March 2021
Send Us Your Nominations for for the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award!
Mid Atlantic Arts is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award. Named after Mid Atlantic Arts’ Executive Director from 1994-2017, the Alan Cooper Award honors an active arts leader or leaders who: 
  • Have demonstrated visionary leadership;  
  • Whose work has broken down barriers and inequities in order to expand access to the arts;  
  • And whose service and engagement with their community has resulted in meaningful impact.  
Nominations are being accepted through May 4, 2021. Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts within Mid Atlantic Arts’ nine state region of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, or WV. For more information please go to
The awardee will be selected in summer 2021. In addition to the recognition event in the fall, the awardee will receive a cash award of $2,500. 
For more information, please contact Adam “Bo” Plantz at or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x102.  
ArtsCONNECT Accepting Applications - Join us for a Webinar!
ArtsCONNECT supports projects developed collaboratively by a consortium of three or more presenters within the mid-Atlantic region. 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, plus additional support to cover project expenses. Presenters can seek potential presenting partners by submitting artist and project information to the Projects in Development listing, and learn about other developing consortia to possibly join. 

Want to learn more about how ArtsCONNECT can support your work? Attend an upcoming webinar!
New this year! Presenter Pitch Sessions:
Presenters are invited to participate in virtual pitch sessions to coordinate potential ArtsCONNECT consortia with other presenters in the region. Pitch sessions are organized by Mid Atlantic Arts. For more information, including session dates and links to RSVP, click here.
Projects in Development Listing Submission Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
Final Application Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021
Project period: September 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022 

Important Program Updates:
Due to the challenges that the field is facing through the ongoing pandemic, we have revised our guidelines to adjust to new realities. Adjustments include support for virtual engagements, more support to cover project expenses, and no restrictions on booking an artist in your own state/jurisdiction, among others. Please visit our website for more information.

Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at

Image: ArtsCONNECT 2021 supported an engagement with Alarm will Sound at PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, NY in August 2020. Here, Alarm Will Sound performs John Luther Adams' "Ten Thousand Birds" to a socially-distanced audience in PS21's
open air pavilion theatre. Credit: Elena Siyanko.
Paid Summer Internship Opportunity Available
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Interested in learning more about the arts field and grantmaking? Apply by April 4, 2021 to be considered for our summer internship opportunity. This part-time position is offered virtually to candidates anywhere in the U.S. and includes a $2,750 stipend. Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have recently completed their course of study.

Internships at Mid Atlantic Arts are designed to offer hands-on experience administering grants to artists working in a broad range of visual, performing, and literary artistic disciplines through the Individual Artist Fellowships program, in addition to immersion in a secondary area of focus which rotates annually.

For summer, 2021, the intern responsibilities will include work on the Individual Artist Fellowships and providing application review support for the Special Presenter Initiatives and Mid Atlantic Tours programs. The intern will have the opportunity to attend staff meetings, workshops, and other educational activities when feasible.

Please see the listing on our website for full details and information about how to apply.
Book Now for Mid Atlantic Tours Support!
Lakecia Benjamin sits on a low white block in left profile. She is dressed all in white with white boots.  Her saxophone rests on the floor beside her being help upright in her left hand.
Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The program provides project support grants to presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia .

Support is available to presenters booking these artists for engagements scheduled between September 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022. Engagements must be confirmed with artist agents by May 7, 2021. Book now for the widest selection!

The 2021-2022 selected artists include:
  • Charlotte Blake Alston (PA): Nationally acclaimed storyteller committed to the preservation of African and African American oral traditions
  • Garba360 (NJ): Beloved Gujarati social folk dance experience reimagined for all to participate
  • Resistance Revival Chorus (NY): A collective of women and non-binary singers who join together to uplift and center women’s voices
  • SQUONK (PA): Joyful outdoor spectacles with giant welcoming hands as big as houses and music that blows the roof off.
  • Tom Paxton & The DonJuans (VA): Legendary songwriter that influenced generations of traditional folksingers for over 50 years
For more information on the 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours artists and booking agent contact information, click here.

Important Program Updates:
Due to the challenges that the field is facing through the ongoing pandemic, we have revised our guidelines to adjust to new realities. Adjustments include support for virtual engagements, more support to cover project expenses, and no restrictions on booking an artist in your own state/jurisdiction, among others. Please visit our website for more information.

Questions? contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at 

Image: Lakecia Benjamin. Credit: Elizabeth Leitzell.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Massachusetts Cultural Council has announced its capacity building series, Recover, Rebuild, and Renew. The series of free sessions guides organizations navigating programming and governance during COVID-19. To see the variety of session topics and dates, see here.
  • The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University welcomes applications for its spring 2022 Practitioner Fellows program. The program supports artists, media makers, and writers whose work focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the United States. Deadline: March 31, 2021.
  • The Franklin Furnace Fund welcomes applications for its 2021-22 grants program. Through the program, grants ranging between $2,000 and $10,000 will be awarded to early- career artists to assist them in the production of a major work of performance art in New York City. Deadline: April 1, 2021.
  • The Bemis Center is accepting applications for their Artists-in-Residence program. Selected artists-in-residence enjoy generous sized, private live/work studios complete with kitchen and bathroom, and a $1,000 USD monthly stipend. Deadline: April 1, 2021 by 11:59 PM CST.
  • MacDowell is welcoming applications from emerging and established artists for its fall fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. Residencies are available from October 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022. Deadline: April 15, 2021.
  • The Bogliasco Foundation is inviting applications for its fellowship program. The program awards one-month fellowships to individuals of all ages and nationalities who have made significant contributions in the arts and humanities. Deadline: April 15, 2021.
  • The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support artists who are underrecognized in their field. It welcomes Letters of Inquiry for its 2021 New Work Project Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in support of new work by underrecognized artists age 21 years or older. Letters of Inquiry Deadline: April 23, 2021.