June 2019
National Endowment for the Arts Provides Over $1.6 Million in Support for MAAF Programs and Services
Many thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for their recent grant of $1.6 million to support our regional touring plan and other activities. As one of the six regional arts organizations in the U.S., MAAF receives Endowment funding to manage programs across state, national, and international borders. Programs such as ArtsCONNECT, Jazz Touring Network, Mid Atlantic Tours, On Screen/In Person, and Special Presenter Initiatives rely on support from the Endowment to reach the many communities of the mid-Atlantic region. And support of these program equals support for artists.

All told, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded over $80.4 million for 1,114 new awards located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. jurisdictions in their second round of fiscal 2019 awards.

Interested in grant opportunities for your work or organization? Visit the Endowment grants page to learn more: https://www.arts.gov/grants
MAAF Embarks on Strategic Planning Process
People stand and sit in a large hotel conference room.  Their back are towards us.  They face a woman who is standing near a wall covered in large sheets of paper with writing. She appears to be reviewing the notes on the sheets.
Image: The MAAF board and staff met in May for a joint planning retreat in conjunction with our annual partnership meeting. Credit: Maren Brown Associates.
Working with Maren Brown Associates, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has embarked on a strategic planning initiative designed to shape the role of the organization moving forward. The new plan will guide MAAF's work while aligning efforts with the needs of the field.
Work has already begun on information gathering and opportunities will exist for deeper listening through surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. In fact, we just launched our artist and organization surveys last week and would love to hear from you! You can access both surveys here - responding should only take 10 minutes of your time.

We look forward to sharing our progress with you in the months ahead and are looking forward to listening and learning opportunities in the weeks to come. Your input is crucial to our understanding of the field. Thank you for helping us to support the arts and artists these last 40 years - we look forward to many more!
Annual Fund Giving
You know that the National Endowment for the Arts provides funding to MAAF - but did you know a critical component of our grant award agreement requires that we match our federal grant? MAAF's Annual Fund provides critical matching support as well as general operating support each year. We hope you will consider making a gift to our 2019 Annual Fund Campaign to help us meet our goals and match our Endowment grant. Giving is easy through our Network for Good portal and supports artists, organizations, and communities throughout the region and beyond.
Rural Generation Summit
Image: Representatives from the mid-Atlantic region participating in the summit’s closing session at Tougaloo College. (l-r) Diane Laird, Abbi Peters, Jess Porter, Douglas Jackson, Mary Eileen Fouratt, and Betty King. Credit: Ruby Lopez Harper.
In May, MAAF Program Officer, Jess Porter attended the 2019 Rural Generation Summit , a national gathering facilitated by Art of the Rural with support from local host partners Alternate Roots and Appalshop , and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America .

The Rural Generation Summit, which took place on May 22-24, 2019 in Jackson, Mississippi, offered participants an immersive experience in the Delta while providing space for artists and community organizers to connect with economic developers, funders, elected officials, and researchers who share their passion for rural places. The unique format of the conference fosters new collaboration and offers tangible tools and insights for participants to take back to their communities.

MAAF sponsored six representatives from rural communities across the mid-Atlantic region to attend the Rural Generation Summit. Travel grants were awarded to the following individuals: Betty King (WV), Douglas Jackson (VA), Abbi Peters, (PA); Mary Eileen Fouratt, (NJ); Jennifer Merrit (MD), Diane Laird (DE). Thank you to our State Arts Agency partners for submitting nominations for participants and to the National Endowment for the Arts for funding the travel grants!

To learn more about Rural Generation click here . Questions can be directed to Jess Porter, Program Officer, Performing Arts,  jess@midatlanticarts.org
Delaware and New Jersey State Individual Artist Fellowships Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Programs
MAAF is pleased to once again be administering the artists fellowships programs for the states of Delaware and New Jersey. Guidelines and applications are now open!

Delaware Division of the Arts 2020 Individual Artist Fellowships provide funding to Delaware creative artists to fulfill needs that will allow them to advance in their careers. The submission deadline is Thursday, August 1, 2019 . For more information, including guidelines and the online application portal, please click here .

New Jersey State Council on the Arts 2020 Individual Artist Fellowships
are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process to help them pursue their artistic goals. The submission deadline is Tuesday, July 16, 2019. For more information, including guidelines, the online application portal, and application assistance webinars, please click here .
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts Program. The program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts and invites applicants from Florida, New York, New England, or the District of Columbia that have a good idea for how the arts and education can be combined to create a more immersive and engaging atmosphere for learners. Rolling monthly deadlines through October 31, 2019.

  • The Artist-in-Residence Program at Zion National Park offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park's inspiring landscape. The selected artists will be given rent-free use of a furnished park house in the main canyon. Deadline: July 31, 2019 Fee (USD): $30.00.

  • Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre. This artist-centric grant program—designed to support approximately 50 tours each year—is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Only individual artists may apply to Jazz Road Tours. Deadline: August 1st, 2019.

  • IDEA Opera Grants are available to creators identifying as African, Latinx, Asian, Arab and/or Native American (ALAANA) who are able to demonstrate their ability to compose theatrical works for the voice and instrumental ensemble. Intent to apply deadline: July 29, 2019, Application deadline: September 9, 2019.

  • PA'I Foundation's program, Native Artist Residencies (NAR), is an artist-in-residence program which puts First Peoples at the center of their art-making by creating residencies in settings that support indigenous artists’ cultural and artistic values, and offer an ideal creative environment for their work. Deadline: July 19, 2019.