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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

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  • 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:

Exit12 company dancers, veterans, and refugees from Ukraine perform together in Truths Colliding, a project funded by Creative Forces and presented on Memorial Day weekend 2023. The performance took place on the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York, New York. Photo by Alberto Vasari.

Thank you to our Artists 360 creatives and supporters! You make the world a brighter place with everything you make. Tag an artist that you love and let them know you're grateful for all they do!
#MoreArt #GivingTuesday
We love receiving notes like this from our Artist INC participants! Thank you to everyone who taken a chance on a career in the arts; you are the change-makers that enrich our heartland communities. #MoreArt #GivingTuesday
Thank you from our ExhibitsUSA team to you, M-AAA community! We couldn't share innovation, hope, & arts education across the country without the institutions that partner with us. 
This #GivingTuesday, show your local art venues & organizations some love ❤️ #MoreArt
To our community, thank you for your continued support! When you're thinking about #givingtuesday this year, we ask that you think about the artists like these and the arts organizations in your community that are helping to make our region artful.

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