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 invites individual artists and arts-based nonprofit 501c3 organizations in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas to submit a Letter of Intent Form for a project that meets the eligibility requirements listed below. Letters of Intent will be due on November 13, 2020.

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 between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022;
  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 and GRANT APPLICATIONS

Organizational GRANT GUIDELINES and GRANT APPLICATIONS

Artistic Innovations Office Hours on Zoom

Questions about the application process? Join fellow questioners and stop by for office hours with the program’s director, Christine Bial. She’ll be there on Wednesdays at noon every week through the Letter of Intent deadline of November 13. Sign up for an appointment.

If that time doesn’t work, you can always email Christine (at) maaa.org with your questions, and/or set up another time to meet via phone or Zoom.