ArtsInk News & Updates                    January 2018

Book Your Southern Exposure Roster Artist Today

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 the Southern Exposure roster by the March 16, 2018 deadline.

Why Southern Exposure?
  • Great for presenters committed to developing new audiences and connecting with their communities
  • Artists perform and work with you to offer community engagement that makes sense for your audiences
  • Opportunity to present excellent contemporary and traditional performing artists from throughout Latin America
  • No experience in presenting international artists required; Southern Exposure minimizes presenter risk and increases international presenting capacity
  • Straightforward, simple funding program with no complicated application process
In 2017-2018 Southern Exposure supported 85 engagements in 26 states. See which presenters have received grant funding through Southern Exposure in the past. For complete eligibility details and information on receiving subsidies, please see the 2018-2019 program guidelines. Additional questions? E-mail Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at

Photo: Lola Arias's "Campo Minado" ("Minefield"). Credit: Tristram Kenton.
USArtists International Third and Final 2018 Deadline Approaching

USArtists International (USAI) provides grants to U.S. music, dance, and theatre ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at international festivals or performing arts markets abroad. The USAI 2018 Round 3 application deadline is April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

There are two webinars in March to assist potential applicants:

March 6, 2018 2:00 - 3:00 PM
March 20, 2018 2:00 - 3:15 PM 

December deadline applicants will be notified of status by March 1. 

Want to learn more about USAI? You can find our program guidelines and a list of FAQ on our website.
For more information on USAI, please contact Robyn Busch, Program Officer, International at

Photo: Ragamala Dance Company will be performing at the Just Festival in the United Kingdom this summer with 2018 USAI support. Credit: Darial Sneed
February Film Screening - Little Stones

LITTLE STONES - Official Trailer

From a graffiti artist in the favelas of Brazil raising awareness about domestic violence, to a choreographer in India using dance to rehabilitate survivors of human trafficking, Little Stones profiles four women, each of whom are contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women's movement through their art. Featuring interviews with leading women's rights experts in government, philanthropy, technology, public health and education sectors, Little Stones is a powerful showcase of how art can create positive change for women and girls around the world.

Find a MAAF On Screen/In Person host site (select the Host Sites tab) near you!
MAAF Is Looking for Summer Interns!

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes of an arts organization? Join us for the summer and find out!  MAAF is currently looking for two interns to help with the administration of the Individual Artist Fellowship and Award programs on behalf of the Delaware Division of the Arts, Maryland State Arts Council, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. These programs recognize artists in their respective states working in the literary, performing and visual arts with awards based solely on artistic excellence. 

MAAF provides each intern with a stipend of $1,500 and up to $10 in reimbursement per scheduled workday for the cost of mass transportation or parking. Interns will work directly with MAAF staff to gain a better understanding of the grantmaking process for individual artists and have a chance to interact with artists from a range of disciplines. They have primary responsibility for, or participate in: receiving applications and reviewing for completeness, providing technical assistance for applicants, contacting applicants for supplemental materials, and assisting in preparations for panel review. Interns also receive a broad introduction to other functions of the organization. 

The deadline for application is February 23, 2018.  For more information and application instructions, please click here

Jazz Touring Network Holds Winter Meeting in New York

The 2018 Jazz Touring Network annual meeting took place on January 11-12, 2018 at the offices of the New York State Council on the Arts. Thank you for the meeting space, NYSCA and thanks to the 22 Network members who joined us!
Day one of the meeting included member updates, a discussion of JTN program goals, and a review of potential artists for 2018-2019 JTN tours. To kick the meeting off, the JTN welcomed guest speaker, drummer, composer and educator, Allison Miller, whose project Boom Tic Boom toured through the network in 2015. Allison shared her experience as an artist touring through the program and credited the JTN for opening doors to new performance opportunities and building her capacity for touring with a large ensemble. JTN members and Allison discussed strategies for building successful artist-presenter relationships and how artists and presenters can partner to cultivate jazz communities.
The second day was focused on artist selection and tour development. The members selected eight artists for touring in 2018-2019 - to be announced this summer!

Photo: The 2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network membership had the pleasure of a conversation with jazz artist Allison Miller during the January meeting. Credit: Chevaun Jackson.
Quick Links:
  • Maryland Humanities will open applications for their Mini Grant Program in February. Grants of up to $1,200 will be awarded to support public humanities, documentary film, and civic education projects which engage and benefit Marylanders. Smaller organizations and those with under served audiences will be given priority. Deadline: March 1, 2018.
  • New Jersey Artists! The Hunterdon Art Tour (THAT), is looking for artists to participate in a reception and open studio tour in early May. Last year 200 people attended the opening exhibition and more than 50 artists participated. The tour is a great opportunity for people to see and buy your art! Deadline: March 15, 2018.

  • New England Foundation for the Arts is now accepting applications for its New England States Touring (NEST) program. New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) performing arts presenters can apply for support to present a New England artist from outside their state. Deadline: April 2, 2018. 
  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation aims to help individuals with a long career as an artist. Painters, sculptors, and printmakers are welcome to apply to receive a grant based on artistic merit, financial need, or both. The grants are for one year and the size of the grant is determined by the circumstances of the applicant. Deadline: Rolling.