M-AAA Cares

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Mid-America Arts Alliance recognizes that arts service organizations are essential to the arts ecosystem, even as they have the potential to be overlooked in the recovery funding landscape.

Through collaboration with our state arts agency partners, M-AAA has decided to award our regional CARES Act funding to art service organizations. We are grateful for this generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, made possible by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress.

M-AAA funding is available only to 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that dedicate the majority of their programming budgets in support of artists and arts organization networks. For the purposes of the M-AAA CARES grant program, art service organizations are organizations that do not deliver artworks or arts presentations directly to the general public; rather, they cultivate arts communities by providing policy development, advocacy, and/or professional services in support of artists or arts organizations.

With guidance from our state arts agency partners, we have invited select eligible organizations to apply for financial support for salaries and operational expenses that have become economic hardships due to the forced closure of operations caused by COVID-19. This grant process will not be open to the public.

Questions? Please contact Christine Bial, christine (at) maaa.org