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In which we try to catch up

Sorry we're behind.

You probably noticed it's been quiet on The Hub, and we appreciate your patience. Let's try to get everyone caught up with a collection of quick hits. Think "Tuning Up," but in the afternoon.
  • The Congressional Art Competition is looking for original art from high school students! Deadlines are normally in early May. Winners get their work displayed for a full year in the U.S. Capitol Building. The Hub thanks Rep. Joe Wilson's office for assisting with this entry.
  • Spring training gets underway this week for pro baseball, so what better time to let you know about the Atlanta Braves are debuting "Art in the Park" this season at their soon-to-be-renamed home. Artists from the team's geographic footprint will create posters in a series. Sara Thomas of Columbia is the only confirmed #SCartist in the starting lineup.
  • Visual artists: have you been affected by recent hurricanes, wildfires, or other natural or man-made disasters? The Joan Mitchell Foundation reopened applications for up to $6,000 in emergency support within three years of the event. Details & application: https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/emergency.
  • Quick reminder: The Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowships of $50,000-$100,000 enable poets laureate to undertake impactful projects that engage citizens of all ages with poetry, helping to address issues that are important to their communities. The fellowships were established with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The application deadline is March 3.
  • Performing artists: USArtists International supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the U.S. and its territories. The next deadline is April 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET for engagements between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. To learn more about the program, see additional deadlines or access the online application, please visit their website.

USArtists International offers grants for artists performing outside U.S.

USArtists International supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has released revised program guidelines and 2016-2017 application deadlines. Application deadlines:

  • September 7, 2016 for projects taking place between December 15, 2016 and December 14, 2017.
  • December 1, 2016 for projects taking place between March 15, 2017 and March 14, 2018.
  • April 5, 2017 for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Two webinars are scheduled to assist potential applicants and include details about changes to the program. July 25:  USArtists International: Am I eligible? 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET  This webinar provides program information for solo artists and performing arts ensembles considering an application to the USArtists International grant program. The webinar will highlight updates to the 2017 program guidelines. Attendees will leave with a clear idea about who and what type of projects USArtists International funds. New applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about updates to the USAI program are welcome to join. August 16: USArtists International: Tips & Pointers for Applicants 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. ET Attendees will review updates to the online application, learn what criteria panelists use to evaluate applications and receive important tips for strengthening applications. This webinar is for new applicants, previous applicants, grantees and others interested in learning more about applying to USAI. Due to new changes, attendees should read USAI program guidelines prior to attending the webinar, even if they have applied for the program in the past. Visit Mid Atlantic Arts' website to read the guidelines and eligibility requirements and find out how to attend the webinars. USArtists International will have additional funds available in the 2016-2017 program year to support eligible engagements in Cuba, thanks to additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Questions about USArtists International? Contact Robyn Busch at robyn@midatlanticarts.org. Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr

Grants for American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists to perform outside U.S.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation has opened applications for the second of three USArtists International ("USAI") rounds in 2015-2016. The program supports performances by American dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. Round II applications are due Friday, December 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EST for projects taking place between March 15, 2016 and March 14, 2017. USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation. Complete guidelines and the grant application are available online. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of American artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S.-based artists. USAI  is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists. USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through the generous funding of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Image: California-based ensemble The Actor’s Gang took their rendition of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Tim Robbins to the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy with support from USArtists International. Photo by Dianr.

USArtists International grants available for performances at international festivals

USArtists International provides support to American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo performers that have been invited to perform at significant international festivals anywhere in the world outside of the United States. The first of three application deadlines for the 2014 program year is September 6, 2013, for festival engagements taking place between November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

  • December 6, 2013 for projects taking place between March 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015
  • April 18, 2014 for projects taking place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
Guidelines and the new online application for the USArtists International program can be found on the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website. USArtists International (USAI) is committed to ensuring that the impressive range of expression of the performing arts in the United States is represented abroad, and that the creative and professional development of American artists is enhanced through participation at significant international festivals.  Performances at important festivals provide American artists with opportunities for the exchange of ideas and practices with their colleagues in other countries, as well as exposure to new and larger audiences. USAI is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Via: Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation