Hidden in Plain Sight: The National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program

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Woman standing in the middle of a crowd singing on a college campus.

Magda, of Banda Magda, performs in the audience at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, supported through Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's 2019 Jazz Touring Network program. Photo courtesy of Weis Center

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The National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program has tremendous impact throughout the country. But chances are, if you’re not a regional arts organization or a presenting organization in a rural or underserved community, you have never heard of it. Well, sit back, have a listen, and acquaint yourself with a national program that works with regional organizations to help artists reach new audiences, provides funding for presenters eager to introduce a diverse array of performers to their communities, and enables underserved community residents to connect with live performing arts. We’ll hear about the work and impact of the NEA Regional Touring Program in the Mid Atlantic region with Executive Director of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Theresa Colvin, Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall in West Virginia Lynn Creamer, and singer/songwriter Crys Matthews, who has performed eight shows as part of the touring arts program.