October 2019
Charles Tolliver Receives the 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO!
Charles Tolliver stands center holding his Legacy plaque. Two people flank him on each side.
Trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Charles Tolliver was honored with the 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO in a special ceremony on Friday, October 11, 2019 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, PA. The  Living Legacy Jazz Award  honors jazz masters from the mid-Atlantic region who have achieved distinction in jazz performance and education.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Living Legacy Jazz Award and the inaugural year for this event at its new home in the Kimmel Center. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary, several previous honorees returned to celebrate the evening, including: Toshiko Akiyoski, Odean Pope, Joanne Brackeen, Reggie Workman, and Larry Ridley. Previous awardees and Mr. Tolliver were on hand for a special panel earlier in the day, "Living Legends: Up Close and Personal," in partnership with the Jazz Philadelphia Summit.
Guests enjoyed a gala reception in the Kimmel Center's Hamilton Garden with music provided by the Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Ambassadors. The reception and Award ceremony were followed by a concert by Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation with a special appearance by the 2018 Living Legacy honoree, Toshiko Akiyoshi in the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater. Audience members got a surprise treat, when Mr. Tolliver also took the stage to join the band for a number!
Image: (l-r) Hal Real, Board Chair, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Theresa Colvin, Executive Director, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation; Charles Tolliver, 2019 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO Honoree; Michael Innocenzo, President and CEO, PECO; and Romona Riscoe Benson, Director of Corporate and Community Relations, PECO. Credit: Martin Regusters.
Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award Nomination Deadline Nov. 5th!
Nominations for the 2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award are due  Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Named after MAAF's Executive Director from 1994-2017, the Leadership Award honors an active arts leader who has impacted the arts sector in meaningful ways including creating model programs, developing innovative partnerships, and embodying dedication to the arts and diverse artistic expression. Though not necessary for nomination, MAAF is interested in recognizing an arts leader who has made significant contributions via public-private partnerships or in international cultural exchange.
Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts within MAAF's nine-state region of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, or WV. For more information please go to  http://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/alan-cooper-leadership-in-the-arts-award/
The awardee will be selected in spring 2020 and be recognized in May 2020. In addition to the acknowledgement event, the awardee will receive a cash honorarium of $2,500.
For more information, please contact Adam “Bo” Plantz at  adamp@midatlanticarts.org  or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x102.
Important Changes to ArtsCONNECT
ArtsCONNECT supports projects developed collaboratively by a consortium of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, jointly booking a touring artist. Each presenter in a consortium may request funding of up to 50% of the negotiated artist fee for the project, not to exceed $10,000.
In the past 12 months, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation conducted a full program evaluation to see how ArtsCONNECT can better serve presenters in our region. Key changes to this year’s program include:
·         A new set of review criteria
·         A tiered funding structure for small, mid-sized, and larger projects
·         A listing that will include all projects in developmen t
How do I find out more?
1.      Read the brand new program guidelines
2.      Register for a  MAAF application webinar
Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at   haowen@midatlanticarts.org , or 410.539.6656 ext. 110 

Image: The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Band is touring through ArtsCONNECT this November and February. Credit: Courtesy of the artist.
On Screen/In Person November Film Explores Detroit Through the Eyes of a Mail Carrier
Director Pamela Sporn hits the road with her film, Detroit 48202: Conversations Along A Postal Route , which examines the rise, demise, and contested resurgence of the City of Detroit through the lens of African-American mail carrier, Wendell Watkins, and the committed community he faithfully served for thirty years. Though stories of resistance and resilience, Wendell’s customers share how they pushed back against racial segregation in housing and challenged disinvestment, proposing creative ways to re-imagine an inclusive, productive, and re-invigorated city. Click here for a list of mid-Atlantic region host sites.
Upcoming USArtists International Deadline and Webinar
Black and white image of Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole with red dress.
The second USArtists International deadline of the 2019-2020 funding cycle is fast approaching! Applications are due by November 22, 2019 for projects taking place between March 15, 2020 and March 14, 2021. 

Thinking of applying and need a little more information? Or maybe just looking to hone your writing skills? Join us for our next webinar:

USArtists International: Tips and Pointers for Applicants

This webinar is for artists planning to apply for USArtists International. The webinar reviews the online application, the panel process, and provides helpful tips to applicants interested in strengthening their applications and avoiding common mistakes.

Image: Kaumakaiwa Kanaka‘ole received 2019 USAI funding for an engagement at Te Tairawhiti Arts Festival, New Zealand. Credit: Adam Palumbo.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation is accepting applications for its Philanthropic Arts (“P/Arts”) Program. The program seeks to promote the teaching power of the arts and, to that end, 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. Deadline: October 31, 2019.

  • The Harry Ransom Center Invites Applications for 2020-21 Research Fellowships.In 2020–21, the center will award ten dissertation fellowships and up to fifty postdoctoral fellowships for projects that require substantial on-site use of the center’s collections. The collections support research in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Deadline: November 11, 2019.

  • Women's Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, is accepting applications for its Art-in-Education Artist’s Book Grant. The eight-to-ten-week residency is awarded to two emerging women artists who are interested in creating a new artist's book and in teaching young people. Deadline: November 15, 2019.

  • California Humanities invites proposals for its 2019 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program. Cal Humanities seeks compelling film, audio, and digital media projects that reflect a broad cross-section of Californians’ stories; bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light; and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples and histories. Shorts, podcasts, Web series, features, and more are all eligible. California residency is not a requirement for eligibility. Deadline: November 1, 2019 & March 2020.