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$1.1 Million Awarded in American Rescue Plan Grants

By Margaret A. Keough

M-AAA Grants Go to Small Arts and Culture Organizations

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) has awarded fifty arts and culture organizations in its region $1,104,600 to support critical, day-to-day operating costs. The grants were made possible through funding M-AAA received from the National Endowment for the Arts through their allocation of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). M-AAA awarded grants, ranging from $10,000 to $40,000, to small arts and culture organizations with annual budgets in 2020 of no more than $500,000.

“Osage Ballet is thankful for Mid-America Arts Alliance and their generous support,” says Randy Tinker Smith, Wahzhazhe Ballet Director. “We currently have 77 students in our ballet school located on the Osage Nation Reservation. The funding will enable us to continue high-quality dance instruction in our rural community, as well as a yearly Spring Performance and The Nutcracker Ballet in December. Many of our students had to leave because of COVID/Pandemic issues. We are looking forward to rebuilding our program and the opportunities our children have ahead of them.”

Todd Stein, President and CEO of M-AAA, said, “The impacts of COVID-19 on the arts and creative sector have been tremendous. We are thankful to share these funds from the National Endowment for the Arts’ allocation from the American Rescue Plan with arts organizations to assist in their recovery from the ongoing pandemic.”

M-AAA’s ARP grantmaking of $1,104,600 follows earlier pandemic relief of $591,900, also provided through our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. In total, M-AAA has provided $6 million in relief funding to artists and arts organizations throughout its six-state region during the pandemic.

(Pictured, from Osage Ballet: The children of the Wahzhazhe Cast with Chief Geoffrey Standingbear, Choreographer Jenna Smith LaViolette, and Director, Randy Tinker Smith. Photo by Cody Hammer)

Arkansas Recipients

Arkansans for the Arts, Little Rock, AR: $11,150

Calico Rock Museum & Visitors Center, Calico Rock, AR: $40,000

Hot Springs Area Cultural Alliance, Hot Springs, AR: $10,000

Open Mouth Reading Series, Fayetteville, AR: $10,000

Ra-Ve Cultural Foundation, Bentonville, AR: $20,000

Voice of Arkansas Minority Advocacy Council, Jonesboro, AR: $20,000

Kansas Recipients

Arts Council of Johnson County, Overland Park, KS: $40,000

Harvester Arts, Wichita, KS: $20,000

Kansas Alliance for the Arts in Education, Salina, KS: $10,000

Lawrence Children’s Choir, Lawrence, KS: $20,000

Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan, KS: $20,000

Missouri Recipients

Arts Asylum, Kansas City, MO: $10,000

Black Archives of Mid-America, Kansas City, MO: $40,000

Black Repertory Theatre of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO: $20,000

Bootheel Youth Museum, Malden, MO: $40,000

Dances of India, St. Louis, MO: $10,000

Intercultural Music Initiative, St. Louis, MO: $40,000

Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, Maryland Heights, MO: $21,150

No Divide KC, Kansas City, MO: $20,000

Nebraska Recipients

Benson First Friday, Omaha, NE: $40,000

Blue River Arts Council, Crete, NE: $10,000

Circle Theatre, Omaha, NE: $20,000

El Museo Latino, Omaha, NE: $40,000

BLIXT Locally Grown, Lincoln, NE: $20,000

Nebraskans for the Arts, Omaha, NE: $11,150

Nebraska Writers Collective, Omaha, NE: $40,000

Prairie Arts Center/Creativity Unlimited Arts Council, North Platte, NE: $20,000

West Nebraska Arts Center, Scottsbluff, NE: $10,000

Why Arts, Omaha, NE: $20,000

Oklahoma Recipients

Osage Ballet, Skiatook, OK: $10,000

Black Liberated Arts Center, Oklahoma City, OK: $40,000

Choregus Productions, Tulsa, OK: $40,000

David-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, OK: $20,000

Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK: $20,000

Oklahomans for the Arts, Oklahoma City, OK: $40,000

Texas Recipients

Capitol View Arts, Austin, TX: $20,000

Community Artists Collective, Houston, TX: $20,000

Community Music Center of Houston, Houston, TX: $40,000

East Lubbock Art House, Lubbock, TX: $10,000

Flatlands Dance Theater, Lubbock, TX: $10,000

Harris County Cultural Arts Council, Houston, TX: $20,000

India Fine Arts, Austin, TX: $20,000

Make Art with Purpose, Dallas, TX: $10,000

Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, TX: $40,000

Pegasus Media Project, Dallas, TX: $20,000

Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance, Austin, TX: $20,000

Texans for the Arts, Austin, TX: $11,150

TILT, Austin, TX: $10,000

Trucha, McAllen, TX: $20,000

USA Film Festival, Dallas, TX: $10,000