Artistic Innovations

Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of innovative new work by artists working in M-AAA’s region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). With generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, M-AAA distributes grants of up to $15,000 to underwrite the direct expenses related to the art-making process and the public premiere of work. Designed to encourage experimentation and collaboration, Artistic Innovations grants are available to artists and nonprofits working in all disciplines. Priority is given to new work that can tour or be replicated.

Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of new, original works that result in public engagement, such performance, presentation, publication, exhibition, and workshops. Applications for FY2019 (projects occurring between July 1, 2018–June 20, 2019) are now open with a call for Letters of Intent. Full proposals will be requested from qualified applicants.

Questions about Artistic Innovations grants, or Letters of Intent? Please sign up for our free webinar on Weds, October 11 at 10:00 a.m. CST. The webinar is free, but you must sign up to join.

Projects meet three criteria:

  1. Art, art-making, or artists are at the heart of the initiative
  2. The project introduces a new idea, product, method, or service to the organization’s or artist’s audience
  3. Projects work exclusively with artists within M-AAA’s six-state region.

Artistic Innovations Eligibility

Individuals must:

  • Not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year;
  • Have a resumé that demonstrates at least two years of professional experience and commitment to an artistic discipline;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have lived in the M-AAA region full-time for at least two years prior to the deadline and intend to remain a regional resident during the entire grant period; and
  • Be in good standing with M-AAA, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.

Organizations must:

  • Not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year;
  • Be a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a unit of state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community;
  • Be located in the M-AAA region; and
  • Be in good standing with M-AAA, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.

If you have questions or need additional information, please email us at innovations (at) maaa.org.

Projects must not be:

  • Straight adaptations from one medium to another
  • Remounting of past work in a new venue
  • Traditional restaging of classic productions
  • Rereleases of previously published or recorded material
  • Projects engaging artists from outside M-AAA’s six-state region