February 2019
Men and women stand in a circle surrounded by wooden pews and bright stained glass.  They are singing.
The inaugural season of the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network has begun! In January, MAAF’s newest folk and traditional arts program kicked off a series of eight tour engagements in the mid-Atlantic region. MAAF is grateful to partner with the National Council for the Traditional Arts to curate and plan these tours. The engagements offer artists and communities the opportunity to explore and experience the differences and similarities of living traditions through demonstration and participation. To see a full list of tours and engagements, click here.

In February, the Lift Me Up! Gospel Masters tour featuring The Legendary Ingramettes and The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers made its second stop in West Virginia at The Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College. During the visit, members of The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers held an a cappella workshop with the Davis and Elkins Appalachian Ensemble while Christine Ingram-Murphy, Ingramette and a recent Master Artist in the Virginia Folklife Apprentice Program, led a traditional soul food cooking demonstration and supper for the community. The following day, the culminating concert was held at the Myles Center for the Arts. Reflecting on the recent visits, Rev. Almeta Ingram Miller of the Ingramettes says “the music that we sing transcends the barriers of culture and connects us all. We appreciate the uniqueness of the people in every location. It is indeed a journey, where every audience member is invited to participate in the experience that is a celebration of the good news of the Gospel." The next stop for Lift Me Up! Gospel Masters is Salisbury University on Maryland’s Eastern Shore the weekend of February 22nd.

The Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network is supported by the National Endowment of the Arts. To learn more click here. Questions should be directed to Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts at jess@midatlanticarts.org

Image: The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers conducted an a cappella workshop at Davis and Elkin’s College on February 9, 2019. Photo Credit: Andrew Carroll / Augusta Heritage Center.
March Brings From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave  and  NextStepRun! to On Screen/In Person Host Sites
Director Pam Maus will be touring with two of her short films in March:

From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave  is the story of filmmaker, Pam Maus, told through the voices of others who came of age and went off to college just in time to be swept up into the Second Wave Feminist Movement. Landmark legislation of 1960’s outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and unlocked the doors to social justice. Now all they had to do was open them.


NextStepRun!  follows four women from different locations, backgrounds, and political affiliations running for elective office in their local House districts during the 2014 midterm elections. Regardless of their differences, they all have one thing in common: to bring integrity to the legislative process through consensus, collaboration, and inclusion.

Please visit the MAAF website to find a host site near you!
New Arts Advocacy Resources from NASAA
NASAA’s The Practical Advocate series is designed to encourage grass-roots constituents (primarily state arts agency grantees) to become advocates and to educate public officials about the impact of their work. Check out three new editions in that series:

Upcoming Deadlines
ArtsCONNECT: March 8, 2019

Mid Atlantic Tours: March 1, 2019

Special Presenter Initiatives: March 29, 2019 - Final webinar March 15 from 1-2pm

USArtists International: Round Three April 3, 2019
Opportunity Quick Links

  • Spartanburg Art Museum is seeking proposals for solo and group exhibitions for 2019-2020. They are interested in all types of work that address contemporary issues and concerns, use traditional materials in unusual ways, and elevate visitors' experiences to new levels of participation and engagement. See this page for more information. Deadline: March 7, 2019.

  • Grants from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to support Folk Arts Apprenticeships are now available. Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants encourage cultural communities to pass on traditional art forms by providing stipends to master folk artists who help apprentices develop important skills. Program guidelines and application information for Fiscal Year 2020 grants are posted on the State Arts Council's website. Deadline: April 4, 2019.

  • The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund is accepting applications for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers, and the Howard Chapnick Grant.These grants support documentary photographers or individuals who work in related fields that reinforce the impact of photojournalism. Deadline: April 20, 2019.

  • The J.M. Kaplan Fund is accepting applications for the 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize. Grants will be awarded to ten early-stage innovators helming creative projects that stand to benefit numerous individuals, communities, and/or sectors. Guidelines and application instructions are posted on this page. Application for the prize is a two-step process, with initial applications due by April 30, 2019.

  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides emergency support to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant losses after natural or man-made disasters affecting a region on a broad scale. The Foundation is currently accepting applications from US visual artists affected by Hurricanes Florence, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Michael; California wildfires; or other events of this nature or scale. Artists can apply to the Foundation for funding for up to three years after such an event. For guidelines and to access the online application, visit this page. Deadline: Rolling.