News from Mid Atlantic! 

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work, advance access to and participation in the arts, and promote a more sustainable arts ecology. 

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation believes that art is essential, that it has the power to transform individuals and communities, and in so doing helps define our society. Excellence, integrity, service, inclusion, and engagement are fundamental tenets of its commitment to the arts.

We envision a vital arts and cultural sector enriched by the movement of a vibrant and diverse environment of artists and arts organizations engaging audiences across geographic, artistic and institutional boundaries regionally, nationally, and internationally.

The Foundation serves the states and territories of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia. Additionally, the Foundation engages in national and international work focused on performing arts touring, jazz, and independent filmmakers.

"With the help of the FAJE grant, we have a new band with two sets of music, have completed six live performances and one clinic, and recorded a new album to be released in 2014. This is a solid foundation on which to build any new project."

Jeremy Udden, Saxophonist

French-American Jazz Exchange, 2013

Special Presenters Deadline Approaching

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Special Presenters Initiatives in Delaware, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands are designed to expand and diversify programming by presenters in these three jurisdictions in order to attract new audiences and increase access to the arts. The deadline for all three programs is Friday, February 21, 2014 for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Program guidelines and information about the application are available here. Questions should be directed to Michelle Grove

Photo: David T. Little's Soldier Songs. Photo by Jill Steinberg.

Latin American Opportunities

The application deadline for the next grant round of the Foundation's Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program is Friday, February 28, 2014. The program provides support to bring contemporary and traditional performing artists from Latin America to communities across the United States through projects developed by presenter consortia.The program guidelines and online application can be found here. Additional applicant resources are available here, including a listing of artists from Latin America that presenters might want to consider for their projects and a Consortia Matchmaker to help them connect with colleagues also interested in submitting applications. Questions should be directed to Brigid Zuknick, Program Associate, International at

Photo: Companhia Urbana de Dança performing ID: ENTIDADES and NA PISTA. Photo by Rodrigo Mongolin.

An Exquisite Film Experiment 

February kicks off the spring tours of the Foundation's regional independent film touring program, On Screen/In Person.  Filmmaker Ben Popik will be on tour with his film, The Exquisite Corpse Project, in which five writers are presented with a surprising challenge: each must write 15 pages of a movie, having read only the previous five pages of the script. Combining documentary and narrative footage, this unique film is both an absurd comedy and exploration of the creative process.  To connect with the venues or find engagements near you, click here. For information about the spring lineup of films, click here.  Questions about On Screen/In Person should be directed to Kimberly Steinle-Super at   

 Photo: The Exquisite Corpse Project film still.

Jazz Exchange Funds Available

Guidelines for the next grant round of the French-American Jazz Exchange program are now available. Co-administered by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and FACE ("French-American Cultural Exchange"), the program supports projects collaboratively designed by French and American professional musicians that encourage artistic exploration, and develop new audiences and professional relationships.  The application deadline is Friday, May 30, 2014. American applicants should direct their questions to Josh Kohn at  French applicants should contact FACE at

Photo: FAJE 2014 grantee Jozef Dumoulin.

Art Works for Virginia 

The Virginia Commission for the Arts will host the 2014 Art Works for Virginia Conference on January 28-29, 2014 at the Richmond Convention Center.  The conference keynote speaker will be the noted singer Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Baron and Maria von Trapp whose story inspired The Sound of Music.  Informational sessions will explore arts education, cultural tourism, financial management, marketing, and staff and board leadership, among other topics. On January 28th, the Virginia Presenter Network will host a pre-conference roundtable meeting for presenters from within the state.  For more information about the conference and to register, click here.

Quick Links 

The Rubys: Artist Project Grants

Three Rivers Arts Festival: Call for Artists

NALAC Fund for the Arts

Shakespeare in American Communities

NEA 2015 Funding Program Guidelines