Southern Exposure is a national initiative designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. The program supports tours that are collaboratively developed by presenting organizations across the United States.  The touring projects include public performances and activities that provide the public with direct interaction with the visiting artists.  An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities that have little access to this type of work.

Southern Exposure is a partnership of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation.


The next Southern Exposure deadline is February 28, 2014 for projects taking place between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.  Click here for guidelines and application.


Do you have questions about the Southern Exposure program or application process?  Please contact Brigid Zuknick, Program Assistant, International, at Brigid@midatlanticarts.org or410.539.6656 x113.

Through a competitive grants process, the program supports touring projects that are collaboratively developed by presenter consortia.  The projects include performances and complementary activities that provide audiences with a greater appreciation for the artists’ work and of the cultures from which the work is derived.

Presenters may select dance, music and theater artists from the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela