Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Launches Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America
New Partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Robert Sterling Clark Foundation will bring Latin American Performing Artists to the United States
August 3, 2011
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.
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 www.midatlanticarts.org
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 www.arts.gov.
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: www.rsclark.org
National Endowment for the Arts · an independent federal agency