Artists 360, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible through the support of the Walton Family Foundation, provides grant funding and professional development opportunities to individual artists of all disciplines living in the Arkansas counties of Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.
Thank you for nominating a Northwest Arkansas artist for the Creative Impact Award. All nominations must be completed through the online form below. Nominations may be submitted by anyone who lives or works in the following Arkansas counties: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington. Individuals may self-nominate. Individuals may also nominate more than one person. A separate nomination form must be completed for each nominee. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline to submit a nomination form is June 16, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
For more information on the Artists 360 program visit: https://artists360.art
M-AAA encourages the nomination of those who self-identify as Black, Indigenous,
People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA2S+, and/or disabled.
M-AAA encourages the nomination of artists who have historically lacked access to traditional forms of institutional support and resources.
*Nominees have the option to compete their nominations verbally with
M-AAA staff. We recommend that all information be prepared
in advance of verbal application meetings.
Requests for this assistance must be received by Friday, June 9, 2023.
While completing the online application form, applicants may save their progress at anytime by clicking the "save" box in the upper right-hand corner.
What is the Creative Impact Award?One annual unrestricted award of $25,000 will be awarded to an exceptional artist that has made a significant impact in the community and contributed to the region’s arts and culture sector. Ideal candidates for the Creative Impact Award will have an exceptional body of work, a sustained practice, and be recognized as an artist that has helped make Northwest Arkansas a welcoming and supportive environment for artists. There is a strong preference for nominations of artists that have lacked access to traditional forms of institutional support. This award is designed to strengthen the artist's career and deepen the arts community in Northwest Arkansas.
As a part of the award, the selected artist will:
Attend the Artists 360 fall retreat in Bentonville, AR and give a 10-minute workshare presentation about their art practice and career (October 21-22, 2023).
Attend the Artists 360 spring alumni retreat in Bentonville, AR and give a keynote 60-minute talk with Q&A about their art practice and career (April 20, 2024).
Present a 10 minute workshare presentation at the Full Circle Artists 360 Spring Showcase at Crystal Bridges (April 21, 2024).
The Nomination Process, Judging Criteria, and Artist Eligibility
In writing your nomination, please provide concrete examples of what the nominee has accomplished that merits receiving this award. Provide sources for the information where possible. 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, and for artists
who have lacked access to traditional institutional support and resources. Artists should be considered at least mid-career, make exceptional work and be 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.
The review panel for the Creative Impact Award will use the following criteria in selecting the awardee:
- Artist must reside in one of the following counties in Northwest Arkansas: Benton, Carroll, Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington.
- Artist must be considered mid-career or established.
- Artist must make exceptional work and be recognized as a professional in their field both within Arkansas and nationally.
- Artist should have noted contributions to Northwest Arkansas’s cultural ecosystem.
- Artist should be committed to building and supporting the arts community in Northwest Arkansas.
Each nominated artist will receive written communication from Mid-America Arts Alliance by June 20, 2023. The nominees will be asked to submit the following by of July 21, 2023:
- Artist or Personal Statement
- Artistic CV or Resume
- Up to 5 work samples
- Work Sample Summary (1000 words maximum).
- A statement telling us why they should be considered for the Creative Impact Award (1,000 words maximum).
- Proof of residence.