On behalf of Mid-America Arts Alliance, I’m pleased to share our FY19 annual report. I am honored to meet so many amazing people—artists, innovators, supporters, and the constituents we serve across our region. Connecting people to resources and opportunities is what M-AAA does best. This six-state region is about connectedness. FY2019 demonstrated this time and time again.
Our programs in FY19 reached 155 communities in thirty-three states. We launched a new pilot program to recognize artists as change agents, expanded to a second location in Houston, and began the national tours of seven new exhibitions. We provided grant funding and programming subsidies to over 250 artists and arts and cultural organizations throughout our region and beyond. Through Artist INC, we trained 236 artists to help them build sustainable careers. We made our first twenty Artists 360 grants to artists in the booming Northwest Arkansas arts corridor. We also began our inclusive process to envision a new strategic plan for the organization.
I want to take a minute to consider our new program, Interchange, which was funded through the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Interchange is built to honor and support the important work of social practice artists, the people who are working directly with their communities to create social change in our region. We are proud to be among the few organizations who are involved with this work outside America’s coastal cities, and we are committed to bringing additional opportunities like this one to our region’s outstanding artists and arts organizations.
Thank you for all that you do to ensure more art for more people.
President and CEO
Annual Report Images
Our Programs (l–r, top–bottom): Artist INC workbook materials, photo by Sabrina Staires; Artistic Innovations grantee Prison Performing Arts, St. Louis, MO; Artwork from Artists 360 grantee Linda Lopez; Engage Houston participant Paige Myrick of Opera in the Heights; Gallery visitors to Arte Cubano in Kansas City, MO; Interchange logo; M-AAA staff with staff from the Heard Museum collaborate on a new NEH on the Road exhibition; a member of the St. Louis Brass works with students in Clay County, KS.
Highlights: Interchange stock image; Artists 360 inaugural cohort, photo by Kat Wilson; the Houston Engage Peer Leadership Cohort poses in front of our new Houston office with program director Kheli Willets; The Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska.