Interchange is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Interchange is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within our region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact.
Interchange grants will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region through:
-$20,000 in direct project support
-Professional development retreats with Interchange grantees
You are eligible to apply if you:
-Are an artist with an active socially-engaged creative practice.
-Are a resident in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).
-Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status.
-Are at least 18 years old at the time of application.
-Are part of an artist collaborative as long as you are the principal artist who applies for and receives the grant funds.
-Can confirm you are able to attend two grantee retreats in Kansas City, MO on August 9-11, 2019 and August 7-9, 2020.
What determines a socially-engaged creative practice?
-A current and ongoing artistic practice that includes working with communities (defined by geography or characteristics) to make change.
-A creative practice that responds to social problems and issues.
-A creative practice characterized by processes and products directly linked to their intended social impact.
Artists working in and across a range of disciplines may apply. Priority will be given for projects that include performing and/or traditional arts. You will be asked to identify all the disciplines that apply to the project you are proposing.
-Performing Arts (e.g., dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art).
-Traditional Arts (work that is made based on artistic traditions shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation through demonstration, conversation and practice – may include crafts, storytelling, dance, music, or functional art).
-Literary Arts (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry).
-Visual Arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art).
You are eligible to apply if you are:
-A nonprofit organization, K-12 school or post-secondary educational institution.*
-A full-time student.
-Not currently a resident within the six-state region of M-AAA (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).