ArtsInk News & Updates              February 2017
Upcoming Artist Residency Deadline

Painter and 2011 MAAF Creative Fellowships recipient  Brian Dunn_s photograph of the Steepletop Barn at the Millay Colony for the Arts.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides support for individual artist residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts through the Creative Fellowships program. Residencies provide artists with 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 Millay Colony support two-week or one-month residencies for writers, visual artists, and composers from the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A modest travel subsidy is also awarded to the selected artists. The next residency application deadline for Millay Colony is March 1, 2017. For information and application instructions, please visit Questions should be directed to
February 24th Summer Arts Administration Internship Deadline

The deadline to apply for a Summer Arts Administration Internship at our Baltimore, MD offices is right around the corner! Interns gain practical knowledge by assisting staff with the Individual Artist Awards and Fellowship programs administered by MAAF on behalf of the states of Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey. By providing a supervised learning environment, MAAF internships offer graduate and undergraduate, or recent graduates, the opportunity to gain insight and experience in nonprofit arts administration.  

MAAF recruits two interns annually for the summer semester and provides each a stipend of $1,200. Interns also receive up to $10 in reimbursement per scheduled workday for the cost of mass transportation or parking. The application deadline is February 24, 2017. For a full description and application instructions, please click here.   
Touring This March

Director Shaleece Haas hits the road this March with MAAF's regional film touring program, On Screen/In Person.  Her film REAL BOY is the coming-of-age story of Bennett Wallace, a transgender teenager on a journey to find his voice as a musician, a friend, a son, and a man. Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times, and locations of screenings and other scheduled activities. For information about the lineup of films and participating venues, please click through the appropriate tabs here.
Delaware Individual Artist Fellowships Announced

The Delaware Division of the Arts has announced the names of 18 Delaware artists selected for 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships. Awardees were selected from 126 applicants submitting in a broad range of visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation assists with the administration of the Delaware Division of the Art's Individual Artist Fellowship program and extends its congratulations to the awardees. Click here to see the full list of grant recipients.  
FAJE Tours Booking Deadline Reminder

The French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) Tours
 are designed to raise the visibility of the French-American Jazz Exchange program in the United States by touring ensembles that have received a project grant through the program, providing American presenters with access to unique and powerful artistic collaborations and performances.
The booking deadline is Friday, April 21, 2017.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides fee support to presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia booking FAJE Tours roster artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested presenters should contact the tour artists' agents directly.
The French American Jazz Exchange 2017-18 Tours Roster includes:
  • Abu Sadiya with Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal and Nasheet Waits
  • Anakronic/Krakauer with David Krakauer and Anakronic
  • Ancestral Memories with Yosvany Terry and Baptiste Trotignon
For more information about the artist roster including agent contact information please click here. Questions? Contact Jess Porter at

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Funding Available for Presenters Nationwide

Garifuna Collective. Image by Peter Rakossy.
Booking is ongoing for nonprofit presenters nationwide interested in receiving artist fe
e support for engagements with Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America roster artists. The roster includes exceptional music, dance, and theater ensembles from throughout Latin America. Fee support is available for up to 40% of eligible grant expenses and a community engagement activity. This program provides unique opportunities to increase audience access to Latin American artists and facilitates the presentation of international artists for presenters across the country. The 2016 program supported 42 engagements in 21 states; find an engagement near you! Bring Southern Exposure to your state in 2017-2018 by booking before April 3, 2017. To learn more about the program, or how to receive a grant, visit
USArtists International Application Open Now

Margarita Blush will be performing Unfolding at the Izmir International Puppet Days festival in Turkey this March. Image from
USArtists International, the only grant program available nationwide to artists in music, dance, and theater invited to perform at any significant festival or performing arts market outside of the United States is currently accepting applications for the April 5 deadline for engagements taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. New this round, artists invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets targeted at children and youth are eligible for funding support. Grants up to $15,000 can help support artist fees and many travel expenses abroad. To learn more about the program, visit the website and join us for an upcoming webinar: 

Wednesday, March 8, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
Tips and Pointers for Applicants |
Sign me up!
This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications.

Mid Atlantic Tours Booking Deadline is Almost Here

Church Sisters available for booking now.
Mid Atlantic Tours features exemplary performing artists and ensembles chosen to engage a broad range of audiences and communities across the mid-Atlantic. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters in the mid-Atlantic region on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2017-2018 Mid Atlantic Tours roster includes:
  • BalletX (PA): boundary-pushing contemporary ballet from Philadelphia
  • Bombay Rickey (NYC): surf rock meets cumbia, spaghetti-Western, and Bollywood
  • Daniel Beaty (NYC): powerhouse solo-theater performance with spoken-word poetry
  • Nobuntu (Zimbabwe): Zimbabwean roots & fusion female a cappella 
For more information on the roster artists, booking agents, and program guidelines, click hereFirm, written offers to book roster artists must be received and accepted by artist agents by the booking deadline of March 3, 2017.
Are You A Presenter in D.C., Delaware, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or West Virginia?

If so, apply to the 2017-2018 Special Presenter Initiatives program! Nonprofit presenters in these regions can request matching grants for the presentation of professional performing artists in all disciplines. Presenters in DC, DE, and WV can request up to $2,000 per project, and up to $5,000 per project for presenters in the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

A final Special Presenter Initiatives application webinar is available on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 2-3:30PM. RSVP here.

Download the Special Presenter Initiatives program guidelines here.
Application deadline: March 31, 2017.
Apply to ArtsCONNECT!

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects of exemplary performing artists from across the country and around the world that are conceived and developed collaboratively by presenter consortia from within the mid-Atlantic region. Matching grants are awarded once per year ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per presenter for non-commissioning projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000. 

If you are looking for potential partners, here is the current Projects-in-Development listing of presenters looking to form a consortium for the 2017-2018 program cycle. You may also submit to the listing by completing a survey here. The listing will be periodically updated on our website.

Download the ArtsCONNECT program guidelines here.
Application deadline: March 17, 2017.
Other Opportunities!

  • Boston Artists! Apply now to the Creative City grants program at the New England Foundation for the Arts. Grants support the creation of public art in any discipline. Deadline: February 21, 2017.
  • New York City-based Asian-American women or Asian-American women-led organizations are invited to apply for Asian Women Giving Circle grants. Projects need to use the arts to create progressive social change and highlight women's leadership. Deadline: March 17, 2017
  • Kent County Fund for the Arts is accepting applications for programs that promote the growth of the arts in Delaware's Kent County. The fund is expected to award more than $20,000 in 2017. Kent County arts organizations, apply now! Deadline: April 3, 2017. 
  • San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations, the Fleishhacker Foundation is accepting applications for two grants programs. The Small Grants Program awards grants to smaller organizations, while the Special Arts Grants are for mid-sized organizations.  Deadline: July 15, 2017.