ArtsInk News & Updates                 October 2017

On Screen/In Person News

Screen shot of DEEj walking up the stairs at college with silhouette of audience in front of screen.
DEEJ screening at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, PA. Photo Credit:Robert Rooy.

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. 

OSIP Filmmaker Blog
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! Currently featured are director Robert Rooy's reflections on his tour with DEEJ. Read more and subscribe here.
November Film Screening - Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

From the rough-edged courts of New York City to recruitment by legendary Coach Pat Summitt in 1995 for the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols, Chamique Holdsclaw impressed crowds with her artistry, athleticism, and drive. As a 3-time NCAA champ and Number One draft pick in the WNBA, Holdsclaw seemed destined for a spectacular professional career until her long-suppressed battle with mental disorders emerged to threaten her life. Narrated by Glenn Close, Mind/Game intimately chronicles Holdsclaw's athletic accomplishments and personal setbacks, and her decision, despite public stigma, to become an outspoken mental health advocate.

In addition to the film screening and conversation with filmmaker Richard Goldsmith, many host sites will feature activities focusing on mental health awareness.

Find a MAAF host site near you!

Mind/Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw

Southern Exposure Roster in Development

A group of four dancers waves and poses for the camera.
DanzAbierta of Cuba is touring the U.S. through the 2017-2018 Southern Exposure program.
Did you know the United States has more Spanish speakers than Spain? Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a great program to help presenters feature international artists and enhance community engagement goals. 

Grantees often tell us they use Southern Exposure to aid in audience development. Ongoing audience building is critical to the future of the performing arts. The Wallace Foundation has a number of free resources available to arts organizations seeking new ways to reach new audiences. 

We are working hard right now with our Southern Exposure curators to compile the 2018-2019 roster. Presenters across the U.S. will be contacted soon for feedback on artists under consideration. 

Subscribe to our
newsletter for roster and program updates. Interested in attending a Southern Exposure performance? Find an engagement near you!
USArtists International Resources

The Rose Ensemble (MN) performs at the World Symposium on Choral Music, Llivia, Spain through USAI 2017. Photo Credit: Alyssa Anderson.
Thinking of applying to the USArtists International program? We invite you to attend our application webinars. On November 3 at 2PM EST we will offer a webinar on eligibility and on November 16 at 2pm EST join us for a webinar on tips and pointers for applicants.

The next USAI deadline is Friday, December 1, 2017.

USAI requires two work samples from applicants. New York Foundation for the Arts has a great guide on prepping work samples.  Check it out here
Mid Atlantic Tours Roster Artists In The News

Image of a small white clapboard house.  A female dancer on the left in the window. A male dancer on the right by the door.
Bridgman I Packer Dance in Voyeur.
Photo Credit:Tyler Silver
In September, MAAF announced the 2018-2019 Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) roster. Since then, MAT roster artist Ping Chong has received a 2017-2018 Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship and Bridgman I Packer Dance's recent production of Voyeur received a 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production. Congratulations!

Presenters in DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV can book these artists and others featured on the 2018-2019 MAT roster now. MAT provides fee support grants to organizations booking from the artist roster. There is no application for MAT - you must contact the artist agent directly. The MAT artists book quickly - hurry to take advantage of grant funding! For booking guidelines, tech riders, agent contact information, and more, click
MAAF on the Road!

MAAF performing arts program officer, Haowen Wang, will be on the road in the fall and winter for a variety of meetings in the region. Look for him at:

  • WV Annual Presenters Meeting, October 18th, in Buckhannon, WV
  • DE Arts Summit & Presenter Meeting, October 30th, in Dover, DE
  • PA Presenters Pitch Party, November 13-14, State College, PA
  • APAP, January 12-16, NYC
Congratulations and Kudos!

  • To MAAF grantees and/or touring artists Camille A. Brown, Ping Chong, Michelle Dorrance, Jason Moran, Postcommodity, and Esperanza Spalding who were recently named Ford Foundation Fellows!
  • To OSIP film Little Stones for winning the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival Humanitarian Award!
  • To USAI grantee Miguel Zenón on his Latin Grammy nomination in the Best Latin Jazz/Jazz album category. 
Quick Links:
  • Pew Center for Arts & Heritage invites letters of intent for their Project Grant Program. Grants are awarded in three areas: Exhibitions & Public Interpretation, Performance, and Pew Fellowships. Projects, artists, and organizations must be based in the Philadelphia-area. Applicants must contact Pew staff before the letter of intent deadline. Letter of Intent Deadline: November 15, 2017.
  • California artists and organizations working in literary and traditional art are invited to submit a letter of inquiry to the Creative Work Fund, a program of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. The Creative Work Fund awards grants between $10,000 and $40,000 for a collaborative project where the creation of art and the artist is central. Letter of Inquiry Deadline: December 1, 2017.
  • Visual artists working with found, reclaimed, or recycled objects are invited to apply for a Reimagine It Grant from Artfully Reimagined. These mini-grants are awarded directly to individual artists to help support careers in the world of repurposed art. Deadline: Rolling.