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Artists working for social change

Interchange website

Strengthen your community and your socially engaged creative practice with career development, mentoring, and $20,000 in project support from the Interchange Artist Grant program.

Artists and creatives are change agents and connectors in cities and towns where they live. With their deep understanding of process and experience as problem solvers, artists possess the skills, training, and vision to collaborate across sectors, stimulate dialogue, activate neighborhoods, and creatively respond to civic challenges.

Interchange supports artist-led projects focused on social impact in M-AAA’s six-state region* with:

  • $20,000 in direct project support
  • Professional development retreats with Interchange grantees
  • Mentoring

A program of Mid-America Arts Alliance, Interchange is made possible through the support of the Mellon Foundation.


What is a social practice?

Interchange uses the definition of social and civic practice as outlined by the Center for Performance and Civic Practice:

  • Artists working with the public on an artist-led vision that may include research, process, and/or content generation with an intention of social impact outside of traditional audience experience (social practice)
  • Artists co-designing a project with the public with the spoken intention to serve a public, non-arts partner’s self-defined need (civic practice)

*Interchange supports artists and creatives who reside in the M-AAA region: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas