December 2021
Creative Fellows VCCA Deadline Approaching
Artists in DE, MD, NY, and WV Eligible for Support
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Mid Atlantic Arts Creative Fellowships provide artists with the time and space to create. Hosted in partnership with Millay Arts and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, writers, composers, and visual artists in the region can apply for two-week, or one-month residencies underwritten by Mid Atlantic.

Artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, and West Virginia are eligible to receive support at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). The next deadline is January 15, 2022 for September-December 2022 residencies. Artists interested in being considered for a Creative Fellowship apply directly to VCCA. There are no additional steps you need to take once you have applied. VCCA submits recommended Creative Fellowship candidates to Mid Atlantic Arts for further review and approval. 

Fellows receive $3,500 or $1,750 (depending on the length of stay) in support of their residency which is paid to the VCCA and up to $250 in reimbursement for the cost of travel to and from their residency. 

Visit the Mid Atlantic Arts website to learn more!

Image: Creative Fellow Sue Johnson (VA) created new work while in residence at Millay Arts in June 2021. Credit: Sue Johnson.
Performing Arts Global Exchange Roster Highlights Performing Artists of Australia and New Zealand
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Presenters nationwide are eligible for support through Mid Atlantic Arts' Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) program. A partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States.

PAGE provides fee support directly to nonprofit presenters programming artists from the roster, and presenters host both public performances and community engagements in achieving the program’s goals of cultural exchange and understanding.

How does it work? Simply check out the artist roster for 22-23 tours, contact the tour agent and negotiate the engagement(s), and then send an offer letter to the agent! You will be tentatively recommended for a grant (up to 50% of negotiated fee) and Mid Atlantic will contact you in May to verify details and confirm your grant

There is no application process for Performing Arts Global Exchange, but funds are limited. Presenters are encouraged to contact artist agents to secure engagements as soon as possible!

Want to Learn More? Join us for a webinar Thursday, December 16 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET.

Image: Aotearoa's Atamira Dance Company production of "Te Wheke" is featured as part of PAGE 2022-2023. Image: Courtesy of the company.
USArtists International 2021-2022 Round One Grants Providing Over $175,000 in Artist Support
Mid Atlantic Arts recently announced grants to 17 solo artists and ensembles in support of the first round of USArtists International (USAI). The artists represent eight states and will travel to 20 different festivals and arts markets around the globe. The grantee pool for the first round is composed of 64% first-time grantees to the USAI program and includes the first engagement on the Côte d’Ivoire.

USAI currently accepts applications for support of both in-person and virtual engagements. The next deadline for USAI is Wednesday, March 30, 2022 for projects taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

To see the full list of Round One grantees and the festivals they are attending, click here.
Welcome New USAI Staff!
Andrew Alness Olson (he/him/his) is our new Program Associate, International! An arts administrator, Andrew most recently served as the Marketing and Advertising Manager at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra where he was integral in the launch of the BSO’s concert streaming platform. He received his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Concordia College. You can reach Andrew at Welcome, Andrew!
Photo: Siudy Flamenco Dance Theater, Inc. of Florida received USAI 2021 support to travel to Iberica Contemporanea in Mexico. Here they perform during their July 14, 2021 engagement. Credit: Pablo Croce.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting submissions for the annual Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Book Awards. The awards are designed to recognize and encourage authors and illustrators starting out in the field of children′s books who share Ezra Jack Keats′s commitment to children and diversity. Publishers are encouraged to submit works by writers and illustrators who have had no more than three books published; self-published books are not eligible for consideration. Deadline: December 31, 2021.
  • The U.S. Regional Arts Organizations and Western Arts Alliance (WAA) are pleased to announce the second phase of this virtual international showcase opportunity for performing artists. The Performing Arts Discovery Program seeks to globally amplify the breadth and depth of American cultural expression. Applications are open to all U.S.-based performing artists with readiness to tour internationally. Deadline: January 7, 2022.
  • McLean Project for the Arts currently seeks solo exhibition proposals for their Spring 2022 Exhibitions. The exhibits will be featured as part of MPA’s 60th anniversary celebration. Contemporary living artists working in the Mid-Atlantic region are invited to submit exhibition or project proposals for display in the MPA Emerson and Atrium Galleries. Exhibitions will run April 14 – June 11, 2022. Deadline: January 7, 2022.
  • The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to professional dancers in need across the country, who have a dire financial emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is administered by New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and funded by Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Cycle 1 Deadline: January 7, 2022.
  • The William Penn Foundation, in collaboration with the Barra, Neubauer Family, and Wyncote foundations and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is accepting applications for the Philadelphia’s Cultural Treasures program. This program is a multi-year grant program supporting the recovery of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) cultural groups, artists, and organizations with exceptional significance to people in Greater Philadelphia. The program aims to create new opportunities for BIPOC artists, creatives, and culture-bearers and recognize their important and enduring contributions to Philadelphia and its residents. Deadline: January 14, 2022 (Letters of Interest)