ArtsInk News & Updates             November 2017

Congratulations to Odean Pope!

We were thrilled to recognize saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator Odean Pope with the BNY Mellon Jazz 2017 Living Legacy Award in a special ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., on Friday, October 27, 2017. The
Living Legacy Jazz Award honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.
Guests attended a reception in the Kennedy Center Atrium including music by the Suitland High School CVPA Jazz Combo. Following the Award presentation, guests enjoyed a performance by 2016 Living Legacy awardee Ron Carter and his trio in the Terrace Theater. 

A special thank your to our event sponsors BNY Mellon, PECO, and Kay Kendall!

Image: (l-r) Kevin Struthers, Director of Jazz Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Susan Travers, Regional President, BNY Mellon; Honoree Odean Pope;  Scott Johnson, Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. Image credit: Valerie Russell.

On Screen/In Person Deadline Next Monday!

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Application Deadline Reminder! November 20th!

 On Screen/In Person tours filmmakers throughout the mid-Atlantic region helping to build understanding and appreciation of your work through direct audience engagement. Travel, per diem, and host site stipend provided. You screen your film, meet the audience, and collaborate with your host on a community engagement activity. Application is free!

Organizations: MAAF provides full tour management including film review, travel, marketing tools, and a grant to support filmmaker stipends. You host six public screenings + Q&A and partner with the filmmaker on a community engagement event. 

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Find out what really goes on during an On Screen/In Person tour! Our filmmakers take you along with them venue by venue - we promise you will meet some very interesting people along the way! Read more and subscribe here.

Photo: Still from the On Screen/In Person film Little Stones which will be touring the mid-Atlantic region in February 2018 with director Sophia Kruz.
Upcoming USArtists International Webinar and Deadline 

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USAI staff will offer a webinar on tips and pointers for applicants on November 16 at 2pm EST. Please join us - we want to help you craft a stronger application! Can't attend in person? Recordings of our webinars are posted to the program guidelines pages after they take place.

The next USAI deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017 at 11:59 EST for projects taking place between March 15, 2018 and March 14, 2019. The third and final deadline of the 2017-2018 USAI cycle is April 5, 2018 for projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. 

Are you an artist or ensemble seeking festival opportunities and not sure where to look? Check out our international resource page for festival databases, visa information, and much more!

Photo: Early Morning Opera received a 2017 USAI grant for an engagement at The International Theatre Festival of São Paulo - MITSp, Brazil. Credit: Sue Holland.
ArtsCONNECT Guidelines and Application Now Available

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ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects of performing artists from across the country and around the world that are developed collaboratively by presenters  from within the mid-Atlantic region. Matching grants are awarded once per year ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per presenter for non-commissioning projects. Presenters with commissioning projects may request up to $15,000.
For program guidelines and application information, click here.  
If you are interested in applying, here are two online resources that can help you put your application together!
Application Webinars 
MAAF will be offering three free webinars to assist potential applicants in understanding the ArtsCONNECT program and filling out the online application. First webinar: 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 11AM-12PM EST I RSVP here 
Projects in Development 
ArtsCONNECT requires three or more presenters from two or more states or jurisdictions from the mid-Atlantic region to apply as a consortium for a project.

If you are looking for potential partners for ArtsCONNECT, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation offers a Projects-in-Development listing of presenters looking to form a consortium for the 2018-2019 program cycle. To submit a listing, click 
For questions about the ArtsCONNECT program, contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at

Photo: Westminster Choir and Bang on a Can All Stars, conducted by Joe Miller, perform
Anthracite Fields. An ArtCONNECT 2017 project with Westminster Choir College of Rider University, NJ. Credit: Dax Finley.
Special Presenter Initiatives Applications Open 

Special Presenter Initiatives (SPI) provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia to support engagements with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide*. (*New this year!)
Nonprofit presenters can request matching grants for up to two projects per annual cycle. 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.

The program guidelines are available and the application is now open for SPI 2018-2019. The application deadline is Friday, March 30, 2018.
MAAF will be offering three free webinars; the first webinar will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 from 11am-12pm EST for prospective applicants. RSVP here.

Video: The Forum (USVI) will be presenting Catalyst Quartet in January 2018 through a
2017-2018 SPI grant.
Quick Links:
  • Nonprofit theater companies! Shakespeare in American Communities is a national program that supports high quality productions of Shakespeare's plays for middle and high school students in under served schools. Awards total $25,000 and support performances and related educational activities. Letter of Intent Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Arts managers are invited to apply for the DeVos Institute of Arts Management Fellowship. The free fellowship program consists of a month long residency every year for three years, in addition to mentoring and virtual learning experiences between residencies. The competitive program provides intensive training in arts and cultural management, artistic planning, marketing, fundraising, evaluation, and finance for mid-career arts administrators. Letter of Intent Deadline: December 15, 2017.
  • Individual artists looking for domestic and international residency and fellowship opportunities can find a listing for a variety of disciplines courtesy of Creative Capital. Deadline: Various Dates in November and December.
  • American Music Abroad, a collaboration between American Voices and the U.S. Department of State, is now open for applications. Fifteen ensembles will be selected to participate in regional cultural exchanges across the globe. The tours will be 2-week multi-country tours. All traditional American genres are welcome to apply, including but not limited to hip hop, R & B, jazz, country, bluegrass, afro-caribbean, or rock & roll! Deadline: January 21, 2018
  • New England Dance Fund, a program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, is accepting applications. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to choreographers to help advance their careers in dance. Deadline: February 9, 2018.