May 2019
A group of nine young adults stands outside on a sidewalk - four in front and five in back.  The young woman in the center back golds a large Poetry Out Loud sign over her head. Trees frame the shot.
Poetry Out Loud 2019 Champion Named!
Presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud  2019 took place April 30-May 1, 2019 at Lisner Auditorium in
Washington, DC. Isabella Callery of Minnesota was named the Poetry Out Loud National Champion with Scottlynn Ernestine Ballard of Illinois taking second and Georgia's Alejandro J. Campo clinching third.
In addition to the Poetry Out Loud recitation contest, all 53 state champions had the opportunity to submit either an original written poem or spoken-word piece to be judged by poet Kyle Dargan through the Poetry Ourselves component of the competition. Evan Reynolds of Connecticut won for his original poem and Daeja Loew of Wisconsin won for spoken-word.

The 2019 National Finals were hosted by p oet, author, and 2018 National Book Award recipient  Elizabeth Acevedo with musical guest Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.
Poetry Out Loud annually involves over 300,000 students from schools across the U.S. Students compete at the school, various regional, and state levels before one student from each state progresses to the National Finals in Washington, DC each spring. MAAF produces the three days of events that make up the National Finals competition.

Image: Back row (l-r): Rose E. Hansen (MA), Jo ã o Rodrigues Victor (ME), Scottlynn Ernestine Ballard (IL), Gage Gramlick (SD), Khadija Ceesay (KS). Front row (l-r): Alejandro J. Campo (GA), Maggie Odom (HI), Vera Escaja-Heiss (VT), Isabella Callery (MN). Credit: James Kegley.
A group of women and men sit around long wooden tables in a bright room. Windows run along one side of the room. Small groups are in discussion and papers and cups sit on the tabletop.
Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Survey and Planning Project Underway
MAAF is pleased to announce the launch of the Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Survey and Planning Project (CAFTA). In cooperation with the Livelihoods Knowledge Exchange Network (LiKEN) , MAAF is conducting extensive field work to identify the needs of traditional artists and cultural communities in the central Appalachian regions of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. LiKEN has assembled a talented Field Team of cultural workers, community organizers, and folklore professionals to cover the 112-county region. Based on study outcomes, MAAF will design a new program intended to increase the understanding, recognition, and practice of the living traditions present in Central Appalachia.

A CAFTA Planning Summit was held the last weekend of April in Bland, Virginia. During the gathering, MAAF staff and the LiKEN Team were joined by members of the CAFTA Advisory Group. Together participants reviewed field work methodologies and data collection tools and spent significant time exchanging important knowledge and resources to inform field work. 

To learn more about the CAFTA project, the Field Team, and Advisory Group click here . Questions about CAFTA should be directed to Program Officer, Jess Porter ( ).

Image: Advisory Group member, Luke Eric Lassiter and Field Team member, Crystal Good swap notes during the first CAFTA Summit in Bland, VA. Credit: Betsy Taylor.
Three adults stand in front of a white backdrop with the blue and black Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo. Left to right: Alan Cooper, Former Executive Director of Mid Atlantic; Julia Olin, Alan Cooper Award Honoree; and Theresa Colvin, Executive Director.
Annual Partner Meeting and Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award Presentation
Board members and state arts agency directors and chairs from across the region joined MAAF in Baltimore on May 9-10 for our annual partnership meeting.

On Thursday, attendees enjoyed presentations and conversations with: Eddie Torres of Grantmakers in the Arts who discussed the state of arts funding; Ryan Stubbs and Paul Pietsch of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies who gave an overview of the recently released report Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector ; Andi Mathis of the National Endowment for the Arts who provided an agency update; and Alejandra Duque Cifuentes (Executive Director, Dance/NYC), Alice Sheppard (Choreographer), Sarah Frankland (Head of Arts, British Council USA), and Jo Verrent (Senior Producer, Unlimited [UK]) who led a discussion about supporting artists with disabilities.

Thursday was capped off with a celebration dinner at the Baltimore Museum of Art where the 2019 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award was presented to Julia Olin. We were delighted to present Julia with a piece of art glass created by Baltimore artist Anthony Corradetti. 

On Friday, board members and partners joined together for MAAF's work agenda and lunch. Following lunch, the board and staff met for a planning retreat. It was a busy two days!

We would like to thank departing board members Stewart Cades (PA), Philip Horn (PA), Scott Johnson (MD), and Steve Spiess (CA) for their service. And we welcome incoming board members Vernon Araujo (USVI), James Lemons (NY), Lenwood Sloan (PA), and Donna Walker-Kuhn (NY).

Image: (l-r) Alan Cooper, Awardee Julia Olin, Executive Director Theresa Colvin. Credit: Edwin Remsburg.
The words "Jazz Road A Program of South Arts are superimposed in white over an image of a man playing a trumpet.
Jazz Road Touring Funds Available
New National Program Funding Artists to Build Tours
South Arts is now accepting applications for the newly-launched Jazz Road Tours program, offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that reach new audiences and include three to six sites, with an emphasis on bringing jazz to rural, isolated, and underserved parts of the country.

The first cycle of funding will support tours occurring between October 2019 and September 2020, with additional cycles to be announced later this year.

Join the Jazz Road team for a webinar (this is a live stream - so you do not need to sign up in advance) on May 30 at 3:00 p.m. ET to learn more about Jazz Road, program guidelines, and the application process.

Full program details, guidelines, and applications are available by visiting .

Application deadline: August 1, 2019

Led by South Arts, Jazz Road was created in partnership with the five other Regional Arts Organizations (RAOs) across the United States.

Image: Charlton Singleton. Credit: Bruce France.
Opportunity Quick Links

  • PEN America is currently accepting applications for the PEN/Jean Stein Grant for Literary Oral History. Through the program, a grant of $10,000 will be awarded to advance or complete an ongoing literary work of nonfiction that uses oral history to illuminate an event, individual, place, or movement. To be eligible, projects must be an unpublished work-in-progress and be the work of a single individual written in English. Deadline: June 1, 2019.

  • Latino Public Broadcasting is accepting proposals for sixty- or ninety-minute documentary films from the Latino American perspective that explore contemporary civic and social justice issues, incorporate a journalistic approach into the filmmaking process, and have resonance for a U.S. national audience. Production and post-production grants ranging between $40,000 and $100,000 will be awarded. Deadline: June 3, 2019, 5 PM PST.

  • The PEN/Heim Translation Fund through Pen America is awarding grants in support of the translation of book-length works of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or drama that have not previously appeared in English in print or have appeared only in an outdated or otherwise flawed translation. Grants awarded through the program typically range between $2,000 and $4,000. Deadline: June 1, 2019, Midnight EST.

  • 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.