With a history of supporting the cultural life of communities across the region, the 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. With an understanding of process honed through practice and experience as problem-solvers, artists possess the skills, training, and vision to collaborate across sectors, stimulate dialogue, activate neighborhoods, and creatively respond to civic challenges.
The Interchange Artist Grant program is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within M-AAA's six-state service region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact.
To that end, the program will support sixteen artists with an active, socially-engaged creative practice with project grants of $20,000 as well as mentoring and professional development opportunities.
(Recognizing that there is a broad array of definitions and distinctions in the field commonly referred to as social practice, Interchange uses the definition of social and civic practice as outlined by the Center for Performance and Civic Practice: “Artists working with the public on an artist-led vision that may include research, process, and/or content generation with an intention of social impact outside of traditional audience experience [social practice].)
Applicants must apply as an individual artist, but can apply for a project that is a collaboration with an artist collective or artist-run space.
All applicants are required to reside in on of the six states in the M-AAA service region: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Applications must be received by June 3. Announcement of the grants is scheduled for July 15, 2019. All artists will be notified prior to the public announcement.