Mid-America Arts Alliance touts tremendous growth this year, in large part with the addition of our Artist Services department. Artist Services oversees Artist INC and our newest program, Artists 360. Artists 360, a program of M-AAA made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, is a three-year pilot program providing grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines in the Northwest Arkansas area.
Each year, twenty artists will be awarded grants at two levels, based on eligibility: practicing artists will receive $7,500 and student artists will receive $1,500. All awarded artists receive professional development opportunities that include peer networking, training, and publicity. The professional development component was inspired by M-AAA’s Artist INC work over the past years, and made us particularly qualified to administer the program with the support of the Walton Family Foundation. In total, the program will provide $439,500 in direct grants and professional development services for sixty individual artists over these first three years.
“Cultural institutions in Northwest Arkansas enrich our communities and contribute to the growth of the region,” said Steuart Walton. “Artists 360 will strengthen that ecosystem by providing new resources for artists so they may continue to create and perform inspiring art.”
We are grateful for the support of the Walton Family Foundation and also for the rich community of artists in Northwest Arkansas. Visit Artists 360 for program updates and awarded artists as they are selected.