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M-AAA ADDS BOARD MEMBERS
Three arts advocates were elected in early November to the M-AAA board of directors, at the board’s biannual meeting in Oklahoma City, OK.
One board member is from Kansas and was added as the result of Kansas being reinstated as a full arts partner of M-AAA.
The new board members are:
Peter Jasso (Kansas) is director of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. Jasso has served as director since July 2012 and was the director of the Kansas Film Commission for 10 years before that. As a partner in Incomplete Films, a production company based in Lawrence, KS, his documentary Mariachi Estrella received the Mana de Topeka award in 2011.
Frank D. Uryasz (Missouri) is an arts advocate who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is the president of Drug Free Sport, a provider of drug testing services, drug screening policies, and drug education programs in sport. In Kansas City, he has served on the boards of the Penn Valley Park Conservancy, The Studios Inc., and the Bright Futures Fund.
Photos (top-bottom): Peter Jasso, Frank D. Uryasz
ARTIST INC TRAINING IN ARKANSAS AND OKLAHOMA
Artist INC Live, the innovative business training program for artists, recently launched in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Read the press release to learn more about the program and the artists selected.
Artist INC Live is an eight-week program that addresses specific business needs, and the training includes mentoring, small group activities, discussion, and multi-media lecture. Artists working in all disciplines, and at any stage in their careers, are eligible.
Participating artists are selected through a competitive application process, based on work quality, career goals, and overall readiness to participate.
In Arkansas, Artist INC Live-Argenta began Sept. 9. Selected artists include 11 visual artists, nine multidisciplinary artists, and three musicians.
In Oklahoma, Artist IINC Live-Oklahoma City began Oct. 1. Selected artists include 17 visual artists, two multidisciplinary artists, two musicians, one folklife/traditional artist, one literary artist, and one photographer.
The sixth and final mural in M-AAA's Community Mural Project was dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Hastings, NE.
FINAL COMMUNITY MURAL DEDICATED IN NEBRASKA
Read the press release to learn more.
The Hastings mural tells a story of Hastings as seen through the eyes of its residents. As with the other five murals, artist Dave Loewenstein of Lawrence, KS, lead a collaborative process that included community meetings and discussion. Local residents painted major portions of the mural, while mural artists completed the detail work.
M-AAA partnered with its state arts agency partners to complete a community mural in the six-state region beginning in May 2010.
Learn more at our Community Mural Project page.
M-AAA HOSTING KC FOUNTAINS ARTWORK
The City of Fountains Foundation is conducting an art auction featuring local artists. Artists were asked to draw or paint one of Kansas City's landmark fountains; more than 40 works were submitted.
M-AAA is the real-life viewing site for all the submitted pieces. Before you bid online, stop by our headquarters at 2018 Baltimore Ave., Kansas City, MO 64108.
11 a.m.-3 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Sept. 12 and 13.
By Appointment during business hours, Monday through Friday, Sept. 9-13. Call Joanie Shields at 913-908-7840.
You also can view the artwork and bid online.
Photo (l-r): Joanie Shields and Pam Levetzow of the City of Fountains Foundation.
CONFERENCE TO FOCUS ON ARTS INTEGRATION
OKLAHOMA TRIBAL NATIONS RECEIVE IMLS GRANTS
Two Oklahoma tribal nations, the Comanche Nation in Lawton and the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, have received Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services Program Grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). They were two of 21 organizations to receive a grant.
The Comanche Nation will conduct a yearlong project to develop and implement educational programs that present Comanche history and culture to elementary and middle-school-aged children in Texas. This project will include in-depth research, workshops, program testing, needs assessments, training, implementation, and promotion. At the conclusion of the project, the Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center and its partner, the Museum of Texas Tech University, will have a set of educational programs that may be used to educate Texas schoolchildren about the roles Comanches have played in their history and continue to play today.
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will use its grant to assess and improve the lighting of exhibits at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center (CPNCHC). This project will address three focus areas: First, power usage is a chronic problem at the Center; its power provider frequently orders usage reductions in the summer, at the CPNCHC’s busiest time of year. Second, displayed objects are at risk of damage because of lighting that does not meet professional museum standards. And third, the project will help to educate those possessing important collections about lighting and provide affordable strategies for making improvements.
IMLS Press Release
RICE GALLERY FEATURED IN TIME MAGAZINE
Rice Gallery, at Rice University in Houston, was featured in a recent edition of Time magazine. The story featured an installation by Soo Sunny Park, Unwoven Light. You can read the story here. Rice Gallery is a participant in M-AAA's ENGAGE program, which is designed to build leadership, planning, resource development, and civic engagement capacities of small-to midsize organizations in Houston.
MAC: ON LOCATION AT M-AAA
The Missouri Arts Council (MAC) will be on location at our headquarters next Thursday, Aug. 29. This is a great opportunity to get grant information, meet with community and cultural leaders, and receive technical assistance. To make an appointment, contact Leslie Forrester, MAC program specialist, at 314-340-6858 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
KANSAS REINSTATED AS M-AAA, NEA QUALIFYING PARTNER
M-AAA has reinstated Kansas as a member state by reconizing the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) as a qualified state arts agency partner.
The reinstatement was announced at a press conference in Topeka on Thursday, Aug. 29, and is effective immediately.
KCAIC has demonstrated that it is in compliance with M-AAA's State Arts Agency Partnership Policy. Compliance includes having an arts plan approved by the National Endowment for the Arts. The commission recently announced that the NEA has formally recognized KCAIC as the official state arts agency of Kansas.
“On behalf of the board and staff of Mid-America Arts Alliance, we are delighted to once again count Kansas as a qualified partner of our regional arts organization,” said Mary Kennedy, M-AAA's chief executive officer. “The partnership between M-AAA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission will provide the valuable programs and services that are vital to the artists, arts organizations, arts educators, and audiences of Kansas. We look forward to working together to bring more art to more Kansans.”
FY14 ARTISTIC INNOVATIONS GRANTS AWARDED
Twenty regional artists and arts organizations received grants for Fiscal Year 2014 totalling $252,644 from our newest grant program: Artistic Innovations. Click here to learn more.
WACO SELECTED FOR TEXAS MURAL PROJECT We are pleased to announce that Waco has been selected for the Texas Community Mural Project. Work will begin in May and is scheduled to conclude in June. Austin artist Catherine Hart has been selected as mural apprentice.Click here to learn more.
OKLAHOMA TO HOST ARTIST INC PROGRAMThe Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition has been selected to host the program at its City Arts Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Beginning in October 2013 and limited to 25 participants, artists will gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Artist INC is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging to established. Recruiting for program participants will begin in April 2013. Click here to learn more.
M-AAA SELECTS NEW COO
Todd Stein has joined the staff of Kansas City-based Mid-America arts Alliance as Chief Operating Officer.Click here to read the press release.
CALL FOR LETTERS OF INTENT: ARTISTIC INNOVATIONS
In an effort to encourage creativity and generate greater visibility for regional artists and nonprofit arts-based organizations of all disciplines, we are pleased to announce the new Artistic Innovations grant program. Artistic Innovations projects will encourage the spirit of experimentation and exploration, engaging artists in the creation of new works for audiences across the M-AAA region. This unique grant program underwrites the direct expenses related to the art making process and premiere of new endeavors; grant awards of up to $15,000 are available. Click here to learn more
ARKANSAS TO HOST ARTIST INC PROGRAM
The Argenta Arts Foundation has been selected to host the program at its Art Connection space in the historic Argenta Arts District of North Little Rock, AR. Beginning in September 2013 and limited to 25 participants, artists will gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Artist INC is open to any artist of any discipline, from emerging to established. Recruiting for program participants will begin in March 2013. Click here to learn more.
REGIONAL TOURING PROGRAM (RTP) GRANTS AVAILABLE
M-AAA's Regional Touring Program (RTP) provides financial support for nonprofit organizations who hire performing artists listed on the M-AAA Artists' Registry or any of the touring artist rosters of our partner state arts agencies. The program is designed to support performing artists in their efforts to engage regional audiences, and to deepen the impact of arts programming for underserved audiences. RTP grants underwrite up to 50% of the artist or ensemble's fees for activities occurring between April 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. The application deadline is March 1, 2013. Click here to learn more.
November 2012CELEBRATING OUR FIRST FORTY YEARS
On November 8, 2012, past and current members of the Board of Directors, staff, and friends of M-AAA gathered to celebrate our first 40 years at a dinner held at Studio 2131 in Kansas City, Missouri. The event featured a "family" art auction, with pieces from artists who have been supported by M-AAA, representing all states in our region and a variety of media. Attendees also enjoyed a documentary video produced by M-AAA graphic design coordinator, April Befort. Click here to view the video.
M-AAA SELECTED FOR PERFORMARTS SERIES
M-AAA is one of six organizations selected to participate in the 2012-2013 cycle of the performARTS series
. Underwritten by Speas Memorial Trusts; Bank of America, Trustee, and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts; Commerce Bank, Trustee, the series will be a part of the next six issues of KC Studio magazine
(a publication of Townsend Communications) and will feature installments about some of Kansas City’s best artistic organizations. The six performARTS
featured arts organizations were selected out of hundreds of arts organizations across the Kansas City metropolitan community. Click here to learn more
FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
We are now offering Professional Development Support Grants to artists and arts-based professionals in our region (Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas). Grants are awarded on a first come, first served basis until all funding has been allocated. The average award for this grant program is $500, but awards vary. Limit one application per individual artist and/or arts-based organization per fiscal year. Click here to learn more.
M-AAA IS ON THE MOVE
Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), now celebrating its 40th year, is making one giant leap into the future this fall: renovation and expansion of our Kansas City headquarters. M-AAA has been located in the heart of the historic Crossroads Arts district since 2005, when the board authorized the purchase of an historic brick building at 2018 Baltimore Avenue. The building has had many tenants, including Atlas Beverage Company (a Pendergast-affiliated business), medical research companies, and it also served as a warehouse for the Kansas City Jones Store & Company. Its next transformation will provide updated and renovated office space for M-AAA staff, convening and event space, and the new and fully-accessible Culture Lab™. The Culture Lab™ will serve as the staging area for diverse public projects and programming representing the arts and humanities, as well as professional development opportunities for arts professionals. The renovation was designed by Sabatini Architects of Lawrence, KS. The project is the culmination of a multi-year, successful capital campaign; click here for a list of our generous funders.
Renovations to the headquarters began this month, and are scheduled to be completed in April 2013. In the meantime, M-AAA staff have relocated to temporary office space located at 1616 Broadway, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108. Phone and fax numbers remain the same. We are grateful to a generous benefactor, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, for providing our temporary home which was formerly the offices of the Kansas Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet.
We look forward to continuing our work of providing more art for more people, and to the launch of the Culture Lab™ in Spring 2013. For more information and artist renderings of the completed space, please click here.
ARTIST INC IS COMING TO THE M-AAA REGION
In partnership with the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City (ArtsKC), Charlotte Street Foundation, the UMKC Innovation Center, and Mid-America's partner state arts agencies, we are offering a unique professional development opportunity for a regional artist community: Artist INC. Artist INC is a cutting edge training program that addresses the specific business needs and challenges of artists of all disciplines for a nominal fee. Limited to 25 participants, artists gather once a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Click here to learn more about Artist INC.
ARKADELPHIA SELECTED FOR MURAL PROJECT
In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, we are pleased to announce that Arkadelphia, Arkansas has been selected as the next site for our Community Mural Project. This unique community-based program offers residents direct hands-on experience in the research, design, and execution of a major public artwork in their community. Work on the project began in August and will conclude in October 2012. Click here to read more about the Mural Project.
ARTIST INC: Now Accepting RFP's
M-AAA announces a unique professional development opportunity for the region: Artist INC. This cutting-edge training program is a partnership with ArtsKC, Charlotte Street Foundation, our five partner state arts organizations, and the UMKC Innovation Center.
Individuals wishing to attend professional development conferences may apply for travel stipends; click here to learn more. Performing arts presenters: applications are now being accepted for Round II of the Regional Touring Program (RTP). Application deadline is September 7; click here to learn more.
LIVE! in the Crossroads Season Begins
Celebrating 40 years of music, this season's LIVE! in the Crossroads concert series kicked off with a free performance by the Blue Riddim Band on Friday, May 4. Blue Riddim is a ground-breaking reggae band who were the first US-based group to play at Jamaica's Reggae Sunsplash festival, and the recording of their 1982 performance there was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Album in 1986. Always FREE and family-friendly, LIVE! in the Crossroads is held on the First Fridays of the warm months during the Kansas City gallery crawls in the heart of the historic Crossroads Arts District. Click here for more information about the series. |