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More Art for More People

The arts have the power to transform, inspire, connect, and heal. At Mid-America Arts Alliance, our mission is to strengthen and support artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our six-state region and beyond.
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A woman wears a gold shirt, cape, and crown, while a man holds a paintbrush in a theatrical production.

Photo courtesy of Salvage Vanguard Theater.

Group of people in posed photo

Artist INC participants.

A small group of people, from young to old, with one person in red shirt in a wheelchair, dance together along a huge colorful outdoor mural.

Photo courtesy of Dave Loewenstein.

People of all ages walk next to a pool in an art performance holding up floats.

Photo courtesy of Forklift Dance.

Woman and girl look at framed photograph in gallery of a woman with bees on her clothes.

Installation image from the ExhibitsUSA exhibition American Farmer.

Programs & Grants Serving Artists and Organizations

Click the images below to learn more about our programs. 

  • Grants and fellowships for artists
  • Grants for arts organizations and presenters
  • Traveling exhibitions at nonprofit prices
  • Professional development training for artists and organizations
  • Peer connections in the arts

Mid-America Arts Alliance: Celebrating 50 Years

The impact of M-AAA cannot be overstated! ... M-AAA gave us a framework and plan that didn’t exist before. M-AAA helped us learn what board structure was supposed to be, gave us the courage to think bigger and to be bold in how we wanted AYAM [Altheretta Yeargin Art Museum] to be viewed.

Leanne Newton Engage Participant

The support of M-AAA’s US Regional Arts Resilience Grant enabled us to create new, innovative, in-person, and virtual programming and exhibits for the 100th-year commemoration of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which reached an estimated 300,000 people!

Michelle Brown-Burdex Program Coordinator, Greenwood Cultural Center

The Kansas Suffrage Mural Project would not have come to pass without funding and facilitation through M-AAA. The project expanded my own personal artistic practice, enabling me to plan and implement a community-based approach to placing public art, as well as a chance to work with a rural community in creating an artwork that is not placed upon a community, but grows from within that community’s stories.

Erika Nelson Artist

Artist INC also gives everyone concrete information and ideas on how an artist can set up their life and business, for the optimal chance at a successful career in the arts. Everyone I encountered through Artist INC came away with a more mature, refined sense of how they fit into the art world.

Kevin Kresse Artist and past Artist INC facilitator

Header image photography: M-AAA Artists 360 grantee Megha Rao performing at the Full Circle Showcase in Bentonville, Arkansas. Photo by Jared Sorrells.

Thank you to Undo Bias (@undo.bias), an organization in St. Louis, for providing four full $150 scholarships for BIPOC individuals accepted into the first Artist INC St. Louis 2023 cohort this fall.  Artist INC St. Louis applications, in partnership with St. Louis Regional Arts Commission (@regionalartscommission), are open now.  Deadline: June 20, 2023  Visit the #linkinbio or apply here: https://artistinc.art/communities/st-louis/  📷  Zenique Gardner Perry, a co-founder of Undo Bias, is an M-AAA Artist Leadership Fellow and will be an Artist INC St. Louis facilitator this fall.  Learn more about Undo Bias:
🎧 Listen to the latest episode of the NEA Art Works Podcast featuring M-AAA's Christine Bial on the NEA Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Program.  "The overall well-being of our military men and women and their families is something that cannot be overlooked . . . to leave any of those participants out of the greater picture creates a gap in that bridge between the military experience and that of civilian life." - Christine Bial, director of Arts and Humanities Grants at Mid-America Arts Alliance  Visit the #linkinbio or
https://www.arts.gov/stories/podcast/creative-forces  📷 Photo from the Creative Forces convening in Washington D.C. Photo by Brendan Bannon.
Summer Brooks is a multimedia sculptor based in Kansas City and a past M-AAA Artist Inc alumna, Artist Leadership Fellows alumna, and now, a facilitator.  We had a chance to visit her studio today as part of a new video series documenting artists and organizations in our region for our 50th Anniversary celebrations.  📷 Summer Brooks @summer_.jpeg
🎥 @geeredupfilms  #323Clay #blackceramicist #artists #ceramics #clay #moreart #midamericaarts #MAAATurns50 #kansascity #InTheStudio
If you’re at #AAM2023, come say hello to our @exhibits_usa team! We here to help small and mid-sized institutions with high quality, affordable, ready-to-roll arts and humanities exhibitions. (Think exhibits in a box. Really nice ones.) We’re at booth 1324, but you can always connect with us and view our available exhibitions at https://www.maaa.org/exhibitions/exhibitsusa/.

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