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Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award

Award to an Individual Arts Leader in an Eligible
State for Outstanding Leadership in the Arts

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Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

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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 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.

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The recipient of the 2020 Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award will be recognized in May 2020. In addition to the acknowledgment event, the awardee will receive a $2,500 honorarium.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- 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 so long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for 2020 Award nomination: November 5, 2019. Nominations will be reviewed electronically – electronic submission is strongly encouraged.

MAAF staff will notify the awardee in spring 2020 and, provided their acceptance, will confirm their status as the 2020 award recipient. The decision of the board of directors is final pending the awardee’s ability to attend the recognition event in May 2020.

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

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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:

Adam Plantz
410-539-6656 x 102

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

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