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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:

Renaming the American Landscape photography series. Photography by Derek Slagle, M-AAA Catalyze grantee. Learn more about Derek Slagle, PhD.

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced more than $110 million in recommended grants nationwide, and a total of 92 grants recommended within the M-AAA region—totaling over $10 million.  “𝐒𝐨 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐥𝐮𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐯𝐢𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐥𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐫𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐦𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐢𝐧𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐝𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐧𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐀𝐫𝐭𝐬, 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐬, 𝐢𝐬 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐟𝐢𝐭.” — NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD  Learn more about the announcement in the link in bio!  Photos from clockwise from top left: Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center's New Mainers on Stage, photo by Firdaws Hakizimana; Neomuralismos de Mexico alejibres workshop, photo by Aaron Johnson-Ortiz for Neomuralismos de Mexico; Detroit Excellence in Youth Arts (DEYA) Youth Stage at Detroit's Concert of Colors, photo courtesy of DEYA; Living Streets Alliance volunteers, photo by Ernesto Raul Aguilar
ArtsConnect Topeka will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision & inspire new conversations about civil rights through operetta & sculpture by Vanessa German (@vanessalgerman).  Learn more and reserve a ticket in our link in bio!
See 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘭 𝘝𝘶𝘩: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘘𝘶𝘪𝘤𝘩é 𝘵𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘐𝘭𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 on view at Mid-America Arts Alliance's Culture Lab on Friday, June 7!  Let Jaime Arredondo’s illustrations tell the powerful indigenous creation story of the Quiché people. If you're a fan of Homer's 𝘖𝘥𝘺𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘺, or 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘌𝘱𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘧 𝘎𝘪𝘭𝘨𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘴𝘩, you're sure to fall in love with the 𝘗𝘰𝘱𝘰𝘭 𝘝𝘶𝘩.  Save the date for this exhibition and check the link in bio for more info!  🖼️ 
Jaime Arredondo, "First There Were the Small Animals", 2010; printed reproduction of marker on paper, 14 x 14 inches; Courtesy of the artist.
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