ArtsInk News & Updates                       June 2018
Apply Now for Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey Fellowships Programs

Are you an artist in Delaware, Maryland, or New Jersey? Learn more about your state's fellowship program, guidelines, and disciplines supported this year here:

All three states offer either webinars/recordings or other tools to assist artists in the application process. Need help? Click on your state for more information:

Delaware: Deadline Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST
Maryland: Deadline Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST
New Jersey: Deadline Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5 PM EST
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USArtists International Announces 2018-2019 Deadlines

USArtists International (USAI) has announced its three program deadlines for the 2018-2019 grants cycle:

September 7, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between December 15, 2018 and December 14, 2019. 

November 30, 2018 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between March 15, 2019 and March 14, 2020. 

April 3, 2019 by 11:59 PM Eastern
For projects taking place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. 

Guidelines and the application for the 2018-2019 USAI program will be available in July 2018.

Image: The Green Fields of America (NY) received USAI 2018 round two support to travel to three festivals: Celtic Connections and IMBOLC International Music Festival in the United Kingdom and the Temple Bar TradFest in Ireland.

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Folk & Traditional Arts Touring Network Annual Meeting

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation was delighted to host the first annual meeting of the Folk & Traditional Arts Touring Network (FTAN) at our Baltimore offices on June 4. The day-long meeting included personal stories of traditional practice told by touring artists, a discussion of strategies for presenting and marketing folk and traditional arts and culture, and collaborative planning sessions between artists and presenters. Meeting participants included representatives from the  National Council for the Traditional Arts (MAAF's program partner), FTAN member organizations, and pilot program touring ensembles. The following artists participated in the meeting:
  • Almeta Miller of The Legendary Ingramettes
  • Danny Knicely of Danny Knicely's Next Generation
  • Mark Stafura of Tamburaski Sastav Ponoć 
  • Phil Wiggins of Phil Wiggins Blues House Party
  • Rick Franklin of Phil Wiggins Blues House Party 
The Folk & Traditional Arts Touring Network is a presenter-based membership network designed to bolster the presentation of folk and traditional arts in the region through public performances and multi-day community residencies. The first tours of the FTAN program will kick off across the mid-Atlantic region in spring 2019.

Image: FTAN members and artists in discussion during the inaugural Annual Meeting. Photo credit: Jess Porter.

Board Elections

Following our May board meeting, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced a new slate of officers for 2018-2019: 
  • Chair, Hal Real, Delaware
  • Vice Chair, Barbara Bershon, Maryland
  • Secretary, Margaret G. Vanderhye, Virginia
  • Treasurer, J. Mack Wathen, Delaware
In addition to the election of officers, MAAF elected seven current members for additional terms: Barbara Bershon (MD), Susan Butler (DC), Susie Farr (MD), E. Scott Johnson (MD), Kay Kendall (DC), Hal Real (DE), and J. Mack Wathen.

To learn more about our board of directors and the work they do across the region, please click here:

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Did you know that the National Endowment for the Arts' Blue Star Museums program, an initiative in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide, offers free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day? You can find out more about the program and participating museums here:

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  • Bay Area arts organizations, apply now for a Special Art Grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation. These grants of up to $25,000 support special artistic projects or initiatives, artistic collaborations or commissions, and upgrading facilities to benefit artists and audiences. Apply now, particularly if your organization serves under-represented groups. Deadline: July 15, 2018. 
  • The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is accepting applications for projects from arts and cultural organizations in the five boroughs of New York City which embody ethical artistic practice. They are committed to providing support for projects that provide access to art for a broad audience, art for social justice, social change and discourse, and under recognized artistic practice. Apply now for the Supporting Art and Social Justice grant. Deadline: September 14, 2018.
  • Early-career poets, novelists, choreographers, playwrights, designers, performers, directors, filmmakers, composers, and performance artists are invited to apply for the  Princeton Arts Fellowship at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University. Stipends of up to $81,000 will be awarded for individuals who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community. Deadline: September 18, 2018.  
  • Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards, a program of the Levitt Foundation, gives grants of up to $25,000 to present a free outdoor concert series in the grantee's city. Music presenting nonprofits, don't miss this opportunity. Deadline: September 25, 2018.