Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) has collaborated with our five sister US Regional Arts Organizations, through a seed grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to form the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund in an urgent response to the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s arts organizations. The $10 million investment will support small to mid-sized arts organizations across the country. M-AAA was awarded $1.54 million to provide support within its six-state region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.
The United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund will provide non-matching grants to arts and cultural organizations across the US that face economic hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will target rural and urban organizations that have statewide, regional, or national impact. Grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will support small and mid-sized arts organizations of all artistic disciplines, especially those that are historically under-resourced, and those representing under-resourced populations, communities, and art forms. It may support expenses associated with general operations, immediate response activities, future scenario planning, support for new media needs, help with the costs of collaborations, and costs associated with helping organizations reimagine their work and increase their resilience.
Mid-America Arts Alliance is now accepting nominations for organizations to be considered for funding. We will identify and invite organizations in the region to apply for funding on June 29, with full applications due on July 17. An announcement of the recipients is expected in mid-August 2020.