FY21 Artistic Innovations Grantees


Photo by Morgana Wilborn; Courtesy of Cara Mía Theatre

$180,405 Will Support New and Innovative Artworks Across the Region

Mid-America Arts Alliance is pleased to announce the Artistic Innovations grantees for Fiscal Year 2021, beginning July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. Fourteen individual artists and arts organizations have been awarded grants of up to $15,000, totaling $180,405 across the region. Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of new, original works that result in at least two public-facing events, including a premiere feature presentation and an outreach event.

“The arts have the ability to unite humanity and reflect the social challenges of our time. As reflected in the diversity of projects supported in FY21, Artistic Innovations continues to support the creativity and innovative spirit of arts organizations and artists throughout the Mid-America Arts Alliance region,” said Todd Stein, President and CEO.

Designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofits working in all disciplines. Cara Mía Theatre in Dallas, Texas, will use its grant to present the world premiere and subsequent local two-stop tour of a new play, called Ursula, or Let Yourself Go with the Wind, about family separation on the US border through the eyes of a child. “This moment in our history is a call for artists and arts organizations to join people across the country who are actively pushing for human rights and social transformations,” said David Lozano, Executive Artistic Director. “Cara Mía Theatre’s world premiere and tour of Ursula is a compelling performance piece that will bring people from various communities, of mostly non-theatre going audiences, into the movement addressing child separation and detention along our border. We are grateful to the Mid-America Arts Alliance for believing and supporting this ambitious project in North Texas.”

Read a full list of grantees