Artistic Innovations

Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of innovative new work by artists working in M-AAA’s region (Arkansas, 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 work. Designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofits working in all disciplines. Priority is given to new work that can tour or be replicated.

Artist Innovations support the creation of new, original artistic works that result in public engagement, such performance, presentation, publication, exhibition, and workshops.

Projects meet three criteria:

  1. Art, art-making, or artists are at the heart of the initiative
  2. The project introduces a new idea, product, method, or service to the organization’s or artist’s audience
  3. Projects work exclusively with artists within M-AAA’s six-state region.

For examples of past projects, click: 2014, 2015, 2016. A Request for Letters of Intent for FY18 Artistic Innovations grants is now open (grants for activity taking place between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018). Read more about the application process here.

Artistic Innovations 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.

Projects must not be:

  • Straight adaptations from one medium to another
  • Remounting of past work in a new venue
  • Traditional restaging of classic productions
  • Rereleases of previously published or recorded material
  • Projects engaging artists from outside M-AAA’s six-state region