Foundation / Corporation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)
Award of $2,500 to an individual arts leader for exceptional leadership in an arts related field. Nominees will have demonstrated noteworthy dedication to arts expression, thereby impacting the industry in one of the Foundation's areas of jurisdiction: Maryland, Delaware, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors the legacy of an arts leader who has made outstanding contributions to the arts through extraordinary leadership. The Award seeks to recognize individuals who continue Cooper’s legacy of leadership in the arts sector.
MAAF believes that leadership takes many forms and is practiced at all levels; it is the ability to conceive, articulate, and execute a direction and purpose while fostering others’ talents and the exchange of ideas.
The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award honors an active arts leader who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the arts sector within the mid-Atlantic region. Exceptional candidates will have demonstrated impactful leadership through the development of innovative models while exemplifying a consistent dedication to the value of diverse artistic expression. Though not required for eligibility, MAAF is particularly interested in recognizing an arts leader who has made significant advances in the areas of public-private partnerships and international cultural exchange.
Nominations will describe how the nominee’s accomplishments influenced or benefited their community at the local, state, regional, national, and/or international levels.
GrantWatch ID#: 184527
The recipient of the 2019 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will be recognized at the May 2019 MAAF board of directors meeting. In addition to the acknowledgement event, the awardee will receive a $2,500 honorarium.
- Eligible nominees will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the arts in one or more of MAAF’s nine partner jurisdictions of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia; though impact may extend from the mid-Atlantic region to national or international communities.
- Nominations are encouraged for active arts leaders from all career stages (early-, mid-, and late-career).
- Nominations are encouraged for arts leaders from all areas in the arts industry.
- Eligible nominees must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Though MAAF recognizes the value of collaborative leadership/co-leadership, only nominations for individuals are eligible for the award.
Individuals are eligible even if they are not a CEO or an executive director. The Foundation recognizes that leaders exist throughout the industry, not just at the executive level. In addition, leaders may work in a wide variety of areas including programming, presenting, fundraising, operations, and marketing, among others. Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of nominees’ accomplishments, not on tenure or job title.
Arts leaders from for-profit organizations are eligible for the award as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.
MAAF recognizes that diversity is a strength and encourages nominations for all diverse leaders as defined by race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age, geographic location, expertise, and professional level.
The following are not eligible for the award:
- Current MAAF board members and staff members, and their families, are not eligible for the award and are not permitted to submit nomination materials.
- Elected officials are not eligible for the award.
- Previous awardees are not eligible for nomination.
- Self-nominations are not eligible.
Deadline for 2019 Award nomination: November 30, 2018.
MAAF staff will notify the awardee in spring 2019 and, provided their acceptance, will confirm their status as the 2019 award recipient. The awardee must be available to attend the recognition event in May 2019. The decision of the board of directors is final pending the awardee’s ability to attend the recognition event in May 2019.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation reserves the right to withhold presentation of the award.
Nomination materials must be submitted as a single document and must clearly indicate the nominee’s full name in the document heading. All materials must be submitted either by email or by mail to the Foundation.
While letters of support (included with the nomination) from individuals within the nominee’s organization would not disqualify the nomination, it is recommended that letters of support come from colleagues outside the nominee’s organization affiliation.
For questions, interested applicants should contact Adam Plantz.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit the nomination materials either by email or by mail to:
410-539-6656 x 102
(Submit as a single PDF file.)
Attn: Adam Plantz, Executive Assistant
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
(Submit as a single hard copy mailed in a single envelope, connected only by a paper clip.)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201
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