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Executive Director Search Underway!

Mid Atlantic began the search for our new Executive Director earlier this month following the retirement of Theresa Colvin at the end of May. We encourage all interested potential candidates to read the job opportunity and apply if you feel like the position is a fit. Feel free to share!

The Mid Atlantic Arts Board of Directors has appointed a Search Committee to lead the process of transition. The members of that team are:

  • Romona Riscoe-Benson (Co-Chair), Director of Corporate Relations, PECO, Philadelphia, PA
  • Mara Manus (Co-Chair), Executive Director, New York State Council on the Arts, New York, NY
  • Anita Gonzalez, Ph.D., Professor of performing arts and African American studies at Georgetown University and a co-Founder of Georgetown’s Racial Justice Institute, Washington, DC
  • Nicholas Hawkins, Attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP, Baltimore, MD
  • James Lemons, Executive Director, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
  • Donna Walker-Kuhne, President, Walker International Communications Group, Brooklyn, NY

Mid Atlantic Arts issued an RFP for executive search services in January 2023. After working through a very competitive response from potential firms, Mid Atlantic engaged Creative Evolutions to lead the search for our next Executive Director. Creative Evolutions describes itself as a “human-centered adaptive ecosystem that creates actionable solutions for creative individuals and organizations.” Mid Atlantic was particularly impressed by Creative Evolutions’ approach to prioritizing equity, incorporating innovative inclusive and equitable practices into every phase of its work, and its posture to challenge Mid Atlantic’s preconceived notions of what its next leader might be.

The search process will include direct compensation paid to semifinalist and finalist candidates, and a panel of industry leaders who will both aid in finalist selection and partner with the new Executive Director in their first year. We encourage qualified applicants to consider applying for the position, or to recommend potential candidates to Mid Atlantic or Creative Evolutions. Creative Evolutions has a specific compensation policy around people who recommend candidates in search processes, which can be found here.

The Search Committee hopes to be able to announce the incumbent Executive Director in fall of 2023.

The Board has selected Veronique Le Melle as our part-time Interim Executive Director to provide guidance and support during the search process. You can learn more about Veronique below!

Welcome, Veronique!

A big welcome to our Interim Executive Director, Veronique Le Melle! Veronique is a highly qualified executive with over 30 years of experience in arts management and her career reflects great success in transforming organizations, building community engagement at all levels, and forging working collaborations among arts organizations, governmental bodies, and economic development initiatives.

Veronique is currently consulting for the City of San Antonio's Department of Arts & Culture (DAC), overseeing their Individual Artists grants. In addition to providing part-time, remote management services, she has developed and conducted professional development and grant writing workshops for San Antonio artists through the DAC.

You can reach Veronique at

Help Us Reach Our Year End Goal!

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There’s only a few weeks left to help us reach our $10,000 goal before the end of our fiscal year!


As an arts services organization, each year we provide hundreds of organizations and artists in our region access to funding and resources that fuel their creative projects. And as an arts-lover and friend of Mid Atlantic Arts, we know you understand the transformative power of experiencing art.


Make a tax-deductible gift to Mid Atlantic Arts today! Your gift will support crucial programs in need and impact artists and organizations around the globe.  

Credit: Above image features Gaspard & Dancers. Credit: Satsuki Scoville.

New Jersey and Delaware State Fellowships Open

New Jersey

The 2024 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship guidelines and application are now available! 

Fellowships are awarded to practicing New Jersey artists through an anonymous, competitive application process. If awarded, Fellowship funding may be used for almost any purpose which enables the Fellow to pursue their artistic goals.

Artists must apply by submitting examples of work they have already completed. Applications will be accepted in the following categories for the 2024 Fellowships:


  • Film/Video 
  • Digital/Electronic
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Painting
  • Prose 
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts


Program guidelines, a link to the online application, webinar registration links, and other application assistance resources are available on the Mid Atlantic Arts website.


The deadline for 2024 applications is 5:00 PM ET on July 13, 2023.


2024 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 2024 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, Interdisciplinary, 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 2024 applications is August 1, 2023 at 11:59PM ET.

Questions about Delaware Fellowships? Please review the program guidelines and contact Roxanne Stanulis at

2025 Mid Atlantic Tours

Roster Artist Interest Form Now Available

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Performing artists based in Mid Atlantic Arts’ geographic region working in dance, folk and traditional performing arts, multidisciplinary performance, music, puppetry or theater may submit the Roster Artist Interest Form to be considered for the Mid Atlantic Tours roster for the 2024-2025 project period.

Submissions to the Roster Artist Interest Form will be reviewed by a panel made up of peer arts workers based in the mid-Atlantic region. Final roster artist selection will be made by Mid Atlantic Arts staff based on recommendations from the panel and the Presenter Interest Survey.  

A Roster Artist Interest Form Virtual Info Session was held on June 8, 2023.

Click here to review the recording on the Info Session.

Click here to access a transcript of the Info Session as a pdf.

Click here to access a transcript of the Info Session as a Word.doc.

The Roster Artist Interest Form will close June 22, 2023.

Questions about Mid Atlantic Tours? Reach out to Program Director, Performing Arts Sarah Lewitus at

Photo: Mid Atlantic Tours artists Sonya De Los Santos at Huntington Arts Council (Huntington, NY). Credit: John Chicherio.

USArtists International

Application Deadlines Announced

USArtists International (USAI) supports performances by American artists at engagements at international festivals and global presenting arts marketplaces outside of the United States. This national program funds individuals and ensembles across all performing arts practices and disciplines.

Deadlines for the 2023-2024 program are:

  • September 29, 2023: For projects taking place between January 15, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

  • March 27, 2024: For projects taking place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

The USAI program guidelines will be updated later this summer, and the application for the fall deadline will open this summer as well. Save these dates to not miss out on this opportunity!

Folk and Traditional Arts News

The Greater Bristol Folk Arts & Culture Team—a collective of local culture workers—recently announced the recipients of its grant and fellowship program to support folk arts and culture in the region through Mid Atlantic Arts' Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) program.

Representatives articulated a shared goal for the Bristol grant and fellowship program: “To promote and support folk arts and culture in the greater Bristol community by providing targeted resources and support to area organizations, artists, and artist collectives with the goal of dramatically impacting the sustainability and awareness of traditional practice, cultural knowledge, and improving economic development and regional vitality.”

Support includes over $50,000 in direct rewards to four (4) Cultural Caretaker organizations and eight (8) Tradition Bearer Fellows, along with sharing a variety of professional development, performance, and cultural practice opportunities. 

Awardees will be featured at the Virginia Folklife Area at the Richmond Folk Festival (October 14 and 15, 2024), organized by the Virginia Folklife Program of Virginia Humanities. 

Cultural Caretaker grants of $5,000 each—focused on small-scale, limited capacity, and largely volunteer-run community organizations—have been awarded to the Appalachian African-American Cultural Center (Pennington Gap, VA), the Carter Family Fold (Scott Co., VA), Exchange Place (Kingsport, TN), and Mt. Pleasant Preservation Society (Smyth Co., VA).

Tradition Bearer Fellowship awards of $4,000 each have been allocated to broom maker John Ingles Alexander (Grayson Co., VA), luthier Jackson Cunningham (Grayson Co., VA), clothing maker Stephen Curd (Washington Co., VA), musician Pierceton Hobbs (Dickenson Co., VA), dulcimer player Roxanne McDaniel (Washington Co., TN), photographer Anna Mullins (Dickenson Co., VA), broom maker Erin Simons (Wythe Co., VA), and luthier K. T. VanDyke (Bristol, VA).

For more information visit or email

Welcome, Aaron Myers - DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities New Executive Director

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The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities recently announced the appointment of Aaron Myers as its new Executive Director. Myers, a renowned jazz vocalist, pianist, educator, and activist, brings a wealth of experience in the arts and a passion for community engagement to his new role. Myers was nominated for appointment by the Commission in February 2023 following an extensive four-month search. The Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously to confirm his appointment at today’s legislative meeting.

As a DC-based artist, Myers has a deep understanding of the city's cultural landscape and its diverse communities. He has been an active member of the DC arts community for over a decade, serving as the Artist-in-Residence at the Black Fox Lounge, Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, The Eaton and performing at venues across the city. He is the founding Board Chair of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation, serves on the Board of Governors of the DC Recording Academy, and has been recognized for his work in arts education.

In addition to his extensive background in the arts, Myers is known for his advocacy for social justice and community engagement. He has served as a community organizer and principle organizer of the DMV Music Stakeholders, a grassroots effort to center relief and resources for members of the music community impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the Executive Committee of the DC Branch of the NAACP.

As Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Myers will oversee the agency's efforts to support and promote the arts in the District of Columbia. This includes managing grant programs, public art installations, and cultural events that celebrate the city's vibrant arts scene.

We welcome Aaron and look forward to working with DCCAH in pertnership!

Opportunity Quick Links

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  • Aaron Copland Fund for Music invite applications for its Performance Program. General operating support grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to professional performing ensembles and presenting organizations with a history of substantial commitment to contemporary American music and plans to continue that commitment. Eligible organizations include chamber-sized ensembles of any instrumentation; chamber orchestras; symphonic or other full-sized orchestras; opera companies; dance companies and/or ensembles. Deadline: July 7, 2023.
  • The Baltimore Community Foundation invites applications for its William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund program. The program awards grants ranging from $1,500 and $45,000 to cultural organizations in support of organizational effectiveness initiatives, efforts to promote local artists and their work, and initiatives to provide cultural experiences that welcome people of all backgrounds, enhance the lives of metro Baltimore residents, and strengthen the region’s sense of cohesion and identity. Deadline: July 14, 2023.
  • M&C Saatchi Group and Saatchi Gallery invite 2023 Art for Change Prize applications. The international initiative is open to artists working in the first five years of their careers. This year’s prize asks artists to respond to the theme of Regeneration creatively. Accepted media include painting, drawing, illustration, photography, collage, 2D mixed-media, video, or film. A total prize fund of $24,880 will be split between six winners. Winning artists will also have the unique opportunity to exhibit their work at Saatchi Gallery in London. Deadline: July 17, 2023.
  • Huntington Arts Council invites applications for its Community Impact Micro Grants program. It funds nonprofit organizations or individual artists for arts and cultural projects and activities that enable Nassau, NY and Suffolk, NY communities to experience and engage with the performing, literary, media, and visual arts. Grants of $1,000 will be awarded. Deadline: July 28, 2023.
  • The Boynes Artist Award program invites applications from artists of all career stages, experiences, and backgrounds in the following categories: Emerging Artist, Young Artist, and Professional Artist. Award money ranges from $500 to $2,000 across the different categories. Deadline: July 30, 2023.

Image: Dallas Black Dance Theatre dancers perform "Shatter" by Gregory Dolbashian at Dance Fest Skopje in Macedonia in April 2023 with support form USArtists International. Credit: Vlatko Perkovski.

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