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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 of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, 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.

Dancers Felip Barrueto and Marit Brook-Kothlow are in a room with one window, a chair, a table, and a mug. Marit sits on the chair with her head down as Felipe hits a crouched pose on the table with their elbow up over their face. The table has an image of an army tank projected on it.

Photo by RJ Muna.

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

Photo courtesy of Forklift Dance.

Museum visitors view ExhibitsUSA exhibition Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design.

Photo courtesy of Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

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 works with artists and organizations across our region to support, elevate, and celebrate the arts.

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:

FY24 Artistic Innovations grantee Stacy Busch’s “She Breathes Fire” in collaboration with Owen/Cox Dance Group. Dancers Mia Steedle, Henry Steele, and Marian Faustino, with vocalists and dancers. Photography by Lindsay Clipner.

The White House Domestic Policy Council and the National Endowment for the Arts (@neaarts) announced a joint effort for a first-of-its-kind summit “Healing, Bridging, Thriving: A Summit on Arts and Culture in our Communities” which will take place on January 30 in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the transformative power of culture in shaping our lives, communities, and nation, and to find new paths to arts integration across government agencies.  To attend virtually, sign up in our link in bio or at arts.gov/impact/convenings/healing-bridging-thriving-summit/sign-ups
Dipping brushes in the currents of creativity, Steve Snell (@stevesnell) leveraged an #ArtisticInnovations grant to navigate the soul of the Missouri River. Unveiling the hidden beauty and tales within, it’s a journey that transcends art, connecting us to the essence of our country’s landscape and history.  Visit maaa.org/annual-report/ or tap the link in bio to embark on a journey that goes beyond the canvas!  #MoreArt #Heartland #MissouriRiver #PleinAirPainting
Fun Fact 1️⃣ January is #NationalMentoringMonth
Fun Fact 2️⃣ Applications are open for Artist INC Live in TWO cities!  Wichita and Little Rock, it's time to grow your career with the help of local mentors! Apply by January 31 in our link bio or at artistinc.art/apply  #MoreArt #Artrepreneur #KansasArtist #ArkansasArtist @artist_inc_official
Last chance to submit a Statement of Interest for ArtsHERE, a new grant program to increase opportunities for arts participation! Submit your application through our link in bio or at ArtsHERE.org by January 19.  Through peer learning opportunities and grants of $65k to $130k, ArtsHERE invests in organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming, with the goal of increasing arts participation for underserved groups/communities.  All Americans should have opportunities to live “artful lives.”  ArtsHERE is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with South Arts and in collaboration with the other five U.S. Regional Arts Organizations.  @neaarts @southartsorg @arts_midwest @midamericaartsalliance @midatlanticarts @nefa_arts @westernstatesartsfederation #USRegionalArts #USRAOs #ArtsHERE
We’re seeking panelists to review applications for our Catalyze, Interchange, and Artists 360 programs!  Get involved AND get an insider view of what reviewers look for in an application (which definitely helps when crafting your own grant applications)  💵 Compensation is $150-250 depending on the number of applications, with an additional $50 given  to those that complete Implicit Bias training.  Panelists will be required to:
✅ do independent reviews of applications
✅ have reliable internet access
✅ commit to 3-5 hours of application reviews
✅ complete 30 minute Implicit Bias training (if not completed in the last 3 years)  Interested? Fill out the interest form on through our link in bio!  #MoreArt #CallForPanelists #Catalyze #Interchange #Artists360

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