Mid-America Arts Alliance: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Mid-America Alliance makes grants to individual artists and arts organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes innovation and creativity in the projects it supports. Grant seekers applying to these programs will be competing with applicants from all disciplines.

PROFILE: Created in 1972, Mid-America Arts Alliance works with state art agencies in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas to support artists, arts organizations, and communities in the region. It seeks to enrich “the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services.” It supports visual arts through a series of grantmaking programs.

Artistic Innovations grants support artists and nonprofits creating innovative and experimental new work. Grants are for $15,000, and support expenses related to the creation and public exhibition of the project. The grants prioritize work that can be toured or reproduced. New grant seekers should review the application guidelines for individuals or for organizations before submitting their letter of intent.

Interchange supports artists working for social change. The program provides 16 artists with support for two years, including $20,000 in grants, professional development retreats with other grantees, and mentoring for the duration of the projects. Apply here.

Artists 360 makes grants to artists and arts organizations in Northwest Arkansas, specifically in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington counties. The program makes professional development grants of $7,500 to practicing artists and $1,500 to student artists. View past Artists 360 grantees here, and apply to the program here.

Regional Touring Program supports regional presenting organizations seeking to “showcase the work of artists from outside their home states.” Touring artists must be from the region, but from outside the presenter’s home state. Organizations that host an artist from a state touring roster receive 50 percent of the artist’s fee, and presenters that book an artist from the region, but who is not on a touring roster, receive 25 percent of the artist’s fee. Rural organizations receive an additional 10 percent toward the artist’s fee. Grant seekers should review application guidelines before applying.


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