ArtsInk News & Updates                       May 2017

Congratulations to Samara Elán Huggins, Poetry Out Loud Champion!

l-r: Henry Bienen, President, Poetry Foundation; Samara Huggins; Jane Chu,Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts. Photo: James Kegley.
Samara Elán Huggins was named the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Champion on April 26th. The Georgia high school senior recited poems by Arthur Rimbaud, John Berryman, and W.D. Ehrhart to win a $20,000 award. She has competed in Poetry Out Loud every year of high school, and will be attending the Pratt Institute in New York this fall. Read the NEA's interview with Samara here. Second place went to Nicholas Amador from Hawaii, and third place to Iree Mann from New York. 

Poetry Out Loud is a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation and the state arts agencies that encourages high school students to learn more about great poetry, both classic and contemporary, through memorization and performance. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation produces the National Finals events. 
MAAF Annual Partnership and Board Meeting
On May 11 and 12, MAAF hosted the State Arts Agency (SAA) Partnership Meeting and the spring Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Board Meeting in Baltimore. The Partnership Meeting enables SAA directors and board chairs to learn more about MAAF's programs, to meet and interact with their peers, to gather information that will help with their work, and to further strengthen their regional partnership. On the 11th, SAA guests and board members enjoyed plenary sessions with Somi and Rudresh Mahanthappa presenting on the impact of the USArtists International program and filmmaker Sylvie Rokab and presenter Barry Kornhauser talking about using the On Screen/In Person film series as a community engagement tool. On May 12th, SAA representatives and the board met for the annual board meeting including a session on Strengthening Arts Leadership Through Equity and Inclusion led by Jeannie Howe and Kibibi Ajanku of Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance's Urban Arts Leadership Program.
Saying Goodbye and Hello

Photo: James Kegley.
In conjunction with MAAF's Partnership and Board Meeting, the Foundation held a very special event to celebrate Alan Cooper's retirement and welcome Theresa Colvin as our new Executive Director. Board members and staff past and present as well as state partners and friends came together on May 11th in Baltimore at the Historic Belvedere's 13th Floor for an evening of celebration. Thanks to all who attended! It was wonderful to see so many old friends and to welcome some new ones!
Other Opportunities!
  • Etsy, the online marketplace for handmade and unique goods, has just announced their grant program, Maker Cities. Both research and program grants are available to support marginalized groups in the creative economy. The grants require collaboration between government officials, Etsy sellers, and local non profits. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded. Deadline: May 26, 2017.
  • Apply now to the Art and Social Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation. The grants of up to $2,500 support women and trans artists in the Delaware Valley seeking funding for arts-based social change projects. The grants are available to individual artists and cultural producers, and work in any medium is eligible. Deadline: August 1, 2017. 
  • Directors in Minnesota or New York City are invited to apply for the MN / NYC Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Program. The Jerome Foundation will award production grants of up to $30,000 for projects in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, or documentary works. Deadline: August 24, 2017
  • Individuals working in the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, or mathematics are invited to apply for the Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Stipends of up to $77,500 will be awarded for individuals to pursue projects in their fields. Deadline: September 14, 2017. 
  • The Grammy Museum funded by the Recording Academy is offering grants to support music archiving and preservation in addition to grants for scientific research projects regarding the effect of music on humanity. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to both organizations and individuals. Apply to the Grammy Museum Grants Program with a letter of inquiry by the following date. Deadline: October 1, 2017.