NEA Awards M-AAA $1.3M


Gabriel Dawe's Plexus 33 (detail), is the former recipient of a M-AAA Artistic Innovations Grant, supported by NEA funds.

Mid-America Arts Alliance Receives Partnership Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts

M-AAA is the recipient of a $1,324,400 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) under its Art Works: State & Regional Partnerships funding for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. The grant enables M-AAA to respond to priorities identified through public planning undertaken with their constituents, partners, and stakeholder as well as Arts Endowment objectives.

Todd Stein, President and CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “We are grateful for our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and this critical funding to support and sustain the arts throughout our region and beyond. We are all rising to meet the challenges of these times, and federal support for the arts is more meaningful than ever to the people of our region. The partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts amplifies our ability to provide grantmaking and programming to the most rural communities of the region.”

Mid-America Arts Alliance works collaboratively to provide more art for more people across its six states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas. Beyond the region, M-AAA has two national touring exhibition programs, ExhibitsUSA and NEH on the Road. M-AAA works in partnership with the six state arts agencies of our region, in addition to arts service organizations, presenters, artists, and the diverse populations that make the Mid-America arts ecosystem vibrant. On an annual basis, we provide grantmaking to 180 organizations and 90 artists, reaching more than 150 communities through our programs and services across more than 30 states. M-AAA believes that thriving arts communities contribute to prosperous societies.

“These awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their doors for months,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts can heal and unite us.”

See a full list of Art Works grantees.