Interchange Artist Grant Application Form

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Interchange is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Interchange is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within our region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact. 

Interchange grants will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region through:
  • $20,000 in direct project support
  • Professional development retreats with Interchange grantees
  • Mentoring

ELIGIBILITY

You are eligible to apply if you:
  • Are an artist with an active socially-engaged creative practice.
  • Are a resident in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).
  • 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.
  • Can confirm you are able to attend two grantee retreats: virtually in October 2021 and in Kansas City, MO in July 2022.
What determines a socially-engaged creative practice? 
  • A current and ongoing artistic practice that includes working with communities (defined by geography or characteristics) to make change. 
  • A creative practice that responds to social issues, challenges, and opportunities.
  • A creative practice characterized by processes and products directly linked to their intended social impact.
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.
  • Performing Arts (e.g., dance, theater, music, opera, puppetry, storytelling, performance art, spoken word, sound art)
  • 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)
  • Literary Arts (e.g., fiction, nonfiction, poetry, playwriting)
  • Visual Arts (e.g., painting, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, film screenwriting, video, media arts, photography, mixed media, wearable art, experimental)
  • Humanities
  • Multidisciplinary
Your 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-state region of M-AAA (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas).
*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.

PROJECT INFORMATION

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.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for an Interchange Artist Grant, applicants, must complete the online application that includes the following:
  • Confirmation that you agree to attend two Interchange grantee retreats:
    • Virtual Convening in October 2021
    • Live Convening in Kansas City, MO in July 2022
(Lodging and meals will be provided and all transportation to and from Kansas City will be reimbursed by Mid-America Arts Alliance.)

Artist and project information:
  • Artist Statement
  • Biography
  • Project Title and Description
  • List of key collaborative partners and their participation (artists, individuals, institutions and organizations)
  • Project Timeline
Key questions to answer in your Project Description:
  • What is the need your project addresses?
  • Define the community you are engaging and describe your relationship and connection to the community.
  • Define success for your project and how you plan on measuring it. 
  • What is your communications strategy?

Required documents to be uploaded:
  • Project Budget
  • Resumé
  • Proof of residency (PDF or jpeg format of ONE of the documents listed): 
    • valid driver's license issued by state in M-AAA region; 
    • bill from a bank, mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor, or hospital; 
    • bank statement; property tax bill; 
    • current valid homeowner's renter's policy or motor vehicle insurance card;
    • current valid motor vehicle registration issued by state in M-AAA region; 
    • 2017 or 2018 tax filing (federal or state)
  • Work sample summary (maximum 4 pages)
  • Five work samples (-Images: jpg files; - texts: PDF format, limit eight pages total, double-spaced; Audio/Video: web addresses linking directly to work samples
OPTIONAL: You may also submit up to three supplemental documents or links (any combination allowed). These might be press clips, (pring, audio or video), critical reviews, interviews, catalog, texts, etc. (PDF, jpeg format for uploaded documents; URLs to web content for audio and video).

TIMELINE

  • Applications Open: May 1, 2021
  • Applications Close: July 5, 2021
  • Notification of Awards: September 2021
  • Grant Payment (25% of award): September 15, 2021
  • Grantee Retreat #1: October 2021
  • Grant Payment (75% of award): January 2022
  • Professional Development Retreat #2: July 2022
  • Artist Dialogues ** September - November 2022
  • Final Reports Due*** March 2023
**You are required to participate in one iteration of the four-part webinar series, titled "Interchange: Social Practice In Conversation," organized by Mid-America Arts Alliance, where you will discuss the process of your project with other Interchange grantees before the end of the grant period.

***We are conscious of the nature of artist projects, and social practice projects in particular may require changes that would extend the timeline beyond this deadline. We do, however, want the primary project activities to occur within the time frame we have outlined above. 

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 with a regional 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. 
    Questions? Visit interchangeartistgrant.art
    Email puce@maaa.org

    Eligibility Information







    Thank you for your interest in the Interchange Grant Program.

    Given the answers you provided, you are not eligible to apply. Please click the submit button and we will add your contact information to our email distribution list so that you can be among the first to know about other opportunities for artists. 

    If you have questions or concerns, please email Interchange@maaa.org.

    Interchange Application Form

    I. Applicant Information

    Applicant Contact Information






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    If you do not have a website, please include a URL of an internet platform which showcases your work (i.e., Facebook, Soundcloud, Etsy, Instagram, etc.)



    Demographics





    Applicant Creative Background



    Provide an artist statement that reflects your commitment to socially engaged creative practice.

    Provide a short biography to be used in Interchange publicity materials. Your biography should be in third person. To expand the size of the text box, drag the lines in the lower right corner down so you can see your narrative in full. Insert a line space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

    Project Information



    Provide a short description of your project for use in Interchange publicity materials.
    Full Project Description


    Collaborative partners might include artists and other individuals, civic and educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations. To expand the size of the text box, drag the lines in the lower right corner down so you can see your narrative in full. Insert a line space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

    Outline key dates of your project either in a paragraph form or with a bullet point list. Project work supported by an Interchange grant should be completed by December 2022.

    Applicant and Project Accessibility Information

    Answering "No" or "Not Applicable will not preclude your application from consideration.







    Application Support Material




    A proof of residency must include your name and your residential address, be dated within 90 days of your application submission and be computer-generated (typed). Scans of documents will be accepted in either jpg or PDF formats.


    Work Sample Website Addresses

    For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

    For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

    For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

    For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 

    For Media/Video/Performance artist submissions: If your supplemental material is audio or video, submit a URL which links directly to video or audio as one of your 5 work samples. Please provide clear instruction for intended review in Work Sample Summary document. 
    Work Sample Files

    Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

    Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

    Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

    Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.

    Provide clear instruction for intended review on "Work Sample Summary" document.
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    The applicant certifies by checking the box below that all information contained in this application is true and further, it does not discriminate:
    • on the grounds of race, color or national origin (including limited English proficiency), in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended (42 U.S.C. 2000d et seq.) (Justice.gov website);
    • on the basis of physical or mental disability in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.gov website);
    • on the basis of age, in accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (42 U.S.C.6101 et seq.) (house.gov website); and
    • on the basis of sex, in any education program or activity, in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq. (Justice.gov website).