February 2020
Allison Miller's In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change
Allison miller sits center behind a drum kit. Another musician stands left with a bass and another stands tight with a woodwind. A female tap dancer dances in front of the group. A screen with a river projection is in the background.
With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, MAAF recently supported it's first commissioning project through the Jazz Touring Network (JTN) program. Allison Miller's “In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change,” is a historical reimagining of social movements and rivers through music, dance and video. In her own words, Allison says, "It focuses on five rivers and five associated historical narratives. The project explores multimedia performance as a vital form of knowledge production through the poetic interpretation of historical events and their association with the geography, ecology and flow of specific rivers. The work hopes to present a rich multi-sensual experience for the audience, where music, movement and images coalesce to produce transformational ideas and feelings."

Allison was joined by her ensemble Boom Tic Boom, featuring Jenny Scheinmanon violin,
Carmen Staaf on piano, Ben Goldberg on clarinet and contra-alto clarinet, Kirk Knuffke on cornet, and Todd Sickafoose on upright and electric bass. A cclaimed tap dancer, Claudia Rahardjanoto, was joined by video designer Todd Winkler who worked with pre-recorded and new footage for a real-time presentation.

JTN member, Lake Placid Center for the Performing Arts (Lake Placid, NY) commissioned the work which visited five member sites this January. In addition to Lake Placid, the piece was performed at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA), Ars Nova Workshop (Philadelphia, PA), Light up the Queen (Wilmington, DE). and the Modlin Center for the Arts at the University of Richmond (Richmond, VA).

Image: Allison Miller's In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change at Lake Placid Center for the Performing Arts. Credit: Desdemona Burgin.
On Screen/In Person Brings Risking Light to the Region in March
MAAF's March On Screen/In Person film tour brings producer Miranda Wilson to communities across the mid-Atlantic region to screen and talk about her film Risking Light. From the streets of Minneapolis, the aboriginal lands of Australia, and the killing fields of Cambodia,  Risking Light  is an exploration of resilience, and the painful process of moving from grief to compassion and forgiveness. This powerful documentary challenges us to examine our own beliefs about forgiveness and asks “What would the world look like if we could learn to forgive one another?”
Summer Internship (PAID!) Deadline March 8, 2020
Join MAAF this summer as an Arts Administration intern! Internships at MAAF 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 specialized area of focus which rotates annually. MAAF is currently seeking a qualified individual to serve as the 2020 Arts Administration Intern - Fellowships & Jazz. Internships are open to current undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals who have recently completed their course of study. Deadline for summer 2020 applications is Sunday, March 8, 2020. for the full position description, click here .
Congratulations to the 2020 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Artist Fellows!
New Jersey State Council on the Arts 2020 Artist Fellows stand in a large group for a photo.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts recently announced its 2020 Individual Artist Fellowships in the disciplines of sculpture, choreography, poetry, and music composition to 28 artists across the state. The Fellowships are awarded solely on the artistic excellence of applicants’ completed work through an anonymous, peer review process, and funds may be used for almost any purpose which helps support the recipient in their artistic practice. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation partners with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts to administer the program and we extend our congratulations to this year’s Fellows!

New Jersey Fellowships are offered in a broad range of 12 visual, literary, and performing arts disciplines on a three-year rotation schedule. Please visit our website for more information about the upcoming application process for artists and the categories offered for the 2021 program year. 

Image: 2020 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Artist Fellows. Credit: Kimberly Steinle-Super.
MAAF: Upcoming Deadlines
ArtsCONNECT: Projects in Development listing due Friday, February, 21, 2020
The Projects in Development listing is a user-generated, one-stop information hub that includes all of the consortia projects currently in development for ArtsCONNECT.
Presenters can seek potential presenting partners by submitting artist and project information to the listing, and learn about other developing consortia to possibly join. Applications for artists that have not been submitted to the listing will not be eligible for 2020-2021 ArtsCONNECT funding. Learn more here.

Creative Fellowships: Millay Colony deadline Sunday, March 1, 2020
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation partners with the Millay Colony for the Arts to annually supplement the cost of residencies for a limited number of authors, visual artists, and composers residing in the mid-Atlantic region. Artists living in District of Columbia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, or the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible to apply for support through the Millay Colony. Artists interested in being considered should apply directly to the applicable residency program through their regular application process. Artists from Delaware, Maryland, New York, or West Virginia are eligible for similar support through the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The next application for VCCA is May 15, 2020. Learn more here .

Mid Atlantic Tours: Booking deadline Friday, February 28, 2020
Mid Atlantic Tours is a curated roster program of performing artists and ensembles chosen to tour throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Fee support grants are available for mid-Atlantic presenters booking roster artists for engagements scheduled between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Learn more here .

Performing Arts Global Exchange: Booking deadline Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) is a new Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation grant program for performing arts presenters nationwide in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts. PAGE brings exemplary international music, dance, and theater to audiences across the United States. Fee-support grants are available to nonprofit presenting venues and units of government based anywhere in the U.S. or its territories who book artists from a curated roster for both performance and community-engagement activities. Artists on the roster have not widely toured in the United States and reside in a selected region, with the inaugural year’s roster featuring artists from U.S. neighbors Canada and Mexico. Learn more here .
Jazz Road Tours Application Deadline
South Arts is now accepting applications for Jazz Road Tours , a national program offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that include three to six sites, with an emphasis on reaching rural, isolated, and underserved communities in combination with dates at more traditional venues. These awards will support tours taking place between August 15, 2020 and August 14, 2021. Applications are due by April 21, 2020.

Jazz Road is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations - Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/Western States Arts Federation.

Image: Charlton Singleton. Credit: Bruce France.
The National Endowment for the Arts Releases Latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts has released the full results from the nation’s largest, most representative survey of adult participation in the arts. The new Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) records the different ways that American adults (age 18 and older) engage in the arts, where that engagement takes place, and why adults participate in these activities. The survey report also tracks demographic characteristics of those who participate and respondents’ perceptions of the availability of the arts in their communities. The report covers both national and state-level data as well as selected urban areas. Since 1982, the Arts Endowment has partnered with the U.S Census Bureau to produce the SPPA, with this edition analyzing data from 2017. 
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Gear up to ignite change in the new decade with the most cutting edge ideas when you connect with innovators who put arts, culture, and social justice at the heart of equitable, vibrant communities. All are eager to engage you at the 2020 Northeast Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Philadelphia March 26-27. You’ll join a supportive community of change makers from Maryland through Maine who come from arts administration, urban planning, arts production, community development, philanthropy, economic development and more. Register by February 29, 2020.
  • Leeway Foundation invites applications for Art and Change Grants. The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides project-based grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans artists in Greater Philadelphia to fund art for social change projects. Eligible applicants must live in the greater Philadelphia region. Deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is inviting applications for its Artist Residency Program. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in craft media, including clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. Deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • Maryland Humanities supports public programming with the humanities at its heart — inspiring organizations to explore innovative programs that spark dialogue, engage new audiences, and stimulate the exchange of ideas. The organization welcomes applications from Maryland nonprofit organizations and schools to its Mini-Grant program. Through the program, grants of up to $1,200 will be awarded to public humanities projects, documentary film projects, and civic education initiatives designed to engage and benefit Marylanders. Deadline: March 1, 2020.
  • The Jim Henson Foundation awards grants each year for the creation and development of innovative excellent works of puppet theater. Grants are made only for the development of new works of excellent live puppet theater. Awards can be made only to IRS tax-exempt organizations. We welcome applications from individual artists, but those without 501(c)(3) non-profit status must apply through a fiscal sponsor. Letter of Intent Deadline: March 9, 2020.
  • The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Foundation is inviting applications for the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (RAiR). Conceived by businessman and artist Donald B. Anderson in 1967, the RAiR program seeks to enhance the cultural environment of Roswell and southeastern New Mexico by bringing artists of national importance to live and work in the tranquility of the high plains. The program provides gifted studio-based visual artists with a unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for an entire year. Deadline: March 15, 2020.