October 2021
Celebrating Amina Claudine Myers with the
2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO
An image of Amina Claudine Myers with her head tilted back, laughing.  She wears a faux fur collar and cream hat.  Superimposed over the top of the image are the word 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO in white type.
Join Mid Atlantic Arts on Saturday, November 6th as we honor jazz great Amina Claudine Myers with the 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO! This special virtual event celebrates Amina’s work with archival footage, the Award presentation, an interview with Amina, special mini-performance, and surprise guest appearances. 

Tickets are just $50 and include admission to premiere stream of the 2021 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO and, in partnership with Jazz Philadelphia, admittance to the Jazz Philadelphia Summit, including the virtual education offerings and keynotes! What a wonderful weekend of jazz! Tickets are available on EventBrite at https://livinglegacyjazz.eventbrite.com.

Thank you to PECO for providing funding to support artist access and the 2021 Living
Legacy Jazz Award virtual event.
Philadelphia's Stanford Thompson Named
2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Awardee
Congratulations to Philadelphia-based musician and educator Stanford Thompson, the 2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts honoree! Mr. Thompson is the Founder and Executive Director of Play On Philly and a founding member of El Sistema USA and the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network.

Named after Mid Atlantic Art's Executive Director from 1994 through April 2017, the Alan Cooper Award honors an arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region.

Mr. Thompson was chosen by a panel of arts professionals from the mid-Atlantic region. Mr. Thompson will be recognized at Mid Atlantic Art's spring board meeting with a celebration and Award presentation.

Image: Stanford Thompson. Credit: Bret Hartman / TED.
Mid Atlantic Tours - Coming to a Community Near You!
Looking for amazing performing arts experiences this fall and next spring? Check out the 47 Mid Atlantic Tours (MAT) engagements across the region being funded through the 2021-2022 program.

MAT presenters select from a curated roster of artists that changes annually but maintains a programmatic commitment to a diversity of performance genres, regional artist representation, and engaging with communities underserved by the arts. No lengthy application process – presenters work directly with agents and eligible organizations receive support for their project! All engagements include public or virtual performances and activities designed to foster greater appreciation for artists' work and offer meaningful exchanges between the artists and the public.

The 2021-2022 Mid Atlantic Tours include:

For more information on the Mid Atlantic Tour program, please visit: https://www.midatlanticarts.org/grants-programs/grants-for-organizations/#mid-atlantic-tours.

Image: Resistance Revival Chorus. Credit: Ginny Suss.
Jazz Road Creative Residency Grants
Our sister regional, South Arts’, recently announced 52 grants in support of their Jazz Road Creative Residency program. The Creative Residencies allow artists the opportunity to further explore their artform and work and are supporting projects that range from the creation of new works to community-driven collaborative events.

Mid Atlantic Arts is delighted that 27 artists/ensembles/organizations from the mid-Atlantic region were selected for Creative Residency grants and we look forward to the results of all of the projects. You can read more about the each artist project here: https://www.southarts.org/grant-fellowship-recipients?award=152.

In addition to the Jazz Road Creative Residencies awards, South Arts continues to accept applications for Jazz Road Tours. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can apply for grants of up to $15,000 to support tours that bring their work to audiences across the country.

Jazz Road is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Led by South Arts, Jazz Road is a partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations: Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF.
Opportunity Quick Links
  • Bring the NEA Big Read to your community! Fifteen books representing a diverse range of contemporary themes, voices, and perspectives are available for organizations interested in applying for a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read grant to hold a project between September 2022 and June 2023. An initiative of the NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read supports programs held around the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book selection, with the goal of inspiring meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community. The deadline for applications is January 26, 2022. Visit arts.gov/neabigread for more information. 
  • The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 for recent, unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in need who are practicing in the disciplines of visual arts, film/video/electronic/digital arts, or choreography. Please click here for details.
  • The New York Foundation for the Arts invites applications for the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre. Grants will be awarded as finishing grants for film, television, and digital projects (projects need to have completed principal photography); funds for the creation of music recordings or videos; and production funds for live or online theatre. Applicants must be current residents of New York City (one of the five boroughs). Deadline: November 1, 2021.
  • The Conference on College Composition & Communication is inviting applications for its Tribal College Faculty Fellowship. Featuring more than five hundred sessions focused on teaching practices, writing and literacy programs, language research, history, theory, information technologies, and professional and technical communication, the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication meeting provides a forum for thinking, learning, networking, and presenting research on the teaching and learning of writing. Deadline: November 15, 2021.
  • Bronx Council on the Arts welcomes applications for its New Work program, which invites individual Bronx-based artists to apply for a commissioning grant in the amount of $2,500 for the creation of a new work in a community setting. The program supports disciplines including dance, film/video/media, folk arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, multidisciplinary projects, music, opera, theater, and visual arts/crafts. Deadline November 15, 2021.
  • Saratoga Arts inviting applications for its Individual Artists Grants program, which will provide grants of between $1,000 and $2,500 to individual artists residing in the New York counties of Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga to create new work and share their creative process with the community. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have their primary residence in the New York counties of either Fulton, Montgomery, or Saratoga. Artists may not be enrolled in a full-time degree program. Deadline: November 19, 2021.
  • The Mid-America Arts Alliance is inviting applications for the Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant program, which aims to improve the health, well-being, and quality of life for military service members and veterans exposed to trauma as well as their families and caregivers through experiences of art or art making. Through the program, approximately thirty-five matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 will be awarded in support of arts-based community engagement projects that engage targeted military-connected communities. Deadline: December 15, 2021.