Artists 360 Announces Newest Grantees


Twenty grants will support Northwest Arkansas working and student artists

Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, announces the twenty artists receiving project and student grant awards. These twenty artists are the final cohort in this pilot program, and the consistent high level of applicants and awardees demonstrates the depth of the artist community in Northwest Arkansas. Project grants vary in discipline from literary, performing, and visual arts, ranging from mixed media to photography to ceramics, and more. Students are recognized during post-secondary education and encouraged in building sustainable practices.

Artists 360 is a three-year pilot program serving a total of sixty individual artists from the Northwest Arkansas area. These selected artists receive grant funding, in addition to professional development support services. The Walton Family Foundation grant to M-AAA, recommended by Steuart Walton and Tom Walton, allows Artists 360 to provide $7,500 to project grantees and $1,500 to student artists, as well as professional development services for all awardees. The first professional development convening for this cohort will take place online, due to the pandemic.

Todd Stein, President and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “Artists 360 has allowed M-AAA to explore the depth of Greater Northwest Arkansas’s rich artist communities. As we reach year three of the pilot program, we are energized by the continued excellence of these artists and the powerful connections we see among them.”

Vicente Yépez is a writer and educator whose hybrid-genre writing centers on intersectional identity and the issues that affect marginalized communities in the US and Latin America. Yépez’s project Fútbol For The People is a bilingual podcast/media channel that uses narrative and conversation to generate discussion about the ethics and politics of soccer. Says Yépez, “The Artists 360 grant will allow me to purchase the gear I need so that I can not only generate high-quality content more consistently but also make my creative process more efficient. This funding will make a huge difference in allowing me to develop a sustainable workflow that can help ensure the long-term success of my project.”

The following practicing artists, organized by discipline, were awarded project grants of $7,500.
Literary Arts: Kaveh Bassiri, Joy Clark, Vicente Yépez
Performing Arts: Pablo Guerra-Monje, Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, Jeremiah Pickett, Kholoud Sawaf, Caroline Sharkey
Visual Arts: Heidi Carlsen-Rogers, Helen Kwiatkowski, Asha Lester, Eloa Jane Pereira, Suzannah Schreckhise, Aaron Turner

The following artists, organized by discipline, were awarded student artist grants of $1,500. Click each artist’s name for a bio and images.
Literary Arts: Hiba Tahir, Emma Van Dyke
Performing Arts: Kayln Fay Barnoski, Audrey Samantha Romero
Visual Arts: Leah Grant, Minah Kim

(Pictured: Heidi Carlsen-Rogers, Garden (Fray) [detail], 2020; 24 x 30 inches, inkjet photographic print, silk, viscose, cotton, polyester thread; Courtesy of the artist)