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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.

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: Art installation by Sukanya Mani in M-AAA’s Culture Lab. Photography by Elizabeth Stehling Snell.

Artists and creatives, apply now for the Leaders of Color Fellowship (LoCF)!  "I learned a great deal about how to create tangible change, within and outside my community. Sharing the experience with fellow BIPOC arts workers also provided me with support and encouragement that I didn’t know I needed." - Blanca Herrada, 22-23 National Leaders of Color Fellow  LoCF is a transformative leadership development experience whose goal is to establish multicultural leadership in the creative and cultural sector. LoCF is led by the Western States Arts Federation (@westaf) in coordination with the five other Regional Arts Organizations, including M-AAA.  Applications open today! See the link in bio. 
The deadline is Oct. 16. Learn more at artslead.org.  Please share with anyone you think might be interested.  "Deja, Drinking Coffee" painting by Blanca Herrada (@_casualdreamer)  #maaa #leadersofcolorfellowship #bipocartists #westaf
Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!  We’re starting our celebration today with Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa and the song “La Vida es un Carnaval”!  “ . . . Que la vida es una hermosura, hay que vivirla. (. . . That life is beautiful, you must live it.)”  We asked our staff what’s inspiring them this month. Thank you to DeMarcus Akeem Suggs, director of development, who shared:  “Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa is my inspiration! Her song, La Vida es un Carnaval is one of my favorites that will be played to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.”  #HispanicHeritageMonth #CeliaCruz #QueenOfSalsa
Mid-America Arts Alliance is thrilled to welcome Shannon Daut as the first National Director of the US Regional Arts Organization Collective. 
Learn more about Shannon and the US RAO Collective at the link in bio or https://usregionalarts.org/us-regional-arts-organizations-welcome-shannon-daut-as-national-director/

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