October 2020
MAAF Announces CARES Arts Organization Relief Grants
Last week, MAAF announced $790,000 in grant awards through the CARES Arts Organization Relief Grants program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small to mid-sized non-profit arts organizations in MAAF’s partner states, jurisdictions, and territories (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, USVI, VA, and WV) were eligible to apply through a competitive process for one-time, non-matching grants of up to $20,000. Funding for the program was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

MAAF received 1,022 applications requesting $10.7 million in support at the program deadline. Following a rigorous panel process, a total of 79 grants were awarded to arts organizations working in the performing, visual, and literary arts. Grantees represent all nine states, territories, and jurisdictions in the mid-Atlantic region. You can view a complete list of the grantees here. A complete list of panel reviewers can be found here.
CAFTA Project Documents the Vibrancy and Diversity of Folk and Traditional Arts in Central Appalachia
Three shelves of antiques & hand-tooled woodworking tools and supplies, at Dan Raber’s Colonial Homestead shop in downtown Millersburg, OH.
MAAF is pleased to share our findings from the Central Appalachian Folk and Traditional Arts (CAFTA) Survey and Planning Project. During this 18-month project, MAAF worked in collaboration with LiKEN (Livelihood Knowledge Exchange Network) and a dedicated group of Field Team and Advisory Group members to assess the needs and opportunities for a folk and traditional arts program in the region of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia designated as Appalachian.
Capturing the vibrancy and diversity of folk and traditional arts currently practiced in the region as well as mounting concerns about resource scarcity and cultural sustainability, CAFTA highlights the potential impact of new funding programs and partnerships. We look forward to carrying this momentum into the next phase - using these findings to build a multi-year, multi-state program to support the understanding, recognition, and practice of folk and traditional arts in the region.
Learn more about the project’s findings and program in development on the MAAF website.
If you have specific questions contact Jess Porter, Program Officer jess@midatlanticarts.org

Image: Antiques & hand-tooled woodworking tools and supplies, at Dan Raber’s Colonial Homestead shop in downtown Millersburg — Holmes County, Ohio. Photo by Jess Lamar Reece Holler. 
Nominate a Mid Atlantic Tours Artist!
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is seeking nominations to touring performing artists based in the Mid Atlantic region (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, USVI, WV) for the 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours program roster. International artists and US artists outside of the region are not open for consideration. Presenters, artists, and artist representatives are welcome to submit a nomination. If selected, fee subsidy grants are provided directly to presenters engaging artists from the roster for performances.
Criteria considered in the selection process include artists or ensembles that appeal to a wide-range of presenters within the mid-Atlantic region, reasonable artist affordability and technical requirements, and strong artist representation. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation is committed to countering structural inequities based on race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, class, age, and geography.
The annual artist roster is selected through a staff-curated process led by MAAF Program Officer, Performing Arts, with input from mid-Atlantic presenters through an annual survey. Nominated artists will be considered as part of the curatorial process. Deadline to nominate is October 25, 2020.
Submit a nomination here: https://forms.gle/KmcJVZK9da5iY1Yp7
Questions? Contact Haowen Wang, Program Officer, Performing Arts, at haowen@midatlanticarts.org.
Rebecca Medrano Receives the 2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award
Full shot of Rebecca Medrano holding a four leaf large ceramic platter. Behind her a white brick wall with a patterned rug hung behind a low bookcase holding Awards.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) extends its congratulations to Rebecca Medrano as the recipient of the 2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award! The Leadership Award was presented to Rebecca during a virtual celebration on Friday, October 9. The Award honors an arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region.

Rebecca Medrano was recognized for her decades of work to promote and share the wealth of Latino art and culture. Ms. Medrano is Co-founder of GALA Hispanic Theatre and has been its Executive Director and principal fundraiser since 1976. She has led the organization as it developed from its grassroots origins to a community cultural staple in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Award presentation, GALA Hispanic Theatre Associate Producing Director Abel Lopez led a conversation with Rebecca discussing her work. Other speakers included MAAF Board Chair Hal Real, Former MAAF Executive Director Alan Cooper, and DCCAH Chair Emeritus Dorothy McSweeny. We were delighted to present Rebecca with a piece of ceramic art created by Baltimore artist Lars Westby.

More information on the 2021 round of the Leadership Award will be available soon - stay tuned!

Image: Awardee Rebecca Medrano. Credit: Hugo Medrano.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • For its fifth edition, Center Stage will host five contemporary ensembles from Colombia and Peru in the U.S. Musicians and multimedia artists will make independent month-long tours across the country from June-November 2021, promoting global ties and engaging with audiences on stage, off stage, and online. Each will make their U.S. debut with the program. Through virtual activities and direct engagements, they will reach communities across the United States. Contact: Lisa Booth Management, Inc.
  • ArtsReady and the Performing Arts Readiness project have released the Pocket Response Resource (“PRR”). The PRR is a document which prompts organizations to collect critical contact information on one side, and critical action steps such as evacuation, crisis communications, situational assessment, and prioritizing assets to be protected or salvaged on the other. It neatly folds down into a credit card-sized document piece for all staff, crew and volunteers to carry on their person – or have available to view on a device – so they have immediate access to information they’ll need in the first minutes and hours of any type of emergency. Download the PRR and Instructions, and see a schedule of free webinars, at www.artsready.org and www.nedcc.org/dplan.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts is pleased to announce that the Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program is now accepting applications. The national program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in financial need. Grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories who have limited resources. Deadline: October 26, 2020.
  • Kurt Weill Foundation for Music awards grants to individuals and nonprofit organizations for performances of musical works by Weill and Blitzstein, for scholarly research pertaining to Weill, Lenya, Marc Blitzstein, and for relevant educational initiatives. To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2021, and before July 1, 2022. Deadline: November 1, 2020.
  • The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts fosters the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. To advance this mission, the foundation is inviting nominations for the Carter Manny Award. The award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and potential to shape architectural discourse. To be eligible, applicants must be a PhD student who is presently a candidate for a doctoral degree. Deadline: November 15, 2020.