ArtsInk News & Updates              January 2017

Book Your Mid Atlantic Tours Artists Now

Daniel Beaty in Emergency!

Did you book this year's Mid Atlantic Tours artists yet? Don't wait - 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 here. Booking deadline: March 3, 2017.
Are You A Presenter in D.C., Delaware, the US 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 US Virgin Islands. 

A free webinar is available to assist potential applicants to understand the program and filling out the online application. For date & time and to RSVP, click here.

Application deadline: March 31, 2017.
Looking for consortium partners for ArtsCONNECT? 

ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working collaboratively to engage a performing artist or ensemble. Grants are up to $10,000 per presenter, and $15,000 per presenter for commissioning projects. 

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.

Application deadline: March 17, 2017.
More to See This Spring With On Screen/In Person

February kicks off the spring season of MAAF's independent film touring program, On Screen/In Person, with the powerful documentary Hilleman - A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children. Director Donald Rayne Mitchell explores the career and legacy of pioneering vaccination researcher Dr. Maurice Hilleman and how his unprecedented successes have allowed us to forget just how devastating childhood diseases can be. As with all On Screen/In Person engagements, the filmmaker will be present for the screenings.  

For information about the spring lineup of films or to find a host site near you, click here.
Congratulations to the 2016 Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellows!

MAAF provides support for individual artist residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony for the Arts through its Creative Fellowships program. The program supports two-week or one-month residencies for artists in each state of the region. Our best wishes for a wonderful year ahead for the 10 Fellows who participated in 2016 residencies. 
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts
James Arthur (MD), Author
Miranda Austin (NY), Visual Artist
JoAnn Balingit (DE), Author
Andrea Fekete (WV), Author
Matt Hohner (MD), Author
Shelly Oria (NY), Author

Millay Colony for the Arts
Erica Cavanagh (VA), Author
Andrew Nurkin (NJ), Author
Allison Spence (DC), Visual Artist
Colleen McCubbin Stepanic (PA), Visual Artist

For more information about the Creative Fellowships program, please click here.
Summer Arts Administration Internships

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is currently seeking qualified individuals to serve as Summer Arts Administration Interns at our Baltimore, MD offices. Providing a supervised learning environment, MAAF internships offer graduate and undergraduate students as well as individuals who have recently completed their program of study the opportunity to gain insight and experience in nonprofit arts administration.

The Foundation recruits two interns annually for the summer 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.   
Jazz Touring Network Meets in New York City

Christian McBride presenting at the annual JTN meeting.
The annual Jazz Touring Network Meeting was held on January 10th and 11th in New York City. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation staff and 24 presenting members of the Jazz Touring Network attended the meeting, held at the offices of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA). MAAF and the JTN were warmly welcomed by NYSCA Executive Director, Mara Manus. During the meeting members debriefed their most recent JTN engagements, shared best practices and selected finalists for the 2017-2018 JTN Tours. This year, the JTN had the pleasure of welcoming jazz bassist Christian McBride as guest speaker. Mr. McBride graciously met with the JTN and shared his approach to his new role as artistic director at the Newport Jazz Festival.  JTN members and Mr. McBride discussed the role of jazz artists in community engagement  and audience development as well as current trends in the field. For information on the Jazz Touring Network or MAAF's other jazz programs contact Jess Porter at
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Funding Available for Presenters Nationwide

Trinidad Gonzalez will be touring their
production, Pajaro or Bird.
Booking is ongoing for nonprofit presenters nationwide interested in receiving artist fee support for engagements with Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America roster artists. The roster includes exceptional music, dance and theatre 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. 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 Accepting Applications Now - Updated Guidelines Means More Engagements Eligible!

Dorrance Dance will be performing at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February.
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 also 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, February 8, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST
USArtists International: Am I eligible? | Sign me up!
This webinar provides general information and eligibility details about the USArtists International program. Artists considering an application or festival curators, managers or agents interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to attend. A question and answer session at the end of the webinar provides additional opportunities to learn more about the program.

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. 
Other Opportunities!

  • Apply now to be an Artist in Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Craft artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, or mixed media will receive 24/7 access to studio space, a $600 monthly stipend, and professional development opportunities. Deadline: March 1, 2017
  • Attention puppeteers! Apply now for a grant from the Jim Henson Foundation. Each year they award production, workshop, and family grants for new pieces of live puppet theater. Letters of Intent due March 13, 2017. 
  • Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation is accepting applications to the Impact Grant Program. Non-profit professionals applying will receive a donation of Cornerstone OnDemand's software and services for two years, as well as access to free consulting services. To learn more attend the webinar on January 24th, 2017. Deadline: March 17, 2017. 
  • Music therapists seeking funding to continue their education are invited to apply to the Anne Emery Kyllo Professional Scholarship from the American Music Therapy Association. Scholarships awarded can be used towards conferences or approved educational courses. Deadline: June 23, 2017.

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