January 2019
MAAF 40th Anniversary logo
Happy New Year! 2019 marks MAAF's 40th year of supporting the arts and artists of the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. For the next 12 months we will be bringing you stories, photos, and thanks. In addition to our newsletter, join us on Twitter and Facebook for additional posts celebrating the last 40 years!
February On Screen/In Person Tour: Man on Fire
On Screen/In Person presents its February film tour, Man on Fire , with director Joel Fendelman. On Screen/In Person tours independent American filmmakers to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen their recent work and increase accessibility and appreciation for film through direct audience engagement. For a complete list of host sites, please click here .

Grand Saline, Texas, a town east of Dallas, has a history of racism, a history the community doesn’t talk about. This shroud of secrecy ended when one man self-immolated to protest their racism in 2014, shining a spotlight on the town’s dark past.  Man on Fire  untangles the pieces of this protest and questions the racism in Grand Saline today.
ArtsCONNECT Webinar and Projects in Development
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Are you planning on applying for ArtsCONNECT? Join is for our upcoming February webinar! Program Officer Haowen Wang will walk you through the ins-and-outs of ArtsCONNECT on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 1-2PM ET. RSVP here .

ArtsCONNECT provides funding for mid-Atlantic-based presenters working together to engage a performing artist or ensemble. Matching grants are awarded for up to $10,000 per presenter in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI, and WV for non-commissioning presenting projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000.
To help connect presenters in our region and develop projects for ArtsCONNECT, we encourage presenters to list their project ideas on our Projects in Development listing . Presenters can use this tool to list artists/ensembles to find additional presenting partners or possible tours for ArtsCONNECT grant applications. To submit to the listing, click here
Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019 for projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. To access program guidelines and application information, click  here .

Image: Ananya Dance Theatre (MN) will be touring the mid-Atlantic region with 2018-2019 ArtsCONNECT funding. Credit: V. Paul Virtucio.
Mid Atlantic Tours Roster - Book Now for Best Availability!
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Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Fee support grants are available for mid-Atlantic presenters booking these artists for engagements scheduled between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The deadline for booking MAT artists is Friday, March 1, 2019.

The full 2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours roster includes:

  • Crys Matthews (VA) - Grand-prize winner of the 2017 NewSong Music and Performance Competition
  • Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Canada) - Award-winning Canadian soprano saxophonist-flutist and her Grammy-nominated, all-woman, all-Cuban sextet
  • Los Pleneros de la 21 (NY) - Intergenerational music ensemble with today’s preeminent Puerto Rican bomba and plena practitioners
  • Nordic Affect (Iceland) - Award-winning Icelandic chamber ensemble hailed as a "multi-disciplinary force of nature" 
  • Paige Hernandez (DC) - Multifaceted theater artist, master teaching artist, and hip-hop education advocate 
  • Philadanco! (PA) - Celebrated dance company on the verge of its 50th anniversary tour in the 2019 - 2020 season
  • Upswing (UK) - London-based circus theatre pioneers with award winning touring production for family audiences
For more information on the 2019-2020 Mid Atlantic Tours artists and booking agent contact information, please click here . For booking guidelines, click here .

Image: Nordic Affect. Image courtesy of the artist.
JTN Meeting in NYC
The Jazz Touring Network host site membership - 25 people - pose on a set of open stairs.
Steeped in jazz history, Saint Peter’s Church served as the meeting place for the annual convening of the Jazz Touring Network . Representatives from all 24 Member Organizations attended on January 9 and 10, for engaged conversation and planning for the year ahead. The meeting coincided with APAP, Jazz Congress and Winter Jazz Fest.
The two day gathering included member introductions, updates, the presentation of a new JTN commissioning initiative, break out conversations, and the review of artists for 2019-2020 JTN tours. The JTN also welcomed guest speakers, Michael Mwenso (Michael Mwenso and the Shakes) and Magda Giannikou (Banda Magda) whose bands are both touring through the network in the current season. Michael and Magda discussed strategies that artists and presenters can utilize to improve their partnership and create meaningful engagements and memorable experiences at each venue. They also shared their experience with commissioning projects, including what has worked well, the need for quality documentation, and identifying ways for commissions to live on beyond the length of the project and initial performance.
On day two, MAAF provided presenters with an overview of the new national jazz touring program, Jazz Road. Members were asked to consider ways to engage in the new program and to assist in spreading the word to their local artists’ communities. The remainder of the day was focused on artist selection and tour development. The 2019-2020 JTN Tours will be announced later this year.

Image: The Jazz Touring Network host site representatives, along with Michael Mwenso and Magda Giannikou, gather at Saint Peter's Church. Credit: Ian Tresselt.
Mid Atlantic Art's 2018 Annual Report
We are so pleased to share our 2018 Annual Report! Thanks to all of you who make our work possible - the artists, organizations, funders, advocates, supporters, and believers - our story is your story, too!

Upcoming MAAF Program Deadlines!
ArtsCONNECT: March 8, 2019

Mid Atlantic Tours: March 1, 2019

USArtists International: Round Three April 3, 2019
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, is accepting applications for Apprenticeship Awards and nominations for Heritage Awards. The Apprenticeship Award supports up to a year of study in folklife or living cultural traditions with a master folklife practitioner in Maryland. The Heritage Awards recognize outstanding stewardship of Maryland folklife. Find information about both programs here. Deadline for both programs: February 15, 2019.

  • The Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick has announced a call for entries for their 2019 National Juried Exhibit. All media is eligible, but there is a nominal fee to submit artwork for consideration. Deadline: March 25, 2019.

  • 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.

  • Maryland State Arts Council has announced its Creativity Grant Program for independent artists and small organizations. The purpose of the Creativity Grant Program is to strengthen the vitality and sustainability of artists and small organizations to maintain a strong and stable arts infrastructure in the State of Maryland. You can read more about the program here. Applications open on February 1, 2019.