History

Our History

In 1972, a group of civic leaders from four Midwestern states came together to envision an organization that ensured access to arts of excellence for people in the mid-America region. These leaders consolidated the human and financial resources available to achieve their objectives in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Out of their initial collaboration, Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) emerged and developed as the first regional arts organization in the country.

In partnership with the state art agencies of Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, M-AAA stretches the boundaries of the heartland to include national and international programs and arts activities.

Vision

More Art for More People

Mission

Mid-America Arts Alliance strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services.

People Served

M-AAA constituents and partners include small and large museums, presenting organizations, performing arts touring companies and artists, arts councils, individual artists, county historical societies, community colleges, libraries, and other types of organizations that are interested in bringing outstanding exhibitions and performers to their communities. These organizations, institutions, and artists partner with M-AAA to reach people in cities as large as Dallas (population 1.258 million) and as small as Winslow, AR (population 413). We reach over one million people each year.

Learn More

We created this video with support from the National Endowment of Arts for the celebration of their 50th anniversary. Watch it to hear from artists themselves about what makes M-AAA special!