September 2021
DC, NJ, PA, USVI, & VA Artists - Apply Now for a
Creative Fellowships Residency at Millay Arts!
A large artists studio with white walls is set up for large scale visual work creation. A series of white figures on black backgrounds lean against the walls and one sits foreground on a table with artist tools. Work of Sue Johnson, Richmond, VA.
Are you an authorvisual artist, or composer in need of time and space to create?
Apply now for a residency at Millay Arts and be considered for a 2022 Creative Fellowship, supported by Mid Atlantic Arts. Millay Arts residencies offer private studios, room, and board for intensive, self-guided creative exploration and development in a tranquil rural setting. Creative Fellows also receive a travel subsidy.
Artists should apply directly to Millay Arts through their regular application process. A limited number of applicants selected for residencies will be recommended for Creative Fellowship support. For more information and to access the application, visit the Millay Arts website.  
The next deadline for applications is October 1, 2021
Mid Atlantic Arts provides support annually to artists from each state and jurisdiction in the mid-Atlantic region at either Millay Arts (DC, NJ, PA, USVI, VA) or the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (DE, MD, NY, WV). Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to learn more! 
Image: In the studio of Sue Johnson (Richmond, VA) who was a Creative Fellow at Millay Arts in the summer of 2021. Credit: Sue Johnson.
Over $330,000 Awarded to Mid Atlantic Region Organization to Support ArtsCONNECT Engagements
Congratulations to the 38 presenters from the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands who were awarded grants through the 2021-2022 ArtsCONNECT touring program.
ArtsCONNECT provides support for touring projects collaboratively developed by presenter consortia in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities.

Twelve tours will visit communities in-person or virtually over the next twelve months. Touring artists include:

Click here for a complete list of ArtsCONNECT grantees and engagements. Please contact the venue directly for dates and times.
Image: Kinetic Light. Credit: BRITT / Jay Newman.
Mid Atlantic Arts Welcomes New Members
and Elects FY22 Officers
At our May Annual Board Meeting, Mid Atlantic Arts announced the election of three new board members. We are excited to welcome Kim Chan (NJ), Deputy Director at the Brooklyn music incubator National Sawdust; Anita Gonzalez, Ph.D. (DC), professor of performing arts and African American studies at Georgetown University and a co-Founder of their Racial Justice Institute; and Asa Jackson (VA), a visual artist, curator, director, and Chair of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Mid Atlantic Arts also elected the following officers for fiscal year 2022: Romona Riscoe Benson (PA), Chair; Susie Farr (MD), Vice Chair; Margaret G. Vanderhye (VA), Secretary; and J. Mack Wathen (DE), Treasurer and acknowledged the service of two departing board members from DC - Susan Butler and Kay Kendall each gave five years of their time and energy to Mid Atlantic Arts. We are grateful for their support and wish them well in future endeavors.

Images (l-r): Kim Chan, Anita Gonzalez, Ph.D., and Asa Jackson. Credit: Courtesy of each board member pictured.
Introducing New Mid Atlantic Arts Staff
A big welcome to our new Development Associate, Cordelia Neff. Originally from Maryland, Cordelia has spent much of the last decade working for nonprofits in Santa Cruz, California including the Friends of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries as Executive Director, and the Santa Cruz Symphony as Director of Administration, Education, and Development. She moved back to Maryland to be closer to family and most recently worked for Equipment Connections for Children and the Howard County Loan Closet helping residents get the disability and therapy equipment they need. Cordelia can be reached at

And starting next week on the 27th, Emily Hilliard joins our team as Program Officer for Folk and Traditional Arts. In addition to managing the newly launched Central Appalachia Living Traditions program, she will be responsible for our folk and traditional arts programming. Emily served as the state folklorist West Virginia and is the founding director of the West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council. For over the past ten years, Emily has worked with cultural heritage and traditional arts institutions including Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, and Maryland Traditions. She is a well-known author and media producer and her book, Making Our Future: Visionary Folklore and Everyday Culture in Appalachia, will be published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2022. You can reach Emily (after September 27!) at

We will also be welcoming Sarah Theune as Program Specialist on September 27. Sarah will assist program staff with a number of tasks including panelist and grantee outreach, meeting planning, and information sharing. Before joining Mid Atlantic Arts, Sarah served as the Administrator for AileyCamp Miami at the Adrienne Arsht Center. You can reach Sarah at
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography. Please click here for details.
  • Applications for the Artist Residency Program at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center in New York Mills MN are now being accepted. The residency program is open to artists of all disciplines; writers, poets, playwrights, visual artists, musicians and dancers, and offers time and space to create without distraction. Deadline: October 1, 2021.
  • The Getty Foundation invites applications for the Getty Scholar Grants program through which residencies at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa will be awarded to established scholars or writers to pursue their projects free from work-related obligations. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Deadline: October 1, 2021.
  • The Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design Artist Fellowship is inviting applications for its Artist Fellows program, which will award two grants of up to $20,000 to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptors, and others who identify their practice within the field of craft. Deadline: October 4, 2021.
  • The Center for Folklore has partnered with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation to bring their Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program to Pennsylvania. This program provides grants to support the placement of roadside markers which commemorate local traditions, in order "to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of our heritage." Discovering your local folklore is a unique and powerful way to participate in the enrichment of local folk tradition and to promote folklore across the Commonwealth. Deadline: October 11, 2021.
  • YoungArts is accepting applications for its 2022 YoungArts Award Competition. Accomplished artists between the ages of 15 and 18 (or in grades 10 through 12) are encouraged to apply for a financial award of up to $10,000 as well as opportunities to work with leading artists and will become eligible for exclusive creative and professional development support throughout their careers. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or legally able to receive taxable income in the United States. Deadline: October 15, 2021.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts invites applications for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. Grants will be awarded as finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects (projects need to have completed principal photography); funds for the creation of music recordings or videos; and production funds for live or online theatre. Applicants must be current residents of New York City (one of the five boroughs). Deadline: November 1, 2021.