ArtsInk News & Updates                    February 2018
Arts Advocacy Day!

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Arts advocates from across the country will gather in Washington, DC on 
March 11-12, 2018 for Arts Advocacy Day. Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington to meet with their members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. We hope you will join us for this important event! 

French-American Jazz Exchange in Pittsburgh!

Looking for an innovative jazz performance to fill out your 2018-2019 season? There is still funding available for the 2018-2019 French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) Tours Roster.

Earlier this month, FAJE grantees Ryan Keberle and Frank Woeste performed their new project, Reverso-Suite Ravel, for a full house at the City of Asylum in Pittsburgh. 
When asked about the performance, Henry Reese, co-founder of the City of Asylum, said that "musically, we focus on jazz, with a dollop of chamber music.  And Reverso was all three rolled into one-- a Franco-American collaboration playing jazz inspired by a Ravel piano suite.  The combination of instruments was equally unusual--piano, drums, trombone and cello--and the music lyrical, programmatic but free." The packed house at City of Asylum gave the performance a standing ovation.

You can book Reverso-Suite Ravel through our 2018-2019 FAJE Tours program. FAJE Tours provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters engaging artists from the FAJE Tours roster. To view the full roster and booking guidelines click here.

The booking deadline for FAJE Tours is March 30, 2018.

Photo: Reverso-Suite Ravel performing at City Asylum on February 4, 2018. Credit: City of Asylum
ArtsCONNECT Deadline Just Around the Corner!

Mid Atlantic presenters!  Are you struggling to find partners to join your ArtsCONNECT tour consortium? Or maybe you are a presenter looking a tour to fill out your season? Try our ArtsCONNECT Projects in Development listing for an up-to-date listing of tours currently forming as well as partner and contact information! To view the current Projects in Development listing, click here.

For more information on the ArtsCONNECT program along with program guidelines and application, please click hereQuestions? Contact Haowen Wang, Performing Arts Program Officer at

ArtsCONNECT is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program.
M is Black Enough Touring Support Available!

M is Black Enough at National Sawdust
M is Black Enough at National Sawdust

Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) is one of the easiest ways to ensure you are bringing high quality performing arts experiences to your community. Our curated roster provides support for some of the best artists currently touring, with no formal application process! The deadline to apply for an artist for the 2018-2019 season is March 2, 2018 and we still have some funding available for M is Black Enough. A contemporary band of hard driving rhythms and biting social commentary, M is Black Enough aims to be complex and aggressive, and to involve all elements equally in a bold narrative about people, justice, struggle, joy, and celebration. With every MAT engagement comes the opportunity for complimentary engagement options - book M is Black Enough today and plan to involve your community next season!

Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Performing Arts Program Officer at

Mid Atlantic Tours is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts' Regional Touring Program with additional funding provided by the Delaware Division of the Arts.
Upcoming in May: First-ever Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium

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Capitalizing on the momentum of previous MAAF Folklorists Retreats and the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association biennial meetings, the first-ever Pennsylvania Folklore Symposium will happen on the campus of Penn State Harrisburg this May.

Hosted by the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore (PACF, formerly the Pennsylvania Center for Culture Studies) at Penn State Harrisburg, the event is sponsored in partnership with the PACF, Folk Art PA/PA Council on the Arts, and the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association. The Symposium will bring together academic and public sector folklorists and students from across the state and region in order to highlight the achievements and issues in the field of folklore, and open discussions on how to better collaborate and coordinate between institutions and with artists, participants, and creators. 

The weekend will include film screenings, a field trip to the Landis Valley Museum, peer-group gatherings for those in academia, the public sector, students, and other affiliated groups, and ample opportunity for networking. Two documentary films will be shown: Because of the War, about the Liberian Women's Chorus for Change, and Pennsylvania Folklore: Woven Together, featuring four textile artists living in the Commonwealth. Though planned with the broad networks of Pennsylvania-based folklore academics and public sector professionals in mind, the Symposium is open to all comers. "We welcome attendees from throughout the mid-Atlantic," said Symposium co-organizer Sally Van de Water, coordinator of Folk Art PA and state folklorist. "We're looking forward to engaging discussions with interested parties from all over the region, and hope that this gathering will lead to fruitful partnerships in the future. The Center for Pennsylvania Folklore has made a commitment to engaging with audiences throughout the state and region, and this Symposium is an exciting next step."

The event will be held May 17-19, 2018 in Middletown, PA on the campus of Penn State Harrisburg, with a trip to the Landis Valley Museum and a traditional Chinese dinner at Middletown's He restaurant. To register for the event, visit

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines at Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

March 9, 2018: Application Deadline 

French-American Jazz Exchange Projects

French-American Jazz Exchange Tours
Mid Atlantic Tours
March 2, 2018: Roster Booking Deadline 

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
March 16, 2018: Roster Booking Deadline 

Special Presenters Initiatives
March 30, 2018: Application Deadline

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  • Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh, a program of the Heinz Endowments with the Pittsburgh Foundation, is now accepting applications in the categories of Individual Artist Support, Residencies at Arts or Community-Based Organizations, Three Rivers Arts Festival Support, and General Operating Support. Deadline: March 1, 2018.
  • DC Jazz Festival is expanding its international jazz band competition, DCJazzPrix. While there is a small entry fee for each band, the contest awards a $15,000 cash prize, and the opportunity to perform at the DC Jazz Festival in the following year. Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival Executive Director says, "The contest is designed to help launch and promote the careers of emerging jazz artists around the world who are committed to sustained and creative band development and performance opportunities." Deadline: March 4, 2018.
  • Western Arts Alliance Conference is now accepting applications for their 2018 Juried Showcase. The conference will take place August 27th-30th in Las Vegas, NV. The application fee is $85 but selected artists will receive complimentary artist passes and the opportunity to perform in front of hundreds of Presenters and Delegates. Deadline: March 15, 2018.
  • The National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD is now accepting applications for their Festival Marketplace. The marketplace will feature juried, handmade creations of artists and craftspeople from Maryland and the Delmarva Peninsula. They will be selected on several factors including artistry, connection to the region, and distinctiveness. Deadline: April 16, 2018.