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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Launches Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America

by National Endowment for the Arts

New Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation will bring Latin American Performing Artists to the United States.

Baltimore, MD — Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation have announced a new public-private partnership in support of Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America (“Southern Exposure”). The program will bring exemplary contemporary and traditional performing arts from Latin America to audiences across the United States that have little access to this work. Southern Exposure will invest in projects in which presenting organizations work with a variety of community partners to offer the public opportunities for significant engagement with the visiting artists.

Southern Exposure seeks to develop and deepen relationships between Latin American artists and communities and artists in the United States.  The initiative will support the presentation of dance, music, and theater artists and ensembles and will include community activities designed to provide audiences with a greater understanding of the artists, their work and respective cultures. Southern Exposure encourages arts presenters to reach new audiences, including communities with origins in Latin America that reflect the demographic changes that have taken place in the United States over recent decades.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “We’re delighted to be part of this public-private partnership to connect Latin American artists with U.S. audiences. Our hope is to create connections that will have lasting impact, creating regular opportunities for cultural exchange even beyond the scope of this program.”

“The arts and cultures of Latin America are extraordinarily rich and diverse, yet still fairly unfamiliar to many in the United States despite the region’s physical proximity and this country’s significant Hispanic population,” noted Margaret Ayers, President of the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. “Southern Exposure will provide an important platform for greater cultural awareness and dialogue.”

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Executive Director Alan Cooper added, “Through support for the collaborative efforts of presenting organizations around the United States, Southern Exposure will enrich communities across the country by providing access to exemplary artists rarely available to American audiences and opportunities for meaningful interactions with them.”

Southern Exposure will support projects that are developed collaboratively by presenter consortia based in the United States and its territories and ensure that engagements take place in at least three different cities or towns. In addition to public performances, all projects will include complementary community activities intended to build appreciation for the visiting artists’ work and cultures. Consortia will work together to develop print and electronic support material for their respective projects. Grants will not exceed $25,000 and eligible expenses include artist fees; travel-related expenses; shipping; expenses related to support material creation and distribution; translation services; expenses related to community engagement activities; communications; marketing and promotion; some administration costs; and visa application services.

The application receipt deadline for the 2012-2013 Southern Exposure program is February 10, 2012. Program guidelines are available online. The electronic application will be available on the MAAF website in September.

Online grant workshops will be offered to potential grantees in fall 2011.  Please check the MAAF website in late August for dates and times.

Questions concerning Southern Exposure should be directed to Sara Nash, Program Associate, International at

About Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation fosters and supports arts programming for the benefit of arts organizations, artists and audiences and encourages exchanges that link the arts resources of the mid-Atlantic region to the rest of the nation and the world.  The Foundation was created in 1979 and is a private non-profit organization that is closely allied with the region’s state arts councils and the National Endowment for the Arts. It combines funding from state and federal resources with private support from corporations, foundations, and individuals to address needs in the arts from a regional perspective.  The region includes nine states and jurisdictions:  The District of Columbia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia. To learn more about MAAF, its programs and services, visit our web site at

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (“NEA”) was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at

About the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation currently supports nonprofit organizations conducting work in three program areas: Protecting Reproductive Rights, Improving the Performance of Public Institutions in New York, and a new initiative, Promoting International Arts Engagement. The objective of the arts initiative is to help develop global understanding in communities throughout the world that have limited contact with American culture, and to introduce American audiences to cultures that are rarely represented in the U.S. The initial plans are to support international engagement between U.S. visual and performing arts organizations and their counterparts in Latin America, Africa, and parts of the Middle East. For more information about the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation visit:


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