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Offering six $1,500 student grants, fourteen $7,500 project grants, five $15,000 Community Activator grants, and one $25,000 Creative Impact Award to artists in 2022, Artists 360 includes learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills, build sustainable careers and create a network of leading regional artists in Northwest Arkansas.

Grant Info Sessions

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Monday, May 16, 2022
5:30pm

Mount Sequoyah
Fayetteville, AR

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
12:00pm

Eureka Springs Auditorium
Eureka Springs, AR

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
5:30pm

Arts on Main
Van Buren, AR

Thursday, May 19, 2022
5:30pm

CACHE Studios
Bentonville, AR

Thursday, May 26, 2022
Noon

Virtual Session

Thursday, June 16, 2022
4 p.m.
Virtual Session

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Applications Open May 1, 2022

Applications for the 2022-2023 grant cycle open on May 1, 2022. Application deadline for the 2022-2023 grant cycle is June 30, 2022. Click on links below for more information and to apply.

Practicing Artist Grants

Guidelines for Artists

Artists 360 is designed to elevate and energize greater Northwest Arkansas artists by providing them with $7,500 grants to support creative projects, learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable creative practices, and connections to a dynamic regional artist network.


Eligibility

  • Be a Practicing Artist. (For students, click on the Student Artists Guidelines tab)
    Practicing Artist is defined as follows:
    • Has an active and current artistic practice
    • Has specialized training in the field (not limited to academic training)
    • Has demonstrated success in the arts through the creation of high quality work and/or contributions to the field
    • Is recognized as a practicing artist by peers (artists working in the same discipline and by experts in the field)
  • Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
    • Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
    • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
    • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
    • 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)
  • Be a resident of the State of Arkansas and have established residency in one of the following counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian or Washington (Artists 360 prefers applicants with at least one year of residency in the counties.)
  • Retain residency within the five-county region for the duration of the grant period
  • Must complete the online application form, answer the narrative questions, and submit a resume/CV and digital work samples that support their proposed project
  • Be available for an Artists 360 in-person retreat on October 14-16, 2022 in Eureka Springs, AR.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status

Project Categories

Touring Project

Projects that involve the touring/presenting of your work within and outside of Arkansas.

Works in Progress

Projects that involve a specific phase of a work in progress that has a clear end goal. (Projects DO NOT need to have a public component.)

Creative Research and Professional Advancement

Projects that focus on professional advancement and creative research opportunities that strengthen an artist’s expertise and advances their creative practice.

Social Practice

Projects that activate Northwest Arkansas communities and address social issues, opportunities and challenges. Projects must focus on the creation and presentation of art and have a public component.

Application Requirements

Each Artists 360 application should include:

  • Completed online application form including project description and budget
  • Artist Resume/CV (maximum 3 pages)
  • Five artwork samples (images – 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files)
  • Work Sample Summary (maximum 4 pages)
  • Proof of residence

Review Criteria

  • Artistry: Successful applicants will demonstrate artistic excellence, variously defined by the practitioners and norms in their discipline, and show a deep commitment to their work. Selected artists will be advanced in their practice (whether through higher education, apprenticeship, or studies with elders and leaders in their craft).
  • Program Readiness and Collegiality: Selected artists will have the desire to advance their career and deepen their practice, as well as an interest in sharing their work and process as part of a network of artists.
  • Balanced Cohort: Panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of geography, perspectives, disciplines, and experience levels.

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Student Artist Grants

Guidelines for Student Artists

Artists 360 is designed to elevate and energize greater Northwest Arkansas student artists by providing them with $1,500 grants to support creative practices and career advancement, learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable practices, and connections to a dynamic regional artist network.


Eligibility

  • Be enrolled for the 2022-23 academic year in an accredited post-secondary institution located in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington counties.
  • Create work in one or more of the following artistic disciplines:
    • Visual Arts (painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
    • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
    • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
    • 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)

    (Student artists do not have to be an arts major to be eligible for Artists 360.)

    • Must complete the online student application form, answer the narrative questions, and submit digital work samples
    • Be available for an Artists 360 in-person retreat on October 14-16, 2022 in Eureka Springs, AR. 
    • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
    • Must be a U.S. citizen, per or have non-resident status

    Application Requirements

    Each Artists 360 student application should include:

    • Completed online application form including a description of how you will use the grant funds to enhance your creative practice and/or advance your artistic career;
    • Proof of enrollment in your college or university;
    • Three artwork samples (images – 1MB max. per image, audio files, film files, or URLs to audio and film files);
    • Work Sample Summary (maximum 4 pages).

    Review Criteria

    • Artistry: Successful applicants will demonstrate artistic excellence, as defined by peers and practitioners in their discipline and show a deep commitment to their work.
    • Program Readiness and Collegiality: Selected artists will have the desire to advance their career and deepen their practice, as well as an interest in sharing their work and process as part of a network of artists.
    • Balanced Cohort: panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of geography, perspectives, disciplines, and experience levels.

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Community Activator Grants

Community Activator Grants

The Artists 360 Community Activator grant is for individuals or collaborative partnerships that will fund projects created by artists that provide opportunities to other artists, to create an active community of peer support in the Northwest Arkansas region.

The Community Activator grant is designed to elevate and energize greater Northwest Arkansas artists by providing them with: 

  • $15,000 grants to support collaborative projects
  • learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills and build sustainable creative practices
  • connections to a dynamic regional artist network

These grants are designed for projects led by artists with a sustained practice who are engaged in collaborative projects that create groundbreaking work that generates dialogue and community engagement.

Eligibility

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Are an artist with an active socially-engaged creative practice.
  • Are a resident in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington.
  • 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.
  • Are available for an Artists 360 in-person retreat on October 14-16, 2022 in Eureka Springs, AR. 

Artists working in and across a range of disciplines may apply. You will be asked to identify the primary discipline that applies to the project you are proposing within these categories:

  • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
  • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
  • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
  • 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)
  • Multidisciplinary

You are not 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 eligible counties in Arkansas. 

*If you are an artist working within a 501c3 nonprofit organization, K-12 school or post-secondary institution, proposed projects must be separate from the cope of your compensated work for that organization or educational institution.

Project Information

The Artists 360 Community Activator grant category is designed for projects led by artists with a sustained practice who are engaged in collaborative projects that create groundbreaking work that generates dialogue and community engagement. A community may be defined geographically (e.g., town, neighborhood) or by relationships and characteristics (e.g., identity, heritage).

Artists 360 grants will support a new project, or a significant component and/or further development of an ongoing project.

Review Criteria

  • Artistic Excellence and Merit: Selected artists will demonstrate excellence in artistic work and process.
  • Impact: Selected artists will demonstrate a need for the project and articulate its potential impact in the community.
  • Coherence: Selected artists will meaningfully connect their creative choices to the social change they are making. 
  • Relationships: Selected artists will be able to demonstrate relevant connections and relationships with the community and any project partners and describe how the community informs and engages with the project.
  • Feasibility and Intention: Selected artists will describe a project that is realistic given the time and financial parameters for the grant. 
  • Program Readiness and Collegiality: Selected artists will have the desire to share their work and advance their practice within a local network of artists.
  • Balanced Cohort: Panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of communities, issues, perspectives, and experiences. 

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Creative Impact Award

Creative Impact Grant

The annual Artists 360 Creative Impact Grant provides one artist based in Northwest Arkansas with unrestricted funds of $25,000 and professional development opportunities, including convenings that facilitate network building. This award is designed to strengthen the artist’s career and deepen the arts community in Northwest Arkansas. 

This grant is awarded by nomination. Nominations may be submitted by self-nomination or by anyone who lives or works in the following Arkansas counties (Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington).

In writing a nomination, nominators are asked to provide concrete examples of what the nominee has accomplished that merits receiving this award. Nominees may come from any artistic discipline, including but not limited to dance, film, folk, music, theater, and visual art. This opportunity is designed for artists that can be leaders and provocateurs for the artistic community in Northwest Arkansas. Artists that will be considered are at least mid-career, make exceptional work and are professionally recognized both within Arkansas and nationally, have noted contributions to Northwest Arkansas’s cultural ecosystem, and live in one of the following Arkansas counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.

Judging Criteria & Eligibility

The nomination review panel for the Creative Impact Grant will use the following criteria in selecting the awardee.

  • Artist must reside in one of the following counties in Northwest Arkansas: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.
  • Artist must be considered mid-career or established.
  • Artist must make exceptional work and be recognized as a professional in their field both within Arkansas and nationally.
  • Artist should have noted contributions to Northwest Arkansas’s cultural ecosystem.
  • Artist should be committed to building and supporting the arts community in Northwest Arkansas.
  • Artist must be available to attend the Artists 360 Fall Convening from October 14-16, 2022 in Eureka Springs, AR.
  • Artist must be available to attend the Artists 360 Spring Alumni Convening and Showcase April 22-23, 2023 in Bentonville, AR.
  • Artists working in and across a range of disciplines may be nominated. 
    • Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art)
    • Performing Arts (dance, theater, music opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art)
    • Literary Arts (fiction, nonfiction, poetry)
    • 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)
    • Multidisciplinary

Nomination Process

  • All nominations must be completed through the online nomination form and must include the full name and contact information of the nominator. Nominations may be submitted by self-nomination or by anyone who lives or works in the following Arkansas counties (Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington).
  • Nominators may submit more than one nomination but must complete a separate nomination form for each nominee.
  • Each nominated artist will receive written communication from Mid-America Arts Alliance within one week of the nomination period closing date (June 30, 2022). The nominees will be asked to complete the online application form and submit the following.  
    • Artist or Personal Statement
    • 3-5 work samples
    • Artistic CV or Resume
    • A statement telling us why they should be considered for the Creative Impact Award (500 words maximum)
  • Nominees will be given a minimum of three weeks  to complete an online application.  Selected artist will be notified by September 15, 2022.

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