The National Endowment for the Arts has approved grants of nearly $350,000 to 11 Maryland arts organizations.
A total of $222,000 was given to the Baltimore-based Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports presentations of professional touring artists throughout the region.
The bulk of that amount, or $206,240, is earmarked to subsidize non-profit organizations that present out-of-state professional dance companies.
Michael Braun, executive director of the foundation, said a number of groups had already applied for funds to support the Maryland residency of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and he said there was "a real good possibility" they would receive them. The core of the multifaceted residency begins later this month.
An additional $14,400 was given to the foundation to provide similar support for musical events.
Among the other grants, the Baltimore Museum of Art received two awards totaling $37,500 -- one to help produce a video to help children better understand the museum's collection of African art and another to support the publication of a catalog
documenting the museum's collection of Chinese ceramics.
The Walters Art Gallery received $31,000 to help document its collection of Roman sculpture.
Other state recipients were the Baltimore Opera Company, $9,500; Res Musica, $6,200; University Community Concerts in College Park, $5,900; the Columbia-based Candlelight Concert Society, $4,200; the University of Maryland's Handel Festival, $3,500; and the Chamber Music Society of Baltimore, $3,000.
Two individual grants were awarded. Silver Spring jazz singer Lisa Rich got $3,600 to study with Baltimore jazz singer Ethel Ennis, and Chevy Chase's Barbara Goldberg was granted a $20,000 literary fellowship.
The grants were among more than 1,200 announced Friday to organizations and individuals throughout the country, with a value of $47 million. They make up about one-fourth of the total NEA funds to be given during the current federal fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.
The grants included two totaling $35,000 to controversial performance artists Karen Finley and Holly Hughes.
NEA awards in several major grant programs, including those to orchestras and visual arts organizations, are still to be made.