December 2020
Our Wish for You, This Holiday Season
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For many of us, the winter holidays will look very different this year. Some of us may be alone or far from family and friends. We hope you will find happiness and solace in the beauty of the arts. Perhaps you will learn a new poem by heart, or tackle that book that has always escaped unread. Or you might gather some folks for some virtual theater games and then take a virtual museum tour anywhere in the world - you can even bring your coffee into the galleries! However you spend your time this season, may it bring you joy.

At Mid Atlantic Arts, we continue to work from home and know we are fortunate to be able to do so. Many of the artists and organizations our grants and work supports do not have that luxury. If you are able, please consider making a gift of any amount to our Annual Fund Campaign today to help us better support those that depend on our services.

We wish you and yours health and peace this holiday season. Until we meet again.

Image: Jill Wellington from Pixabay.
Join Jazz Road's Jazz Presenter and Venue Database
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Jazz Road is growing its database of jazz presenters and venues. Jazz Road Tours provides grants to musicians taking their music on the road and into new communities across the United States. The program relies on successful connections between artists and the venues/presenters/communities which will host them. If you represent an organization that presents jazz–or is interested in expanding their work to include jazz presenting–please complete the form below. We are looking for presenters of all types, from jazz clubs to places of worship to performing arts centers to house concerts to non-traditional presenters, and communities from rural or isolated to urban. To check out past projects, visit the South Arts Jazz Road page.
Coming Soon! ArtsCONNECT, Mid Atlantic Tours, and Special Presenter Initiatives Revised Guidelines!
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Due to the challenges that the field is experiencing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, program guidelines for ArtsCONNECT, Mid Atlantic Tours, and the Special Presenter Initiatives are being revised to better serve presenters in our region. Guidelines for all three programs will be released in late January/early February 2021. Webinars will be held this spring to review the changes to the program guidelines and to answer questions from potential applicants. More to come!

Image: ArtsCONNECT grantee Artpark's socially distant audience spreads across the terrace outside of Artpark's Mainstage Theatre, enjoying Alarm Will Sound's performance. Credit: Jordan Oscar.
Welcome, Mary!
Welcome to Mary Childress, who has joined Mid Atlantic Arts as our Financial Officer. Mary brings executive leadership experience from managing the financial operations of nonprofit organizations including associations, charities, foundations, and professional societies. In addition to starting her own consulting firm designed to assist nonprofits and small businesses, Mary has held strategic and financial management positions in nonprofits that focused on renewable energy, public health, and public transportation. She brings over 25 years of experience primarily as chief financial officer and has also held leadership positions in the information technology and human resources areas.

Even though we can only work with Mary remotely at this time, we wish her a warm welcome to Mid Atlantic Arts!
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The American Folklore Society has launched their new AFS Career Center that connects folklorists across all disciplines and career stages with a far larger and more diverse collection of relevant career opportunities. You can manage your career, recruit for positions, and access career resources through the new intuitive interface.
  • Maryland State Arts Council is pleased to announce that applications are open for 2021-2022 Folklife Apprenticeships. This grant supports traditional arts education through the teaching of skills from a master artist to a learner artist. Grants are $5,000 each, with $4,000 disbursed to the master artist and $1,000 to the learner artist during a one-year teaching period. Deadline: January 15, 2021, 5 PM.
  • The Institute for Electronic Arts invites applications for its Experimental Projects Residency Program in Electronic Media and Film. Both the media and film programs support artists with a one- or two-week residency, a stipend, travel support of up to $125 within New York State, lodging at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, access to technology, materials, and technical assistance. To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of New York State. Deadline: January 15, 2021.
  • The Les Paul Foundation works to honor the legacy of Les Paul and inspire innovative and creative thinking in the areas of music education and recording. To that end, the foundation invites applications for its grants program, which awards grants to programs and projects that explore music innovation and engineering, as well as medical research on hearing loss. To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deadline: January 15, 2021.