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FY18 Artistic Innovations Grantees

By Margaret A. Keough

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Mid-America Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the FY2018 grantees for our Artistic Innovations program

Artistic Innovations supports individual artists and arts organizations for the creation of new artworks that result in public engagement. With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, $234,746 has been awarded to twenty-one projects in five states in our region: Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

“Mid-America Arts Alliance is proud to support the 2018 Artistic Innovation awardees, which represent the diversity of experimentation, collaboration, and creative expression occurring throughout our region,” says Todd Stein, M-AAA CEO. “We are grateful for the continued support of the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, whose vital funding supports our grantmaking to artists and arts organizations.”

The grantees, organized by artistic medium

Dance: Anuradha Naimpally (Austin, TX); ARCOS Dance (Austin, TX); Cat Mahari (Kansas City, MO); METdance(Houston, TX); NobleMotion Dance (Houston, TX).

Film: Kendell Harbin (Kansas City, MO); Lance McDaniel (Oklahoma City, OK); Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen (Houston, TX);  University of Central Arkansas (Conway, AR).

Music: COLLIDE (Austin, TX); newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (Kansas City, MO); River Oaks Chamber Orchestra (Houston, TX).

Theater: Artist’s Laboratory Theatre (Fayetteville, AR); Cara Mía Theatre Co. (Dallas, TX); The Coterie (Kansas City, MO); Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, NE); Sheryl Martin (Norman, OK).

Visual Art: Aurora Picture Show (Houston, TX); Classen Ten Penn Neighborhood Association (Oklahoma City, OK); George A. Spiva Center for the Arts (Joplin, MO); Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya (Pflugerville, TX).

Pictured: still from Homecoming by Lance McDaniel