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MAAF Calls for Proposals for Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Project

Thursday, August 16, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) is soliciting proposals for Mid Atlantic Folk Arts Outreach Projects <>, 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:

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 sessions;
  • 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:

Josh Kohn
Program Officer, Jazz & Traditional Arts
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 104
Baltimore, MD 21201
Tel: 410/539-6656 x 116

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