: 
Bobby Sanabria Multiverse Big Band; Dafnis Prieto Big Band; Miguel Zenón Featuring Spektral Quartet

Best Orchestral Performance:
Manfred Honeck; Michael Tilson Thomas; Andris Nelsons

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Gregory Porter

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Bettye LaVette

Best Tropical Latin Album
Spanish Harlem Orchestra

Best World Music Album
Fatoumata Diawara; Soweto Gospel Choir
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is accepting nominations for the 2019 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Awards. This series of annual $10,000 grants recognizes inspiring teachers across the United States. To nominate a teacher, you must be at least 18 years of age and must have been the Nominee’s student. Nominations can be a written, audio, or video story. Deadline: December 31, 2018.

  • The School of Visual Art and Design at the University of South Carolina invites visual artists to submit applications for the spring session of the 2019 Artist Residency Program which is intended to address themes of environment and ecology. Deadline: January 15, 2019.

  • American Music Abroad, a collaboration between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State, is now open for applications. Ten ensembles will be selected to participate in regional cultural exchanges across the globe. The tours will be 2-week multi-country tours. All traditional American genres are welcome to apply, including but not limited to hip hop, R & B, jazz, country, bluegrass, afro-caribbean, or rock & roll! Deadline: January 20, 2019.

  • Applications are now open for New York Foundation for the Arts' Artists' Fellowships. Grants will be awarded in the categories of architecture/environmental structures/design, choreography, music/sound, photography, and playwriting/screenwriting. Deadline: January 23, 2019.

  • New England Filmmakers, the LEF Foundation invites Letters of Inquiry for its Moving Image Fund. The fund awards grants of up to $15,000 to support the production phase of the film: shooting footage and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, travel, staffing. LOI Deadline: January 25, 2019.

  • The Howard Hughes Corporation with Howard County Arts Council invites artists to apply to the Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence Program. Three artists will be selected to spend up to two months creating a work of art preferably integrating light, music, and technology. Winners will receive a $10,000 stipend. Deadline: February 4, 2019.

  • The Craft Emergency Relief Fund provides small grants to professional craftspeople who have experienced a career-threatening emergency such as an illness, accident, fire, or natural disaster. Deadline: Rolling.

  • Maryland State Arts Council has announced it's Creativity Grant Program for independent artists and small organizations. The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. You can read more about the program here. Applications open on February 1, 2019.