M-AAA to award $500,000 to Individual Artists in Central Arkansas

Mid-America Arts Alliance announces the launch of a new program, called Catalyze. Made possible through the support of the Windgate Foundation, the Catalyze program will award $500,000 to fifty central Arkansas individual artists through practice-based grants over two years.

Donor Name: Mid-America Arts Alliance

State: Arkansas

County: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 02/24/2023

Size of the Grant: $500,000

Grant Duration: 2 years


Combining money, mentoring, and management, the Catalyze program is designed to ignite the careers of individual artists. Twenty-five Catalyze fellowships of $10,000 will be awarded in both 2023 and 2024. These practice-based grants allow artists to choose how best to use the funding in support of their creative practices. Funds can be used for any purpose that supports the continued development of their creative practice including equipment, travel, studio space, and child care.

Catalyst fellows will attend a professional development convening where they will work with small peer groups and artist facilitators to formulate strategic plans for how to best utilize the grant funding in achieving their self-determined success measures. Ongoing support is provided through one-on-one coaching sessions throughout the following year.

Eligible Applicants

Artists of all creative disciplines living in the Arkansas counties of Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Garland, Grant, Hot Spring, Jefferson, Lonoke, Perry, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Saline, Van Buren, White, and Yell will be eligible to apply for this program. Through an application process, artists will be selected on the basis of their artistry, intended use and impact of the funding in their practice, and the creation of a balanced peer cohort.  Artists must demonstrate a desire to participate in a multidisciplinary peer-based learning cohort, and commit to attending a professional development convening the weekend of June 24–25, 2023, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

For more information, visit Mid-America Arts Alliance.