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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:

Houston artist and Artist INC Alumna Y.E. Torres (YET). Photography by Alex Barber. Artist INC Live applications are open in Kansas City, St. Louis, and Topeka.

🎨 Hey art aficionados!  Get ready to dive into the ultimate celebration of Missouri arts on April 27 at the Presser Arts Center in Mexico, MO!  Creative Missouri 2024 will bring you mind-blowing presentations, electrifying performances, cool vendors, and more! 🎭 Don't snooze on this! Secure your spot now for a day filled with networking, excitement, and major inspiration!  Visit our link in bio to get tickets.  Art by Natalie Wiseman @nataliewiseman_artist
Every year, the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Awards sheds light on the artists, arts patrons, arts educators, and arts organizations and businesses that have dedicated their lives to enriching the cultural landscape of Arkansas.  For Garbo Hearne, one of this year’s award recipients and a member of M-AAA’s board of directors, the Arts Community Development Award is a reflection of her dedication to fostering artistic expression and promoting cultural diversity.  “It shows the importance of all the organizations I get to be a part of,” Garbo told the Little Rock Soiree. “There’s still work to do, but I believe this award is as much theirs as it is mine.”  Congratulations to Garbo Hearne, Virmarie DePoyster, Pam Setser, Stephen Driver,
Gay Bechtelheimer, Tony Waller, and Charley Sandage on their awards and thank you to Arkansans for the Arts!  Visit our link in bio to learn more!  📸 Jason Masters
#ArkansasGovArtsAwards @arkansansfortheartsofficial #ArkansasArts
The National Mural Awards (@national_mural_awards) was founded with the intent to honor and recognize the best examples of mural art across the country. Apply by March 31 for a chance to win and have your mural recognized via our link in bio or at nationalmuralawards.org/artistawards  The 2024 awards will feature Gold, Silver and Bronze awards presented to the top three murals in each of six U.S. regions, with the regional winners each qualifying for the National Awards.  Murals completed in the 2023 calendar year are eligible.  #MidAmericaMuralists #MidwestMuralists #MuralAwards
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