Entrepreneurial passion for the arts.
Mid-America Arts Alliance helps communities flourish culturally and economically by providing training programs for artists and arts organizations to develop professional and entrepreneurial skills. Artist INC is a collaborative project supporting individual artists in Kansas City and throughout our region. Artists 360 combines grantmaking with individual artist training to enrich the arts ecosystem of Northwest Arkansas. Engage is a comprehensive training program that provides arts and culture organizations with the tools to govern more capably, become more fiscally responsible, and address community needs with innovation that contributes to the dynamic cultural fabric of their community. Interchange is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within our region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact.
Artist INC delivers cutting edge training seminars that address the business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to 25 participants per seminar, artists gather for one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers.
Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, is a three-year pilot program providing grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.
M-AAA created the Engage program to provide locally focused leadership development training for arts and culture organizations in a single urban area. Engage advances the governance, fundraising and financial management, and community engagement capacities of small and midsize organizations in order to increase institutional efficiency and ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
With a history of supporting the cultural life of communities across the region, Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Interchange program recognizes the role of individual artists as change agents and connectors in the cities and towns where they reside. Artists, with an innate understanding of process and experience as problem-solvers, possess the skills, training, and vision to collaborate across sectors, stimulate dialogue, activate neighborhoods, and creatively respond to civic challenges.