July 2021
The National Endowment for the Arts has released guidelines and application materials for two programs to distribute American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds. These programs are open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and local arts agencies, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. The NEA encourages applications from first-time applicants, and will offer workshops, question and answer sessions, and other resources for those new to federal funding.

Rescue Plan funding is available through two separate competitive opportunities:

Before applying for Arts Endowment funding, you will need to obtain a DUNS number and register at SAM.gov and grants.gov. Registration in SAM.gov and grants.gov can take several weeks, so you should begin the process as soon as possible. Here are resources that can assist you in the registration process.

Guidelines, application materials, and applicant resources are available at arts.gov/arp-grants.
Delaware Artists! Apply Now for State Fellowships!
The 2022 Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship guidelines and application are now available. The Fellowships provide funding to Delaware creative artists to fulfill needs that will allow them to advance in their careers.

Disciplines offered for 2022 Fellowships are:
  • Dance: Choreography
  • Folk Arts: Music, Oral Literature, Visual Arts
  • Jazz: Composition, Performance
  • Literature: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Playwriting, Poetry
  • Media Arts: Film, Video
  • Music: Composition, Solo Recital, Contemporary Performance
  • Visual Arts: Crafts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Works on Paper

All applications must be submitted online. Program guidelines and a link to the online application are available on the Delaware Division of the Arts website.
The deadline for 2022 applications August 2, 2021 at 11:59PM ET.
Central Appalachia Living Traditions
Program to Launch this Fall
Mid Atlantic Arts has launched Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT), a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding and recognition of folk arts and culture in Central Appalachia. CALT was developed in response to Mid Atlantic’s Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts Research and Survey Project (CAFTA) completed in 2020. To deliver this program, we are excited to expand our partnerships with three State Folklife programs: Ohio Arts Council, West Virginia Folklife Program, and Virginia Folklife Program. 

CALT has three program areas: the Folk Arts and Culture Community Anchors Initiative, Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences, and Recognizing Folk Arts and Culture Champions. Collectively, these programs are intended to stabilize local venues, create greater connectivity among organization and community leaders, increase the visibility of folk arts and culture, and facilitate the transmission of artistic skills and cultural knowledge. 
Through Recognizing Folk Arts and Culture Champions, Mid Atlantic Arts has partnered with the Appalachian Food Summit to launch the Appalachian Foodways Practitioner Fellowships. The program is intended to honor, celebrate, and support foodways tradition bearers and practitioners in Central Appalachia. Nominations for the first year of fellowships are due September 6, 2021.

We will begin rolling out the reminder of the program in stages beginning in Fall 2021.
USAI 2021 Round Two Grantees Announced
Mid Atlantic Arts has announced over $528,000 in grant support to 49 ensembles and solo performers through the second round of the 2021 USArtists International (USAI) program. USAI grantees will represent the U.S. at 57 festivals worldwide and include 25 music, 14 dance, and 10 theater companies and solo performers from 15 U.S. states. The grantee pool is composed of 49% first-time grantees and also marks the inclusion of supported engagements in Bahrain and Monaco for the first time. USAI round two engagements comprise both virtual and in-person events and will take place between July 2021 and June 2022.
USAI supports performances by American artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S.-based artists on world stages, USAI provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music, and theater invited to perform at significant international festivals. The program encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange, and enhancing creative and professional development of U.S. artists by providing connections with presenters, curators, and artists around the world. USAI extends the reach and impact of professional artists dependent on touring for continued sustainability and career advancement. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded over $8.6 million in support.
USAI accepts applications for funding to support virtual performances as well as eligible in-person engagements at international festivals. Support for postponed engagement dates is also being offered. The next deadline for USAI is Thursday, September 9, 2021 for projects taking place between December 15, 2021 – December 14, 2022. Guidelines for the 2021 – 2022 funding cycle will be posted later this month, and potential applicants are encouraged to carefully read through them and notice changes put in place since the pandemic.
USAI grantees are selected through a panel process. Mid Atlantic Arts convened two panels via video conference on May 25 and 26 - one for dance and theater applications and the other for music. The panels consisted of experienced artists and arts professionals as well as a lay-panelist. For a complete list of panelists, please click here.

USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, and the Howard Gilman Foundation for support of New York City-based organizations.
Image: Are You Lonesome Tonight (2021 stage version) by Petronio. Film by Dancing Camera. Presented @Cambio.
Congratulations to the 2021 National Heritage Fellows!
Congratulations to the nine artists recently named 2021 National Heritage Fellows by the National Endowment for the Arts! The nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts includes an award of $25,000 to each of the recipients.

The 2021 NEA National Heritage Fellows are:

  • Cedric Burnside, Hill Country Blues Musician from Ashland, Mississippi
  • Tagumpay De Leon, Rondalla Musician from Burbank, California
  • Anita Fields (Osage), Osage Ribbon Worker from Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Los Lobos, Mexican-American Band from Los Angeles, California
  • Joanie Madden, Irish Flute Player from Yonkers, New York
  • Reginald “Reggio The Hoofer” McLaughlin, Tap Dancer from Chicago, Illinois
  • Nellie Vera Sánchez, Mundillo Master Weaver from Moca, Puerto Rico
  • Winnsboro Easter Rock Ensemble, Easter Rock Spiritual Ensemble from Winnsboro, Louisiana
  • Tom Davenport, Filmmaker, Documentarian, and Media Curator from Delaplane, Virginia

The National Endowment for the Arts will commemorate the NEA National Heritage Fellows with a film that visits with the fellows where they live and practice these traditional art forms. On November 17, 2021, the virtual presentation will be webcast free to the public at arts.gov.
Thank You and Best Wishes to Departing Staff
The winds of change are blowing at Mid Atlantic as several staffers move on to the next steps in their journey!

  • Performing Arts Program Officer Haowen Wang will be heading to Dance /USA! where he will assume the role of Director of Regranting
  • Leah Harrison, our International Program Associate is heading to the Metropolitan Opera in NYC as the Director, Foundation and Government Relations
  • And Ann Turiano, our Programs Specialist is diving headfirst into the theater company she has co-founded with Makeima Freeland, Sisters Freehold

We are sad to see them go - but delighted to see them following their hearts! Congratulations to all!
It's the Year of Amina Claudine Myers!
Vision Fest Social Media Tile Featuring Amina Claudine Myers
In addition to receiving the 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO, Amina Claudine Myers is also being recognized by Arts for Arts (AFA) as part of their 2021 Vision Fest with a Lifetime of Achievement Celebration on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, NY!

AFA had this to say about honoring Ms. Myers, "In this spirit of abundant creativity, hope, and justice, AFA is honored to acknowledge the singular pianist, organist, composer, and singer Amina Claudine Myers for her lifetime of achievement on July 23 at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Ms. Myers comes from a background steeped in the blues and gospel, and is a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (A.A.C.M.). She took the new freedom approach to her music making, yet stayed close to the roots of the music. She has mentored many young musicians around the globe, and especially for women, she has been a shining and all too rare example. She is an extraordinary artist who has added so much to the important tradition of African American extended musical forms."

For more information on AFA's Vision Festival, visit: https://www.artsforart.org/vision
For tickets to the Amina Claudine Myers Lifetime of Achievement Celebration, visit: https://visionfestival.eventbrite.com/
Opportunity Quick Links
  • The RJE Sprout Fund was established by the Russell J. Efros Foundation in Roslyn, New York, in 2021 to support artists with the direct funds needed to complete projects in the next twelve months. All artists – whether formally trained, self-taught, or whose creative work falls outside traditional art forms – are encouraged to apply. Artists are also encouraged to apply for funds for projects that involve their communities (e.g., art classes, art therapy, outreach, and non-traditional projects). Deadline: Rolling.
  • The Dr. Robert L. A. Keeley Healing Arts Program at Carilion Clinic invites artists to submit a proposal for a portable sculpture/vessel to be utilized as a focus for ceremonies of healing in various healthcare and community settings. The sculpture must be interactive, durable, and one-of-a-kind. The chosen work will be of a scale and material suitable for easy transport to locations throughout Carilion Clinic’s service region and for temporary use during events, which may occur in outdoor settings. This invitation to submit is extended to artists 18 years or older with a connection to the state of Virginia. Deadline: August 13, 2021.

  • The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation invites applications for educational and preservation projects conducted by historical societies, historians, anthropologists, academic institutions, museums, and similar organizations with the potential to promote appreciation of the heritage of Suffolk County and/or preserve local historical collections and structures. To be eligible, applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Deadline August 13, 2021.
  • The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is accepting applications for its 2022 Artists-in-Residence program. The center is in downtown Omaha, Nebraska’s historic Old Market, and residences feature private live/work studios complete. Artists working in disciplines invited to apply include, but are not limited to, the visual arts, media/new genre, performance, architecture, film/video, interdisciplinary arts, sound art, and music composition, and choreography. Deadline: August 16, 2021.