Which category should I apply for?

There are three grants and one award within the Artists 360 program: Student Artist grants, Practicing Artist Project grants, Community Activator grants, and the Creative Impact Award (by nomination). Each program is designed to support artists at various stages of their career development. You should carefully review the criteria for each section and watch the introductory videos on our Artists 360 website to determine which grant category is the best fit for you.

Who is eligible to apply?

Artists may create work in any discipline, including, but not limited to dance, film, literary, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Student Artists must be enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution located in one of the following counties: Benton Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington, during the 2023-24 academic year. Students Artists may be pursuing a degree in any field. If selected, Student Artists must remain at their post-secondary institution during the 2023-24 academic year.

Practicing Artists in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington Counties in Northwest Arkansas are eligible to apply. Applicants must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, be at least 18 years of age at time of application, and must be a U.S. citizen or have non-resident status.

Community Activators in Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, or Washington Counties in Northwest Arkansas are eligible to apply. Graduate students are eligible to apply for the Community Activator grant regardless of full-time or part-time status. 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.

The Creative Impact Award is awarded by nomination. 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.

Can I apply for more than one category in a grant cycle?

Yes, you can apply for more than one category, but you may only receive one grant or award.

I already received an artists 360 grant. Can I apply again?

You are welcome to apply again, but you will need to apply for a grant in a different category than the one in which you received the previous award.

I am working with another artist on a project and we both want to apply for funding for our shared project. Is that possible?

Yes, you are both welcome to apply for an Artists 360 grant in different or the same category for the same project, but there can be no overlapping project costs between the applications. There is no guarantee that both partners will receive funding even if one of the partners is selected.

I want to work with an established arts venue on my project. Can this collaboration be funded by the artists 360 program?

Applicants are welcome to partner with any organization or individual that they deem appropriate for the success of their project. If the project is awarded, the applicant, not the venue, will receive the grant funding.

Is this program for non-profit organizations?

No. Artists 360 grants are for individuals only. 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 scope of your compensated work for that organization or educational institution.

Where can I go for help with my application?

M-AAA staff is available to help you with your application. Prior to grant deadlines, M-AAA holds information sessions (virtual and in-person) as well as office hours for one-on-one assistance. To sign up follow this Calendly link or email: artistservices@maaa.org.

Do I write the answers to the application questions directly into the online application?

We encourage you to draft your responses to the application questions in a Word document or other text document. This will allow you to review and edit your responses and ensure that your response stays within the word count limitations. Once you are happy with your answers, copy and paste your responses into the online application. Be sure to review your responses once they have been pasted into the text box to ensure that the full copy transferred and no errors occurred.

What expenses can my project budget include?

There are no limitations on how you spend the grant funds. However, we need you to clearly identify how you anticipate spending the funds on your project. Examples may be found here.

How should I title the documents I need to upload?

Ideally, all uploaded documents will include the artists first and last names as well as the content of the document. For example, Jane Doe Project Budget. Be sure to upload your documents in one of the accepted formats, as indicated on the application, and upload the documents to the correct location.

Who reviews the applications?

M-AAA staff organize review panels unique for each category that consist of artists and arts professionals to review applications. Panelists are selected based on their diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experience.

I missed the application deadline. Can I submit a late application?

No. Applications must be submitted by the stated deadline to be reviewed.

If my application is rejected, can I find out why?

After notification, applicants will have the opportunity to receive written feedback.

Are there other commitments to this program?

Yes. All Grantees must attend the in-person Artists 360 Retreat on October 21-22, 2023 at the 21c Museum Hotel in Bentonville, AR. (Food and private accommodations provided). The focus 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 working artists from across the Mid-America Arts Alliance region.

Artists 360 grantees are also encouraged to attend the Spring Alumni Retreat and Full Circle Showcase in Bentonville, AR, April 20-21, 2024.

Artists will receive two One-On-One sessions with Artist Peer Facilitators and will attend two Small Group sessions throughout the grant period.

What is peer-based learning?

Professional development is an important part of the Artists 360 program. Grantees enjoy a series of activities that enhance their learning experience during the grant period. Grantees participate in an in-person retreat that provides a forum for dialogue among grant recipients, workshops with Artist Peer Facilitators, and opportunities to build a network of peers.

Artists will receive two One-On-One sessions with Artist Peer Facilitators which can be used to troubleshoot technical issues, discuss best practices, strategize next steps, or work through other project-, research-, or process-related challenges. One-On-Ones are opportunities to ask questions, set goals, discuss project specifics, and obtain feedback.

Grantees will attend two Small Group meetings throughout the program year. These meetings will be guided by an Artist Peer Facilitator and will consist of approximately five fellow grantees. Grantees will use these meetings as opportunities for continued discussion and deepened peer connections.

Who are artist peer facilitators?

Artist Peer Facilitators are artists from across the M-AAA region (Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas) who have been trained as facilitators in one of our professional artist programs, which include: Artist INC, Artist INC Express, Interchange, Artists 360, and Catalyze.