What is Artists 360?

Artists 360 is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, designed to address the scarcity of funding and professional development opportunities for artists in the area. This initiative will elevate and energize Northwest Arkansas’s practicing artists and students by providing them a full circle of support that includes funding for creative projects, learning opportunities to develop entrepreneurship skills, and connections to a network of artists across disciplines.

How much are the grants?

$7500 project grants for practicing artists. $1500 grants for students.

Which artistic disciplines are eligible to apply?

Practicing Artists and Students creating work in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply. Visual Arts (Painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film, screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art); Performing Arts (dance, theatre, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, playwriting, performance art); Literary Arts (fiction, non-fiction, 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).

What types of projects will be considered?

  • Touring (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).
  • Creative Research and Professional Development (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).

Student Artists do not have to submit projects. You just have to articulate how the $1,500 grant would enhance your creative practice and/or advance your artistic career.

Who is eligible to apply?

Practicing artists and students from Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington Counties in Northwest Arkansas. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of application and must be a U.S. citizen or have non-resident status.

Do I have to be a resident of the State of Arkansas to apply?

Yes. Practicing Artists must be a resident of Arkansas and have established residency in one of the following counties: Benton Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington, for a minimum of one year prior to the application’s deadline date (July 19, 2021). Student Artists must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in one of the following counties: Benton Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington, for a minimum of one year prior to the application’s deadline date (July 19, 2021 ). If selected, Student Artists must remain at their post-secondary institution during their grant year. (September 2021-August 2022)

What is a ‘Practicing Artist?’

A 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).

Do student applicants need to be art majors to apply?


When do applications open?


When is the application deadline?


When will applicants be notified?


How many grants will be awarded?

Grants will be awarded to twenty artists per year during the life-span of this three-year program. 3 years, 60 artists=Artists 360.

Are there other commitments to this program?

Yes. All Grantees must attend the Artists 360 retreat. If you are unable to attend the retreat, you will not be eligible to apply for Artists 360.

What happens at the Artists 36O retreat ?

Artists receive professional development training at an annual weekend retreat (1 per year for each class of grantees). The focus of the retreat will be to assist artists in managing their proposed projects through peer-to-peer learning and leveraging the Artists 360 opportunity for both short and long-term success. The retreat will be facilitated by established artists of all disciplines from throughout the region trained through Mid-America Arts Alliance’s Artist INC program.

Is this program for non-profit organizations?

No. Artists 360 grants are for individuals only.

Am I eligible to apply if I live out of state but attend a college/university in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington counties?

Yes. Student applicants must be enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a college or university for the 2018-2019 school year located in one of the aforementioned counties.

What are the application requirements?

(For Practicing Artists)

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

(For Students)

  • Completed online application form including a description of how you will use the grant funds to enhance your creative practice, 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 (max. 4 pages)

What is the review criteria?

The criteria is based on artistry, program readiness and collegiality, and balanced cohort. Successful applicants will demonstrate artistic excellence, as defined by peers and practitioners in their discipline and show a deep commitment to their work. Successful applicants will be advanced in their practice (whether through higher education, apprenticeship, or studies with elders and leaders in their craft). 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. Panelists will consider the overall balance of the group of grantees to ensure a broad representation of geography, perspectives, disciplines, and experience levels.

Who will be reviewing applications?

A national panel of artists, curators, and arts professionals.