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Artistic Innovations logoThe objective of the Artistic Innovations Grant Program is to support the creation of new, original works of art by eligible in-region artists and organizations.

The works of art culminate in at least two public-facing events: one, the premiere feature presentation and the second, an educational outreach event that occurs in M-AAA's six-state region between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

M-AAA will incorporate principles of equity, access, and inclusion in our implementation of the Artistic Innovations Grant Program. Applications will be assessed for artistic merit and artistic excellence. 

Awards will be made across the six-state M-AAA region, with at least two grants awarded per state (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas). This program will disburse dollar for dollar (1:1) matching grants of up to $15,000 to no less than twelve grantees.

M-AAA intends to make awards that encourage the spirit of experimentation and exploration and benefit a broad constituency. We encourage applications from a variety of applicants including:
  • Artists and organizations that embody and/or serve populations that are underserved, such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by external forces such as cultural representation/relevance and accessibility,
  • Artists and organizations from rural to urban communities, and 
  • Artists and organizations that may be applying to M-AAA for a grant for the first time.

Visit the Artistic Innovations Grant Program website for more information: (https://www.maaa.org/grants/artistic-innovations/).

Questions? Email M-AAA program staff at Innovations@maaa.org
Eligibility Questionnaire
This questionnaire will take less than five minutes to complete. It has less than 10 multiple choice questions which will determine if the applicant and/or the proposed project are eligible for consideration.

If you have successfully completed this questionnaire for this grant cycle, then check your email inbox for more information about how to proceed. 














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Thank you for your interest in the Artistic Innovations Grant Program.

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If you have questions or concerns, email innovations@maaa.org.
Wonderful! Thank you for answering our preliminary questions.
We appreciate your interest in the Artistic Innovations Grant Program.

Given the answers you provided, the applicant and the proposed project are eligible for consideration. Please tell us more about you, your organization and your project by scrolling down to complete the application form.

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If you have questions or concerns, email innovations@maaa.org.
Wonderful! Thank you for answering our preliminary questions.
We appreciate your interest in the Artistic Innovations Grant Program.

Given the answers you provided, the applicant and the proposed project are eligible for consideration. Please tell us more about you and your project by scrolling down to complete the application form.

You can save your answers and resume that form at any time, but scrolling to the top or the bottom of your screen and checking the box for "Save my progress and resume later."The easiest way to resume your application is to bookmark the "Thank you. Your response has been saved." webpage each time you save the form. Or check your email inbox for the most recent email confirming your application has been saved.


We recommend you save your answers in a word document or similar note taking application so as to have a back up should there be technical difficulties with this application form. 

If you have questions or concerns, email innovations@maaa.org.
Artistic Innovations Application for Organizations

Organization's name as it appears on its Federal Employer Identification document.





Organization Mailing Address







Grant Application Contact Person Information
3. Provide information about the grant application contact person.






Grant Application Contact Person Demographics
Select all that describe the demographics of the grant application contact person.









Organization Leadership Position Information (President/CEO/Executive Director or the Equivalent)
4. Provide information about the organization's leadership person.






Organization Leadership Position Demographics
Select all the demographics that describe the person serving as the organization's leader.
















Board of Directors Leadership Position Demographics
Select all the demographics that describe the person serving in the Board of Directors' leadership position (President/Chairperson or the equivalent).









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Select the Applicant's art practice in general, which may not necessarily be the same as that involved in the proposed project.



Describe the organization’s creative programs during the last three to five years. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Organization's Accessibility Information
17. Provide information about the organization's accessibility efforts. Select  a response to each of the following statements.






Project Information







Create and upload a PDF or word format document. This timeline should include milestones or significant events associated with the project including the premiere feature presentation and outreach activities.

Describe the proposed Project. Include information about both the premiere feature presentation and the outreach activities. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.

Provide a short description of the project for use in M-AAA publicity materials.

Describe the ways the proposed project reflects the spirit of the M-AAA Artistic Innovations grant program. Define what innovation means to the organization. What makes this project innovative, experimental, and/or extends M-AAA's reach in the region? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Define what innovation means to the applicant. What makes this project innovative, experimental, and/or artist-centered? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Project Accessibility
29. Provide information about the accessibility of the project. Select  a response to each of the following statements.





Feature Presentation Activities
30. Provide information about at least one feature presentation premiere activity.








Feature Presentation Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the feature presentation venue's accessibility. Select a response to each of the following statements.







Outreach Activities
31. Provide information about at least one outreach activity.








Outreach Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the accessibility of the venue where outreach activities will take place. Select a response to each of the following statements.









Create and upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include the name of each organizational partner, their address and mission statement. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or the support they will provide as it progresses.



Create and upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include the name of the lead artist, a brief, current biography, and their website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they currently reside. Describe the artist’s involvement in the development of the project to date or what they will provide as it progresses.




Create and upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include the names of the each individual partner, a brief, current biography, and their website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they currently reside. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or what they will provide as it progresses.

Create and upload a PDF or Word format. List five to ten website addresses featuring the creative work of the applicant, the lead artist or the various partners involved in the project. If any of the links are password protected be sure to include the password alongside the link in this list. The applicant is urged to provide samples that are recent (created in the last 3-5 years), of high quality, and relevant to the grant criteria or the proposed project.

These documents include but are not limited to artist contracts, venue rental agreements, or partner letters of support pertaining to the project.

Briefly describe your plans for promoting and/or publicizing the project. Be specific; name newspapers, radio stations, etc. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Who will benefit from the project and how? Include the applicant, key individuals, organizational partners and audience. Where relevant, describe the impact the project may have on the field. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Describe potential risks in implementing the project. How does the applicant intend to manage these risks? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

How will you measure the success of your project? Describe any plans you have for program evaluation, for working collaboratively with researchers, strategic consultants, program evaluators, and/or any other plans for performance measurement related to the project. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.
Project Budget
Include information that is relevant to the project described in this grant application. Round all amounts to the nearest dollar.
$
Maximum allowed: $15,000.
$

Provide a balanced detailed project budget. All project related income and expenses should be included. Denote income line items as either "pending" or "confirmed" depending on their status at the time of application submission. Remember: the grant amount requested through this application must have a dollar-for-dollar match reflected in the budget. Double check your math and be sure that the information provided for #41 and #42 are accurately reflected in this budget document.  
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Artistic Innovations Application for an Artist

Individual artist applicants should provide their name as it appears on their social security card or tax documents.





Mailing Address








Project Contact Person
3. Provide information about the project contact person.






Project Contact Person Demographics
Select all that describe the demographics of the grant application contact person.









Second Contact Person (optional) 
4. Provide information about the second contact person. This should be someone other than the project contact person.  






Second Contact Person Demographics (optional)
Select all the demographics that describe the person serving as the second contact for this application. 











Commonly referred to as the "upper chamber". https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
Commonly referred to as the "lower chamber". https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/
https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/



Select your art practice in general, which may not necessarily be the same as that involved in the proposed project.

If the applicant does not have an artist statement, then describe what the artist makes, and how and why they make it. 


Describe the applicant’s history of creative engagement highlighting artistic endeavors during the last three to five years. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Applicant's Accessibility Information
17. Provide information about the applicant's accessibility efforts. Select a response to each of the following statements.






Project Information







Create and upload a PDF or word format document. This timeline should include milestones or significant events associated with the project including the premiere feature presentation and outreach activities.

Describe the proposed Project. Include information about both the premiere feature presentation and the outreach activities. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.
Describe the proposed Project. Include information about both the premiere feature presentation and the outreach activities. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.

Provide a short description of the project for use in M-AAA publicity materials.. 

Describe the ways this project reflects the spirit of the M-AAA Artistic Innovations grant program. Define what innovation means to the applicant. What makes this project innovative, experimental, and/or artist-centered? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Define what innovation means to the applicant. What makes this project innovative, experimental, and/or artist-centered? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when possible.


Project Accessibility
29. Provide information about the accessibility of the project. Select a response to each of the following statements.





Feature Presentation Activities
30. Provide information about at least one feature presentation premiere activity.








Feature Presentation Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the accessibility of the venue where feature presentation activities will take place. Select a response to each of the following statements.







Outreach Activities
31. Provide information about at least one outreach activity.








Outreach Venue Accessibility
Provide information about the accessibility of the venue where outreach activities will take place. Select a response to each of the following statements.









Create and upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include the name of each organizational partner, their address and mission statement. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or the support they will provide as it progresses.



Create and upload a summary document in a PDF or Word format. Include the name of the lead artist, a brief, current biography, and their website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they currently reside. Describe the artist’s involvement in the development of the project to date or what they will provide as it progresses.





Create a summary document. Include the names of the each individual partner, a brief, current biography, and their website address, if applicable. Be sure to note the city and state in which they currently reside. Describe their involvement in the development of the project to date or what they will provide as it progresses.

In a PDF or Word Document list five to ten website addresses featuring the creative work of the applicant, the lead artist or the various partners involved in the project. If any of the links are password protected be sure to include the password alongside the link in this list. The applicant is urged to provide samples that are recent (created in the last 3-5 years), of high quality, and relevant to the grant criteria or the proposed project.

These documents include but are not limited to artist contracts, venue rental agreements, or partner letters of support pertaining to the project. Preferred format: PDF or Word Document.

Briefly describe the plans for promoting and/or publicizing the project. Be specific; name newspapers, radio stations, etc. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Who will benefit from the project and how? Include the applicant, key individuals, organizational partners and audience. Where relevant, describe the impact the project may have on the field. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

Describe potential risks in implementing the project. How does the applicant intend to manage these risks? Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.

How will you measure the success of your project? Describe any plans you have for program evaluation, for working collaboratively with researchers, strategic consultants, program evaluators, and/or any other plans for performance measurement related to the project. Insert a space between paragraphs for ease of reading when applicable.
Project Budget
Include information that is relevant to the project described in this grant application. Round all amounts to the nearest dollar.
$
Maximum allowed: $15,000.
$

Provide a balanced detailed project budget. All project related income and expenses should be included. Denote income line items as either "pending" or "confirmed" depending on their status at the time of application submission. Remember: the grant amount requested through this application must have a dollar-for-dollar match reflected in the budget. Double check your math and be sure that the information provided for #41 and #42 are accurately reflected in this budget document.  
CERTIFICATION



Questions or concerns regarding this grant program or application form?
Email M-AAA staff at innovations@maaa.org