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Folk and Traditional Arts News

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants Awarded

Last week, Mid Atlantic Arts announced over $100,000 in grants through the inaugural 2022-2023 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants program. Funds will support 16 projects in five states in the mid-Atlantic region.

Traditions supported by these 16 projects include Lenape basketry; West African drumming and song; the cultural traditions of a historically Black neighborhood in Philadelphia; Caribbean storytelling; Puerto Rican music, dance, and foodways; and various craft, music, and dance traditions in Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. These projects promise to support the vitality of traditional arts in their respective communities and beyond, while facilitating cross-cultural understanding.

For more program information, please click here. Guidelines for the 2023-2024 Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects grants will be posted in early spring 2023.

Central Appalachia Living Traditions: Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences Grants Deadline

The deadline for the new Central Appalachia Living Traditions Folk and Traditional Arts Experiences grants is right around the corner! Apply by Friday, September 30th for support for public-facing projects and events in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC)-designated Appalachian counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia, that bring community members together around folk and traditional arts practice and cultural knowledge.  


Non-profit organizations AND folk & traditional artists/practitioners in ARC-designated counties of Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply for grant amounts from $1,000 to $10,000. No match is required. 

Want to learn more? Take a look at a recording of our program webinar or contact

Learn more about CALT Experiences Grants and Apply!

2022 Living Legacy Jazz Award

Live Event Tickets Available

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On Friday, October 28, 2022, Mid Atlantic Arts will celebrate percussionist and educator Roger Humphries at the 2022 Living Legacy Jazz Award Presented by PECO. Mr. Humphries will be recognized at a gala reception in his honor in the Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Cultural Campus. Following the Award ceremony, guests will attend a concert.

5:30pm: Award Ceremony and Reception, Hamilton Garden, Kimmel Cultural Campus

8:00pm: Performance by Jazzmeia Horn

With a special appearance by The 2022 Living Legacy Jazz Award Honoree Roger Humphries, Verizon Hall, Kimmel Cultural Campus

Single tickets are $150 per person and include the Award Ceremony, Reception, and the Jazzmeia Horn concert. Single tickets can be purchased on the Living Legacy Jazz Award ticketing site

Interested in purchasing a table for eight or sponsoring student attendees? Contact for more information.

Regional Performing Arts Touring News

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Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Awarded

The Special Presenter Initiatives program provides funding to small and mid-size presenting organizations in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. The 2022-2023 program has announced more than $70,000 in support of presenting projects with professional touring artists and ensembles from anywhere worldwide. The nineteen funded engagements include public performances as well as community engagement activities that enhance the performance experience and offer meaningful exchanges between touring artists and a presenter’s community.

Examples of this type of engagement/community exchange include world-famous Hoop dancer, player of the Indigenous Northern Plains flute, and traditional storyteller Kevin Locke at Shepherd University in WV. Mr. Locke will lead music students and community members in a flute-making workshop and his public engagement will feature traditional songs from the Lakota, Dakota, and Meskwaki nations. 

The 2023-2024 Special Presenter Initiatives guidelines will be available in November 2022 at

Image: Lakota and Anishnabe Hoop Dancer Kevin Locke will be visiting Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV with support from the Special Presenter Initiatives program. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.

Mid Atlantic Tours Artist Survey

Attention Mid-Atlantic region presenters! Stay tuned for the Mid Atlantic Tours Presenter Interest Survey, featuring artists/companies who are under consideration for the FY24 Mid Atlantic Tours Roster. The survey will be sent via email on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 and will be due Wednesday October 12, 2022. 

Your feedback is essential to help Mid Atlantic Arts finalize the Roster Artists that will be available for subsidized engagements between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024. More information about Mid Atlantic Tours, including the updated FY24 program timeline, can be found on Mid Atlantic Arts' website here. For more information about Mid Atlantic Tours, email Program Director, Performing Arts Sarah Lewitus at

Performing Arts Global Exchange 2022-2023 Brings Artists from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S.

The Performing Arts Global Exchange (PAGE) will bring dance, music, and theatre from Australia and New Zealand to thirteen communities across the country in 2022-2023. Open to presenters nationwide, PAGE is an annually curated roster of international performing artists selected to tour to communities across the United States. PAGE presenters host both public performances and community engagements in achieving the program’s goals of cultural exchange and understanding.

Find a PAGE engagement near you!

The Performing Arts Global Exchange program is made possible through the generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Embassy of Australia in Washington, D.C.

Image: Aotearoa/New Zealand-based theatre company, Trick of the Light, will perform "The Griegol" while visiting five communities with support from PAGE. Credit: Courtesy of the Artist.

New IRS 990 Filing Procedure!

Heads up! Form 990-N filers will use a new sign-in process beginning this summer! Beginning in August 2022, smaller charities that are eligible and choose to file Form 990-N, Electronic Notice for Tax-Exempt Organizations (e-Postcard), must sign into the IRS modernized authentication platform using either their active IRS username or create an account with, the current IRS credential service provider.

When accessing the Form 990-N submission page, Form 990-N filers have three options:

  • Sign in with their active IRS username: Users with an active IRS username have the option to access the Form 990-N submission page using their existing IRS credentials or they can choose to create a new account with
  • Sign in with their existing account: Users that have an account to access other IRS online services or from a state or federal agency can sign in using their existing account.
  • Create a new account: Users that don’t have an active IRS username credential must register and sign in with account creation requires an email address and multifactor authentication. Form 990-N filers who have an existing IRS username and register for an account must use the same email address.

The filing process has not changed for organizations that file Form 990, Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax, or Form 990-EZ, Short Form Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax.

Opportunity Quick Links

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  • Pioneer Works has announced its 2023 Open Call for Visual Arts, Tech, and Music Residents. Candidates should demonstrate artistic excellence in work outside the existing models and norms of their field, whose practice can use the unique facilities and collaborative environment, and those with an interdisciplinary practice. Candidates interested in educating the public on the progression of their creative practice through classes, public programs, and performances will be strongly considered. Deadline: September 30, 2022.
  • The Lighthouse Works has issued an open call for applications to its fellowship program. Fellowships are six weeks long, are offered year-round, and provide fellows with housing, food, a studio or workspace, and a $1,750 stipend. Artists, writers, choreographers, and composers are encouraged to apply at any stage. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance into the Fellowship Program. Deadline: October 1, 2022.
  • YoungArts invites applications for its 2023 National Arts Competition. Accomplished artists between the ages of 15 and 18 (or in grades 10 through 12) are encouraged to apply for an award of up to $10,000 as well as opportunities to work with leading artists. Recipients are eligible for creative and professional development support throughout their careers. Students must demonstrate excellence in classical music, dance, design arts, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, or writing. Deadline: October 14, 2022.
  • The Center for Craft's Craft Research Fund—Artist Fellowship will be awarded to five artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice. Proposals are invited from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, and sculptors who identify their practice within the craft field. Collectives are encouraged to apply if all members of the collective meet the requirements of the application. Deadline: October 21, 2022.

Image: Mid Atlantic Tours roster artist Resistance Revival Chorus on South Orange Performing Arts Center's (SOPAC) Mainstage. Credit: Lisa Piernot.

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