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Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award

Award to a USA Individual Arts Leader in Eligible
States for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Deadline Date:

05/04/21

Description:

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Award of $2,500 to a USA individual arts leader in eligible states or territories for exceptional leadership in an arts related field. Nominees will have demonstrated noteworthy dedication to arts expression and worked to expand access to the arts. Nominations are encouraged for active arts leaders from all career stages (early-, mid-, and late-career) and from all areas or disciplines in the arts industry in 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.

Mid Atlantic Arts believes that leadership takes many forms and is practiced at all career levels: from emerging leaders to late-career leaders. It is the ability to create, give voice to, and execute a vision and purpose while empowering others and fostering the exchange of ideas. Leadership is not measured in years, budget, or scale; but is expressed by the depth and the breadth of an individual’s impact on their community, be it local, regional, or beyond.

The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award recognizes an individual(s) who has demonstrated visionary leadership; whose work has dismantled barriers and inequities in order to expand access to the arts; whose purpose-driven service and authentic, empathetic engagement with their community has affected exceptional and meaningful impact. Though not required for eligibility, Mid Atlantic Arts is particularly interested in recognizing an arts leader who has made significant advances in the areas of public-private partnerships and international cultural exchange.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184527

Number of Grants:

1

Estimated Size of Grant:

The recipient of the 2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will be recognized in fall 2021 at an event celebrating their work and achievements. Additionally, the award recipient will receive a $2,500 cash award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible nominees’ work will have served communities in one or more of Mid Atlantic Arts’ 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.
- Mid Atlantic Arts welcomes nominations for diverse arts leaders as defined by race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, appearance, religion, age, geographic location, expertise, education, socioeconomic background, and professional level.
- Nominations are strongly encouraged fromleaders who identify as Black, Indigenous, Latina/Latino/Latinx, Persons of Color, LGBTQIA+, Persons with Disabilities, Persons whose primary language is not English, and/or are from rural and remote communities.
- Nominations are encouraged for active arts leaders from all career stages (early-, mid-, and late-career) and from all areas or disciplines in the arts industry.
- Eligible nominees must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
- Mid Atlantic Arts recognizes the value of partnership and collaboration at the leadership level and welcomes the nomination of shared leadership/co-leaders. Please note that nominations of coleaders must be completed as a single nomination submission

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.

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 so long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.

Pre-Application Information:

Nomination materials must be submitted no later than May 4, 2021.

The recipient of the 2021 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will be recognized in fall 2021 at an event celebrating their work and achievements.

Mid Atlantic Arts administers the nomination, review, and award process of the program. A diverse panel of experienced arts professionals with expertise in arts leadership will review the nominations and recommend the award recipient to Mid Atlantic Arts’ board of directors for approval.

Mid Atlantic Arts staff will notify the awardee in summer 2021 and, provided their acceptance, will confirm their status as the 2021 award recipient.

Mid Atlantic Arts reserves the right to withhold presentation of the award.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Nominations will be reviewed electronically – therefore, electronic submission is encouraged. Nominators
may submit nomination materials by one of the three following methods:
- Complete an online nomination form here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X3R3HLF
OR
- Email all materials as PDF or Word documents to adamp@midatlanticarts.org

OR
- Mail a single hard copy* of all materials in a single envelope to the address below.
Attn: Adam “Bo” Plantz
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
201 North Charles Street, Suite 401
Baltimore, MD 21201

Direct questions to:
Adam Plantz
adamp@midatlanticarts.org
410-539-6656 x 102

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Delaware;   Maryland;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   Pennsylvania;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   West Virginia

USA Territories: Virgin Islands (USA)

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