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Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award

Accepting Nominations Through May 26th

Get your nomination in for the 2022 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award. Named after Mid Atlantic Arts’ Executive Director from 1994-2017, the Alan Cooper Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in the arts, leaving a meaningful impact on those they have served.

Nominations are being accepted through May 26, 2022. Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts within Mid Atlantic Arts’ nine state region of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, or WV. For more information please go to https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/alan-cooper-leadership-in-the-arts-award/#2022-program-guidelines

The awardee will be selected in summer 2022. In addition to the recognition event in the fall, the awardee will receive a cash award of $5,000.

For more information, please contact Adam “Bo” Plantz at adamp@midatlanticarts.org or via telephone at 410.539.6656 x102.

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Upcoming Program Deadlines!

The following program deadlines support grant programs in Mid Atlantic's region of DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV.

ArtsCONNECT supports touring projects collaboratively developed by presenters working together in the mid-Atlantic region. The tours include performances as well as complementary engagement activities designed to create greater understanding or connections between artists, audiences, and communities.

May 24, 2022: ArtsCONNECT projects in development (PID) listing closes. You MUST submit a PID to have your grant application considered.

June 7, 2022: ArtsCONNECT final application deadline 

Learn more and apply here: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#artsconnect

Special Presenter Initiatives provide additional opportunities for the support of small to mid-sized performing arts presenters in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. Fee support is available for engagements of performing artists based anywhere worldwide. Engagements include performances as well as community activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

May 24, 2022: Special Presenter Initiatives application deadline

Learn more and apply here: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#special-presenter-initiatives

Advancing Indigenous Performance Touring Fund

Applicants presenting an artist who self-identifies as Indigenous, or a company with a lead artist who self-identifies as Indigenous, may apply for matching funds to ArtsCONNECT or Special Presenter Initiatives through Western Arts Alliance (WAA)’s Advancing Indigenous Performance (AIP) Touring Fund program. Learn more about AIP at this link or email Program Officer, Performing Arts Sarah Lewitus to discuss: slewitus@midatlanticarts.org. 

Mid Atlantic Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants fund projects designed to support the vitality of traditional arts and cultural communities in the mid-Atlantic region.

June 15, 2022: Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects application deadline

Learn more about the program and apply here: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#folk-and-traditional-arts-community-projects-grants

Image: Supported through the Special Presenter Initiatives, the Victor Provost Quintet took the stage for a school outreach session while at the St. John School of the Arts, USVI. Credit: Angie Warren.

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Follow the Central Appalachia Living Traditions Program on Social Media

Central Appalachia Living Traditions (CALT) is a multi-year program designed to promote the understanding and recognition of folk arts and culture in Central Appalachia by investing in cultural communities, seeding new folk and traditional arts experiences, and honoring underrecognized practitioners of traditions across the region. CALT features three complementary programs intended to stabilize local infrastructure, 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.

You can follow the CALT program on its three dedicated social media channels for updates, news, and opportunities. We hope to see you online!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ctapplivingtrad

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/centralapplivingtraditions/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CentralAppalachiaLivingTraditions

POL National Finals

Celebrate the 2022 Poetry Out Loud top 9 at the National Finals, and find out who will be named the 2022 National Champion and winner of the $20,000 grand prize! Hosted by Kwame Alexander and streaming June 5 at Arts.gov/Poetry-Out-Loud

Follow us on social media at #POL22 and #IAmPoetryOutLoud.

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Join Us for Americans for the Arts Mid Atlantic Arts Region Focus Group

As a member of the Mid Atlantic Arts' Community, you are invited to a Focus group for Americans for the Arts (AFTA) on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, from 11am-12:30pm EST.

Please click on the link for the zoom registration found here to indicate that you will be attending the Focus Group.

Arts Consulting Group (ACG) will host virtual focus groups nationwide to inform AFTA’s understanding of on-the-ground impact and perception of AFTA’s activities.

The meeting will include a discussion of the focus group’s perceptions of AFTA’s programming and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) in the context of the current mission, vision, and market position. Most importantly, the focus groups will explore the current experiences, needs, and challenges facing individuals and communities, and how those needs are not currently being met by AFTA or other organizations.

We hope you can join us on June 1st for this important conversation.

A large group of diverse women, all dressed in white, sing and dance around a bare black stage.  Microphones and water bottles can be seen in the image.

Opportunity Quick Links

  • A partnership of the New York State Council on the Arts and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network, the NYSCA/GHHN Conservation Treatment Grant Program invites applications for grants, which will provide support for treatment procedures to aid in stabilizing and preserving objects held in collections of museums, historical, and cultural organizations in New York State. Support is available for conservation treatment of paintings, works on paper, textiles, furniture, frames, indoor and outside sculptures, historical, ethnographic, and decorative objects. Deadline: June 1, 2022.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts invites applications for its Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants program, which will support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories. The program will support environmental art projects inspiring thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale, and proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Deadline: June 14, 2022.
  • The Neon Museum is inviting applications for its artist residency. The program works to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection while providing artists the opportunity to develop a new body of work inspired by the museum’s historic sign collection and the broader cultural context of the spectacular city of Las Vegas. Deadline: June 17, 2022.
  • The Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation is inviting applications for the Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards. The program awards three-year matching grants of $30,000 per year (for a total grant award of $90,000) to U.S.-based nonprofits serving small to midsize towns and cities to present the Levitt AMP Music Series: 10 free concerts that inject new life into public spaces and create vibrant community destinations. Applicants must be a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Deadline: June 30, 2022.

Image: Mid Atlantic Tours roster artist Resistance Revival Chorus performing on South Orange Performing Arts Center's Mainstage, NJ. Credit: Lisa Piernot.

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