ArtsInk News & Updates                 March 2017

Theresa Colvin Named Executive Director

Photo: Theresa Colvin.
Credit: James Kegley.
On March 15, the board of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced that Theresa Colvin will be its next Executive Director. Theresa will succeed Alan Cooper who is retiring after 23 years as the Foundation's Director. Theresa was selected through a nine-month, national executive search process guided by Arts Consulting Group. She will begin her tenure on May 1, 2017.

Thesesa comes to MAAF from the Maryland State Arts Council where she has been the Executive Director for the past 16 years. She first joined the Council as the Program Director for Community Arts Development and Music in 1997 before being appointed as the Executive Director in 2001. Prior to her tenure at MSAC, Ms. Colvin was the Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director of the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City, MD.

We are delighted to welcome Theresa to MAAF!

For the full announcement release, please click here.

Special Presenter Initiatives Deadline is March 31

If you are a nonprofit presenter in DC, Delaware, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or West Virginia you are eligible for the Special Presenter Initiatives program! Presenters 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 U.S. Virgin Islands. Application deadline: March 31, 2017.

Download the Special Presenter Initiatives program guidelines here.

Recorded Webinar: Click here for a recording of the most recent Special Presenter Initiatives application webinar, which provides a basic overview of the program.
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America Presenter Funding Deadline

Betsayda Machado & La Parranda El Clavo (Venezuela) are available for booking now.
Booking ends April 3 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 theater ensembles from throughout Latin America. Fee support is available for up to 40% of eligible grant expenses for performances 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. Bring Southern Exposure to your state in 2017-2018 by booking before April 3, 2017. To learn more about the program, or how to apply for a grant, visit
USArtists International Application Deadline Approaching 

Theatre Movement Bazaar (CA) will perform this June at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow with a 2017 USAI Grant. Credit: Justin Zsebe.
USArtists International, the only grant program available nationwide to artists in music, dance, and theater invited to perform at significant festival or performing arts markets 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 for program guidelines or to review a recent webinar recording.

USArtists International Round II Grantees Announced

Giordano Dance Company (IL) will perform at The International Baltic Ballet Festival in Latvia with a 2017 USAI grant. Credit:
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation announced grants last week totaling $276,450 to three theater, 12 dance, and 10 music ensembles from across the United States to support their engagements at 28 festivals in 17 countries around the globe through the second of three grant rounds of the 2017 USArtists International (USAI) program. USAI is the only national initiative in the United States solely devoted to supporting performances by American artists at important international cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces. USAI provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater, resulting in the promotion of international cultural exchange and the creative and professional development of U.S. artists. The final grant application deadline for USAI 2017 is April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Information about the USAI program, guidelines, current grantees, and the online application can be accessed here.
Funding Still Available for FAJE Tours

The French-American Jazz Exchange (FAJE) Tours
 are designed to raise the visibility of the French-American Jazz Exchange program in the United States by touring ensembles that have received a project grant through the program, providing American presenters with access to unique and powerful artistic collaborations and performances.
The booking deadline for the 2017-2018 program is Friday, April 21, 2017.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation provides FAJE Tours fee support to presenters based in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia for engagements taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. Funds are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested presenters should contact the tour artists' agents directly.

The French American Jazz Exchange 2017-18 Tours Roster includes:
  • Abu Sadiya with Yacine Boulares, Vincent Segal, and Nasheet Waits
  • Anakronic/Krakauer with David Krakauer and Anakronic
  • Ancestral Memories with Yosvany Terry and Baptiste Trotignon
For more information about the artist roster including agent contact information please click here. Questions? Contact Jess Porter at

New Jersey Individual Artist Fellowships Announced

The New Jersey State Council on the Arts announced the recipients of the 2017 Individual Artist Fellowships at their public meeting on February 28, 2017. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation administers the Fellowship programs on behalf of the Council and extends its congratulations to all awardees. Click here to see the list of recipients.  
Touring This April

The 2016-2017 season of On Screen/In Person, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's regional film touring program, will wrap up this April with States of Grace, an inspiring portrait of devotion, trust, and resilience which follows the journey of pioneering AIDS physician Dr. Grace Dammann and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. Filmmaker Mark Lipman will accompany his film on tour and be present at all screenings. Please contact the tour venues directly for dates, times, and locations of screenings and other scheduled activities. For information about participating venues, please click through the appropriate tabs here.  

Stay tuned! Information about the venues and films participating in the upcoming 2017-2018 On Screen/In Person tours will be announced in summer 2017.  
Other Opportunities!

  • Sesame Workshop, the foundation behind Sesame Street, is now looking for diverse fellows to join the Sesame Street Writers' Room. If you come from an underrepresented racial background and think you have what to takes to write for television, apply now! Deadline: March 31, 2017.
  • Arts organizations looking to present work by under recognized visual artists are invited to apply for a New Work Project Grant from the Harpo Foundation. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to support the creation of new work by the artist. Deadline: April 14, 2017. 
  • Apply for the 2017 Creative Community Fellowship program through National Arts Strategies if you have an idea to improve a community using arts and culture. Learn from mentors and other fellows while you put your proposed project into action . Deadline: April 23, 2017.
  • National Storytelling Network is seeking applications for the Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Winners will receive a $5,000 grant for a community project that demonstrates the power of storytelling for individuals and communitiesDeadline: April 28, 2017.