Artistic Innovations

The Artistic Innovations Grant Program encourages the spirit of experimentation and exploration, exclusively engaging in-region artists in the creation of new, original works for audiences in the M-AAA region. This grant program offers up to $15,000 in support of expenses incurred in the art-making process and premiere of these endeavors. Through generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, M-AAA supports individual artists and arts-based nonprofit 501c3 organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas for projects that meets the eligibility requirements listed below.

Update as of September 27, 2021: In an effort to make the process more efficient for applicants, the Artistic Innovations grant program will no longer require a Letter of Intent. Full applications for FY23 grants, occurring July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023, will open on January 2, 2022. Prospective grantees will still have six weeks to complete their applications, and all will be notified by June 2022. All applications must be submitted online, and that link will be available on this page. Informational webinars and virtual office hours will take place in January for artists and organizations to learn more about the process and work on their individual applications.

A great Artistic Innovations project is one that has in-person experiences of art, art making, or artists at the heart of the initiative and introduces a new or original idea or product to the applicant’s audience. Engagement through feature presentation and outreach includes but is not limited to performance, publication, lecture/demonstration, exhibition, master class and/or workshop.

Artistic Innovations grants support the creation of new, original works that result in at least two accessible, public-facing events, including a premiere feature presentation and an outreach event.

Projects meet three criteria:

  1. The project is new and original culminating in two public-facing events including at least one outreach activity and at least one premiere feature presentation in accessible venues in the M-AAA region during the grant period;
  2. All applicants and artists involved in the project’s public-facing events are residents of the six-state M-AAA region at the time of application and throughout the grant period; and
  3. The anticipated project budget reflects a 1:1 match for the grant amount requested. The maximum grant request allowed is $15,000.

Artistic Innovations Eligibility

Individuals must:

  • Not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year OR involved with an awarded project;
  • Be at least 21 years of age;
  • Have a social security number;
  • Have a résumé that demonstrates at least three consecutive years of engagement in a creative practice;
  • Have lived in the M-AAA region full-time for at least three years prior to the Letter of Intent deadline and remain a regional resident during the entire grant period; and
  • Be in good standing with M-AAA and all other federal agencies, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.

Organizations must:

  • Not be an Artistic Innovations grant recipient in the previous fiscal year OR involved with an awarded project;
  • Be a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, a unit of state or local government, or a federally recognized tribal community;
  • Be registered in the Data Universal Number System (DUNS);
  • Have three consecutive years of operating history prior to the Letter of Intent Form deadline;
  • Be incorporated and located in the M-AAA region; and
  • Be in good standing with M-AAA and all other federal agencies, 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:

  • Those that engage audiences solely through online streaming
  • 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
  • Art festivals or fairs
  • Art competitions or fundraisers
  • Projects engaging any artists from outside M-AAA’s six-state region

Individual artist GRANT GUIDELINES

Organizational GRANT GUIDELINES