M-AAA’s Catalyze Grant Applications Now Open to Central Arkansas Artists


New initiative will award 25 artists $10,000 grants with support from Windgate Foundation

The applications open today for Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Catalyze, a new program made possible through the generous support of the Windgate Foundation. Catalyze will award $500,000 to fifty central Arkansas artists through practice-based grants over two years. Combining money, mentoring, and management, the Catalyze program is designed to ignite the careers of individual artists. Applications for the first cohort are due at 5:00 p.m., February 24, 2023.

Artists of all creative disciplines living in the Arkansas counties of Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, White, and Yell will be eligible to apply for this program. 

Through the application process, artists will be selected on the basis of their artistry, intended use and impact of the funding in their practice, and the creation of a balanced peer cohort. Artists must demonstrate a desire to participate in a multidisciplinary peer-based learning cohort, and commit to attending a professional development convening the weekend of June 24–25, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Applicants may apply here in English or aplicar aquí en Español.

M-AAA staff will be available to answer questions and provide application support from January 9 through February 24, 2023. Contact information for staff may be found in the application resources.

Twenty-five Catalyze fellowships of $10,000 will be awarded in both 2023 and 2024. These practice-based grants allow artists to choose how best to use the funding in support of their creative practices. Funds can be used for any purpose that supports the continued development of their creative practice including, but not limited to, equipment, travel, studio space, and child care.

Applicants may also attend one of the following free “How to Apply Yourself” grant workshops to learn more about Catalyze and the application process. Artists are asked to register in advance for one of the following virtual or in-person sessions:

  • Thursday, January 26, 2023–VIRTUAL on Zoom 12:00–1:00 p.m. CST
    Register on Zoom
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023–LIVE at Emergent Arts, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CST
    Emergent Arts, 341-A Whittington Ave., Hot Springs, Arkansas
    Register on Eventbrite
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023–LIVE at ArtSpace on Main, 5:30–6:30 p.m. CST
    ArtSpace on Main, 623 Main Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    Register on Eventbrite
  • Friday, February 10, 2023–LIVE at Brandon House, 4:30–5:30 p.m. CST
    Brandon House Cultural and Performing Arts Center
    12120 Colonel Glenn Rd Suite 6400, Little Rock, Arkansas
    Register on Eventbrite
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023–LIVE at Argenta Community Theatre–10:00–11:00 a.m. CST
    Argenta Community Theatre, 315 Main St, Suite B, North Little Rock, Arkansas
    Register on Eventbrite

Catalyze is made possible through a grant from the Windgate Foundation, Little Rock, Arkansas. This support coincides with the recent announcement of Artspace Windgate Campus, the new $36 million mixed-use development in Little Rock’s historic East End.  Combined the two gifts make a significant investment in the arts ecosystem of central Arkansas. Since 2009, M-AAA has offered cohort-based professional development opportunities to more than 200 artists in central Arkansas through its Artist INC Live and Artist INC Express programs through support from the Windgate Foundation.

The Windgate Foundation was established in 1993 and is a private, family foundation based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Windgate’s goal is to advance contemporary craft and strengthen visual arts education in the United States. The foundation also supports children and youth in the State of Arkansas. 

For additional information and requirements, please see maaa.org/catalyze.