Posted on August 24, 2011      
Deadline: February 10, 2012

New Public-Private Partnership to Connect Latin American Performing Artists With U.S. Audiences
The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation have announced a public-private partnership in support of the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, which is designed to bring exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to audiences across the U.S. that have little access to this work.
The new initiative will support the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and will include community activities designed to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the artists, their work, and respective cultures.
The pilot program will support projects for the 2012-13 performing season that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the U.S. and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three different cities or towns. In addition to public performances, all projects will include complementary community activities intended to build appreciation for the visiting artists' work and cultures. Consortia will work together to develop print and electronic support material for their respective projects.
Each consortium must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five presenting organizations. Priority will be given to consortia that include at least one organization with little to no experience in presenting artists from outside the U.S. Consortium partners must be based either in different states and/or federal jurisdictions or, at a minimum, outside of a fifty-mile radius from one another. Each presenter in a consortium must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a unit of state or local government and have a minimum of three continuous years of experience offering multiple presentations by professional touring performing artists in a given season.
Grants will not exceed $25,000. Eligible expenses include artist fees, travel-related expenses, shipping, expenses related to support material creation and distribution, translation services, expenses related to community engagement activities, communications, marketing and promotion, some administration costs, and visa application services.
Complete program information and application guidelines are available at the MAAF Web site.
The electronic application as well as online grant workshop details will be available on the site in September.

Roberto Gutiérrez Varea
Associate Professor, Performing Arts and Social JusticeDirector, Center for Latino Studies in the Americas (CELASA)
University of San Francisco, College of Arts and Sciences, 281 Masonic – # 206 San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
TEL (415) 422-2071 – FAX (415) 422-2815