MAAF Calls for Proposals for Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) is
soliciting proposals for Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Projects <http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/folk_art_outreach_project.html>, to be completed prior to June 31, 2013. Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach
(FAO) Projects are designed to build the region's folk and traditional arts
infrastructure by bringing together folklorists and traditional artists from
across state lines for an exchange of art and ideas. Over a three-to-four
day period, participants share artistic knowledge, best practices, and organizational
expertise. A public component enhances these exchanges by allowing
communities to come in contact with master artists and cultural traditions that
they might not otherwise experience. These intensive interchanges are
designed to foster ongoing relationships and build community connections that
transcend state boundaries.
All FAO projects share a common structure: a
visiting folklorist accompanies one or more artists to a host site in a
different state or jurisdiction within the mid-Atlantic region to work with
local artists and a host folklorist. Folklorists, though the planning process
and on-site activities explore best practices for the promotion, preservation,
and appreciation of folk and traditional art forms. Artists have the
opportunity to work within new communities and with likeminded tradition
bearers to create, collaborate and learn. The design of FAO projects allows
participants to meet both formally and informally. Activities should include
planned sessions closed to the public which allow for exchanges limited to
program participants as well as public events such as master classes, lecture
demonstrations, performances, exhibitions, or other activities. Because
exchanges are held over a series of days, informal sessions outside of planned activities
allow for a more relaxed, free-form sharing of ideas. MAAF staff conducts
site visits while each project is underway.
All projects are developed collaboratively
among participating artists, folklorists and MAAF staff with the intention to
develop common goals and outcomes and a mutually beneficial project plan.
Grants are made to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for project-related
expenses (see below). Participants must be residents of the mid-Atlantic
region (Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,
the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia). Up to five
projects are planned for development in 2012-2013. For information on
previously funded projects, please visit: http://www.midatlanticarts.org/funding/pat_presentation/folk_art_outreach_project.html.
MAAF Traditional Arts staff works with
potential project participants, and assists in shaping project design to foster
effective communications between artists, folklorists, and host sites.
Please contact MAAF at the address below before submitting a proposal.
To submit a proposal, provide a project description, 3-5 pages in length
that includes the following:
- explanation for the need and
value in the project;
- expected outcome(s) of the project, measures of success and evaluation
methods to be employed;
- detailed timeline, including proposed project dates, a daily schedule
describing the scope of work to take place during closed, participant-only
- details on the public event(s), with pertinent details
on the size and composition of the expected audience;
- bios of artists involved and art
form(s) to be included in the project;
- bios of folklorists involved and description(s) of the organization(s)
supporting the project;
- any other details or compelling
information about the project.
A budget proposal must be completed on a
form to be provided by MAAF. Funding for projects generally range from
$3,000-$5,000. Folk Arts Outreach Projects must be matched on a 1:1 basis, and
may include both in-kind and cash matches. Grant funds may be used to
support artist fees, travel and lodging, supplies, and other administration
costs directly related to the project.
The Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project
is made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, contact:
Program Officer, Jazz &
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 104
Tel: 410/539-6656 x 116