Application and Timeline

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for the Interchange program, an artist must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age by the application due date.
  • Be a full-time resident of the Mid-America Arts Alliance region and have established a minimum of one-year residency by the application due date in one of the following Mid-America Arts Alliance states: Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, or Texas.
  • Have 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; and/or a creative practice characterized by processes and products directly linked to their intended social impact.
  • Have a resume that demonstrates at least three years of active engagement in a socially engaged creative practice prior to the application due date. The practice is not required to have taken place during consecutive years. If the applicant’s creative practice was affected or suspended due to COVID-19, the application may reference 2020 or 2021 activities that were canceled or reimagined due to the pandemic. Virtual activities are considered socially engaged creative practice. For the purposes of defining eligibility, “three years of engagement” refers to when the applicant began their socially-engaged creative practice independent of activities required in pursuit of an academic degree or other certification.
  • Commit to participating in peer-to-peer professional development activities during the grant award period from August 2024 through December 2025, including
    • the Interchange program launch retreat in Kansas City, MO, from 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2024 through 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2024 and
    • the Interchange mid-program retreat in Kansas City, MO from 9:00 am on Saturday, August 9, 2025 through 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 10, 2025 (transportation, meals, and private lodging provided).
    • Quarterly 90-minute virtual workshops
    • Quarterly 50-minute virtual one-on-one mentoring sessions with Artist Peer Facilitators
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status and provide a valid Social Security Number if selected for funding.
  • Be in good standing with Mid-America Arts Alliance, with no delinquent reports and/or grant documents.
  • Not have received a grant of $1,000 or more through any other M-AAA granting program during its 2024 or 2025 fiscal years (July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025).
  • Not have previously received an Interchange grant.
  • Not be a currently enrolled student in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Not be a full-time employee of Mid-America Arts Alliance or an immediate family member of a full-time employee of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Applications open
February 20—April 15, 2024.

Application Requirements

The Interchange application consists of both submitted documents and narrative questions. Applicants are required to submit Artist resume/CV (as a .pdf document) as well as narrative answers written into the online form. In order to help applicants better prepare, details, requirements, and example links are listed below.

  • Completed online application form
  • Artist Biography (100 words max) Writing Your Artist’s Bio pdf
  • Artist Statement (250 words max)
  • Artist Resume/CV (maximum 3 pages, .pdf format)
  • Work Sample Summary (1000 word max). Work Sample Summary Examples pdf
  • Up to five work samples that specifically highlight the applicant’s socially-engaged creative practice (images, audio files, literary files, or URLs to audio, video, and/or literary files) (1MB maximum per file)
  • Proof of residence in the M-AAA six state region: driver’s license, bill from a bank, mortgage company, utility company, credit card company, doctor or hospital, bank statement, property tax bill, current valid homeowner’s or renter’s policy, or motor vehicle insurance card or policy, current valid motor vehicle registration, 2022 tax filing (IRS or state) with sensitive information removed.
  • Narrative responses to the following questions:
    • Socially-Engaged Creative Practice Evolution
      In your own words, explain the evolution of your socially-engaged creative practice over the previous few years. What work have you been pursuing? How has the work evolved? Why has it evolved in that way? Have you faced challenges or constraints in pursuing the work? (250 word maximum)
    • Future of Your Socially-Engaged Creative Practice
      Where do you want your socially-engaged creative practice to be in five years? What measures of success for your practice have you identified? (250 word maximum)
    • Community and Impact
      What community(ies) have you been engaging with in your socially-engaged creative practice? What needs and/or issues is the work intended to address? What is the historic impact of this work? What future impacts do you foresee? (250 word maximum)
    • Professional Development
      Considering the criteria of this program, which includes active peer-based learning experiences, explain how participating in the Interchange professional development retreats, learning alongside a dedicated, small group of your peers, accessing one-on-one mentoring sessions with artist peer facilitators, and building a network of regional socially-engaged creative practice artists, will be beneficial to the development of your creative practice. What strengths will you bring to share with your peers? (250 word maximum)
    • Fund Use
      Fellows will be awarded $25,000 to use in support of themselves and their socially-engaged creative practices. Expenses may include, but are not limited to equipment, healthcare, travel, studio space, child care, professional services, research, supplies, and contingency savings. Fellows must demonstrate that a minimum of 20% ($5,000) of the award is used towards self-care (expenses not directly in support of an individual creative project or work, but toward their own sustenance as an artist). If selected as an Interchange fellow, how are you considering using the funds to further your practice? (250 word maximum)
    • *Optional: What identities do you hold that you believe are relevant to share? Including but not limited to race, ethnicity, disability, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, caregiver, military, rural resident, or immigrant experience, English as a second language. This section will be visible to the panel reviewers. For example, “I am a Taiwanese American cis-gender female, first-generation immigrant living in rural Arkansas.” or “I am a LGBTQ+ parent of two children.” (100-word maximum)

Program Timeline


  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 9:00 am CST: online applications open
  • Monday, April 15, 2024 at 5:00 pm CST: online applications close
  • February 20, 2024 – April 15, 2024: application support from M-AAA staff

Application Reviews:

  • April 16- May 6, 2024: M-AAA Staff reviews applications for eligibility
  • May and June 2024: Panel reviews


  • June 17, 2024: Applicant notification

Important Dates:

  • June 2024: Fellowship agreements and financial forms completed
  • August 2024: $5,000 distributed
  • August 10-11, 2024: Interchange program launch retreat
  • January 2025: $20,000 distributed
  • November 2, 2024, Noon – 1:30 pm CST : Mid-Program Virtual Meeting #1
  • February 6, 2025, Noon – 1:30 pm CST : Mid-Program Virtual Meeting #2
  • February 13, 2025, Noon – 1:30 pm CST : Mid-Program Virtual Meeting #3
  • May 8, 2025, Noon – 1:30 pm CST : Mid-Program Virtual Meeting #4
  • August 9-10, 2025: Interchange mid-program retreat
  • November 2025: Final Reports Due