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ARTISTIC INNOVATIONS

Guidelines for FY16 Letters of Intent are now available; the submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

Paul Mesner PuppetsArtistic Innovations supports the creation of new work. It also is designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, and engage audiences throughout M-AAA’s region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).

With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000 to underwrite the direct expenses related to the art-making process and the public premier of these works.

FY16 Letters of Intent
Guidelines for FY16 Letters of Intent are now available. The submission deadline is Friday, Jan. 16, 2015.

A webinar on Artistic Innovations is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17. Additional information will be published after Dec. 1.

If you have questions, contact innovations (at) maaa.org.

Watie WhiteAbout Artistic Innovations
Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofit arts organizations working in all disciplines. After conducting seven pilot project grants in fiscal year 2013, M-AAA launched Artistic Innovations in FY14.

In that first year, M-AAA awarded 20 grants totaling $242,644 in theatre, storytelling, filmmaking, dance, visual arts, and music. In FY15, 14 grants were awarded totaling $192,800.


Program Objectives and Criteria
Artist Innovations support the creation of new, original artistic works that result in public engagement. Public engagement includes, but is not limited to, performance, presentation, publication, exhibition, and workshop.

The following projects are not eligible:
  • Straight adaptations from one medium to another
  • Shan GoshornRemounting of past work in a new venue
  • Traditional restaging of classic productions
  • Rereleases of previously published or recorded material

We are looking for projects that meet two criteria. First, art, art-making, or artists are at the heart of the initiative. Second, the project introduces a new idea, product, method, or service to the organization’s or artist’s audience.

Eligibility
Individuals must:
  • not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year;
  • have a resumé that demonstrates at least two years of professional experience and commitment to an artistic discipline;
  • be at least 21 years of age;
  • have lived in the M-AAA region full-time for at least two years prior to the proposal deadline and intend to remain a regional resident during the entire grant period; and
  • be in good standing with M-AAA, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.
Organizations must:
  • not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year;
  • be a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a unit of state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community;
  • be located in the M-AAA region; and
  • be in good standing with M-AAA, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email us at innovations (at) maaa.org.


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Photos

  1. Puppets from Ragtime to Bebop: The Story of Kansas City Jazz, by the Paul Mesner Puppets, Kansas City, MO, funded through an FY15 grant.
  2. Omaha artist Watie White in front of a house used in All That Ever Was, Always Is, a public art project funded through an FY14 grant.
  3. Shan Goshorn, Eastern Band Cherokee artist, whose work is featured in the the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa exhibition Woven Matters, funded through an FY15 grant.


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