The Interchange Artist Grant program is interested in projects that make change in communities by actively engaging people around social issues, opportunities and challenges. A community may be defined geographically (e.g., town, neighborhood) or by relationships and characteristics (e.g., identity, heritage).
Interchange grants will support a new project, or a significant component and/or further development of an ongoing project.
Projects do not necessarily have to place in the community where you reside. Depending on scope and intent, projects may have a reach outside of the city or town where you live. You will be required to make a public presentation about your project. Priority will be given to projects that take place in the M-AAA region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas).
Examples of projects include:
- Projects that increase dialogue and civic discourse around local issues or local impact of national issues.
- Projects that empower people by providing tools and structures for organization and advocacy.
- Projects that recognize and engage specific neighborhoods.
- Projects that celebrate and preserve cultural practices/traditions of underrepresented or marginalized groups.
- Projects that activate underutilized spaces with art and community participation for the benefit of the residents.
A competitive project application must:
- Demonstrate the social need for the project.
- Articulate a theory of change for the project (what is the change you intend to make with your project and how does your project and the intervention of you as an artist facilitate that change).
- Envision what success looks like and propose a means of measuring impact of the project.
- Explain your relationship and connection to the community impacted by the project.
- List any partners (e.g., civic institutions, nonprofit organization, other artists) and how they will participate in and/or inform your project.
- Provide a communications strategy for disseminating project information in order to increase impact. (How will this project be communicated to stakeholders?)
- Include a budget with categories that correspond to your project description.*
- Provide an artist statement that reflects your commitment to a socially engaged creative practice and a resumé that includes your previous community-facing work.
- Include work samples that demonstrate both artistic merit and community engagement.
*The grant may be used for project-related expenses (e.g., documentation, artist fees, travel, or the purchase of equipment or materials). The budget should show both expenses and income and include in-kind contributions.